By D. Allan Kerr
“We have nothing to fear but fear itself.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt during the Great Depression
“Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few.” – Winston Churchill during the Battle of Britain
“A great people has been moved to defend a great nation.” – George W. Bush after the 9/11/2001 attacks
“All you hear is COVID, COVID, COVID.” – Donald Trump Sr. right now
If what we’re enduring in America is winning, I think I’m all set.
The bullshit of the past four years has to stop now, this week, with this election. And frankly, the pathetic whining has to stop as well.
We are not “rounding the corner” of the coronavirus pandemic. It is not “just going to stop” anytime soon. Vaccines aren’t going to be available “momentarily” to all those who need them.
As he has so many times on so many other topics over the years, Donald Trump is lying to you.
The country is being led by someone who has absolutely no clue what he’s doing, and he wants to BS you into thinking otherwise.
At the current rate we’re seeing, nearly 300,000 Americans will be dead from COVID-related causes by Christmas. Three hundred thousand. That’s totally insane.
And yet if you match Trump’s current comments about the pandemic with what he was saying back in March and April, they’re nearly identical. While his rhetoric remains the same, the pandemic grows worse.
But BS is his standard approach to everything. There is no health care plan to replace Obamacare after five years of promises to do so. This is another optical illusion, like Trump’s promise of releasing his tax returns.
We’re learning more and more why the cheating real estate developer continues to hide his tax information, but we haven’t seen his health care plan for a much simpler reason – it doesn’t exist.
He wants to do away with anything bearing Obama’s name, but if Trump actually had a plan for replacing Obamacare don’t you think he would have produced one by now?
He doesn’t champion health insurance for those with preexisting health conditions – his administration has actually joined court battles to challenge that coverage.
And cutting taxes during what he claimed was a record-breaking economy was not a smart idea. Now we have a budget deficit reaching unheard-of levels of more than $3 trillion.
If Trump and his fellow Republicans are returned to power, if they make any effort at all to address the deficit it will be by trying to cut Medicare and Social Security. Republicans have actually said this. Look it up.
This is why he’s always pushed the Federal Reserve for rates that will have an immediate effect rather than what the long-term implications might be. Hence his obsession with the stock market, especially when numbers are high.
Any problems his successors have to face as a result of his actions will always be blamed on them – he will always absolve himself of responsibility for anything that goes wrong.
Which brings us back to COVID. This is a guy who previously described himself as a “wartime president,” before throwing up the white flag of surrender. And now he wants you to believe losing is actually winning.
Imagine Churchill, at the very height of World War II, complaining to supporters, “All you ever hear is Nazis, Nazis, Nazis.”
Earlier in this election cycle, I thought Joe Biden’s greatest asset was his potential for beating Trump. Apparently Trump thought so as well, since he risked impeachment to try to find dirt on Biden.
But now I’m convinced Biden, in particular, is the individual best suited to get the country back on track, both on the home front and on the world stage.
He can only do that if he gets the votes needed to win the White House back from a consummate con artist who has brought us into chaos.
D. Allan Kerr will be very happy when this election is finally over – if it goes the way it should.
(Nov. 1, 2020)
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