It didn’t have to be like this.
In listening to the recorded interviews, with President Donald Trump, it became clear to all that we are where we are today because our president lied. At the end of January he told Bob Woodward that he knew the virus was dangerous and easily transmittable. That is not what he told us, nor did he plan out a national strategy to fight it. He told Woodward that he withheld that vital information because he didn’t want to create a panic.
The fact is that Americans do not panic in a crisis. We mobilize. America didn’t panic when Pearl Harbor was attacked. We listened to our president and we mobilized. During the Cuban Missile Crisis in the 1960s, a time we came dangerously close to a nuclear war, we listened to our president and we mobilized. When we were attacked on 9/11, we didn’t panic. We listened to our president and we mobilized.
This time, under the threat of a deadly virus, we wanted to listen to our president. Sadly, our president lied. What we got was falsehoods and denial from the White House. We needed a national plan that everyone could follow, and most importantly we needed leadership and the truth.
We soon learned that there was no plan. The White House was unprepared to face the coming disaster.
We also learned there was no plan. The White House was unprepared to face the coming disaster.
We also learned that there was no aid coming from Washington. We were on our own, and people began to die by the thousands.
Many states went into full lockdown. Everything closed. People stayed home. Meanwhile, the messages from the White House became more confusing, often contradicting the medical experts. Many listened to and believed what he said. They refused to wear a mask because the president didn’t wear one. The complained that all businesses should open and even took over the statehouse in one state with automatic weapons to intimidate their governor into reversing the shutdown. Months went by and people continued to die.
And we became a divided nation of virus- and mask-deniers who refuse to do anything necessary to defeat the virus, and those who practice all the safety measures to ensure their health and well-being. Still the virus spreads.
We have 7 million recorded cases of COVID-19, more than 200,000 dead, and the likelihood that toll will reach 350,000 by Jan. 1. Our economy is broken, 5 million jobs have disappeared, schools remain closed and 23 states are showing virus cases are increasing.
It didn’t have to be like this. We could have mobilized, we could have united if we had been told the truth from the start. If that had happened, perhaps we would now be coming out of this national trauma.
We are where we are because of Donald J. Trump. He lied, people died and nothing is better. We should all consider this when we fill out our ballots.
Linda Hall, Bullhead City