“The only thing we have to fear is, fear itself”
Franklin Delanor Roosevelt
Four years after he announced that he alone can fix America; with his 50,740th tweet it sure looks like Donald John Trump has finally gave in to Fear Itself. Because now that he thinks COVID-19 is some kind of super villain terror kingpin or an omniscient and omnipresent entity.
Although the latter is surely apt, because the Invisible Enemy is sure acting like a vengeful God that is constantly brought up and used as a cudgel by the President’s evangelical monetary backers.
President Donald J. Trump tweeted that message above on Easter Sunday, the day of the alleged resurrection of Jesus H. Christ. The day he proclaimed/decreed to a perplexed Fox News Channel reporter that life, society and the economy will return to normal even in the face of thousands of people getting infected, hospitalized and near death’s door and succumbing to the contagion. Hard to tell if President Trump thought that Jesus was going to rappel from the open sky, take the nails off his hands and slay COVID-19 with them, but his cabinet and advisers had to break the bad news to him that his irrational optimism is no match for the pandemic, leading him to responsibly decree that every state was now a disaster area and everything had to shut down and people had to modify their routines and habits revolving around the virus.
In the few weeks since making America Disasterland, deaths brought on by COVID-19 grew into the thousands, none most devastatingly more than in Trump’s home state of New York.
It really is confounding how that being a college educated, successful (but dishonest) businessman whose net worth is alleged to be billions of dollars and convinced almost half of America to put him in the White House would immensely fuck up the response to the nascent outbreak of COVID-19’s rapid spread that led to this national disaster and economic purgatory existence. Although it shouldn’t be that hard to break down. Trump is by all means a simple kinda man.
Now granted the President is not entirely to blame but he sure is responsible despite his flippant denial. After the disease hit Wuhan suddenly sickening tens of thousands and killing over a thousand people in just a few weeks and turned the province into a ghost town, which led to the Center of Disease Control to issue the first serious warning about coronavirus.
But what’s perplexing is that Trump has at his disposal and under his command a vast network of intelligence agencies keeping track of every environmental and sociopolitical event around the world. We got the CIA, NSC, DOI, DARPA and a vast military apparatus to help monitor these agencies. And one of them was the National Center of Medical Intelligence, who were monitoring this contagion way back in November 2019. And it’s most certain that there was a Presidential Daily Brief that collaborated this looming threat from an Invisible Enemy just as there was when a PDB was written up detailing a terrorist determined to strike the United States back in 2001.
But it appears in retrospect that President Trump took the same approach with the reports from China as President W Bush took when he got the PDB on his ranch in Texas a month before the attacks on 9/11/01. Because around the time this report was made, Trump still golfed and held campaign rallies. (If he even got the PDB at all, knowing that a “steady state” exists in the White House)
Then it came to America literally from coast to coast when a nursing home in a small town in Washington led to a spate of elderly residents dying at once and then the next confirmed case popped up in a tiny suburb above the Bronx named New Rochelle when a lawyer contracted the virus. And then passengers on a cruise ship suddenly got infected with coronavirus as it was heading back to shore
As news was spreading about COVID-19’s threat to the U.S a, around this time Trump was not that worried and neither was the World Health Organization, for they both were getting dishonest reports of how the contagion spreads from the government of China who were doing their usual obfuscations and micromanagement of information. Trump then banned all flights from China, then Iran and South Korea and enacted another travel ban at Europe which led to a mass exodus from that continent causing mass clusters of travelers at airlines trying to get back to America.
Then the short month of February came and following these proactive measures, Trump decided to rest on his laurels and showed good composure as he reassured the nation he had the virus contained and controlled and determined that it was going to go away really really soon after he called it a partisan hoax, continuing his well reputed brand of complacent optimism with golfing and entertaining his base with more rallies as the 29 days flew by and cases in the U.S. started to swell including another case in NYC, the president continued golfing and kept repeating his narrative that COVID-19 was “under control”.
