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Here in the United States, politicians and the public tend to have the shortest of short memories. There is a lot of collective forgetfulness going on in Washington D.C., New York and beyond.
Consider the politicians and experts who applauded the illegal invasion of Iraq in 2003, while spreading lies about weapons of mass destruction, and continue to hold important and influential positions in politics and the media; one of them is even on the way to being the Democratic presidential candidate in November. Today, however, few mention Iraq in relation to these politicians or experts.
These bankers and economists who supported the disastrous economic policies that helped spark the financial crash in 2008, continues to teach us how to manage the economy. Today, however, few people mention the crash compared to these people.
I wonder: will we make the same mistake after the United States recovers from the coronavirus pandemic, perhaps the greatest political, economic and public health crisis in modern American history? Are we going to forgive those who did it so badly and who put our lives at risk? Will we forget their dishonest and negligent behavior?
Only, I suppose, if we give up “the struggle of man against power”, to quote Kundera.
Never forget: the President of the United States said he had “completely under control” coronavirus because it was “only one person from China”; he said he would miraculously “disappear”; he compared it to the flu; he tried to stop sick Americans on a cruise ship from getting off and getting tested because he liked “the numbers being where they are”; and he called concerns about the spread of the virus a “democratic hoax.” Donald Trump also held daily press briefings at the White House where he berated the press; told countless lies; denied any “responsibility at all” in the crisis; and pushed unproven and risky drugs as a possible treatment for the disease, adding: “What have you got to lose? “ As thousands of Americans lost their lives at Covid-19, the President bragged about his TV ratings and his Facebook subscribers, while taking Twitter Potshots to Hillary Clinton on Benghazi and her emails.
Never forget: members of this Trump administration suggested that the coronavirus was not only “Content” but contained “fairly close to airtight.” They compared deaths from Covid-19 to deaths from smoking and opioids; they even fired a Navy captain for daring to sound the alarm about the spread of the virus on board his aircraft carrier, and he was subsequently tested positive for the disease himself. The son-in-law of the president, Jared Kushner, said live on national television that the national strategic stock was “Supposed to be our stock” and not for use by severely affected States.
Never forget: Republican members of Congress took pictures make fun of the spread of Covid-19; went swimming in the Senate pool a few hours after being tested for the disease; insisted on shaking hands with journalists at Capitol Hill; and told their constituents that it was a “great time to go out, go to a local restaurant” – disregarding scientific advice on social distancing. While millions of Americans have been laid off, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has taken a long weekend to hang out with his boyfriend, Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, back in Kentucky; the following week, he passed a stimulus bill that did more to help big business than ordinary Americans, and then closed the Senate for a long break.
Never forget: Fox News hosts ran into each other between January and March to ward off or minimize the threat of the coronavirus, which one described as “another attempt to depose the president”; another said that the more they learned “the less there was to worry about”; while yet another announced that “it was the safest time to fly.” Fox News’ biggest name, Sean Hannity, not only compared the coronavirus to the seasonal flu, but also suggested it could be a “deep” plot against Trump while accusing the Democrats of ‘”Arming an infectious disease” to “batons”. ” President.
Never forget: the dozens of other right-wing media figures who misread a graph and claims that “coronavirus is LESS dangerous than seasonal flu” for those under 60; WHO mocked those who warn of the dangers of the virus as an “apocalyptic cult”; who suggested that we would be “better off if we donate [the coronavirus] everyone ”to save the purse; who wondered if “it would be better to let a few hundred thousand people die”. Glenn Beck, who accused Barack Obama of trying to kill elderly patients with his “death panels” insisted that older Americans should ignore the risk of infection and return to work because “even if we all get sick, I would rather die than kill the country.”
Never forget: the many far-right Christian evangelical pastors who have tried to blame the coronavirus on everything from the “transgender” of “little children” to “a world that has turned its back on God”. One of them was arrested in Florida after defying local restrictions against coronaviruses and holding church services. Another claimed to have destroyed the virus by blowing “the wind of God” upon him in a sermon.
Never forget what these ridiculous and reckless right-wingers have said and done, how they behaved dangerously and shamefully, when American jobs have been lost by millions and American lives by thousands. Never forget – and most importantly, never listen to any of these people whatever never.