I want to get this on the record as the United States marks a half million fatalities as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
No, let me correct that. I need to get this on the record.
The number of American dead in the last year because of this illness is greater than all the soldiers and civilians killed when we as a nation turned against ourselves in the Civil War. The number of dead by the virus has exceeded that of the combined American fatalities of World War I, World War II, and Vietnam together.
The previous President of the United States of America criminally and morally abdicated his duty as the leader of this nation from the very onset of this health emergency. A true leader, one who thought a bit more about the welfare of his people and his country, would have said something on the order of the following as the novel coronavirus first made inroads on these shores:
We are facing an enemy. One that is as dangerous and fraught with peril as any hostile army we have ever encountered. We must come together now to conquer it.
We are a strong people, a determined people. We have faced crises and terrors time and again throughout our history. We will face this crisis and triumph.
We will sacrifice. We will suffer hardship and grief. But we will emerge united and well for having made the effort, a truly patriotic effort to eradicate the virus that has invaded our nation. We love our nation and that is why we will embark on this fight.
Join with me as I put on my mask. Join with me as I maintain recommended social distancing. Join with me as I stay indoors as much as possible. It won’t be easy. We won’t be terribly comfortable. We’ll feel hemmed in. Businesses will suffer. People will lose income. Our world will be changed.
We’ll do all these things, and we’ll do them now, because that is the best and quickest way for us to return to normal. And we will return to normal because — it bears repeating — we are a strong and determined people.
That’s what the previous President of the United States of American could have said in mid-March 2020, when the real impact of the pandemic was becoming known.
But no. Here’s the message the President of the United States of America imparted to the 335 million citizens of the nation at the time:
This virus is a hoax perpetrated by the Democrats and my other enemies to make me look bad.
That message completely ignored the danger to be faced by 335 million people. The president’s sole concern was himself. As it ever has been.
And so, a half million people are dead. The bells of the National Cathedral in Washington, DC today pealed 500 times in succession, one ring for each thousand Americans dead. Many experts say that 500,000 figure is short, that because of misdiagnosis and other factors, the real number may be closer to one million. As far as I’m concerned, half a million is plenty.
And, as far as I’m concerned, when that criminal, that immoral former President of the United States of America dies, this world will be a better place.