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What’s a man to do?

August 5, 2020

Man of LaMancha

I’ve started four or five posts in the last couple of weeks but for whatever reason I have not finished them.  Hell, with most of them I never got past the first paragraph.  Each one has a title, which in my mind clearly let’s me know what I was going to write about.  But as I start writing, I kind of peter out.  I’m not sure why.

The funny thing is, as I read the posts I’ve written over the last few years I’m rather proud of them.  Some of them are very well thought out and make a great point, which is what I try to do with every post – make it worth the while of any poor hapless soul who happens to blunder down this lonely little lane on the internet.  Now that I write that, I wonder how many people have the same address as me, one that no one can find and no one is looking for.

The thing is, I have to like what I write and I have to think that it’s in the least interesting.  Because I don’t spend a lot of time reading other people’s work if I don’t find the subject matter interesting and the way the author writes interesting.  But sometimes I guess it’s okay just to write for ones self.

I’m terribly saddened these days.  What our the current administration has done to it’s people is nothing short of criminal.  The inaction by President Trump and his entire administration, aided and abetted by the Republican Senate is a crime against humanity.  Is that hyperbole?  I actually think its is right on the nose.  The definition of Crimes Against Humanity as defined by the United Nations is as follows:

Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court

Article 7
Crimes Against Humanity

  1. For the purpose of this Statute, ‘crime against humanity’ means any of the following acts when committed as part of a widespread or systematic attack directed against any civilian population, with knowledge of the attack:
  • Murder;
  • Extermination;
  • Enslavement;
  • Deportation or forcible transfer of population;
  • Imprisonment or other severe deprivation of physical liberty in violation of fundamental rules of international law;
  • Torture;
  • Rape, sexual slavery, enforced prostitution, forced pregnancy, enforced sterilization, or any other form of sexual violence of comparable gravity;
  • Persecution against any identifiable group or collectivity on political, racial, national, ethnic, cultural, religious, gender as defined in paragraph 3, or other grounds that are universally recognized as impermissible under international law, in connection with any act referred to in this paragraph or any crime within the jurisdiction of the Court;
  • Enforced disappearance of persons;
  • The crime of apartheid;
  • Other inhumane acts of a similar character intentionally causing great suffering, or serious injury to body or to mental or physical health.

 

If I take these two highlighted points, and I’m damn sure that to qualify only one of these need to pertain to the Trump Administration, I can make a very easy case for it.

Point one – Persecution against any identifiable group or collectivity on political, racial, national, ethnic, cultural, religious, gender as defined in paragraph 3, or other grounds.

According to an article in Vanity Fair on July 30, 2020 (https://www.vanityfair.com/news/2020/07/how-jared-kushners-secret-testing-plan-went-poof-into-thin-air), the White House was worried that more testing would lead to higher case counts.  And since the virus in the early stages was hitting blue states (meaning Democratic led) the hardest, that a national plan was unnecessary and would not make sense politically.

“The political folks believed that because it was going to be relegated to Democratic states, that they could blame those governors, and that would be an effective political strategy,” said a public health expert in frequent contact with the White House’s official coronavirus task force.

Not using the immense power of the federal government to protect it’s citizens because they happen to live in a democratic led state is the definition of persecuting an indentifiable group based on political grounds.

Point two – Other inhumane acts of a similar character intentionally causing great suffering.

The Trump administrations total lack of effort in combating the virus has been documented every day since he first declared that he had the pandemic under control.  On March 9, 2020, Trump tweeted, “So last year 37,000 Americans died from the common flu. It averages between 27,000 and 70,000 per year. Nothing is shut down, life & the economy go on. At this moment there are 546 confirmed cases of CoronaVirus, with 22 deaths. Think about that!”

On March 19, 2020 at a daily press briefing, Trump said, “Governors are supposed to be doing a lot of this work, and they are doing a lot of this work,” Trump said. “The Federal government is not supposed to be out there buying vast amounts of items and then shipping. You know, we’re not a shipping clerk.”

Since that date, Trump’s total neglect of his responsibilities have consigned over 160,000 citizens to death.  And in an interview with Axios’ Jonathan Swan on Monday, when he was asked why he says he has “everything under control”, Trumps reply was this:

“Well, what’s your definition of control?” Trump replied, adding: “I think it’s under control.”
“How? A thousand Americans are dying a day,” Swan said.
“They are dying. That’s true. And you — it is what it is,” Trump said emphatically. “But that doesn’t mean we aren’t doing everything we can. It’s under control as much as you can control it.”

 

“You know, we’re not a shipping clerk.”

“It is what it is.”

“It’s under control as much as you can control it.”

 

Trump has intentionally caused great suffering to the American people.  He doesn’t care about anyone but himself.  As a virus sweeps through our country, Trump has done everything he can to politicize his inaction, blaming everyone from China to Democrats.  He has taken zero responsibility for his administration’s inept and criminal handling of the Covid-19 response.

So back to my original question, what’s a man to do?  A man that holds no power and cannot sway his government.  Tilt at windmills is all.  Though I am not in a position to effect change, I can still put my blog in a bottle and toss it into the waves of the internet.  Will anyone read it?  Probably not, but that’s ok.  It’s the writing of it that changes me.  That helps me.  And that’s enough.

 

 

 

 

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One Comment
  1. klnicolls permalink

    I read it. 🙂

    Kerry L. Nicolls Leading Edge Real Estate Realtor MA, NH & CA Direct/Text: 978.375.0943 Klnicolls@gmail.com http://www.kerrymyrealtor.com

    *Sent from my iPhone, please excuse autocorrect errors.

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