I'm wide awake.
I shouldn't be because it's 2:38
a.m. But while our congressional "leaders" dither, the fabric of our
society frays at an ever-alarming rate. The rhetoric has been about a
revolution, but what we really need is an awakening.
number of people dying from the COVID-19 pandemic is staggering. The
tally is comparable to other singular events; 1918 Spanish Flu, World
War II, or 9/11. The sheer toll is nearly unimaginable. Sadly, we were
The problem now is not that tragedy has
befallen us. It's not about affixing blame for who didn't do this or
that. It's certainly not about talking about how resilient we are.
People who lived through The Great Depression and World War II were
resilient, but they still had to suffer through it. So will we.
about what to do right now. It's about simple survival. Not just from
the virus, but from the impending economic fallout on a scale we've
never before encountered. This ordeal has already been hard. It's likely
to get a lot harder.
First and foremost, we must
survive the health crisis. If we don't, nothing else matters. Nothing.
Complacency kills. That's how we arrived at this point to begin with.
Yet, it's still surprisingly pervasive.
that we develop a better and swifter comprehensive response. That'll
involve extensive testing, at the very least; something we haven't been
able to achieve to date. I'll leave the virus solution to the medical
experts, but the economic response so far has been bewildering.
Trillions of dollars have been misallocated. Propping up financial
markets at this juncture is shortsighted and will ultimately prove
ineffective as the longer term impact from record unemployment and
crippled industries plays itself out. You're delusional if you think
there is a V-shaped recovery on the horizon. It simply isn't going to
Sirens should be sounding on near-term economic
concerns that involve the crumbling supply chain and the general
welfare of the population. The increasing disruption to producing and
distributing necessary goods, especially food, is alarming. Priorities
are being redefined, and it's a real question mark of whether those
responsible for keeping such things intact are even paying attention.
Overall policy decision-making often appears incomplete, uninformed, or
outright contradictory. We need to do much better and we'll need new
leaders to emerge to make it happen.
That's a lot of
doom and gloom to digest. I hope I'm wrong, but I fear I'm right. To
paraphrase the band U2, this is not a rebel article...but there's been a
lot of talk, maybe too much talk. It's time for an awakening.