It was under control, but not the Invisible Enemy just the dissemination of information about it’s genesis in the U.S. A doctor from Washington who was frustrated at the bueraucratic bullshit going on with the CDC after they distributed shitty COVID-19 tests decided to break protocol and draw up a test on a teenage male who showed symptoms and was discovered positive and then she and her colleagues proceeded to do testing around their area themselves. Then the feds clamped down on her and Trump continued spout diarrhetic falsehoods from his faceanus.
Then the COVID-19 ides of March came crashing down on Trump as the invisible enemy spread across the land as people started dying. Then the W.H.O. finally declared the contagion as a threat to the world. As is wont with Trump when things go awry, he succumbed to repetitive and outlandish statements (and also a quick round of golf) and finally declared a national emergency on March 13. And is wont with Trump he succumbs to spewing falsehoods, ludicrous retrospection and self-contradiction claiming he knew it was a pandemic from the start yet no one knew it was coming. This he said just minutes apart from each other.
What a fucking imbecile.
Expectedly and ultimately as is wont with Trump, he did not preemptively or thoroughly prepare for the novel virus and made some dumbass decisions that truly exacerbated it. Like when he hired John Bolton to run the National Security Council. While the warmonger was machinating regime change invasion plans against Syria and Venezuela, Bolton decided to eliminate the NSC office’s pandemic response team. To think that when Trump was assembling his cabinet after beating Hillary, he didn’t want to hire Bolton because he didn’t like his mustache. Should have went with his first instinct.
And as it’s become apparent now that America is the biggest disseminator of COVID-19 in the world right now, Trump didn’t have a sufficient federal national stockpile of testing kits, ventilators and PPE supplies in case states ran out of them with the rapid amount of positive cases that rose immensely in a few weeks time after he boisterously lied that tests and medical supplies will be available and will save everyone.
But what makes Trump’s horrendous non-response that has resulted in thousands of fatalities in the country he thought he could fix by himself is how miserly he has been with the national stockpile which was scarce to begin with.
Trump then commissioned his COVID-19 task force team and assigned VP Mike “Pontius Pilate” Pence to supervise it, despite having zero medical expertise but his reliance on prayers and heavenly wish fulfillment from an Invisible Man In The Sky falls in line with Trump’s fatal brand of optimism. The president did do the right thing and invoked the Defense Production Act to get corporations to produce PPE’s as hospitals were running out and nurses and doctors were contracting the diseases while rewashing their masks and wearing garbage bags to protect themselves. But he’s only sparingly invoked it and did not authorize it. If it was authorized, companies could have mass produced masks, gloves, scrubs, ventilators and put out quality COVID-19 tests instead of the shitty ones they made that a doctor had maybe thousands of lives could have been saved. But that would have been an acceptance of socialism and Trump and the billionaires that own this plutocracy don’t want that.
Trump’s barely significant invocations contributed to thousands of more citizens getting infected and spreading the disease while unaware (since COVID-19 acts as a sleeper cell in asymptomatic people) so he can meander and then bestow the pandemic response to his co-advisor, son-in-law and lost boy oligarch vampire Jared Kushner and his bolier room styled COVID-19 task force he assembled to manage the dwindling and mass production of the federal stockpile that is dependent of the president’s methodical and moody very strong invoking.
Few days later after thousands of more deaths starting piling up and markedly in the epidemic’s epicenter of Trump’s childhood borough in Queens and state of New York, Jared admonished governor’s demands to save the lives of their constituents, doctors, nurses, government service and essential workers, claiming that the federal stockpile does not belong to them and suggested using innovation to acquire the PPE’s they need. Then Trump administration had to get their data beavers and remix the CDC website to reflect Jared’s heinous gaffe.
