Plague Diary 9: I’m Too Old For This Shit

Sometimes I try to imagine this generation of Americans putting up with the sacrifices it took to get through WWII. Everything was rationed, women had to take factory jobs, a large portion of the population was hauled off to fight overseas.

Our country has now lost ~160,000 people to a hostile invasion on our homeland because 38% of our population has joined a death cult led by a reality TV Jim Jones.

How it could have gone: The GOP could have provided ample unemployment benefits for those who can’t work from home which would have limited rent and mortgage defaults and provided enough general income to keep many businesses alive. Notional leadership could have put out a strong, united message in support of social distancing, masks, and staying home whenever possible. New Zealand did this and they are now opening back up.

How it actually went: The GOP went into denial mode, claiming the virus was a hoax invented by George Soros to derail Donald Trump’s reelection. And I just want to say, if this is actually true, what a stroke of brilliance to unleash a hoax that has killed at least half a million people worldwide in order to unseat an already highly unpopular president.

They made a onetime payment to some Americans of $1200 of their own money which one of the vampires in the cabinet expected to last people four months. They also increased unemployment by $600 a week which helped but wasn’t enough to cover rent/mortgage which led to the current wave of forced homelessness during a pandemic.

Republicans also came out against masks for reasons that still aren’t clear, an action that led to the rise of #mealteamsix, outraged suburban bloviators larping special forces operators agitating for early reopening even as cases per day were climbing.

These super spreader events were effective in getting many states to reopen at a time when it made zero scientific sense, including California where I live. The ICUs in these states – especially Florida, Texas, Arizona – are now running out of beds and refrigerated trucks are being used for overflow morgues.

If you’re thinking this evidence would be enough to change the minds of the Q-Anon believers and Evangelical Christians and fascist conservative ideologues on the right, you must be living in a better, future America.

The reason this plague diary is so political is that the plague has been politicized by Republicans. At first they sought to deny it existed because it might hurt the economy, then they doubled down because the Democrats had come out early for a standard pandemic response (and it turned out Trump had defunded the very task force Obama set up to handle an event like this).

Even if the desire had been there, the GOP has cultivated a base that will not tolerate bipartisanship in any matter, even saving their own lives.

After that, the “President” who is so narcissistic he can only see the world in how it pertains to him attacked the science as an effort to undermine his reelection bid. The right has literally painted themselves into a corner where they cannot admit the virus is real.

Meanwhile there were 70,000 new cases yesterday.

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