So submersed have we become with all the consequences and complications of COVID-19 that it has preoccupied our minds as if nothing else exists.
And rightly so, given the deathly possibilities this virus insinuates upon society.
Like rust this deadly virus, without instruction, without fear or favour, spreads itself throughout the community; the wealthy and the poor die. The aged and not so aged.
Its side effects include the wrecking of lives, families, and the devastation of economies and cultures with the possibility of a world recession.
Without a cure our only defence is isolation and some meaningful rules that – if followed – suffice as effective and efficient weapons.
The rich with a negative worldview see the gloom as a reason to protect themselves and their wealth. The poor with no recourse to health insurance die because Trump hates the word Obama. But the rich do too because of an unpreparedness to combat this killer.
Some, like President Trump, arguably the biggest political liar in history, have likened it to a war and as we know truth is the first fatality of any conflict. He is well suited to the title, king liar.
He advocates – against the best health advice – a return to business as usual, taking the risk that the vicious virus might restart again even encouraging people in certain states to protest against their state governors.
Without even a thought for those who might die because of such a premature decision Trump urges these protests as if he is the sole dictator over life and death.
His mental deficiency also prompted a bad decision to withdraw money from the World Health Organization at a most precarious time in the spread of the pandemic. A decision that has faced condemnation around the world, and at home, and will end the lives of many in Africa where most of the money was spent combating Ebola, HIV and other diseases.
As is his habit, Trump seeks to blame others. Maybe the silence of the cash registers in his resorts has been a price t0o much to pay.
In Australia our Prime Minister is of the same ilk as Trump. His lying, although just as notorious as Trump’s, doesn’t have the same chilling, life-ending, effect. He is, however, a politician so arrogant as to believe that he is beyond the inconvenient nuisance of being questioned. How detestable is the hypocrisy?
The US has a coronavirus death rate per million population of 114.14 compared to Australia 41.9.
Defending his poor handling of the pandemic, Donald Trump resorts to more lying:
“We’ve handled the situation incredibly well … Everything is perfect … the United States has the most robust, advanced, and accurate testing system anywhere in the world … We’re now the king of ventilators … The research and development that we’ve done at the federal level has been absolutely incredible … Ultimate victory in this war will be made possible by America’s scientific brilliance. There is nothing like us. There is nobody like us. Not even close … We did the right thing.”
Scott Morrison – like Trump – is devoid of trustworthiness. Although both profess by faith to be Christians any suggestion that trust would be a quality of leadership in them both needs to be ignored.
That aside, however, Australia it would seem is in a better position to resume business as usual ahead of most countries.
Most are predicting that four weeks will see us back to normal. Morrison is no longer talking about “snap back”, instead saying that we will be in:
“… a different world on the other side of the virus …
We’re going to have to have economic policy measures that are very pro-growth.”
That to me sends a message that a reliance on old style economics will be used to try and fix what is a crisis on two fronts. On the one hand the virus, and on the other hand the economy and all the agony that goes with it.
As we rush toward a recession and 10% unemployment I see no intention to reform the economy at all. I see no promise of a more equitable system that addresses fairness, the privileges of the rich, and all the subsidies to the mining companies.
Morrison says that he has a 3-point plan. The three priorities he outlined were to:
A: Protect the health of Australians
B: Secure their jobs and livelihoods.
[Note, some economists are predicting a jobless rate of up to 16%, which of course would be catastrophic].
C: Set Australia up to bounce back stronger.
And everything is on the table but I don’t see the evidence of it.
That sends shivers down my spine and the word ‘draconian’ enters my head as a descriptive for the next budget.
It is obvious to me that we are in a unique period of time where from these recent health, societal, economic, and environmental disasters there will evolve the opportunity to correct our course.
Now is the time and the opportunity for reform. Yes, real reform. Think health, social security, the aged, pensions, infrastructure, economics, government subsidies, taxes etc.
The peoples of all the nations of the world increasingly seem to be having less to say about their own destiny.
Dictatorships in the guise of democracies have grown their crooked influence and are more interested in power than people.
Morrison has stated that the parliament will sit on a trial basis for a two-week period. Now that’s democracy for you. It shouldn’t be on trial, it should just be.
We have leaders like Trump and Morrison who cannot comprehend the importance of truth as being fundamental to the democratic process yet they make the most contribution to its demise. And of course, there are many others.
Before the last Australian election I found it impossible to imagine that the people could be so gullible as to elect for a third term a government that has performed so miserably in the first two, and has amongst its members some of the most devious, suspicious and corrupt men and women, but they did. And might I add extremely well-educated.
But as I have diligently argued many times previously, Conservatives cannot do reform of the nature I speak of. It goes against their philosophy.
I’m afraid the only plan our Prime Minister has is to return us to where we were.
We must fight against this Government’s return at the next election with everything we have, and more.
My thought for the day
This Government’s performance over its time in office has been like a daily shower of offensiveness raining down on society.
Surely performance or lack of it must mean something.
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