Abraham Lincoln said, “I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The great point is to bring them real facts.”
When we have leaders that barrage us with happy talk about how wonderfully we are dealing with the current pandemic and we know it is patently false, that is out and out deception.
We know that all countries outside of China started at the same point with the same information, and there is no developed country that is not handling the pandemic better than the U.S.A.
This is not to say that deception is unique to this administration.
Deception has been ongoing in our nation’s history; in recent times, think Iraq and Vietnam. What may be unique currently is the sheer number of enablers of deception and the audacity to facilitate it primarily to satisfy a petulant president.
How can citizens gear up for serious trouble when they hear “facts” from the president like the following?
“It’s going to disappear; We have it totally under control; It’s going to be just fine... When it gets a little warmer, it miraculously goes away; The coronavirus is very much under control in the U.S.A. One day, it’s like a miracle, it will disappear. We are prepared, and we’re doing a great job with it. And it will go away. Just stay calm. It will go away.”
Then we are told we are in a national emergency along with the statements, “I felt it was a pandemic long before it was called a ‘pandemic’” and “we will win this war.”
Yet, the result of this “wartime” footing is unlike any other war.
Each state will compete to get the necessary armaments (in this case medical supplies, tests and equipment) to defend itself.
And who does this administration think we need to fight to win this “war?”
China, the World Health Organization, CDC scientists plus protestors over racial justice join the regulars - the media, Democrats and anyone anywhere who disagrees with the president.
Trump did not create the virus in the United States like Roosevelt did not create the attack on Pearl Harbor and Lincoln did not create the attack on Fort Sumter.
H owever, Roosevelt and Lincoln did not minimize that a serious situation was afoot that would need coordinated action, personal sacrifice and resolve.
Yes, the pandemic is not a shooting war, but do we need to be deceived about the seriousness or the need for coordinated action and sacrifice (like the tremendous ordeal of wearing a mask) as we confront the “invisible enemy?”
In our history of wars, the number of deaths in this “war” so far trails only the Civil War and World War II.
This is particularly egregious in light of the fact that this president has an extremely loyal following. Does he feel his admirers are incapable of hearing straight talk - or is it that, due to their loyalty, he feels he does not need to worry about the facts?
Many thousands have a loved one in the hospital who they cannot see, touch, or hold. Thousands have already lost their loved ones without any chance to be with them. Millions have been infected with unknown long-term consequences.
This president and his enablers are responsible for this situation by misleading and minimizing the seriousness of this pandemic and utterly failing to trust us with “real facts.”