Partisans on the political right are correct when they say liberals on the left were out to get Donald Trump from the very beginning. That they hated Donald Trump. Actually, that’s not precisely correct. Hate isn’t the right word. It’s more correct to say that they were appalled and profoundly alarmed from the moment the popular vote—the will of the people—was ignored by partisan members of the Electoral College and Donald Trump ascended to the most powerful office in the world.
It is true that while observing his actions over time some, maybe even many, have come to hate him. But initially students of history, and specifically the history of how democracies can be lost to an authoritarian as happened to German democracy under Hitler, knew from Donald Trump’s already known biography—e.g., his several bankruptcies, his failures to pay workers, his view of women as tools for his use or pleasure—that he was utterly, possibly dangerously, unsuited to possess the great power of the US Presidency.
But I, like many others, consoled myself with the thought “how much harm can he do in only four years?” It’s been a traumatic journey, and we now know the answer. The carnage has been massive: to the rule of law, to human rights, to the environment, and now because of his venality and incompetence and the incompetence of the cronies he selected to run his administration, the nation has suffered an historic tragedy.
The Obama administration, having experienced and dealt with several public health crises including the H1N1 outbreak, sought to prepare the future president for a global pandemic. They crafted a pandemic playbook which they passed on to the new White House. Donald Trump allowed his National Security Advisor, John Bolton, to discard it. Why? It could have guided an early response to prepare for the disaster headed for the Nation. So much lost time could have been avoided resulting in so much less damage. I believe it was because Trump, a man consumed by spite, made clear to all he appointed that he would be pleased when anything enacted or established by his predecessor was deleted or dismembered. Most of them, apparently including John Bolton, have been happy to oblige.
As of today, over one million of Donald Trump’s citizens have been infected with the Covid-19 virus. We are approaching eighty thousand human deaths with more to come. Eighty thousands deaths by suffocation, alone without family beside them. That is what can be done in even less than four years. And we must wait over another eight months of wreckage before we inaugurate a new president.
Should Donald Trump somehow win, or steal, the next election, well………..
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Dr. Judith Hand writes historical fiction, contemporary action/adventure, and screenplays. Hand earned her Ph.D. in biology from UCLA. Her studies included animal behavior and primatology. After completing a Smithsonian Post-doctoral Fellowship at the National Zoo in Washington, D.C., she returned to UCLA as a research associate and lecturer. Her undergraduate major was in cultural anthropology. She worked as a technician in neurophysiology laboratories at UCLA and the Max Planck Institute, in Munich, Germany. As a student of animal communication, she has written scientific papers on the subject of social conflict resolution.
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