What Jared and Trump are with their stingy distribution of the emergency federal stockpile so desperately needed to states especially regarding the pandemic’s epicenter of New York is similar to the slumlord behavior and tactics they adminstered with their apartment building portfolios when they wanted to get rent-stabilized tenants out of their buildings by denying them basic services like heat, water and power and repairs.
But the reason why they are doing these dastardly things that are costing hundreds of lives daily is because the Chamber of Commerce is vociferously against nationalizing companies to produce life saving equipment, which is why Trump is only “invoking” DPA in increments.
Amid the presentnational emergency, compelling industry to undertake massive changes to global production chains would be damaging. (Emphasis theirs)
The EO is seeks to impose major changes on critical industries in the midst of a public health crisis. The ability of businessesto move quickly to “repatriate supply chains”at a time when many businessfunctions are shut down isclose to nil.
While some sectors may be able to boost production of relatively simple products domestically on an emergency basis, forcing industries with complex value chains to shift suddenly is a different matter.
Additionally, at a time when U.S. andglobal financial markets are under tremendous strain, movesby the world’s largest economy to break it trade agreement commitments would send the wrong signal to markets and add to the present financial uncertainty.
Somehow, this Chamber of Commerce’s pernicious and predominant influence on the budgetary and now emergency decisions for America and Americans has barely got any attention on the endless coverage COVID19 porn that’s on corporate news televised and social media and it might be because corporations like Google and Nike are on the COC board. Because of this callous and diabolical machinating, PPE’s are being manufactured and dispensed as luxury products going for ossified prices to the highest bidder. It doesn’t help that COVID-19 tests went to celebrities and pro athletes as well as corporate executives and elected offcials first.
And now the President of Disasterland had to do something he always fought tooth and nail to avoid doing when he screwed over his contractors and clients that built his empire, he had to pay back the nation he was elected to lead for fucking it up. Like his disastrous Taj Mahal casino quagmire in Atlantic City, Trump’s negligence since the start of 2020 as coronavirus was creeping across the planet has put America in economic purgatory, as 26 million citizens are forcing themselves to stay home with the exception of the newly branded “essential workers” and waiting for unemployment insurance and thousands of REAL small businesses have to shut down if they are not deemed “essential”. This led to the massively inequitable 6 trillion dollar CARES stimulus act proving more oligarch welfare and a class action settlement one time pittance payment of $1200 for the working class as they scrounge their savings to pay their rent and creditors until the states “reopen for business”.
But don’t worry nation because the President isn’t. Hell, he has always operated and conducted himself by not giving a fuck. He continues to harangue the press with his fake news refrain and continues to make outlandish statements, comments and suggestions like his current batty remedy of injecting bleach and applying sunlight to prevent coronavirus from spreading. The latter he described as if the sun was like IcyHot.
And now the psycho President is trying to get the nation back to work although sounding less tyrannical than he did not long ago when he was channeling Mussolini by claiming “total authority”, which he didn’t recognize when the Chamber Of Commerce was telling him to back off the DPA order. Although as is wont of Trump, his proclivity for administering authority by contradiction gets worse as he tells his constituency to abide by coronavirus protocols then goes on twitter with exhortations to his base to embrace insurgency and liberate themselves from the states implementing his own disaster declaration order.
As if all that including hundreds of deaths piling up daily from the contagion and coming up with more trillions for more stimulus bills to bail out America and more importantly to Trump his re-election, we still got to spend another trillion or two for essential regimes to change and a new cold war to fight.
But at least now everyone will have access to a swab after 3 fucking months as the disease spread, now revealed to have started here around January, as Pontius Pence recently announced that five million citizens got the COVID-19 tests as a harbinger of hope to get the nation’s economy up and running again.
And we will. It’s just another 317 million more citizens to go.
Then after that, while wearing cheap masks, rubber gloves and standing six feet apart as we do our collective daily grind to keep the capitalist system thriving making modest wages and making billionaires even richer, we collectively as a country will pull together to help President Trump Make Disasterland Great Again.