This is an opinion piece. I hate opinion pieces, but here we are. I’ve written one. Godspeed.
You get that this is what they (the government) want, right? A fight amongst the people as opposed to a fight directed at them? You see that, right? Our health and safety should never be, and should have never been, a partisan issue. Ever.
So, this is where we are going to stay for the foreseeable future — at home.
We have an administration that cares more about propping up a dead economy and pilfering money into their already deeply lined pockets; and with their lack of action (right away and STILL), the dismantling of the very pandemic task force that was supposed to handle this kind of thing, not to mention a lack of any kind of comprehensive and/or cohesive message to the public about the actual severity of this issue, we now have a large swath of the public (or maybe it’s quite small, but they sure are obscenely loud) who feel that their right to “freedom” is more important than not just their own health (SMFH), but also the health of their family, friends, neighbors, and community.
People are bringing guns, racism, anti-semitism, and misogyny into a made up fight about a virus.
What is this? A “catch-all” for everyone’s lame ass opinions?
Last I checked, the only way to enact any kind of safety measure, right now, is by staying home, and when you do go out, by wearing a mask and practicing social distancing measures.
No, masks don’t lead to hypoxia like that stupid meme people are sharing around (that literally sites ZERO sources). So, here’s your fact checking people: https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/masks-dangerous-health/).
And speaking of fact checking — please do it. Please. I know everything is overwhelming and it’s so much easier to believe your Uncle Joe who has never lead you astray, but for the love of god — fact check. Use Google. Type it in. If it’s some weird ass website, Google the media bias or factual bias of the website. Please. This shouldn’t be so hard, friends. The internet is a wild ride and not everything is true. There are so many bots and trolls that are trained to display empathy and to rip at the nerves of yours. Pay attention. Thank you.
Oh, before more time passes here, I linked earlier to an article in the Atlantic, written in March by ZEYNEP TUFEKCI and I want to make sure this point is seen (in case you chose not to read the piece): “None of this erases the administration’s failures, which are grave, but the painful truth is that we could have tried to do a lot at the local level that would have helped. Not everything had to wait for the government. Hong Kong, too, had a largely unresponsive government, but great popular pressure and people’s own actions — immediate adoption of social distancing in January, universal mask wearing, calling for closures and cancellations even when the government dragged its feet — have meant that the city had a very low rate of infection until late March, despite its nearness to China and its status as one of the most densely populated places in the world. Hong Kong is now facing a second wave, but even that uptick, which has caused the anti-government and pro-democracy Telegram channels I follow in Hong Kong to burst with exhortations to the people not to let their guard down, still brings it to only about 360 cases total. That’s a minuscule number compared with, say, the more than 15,000 cases just in New York.”
Please, if you’re someone who thinks that by defying safety protocol right now makes you a “big man/woman/human”, sit the fuck down — they’re playing you. They’re playing all of us.
No, Trump doesn’t like you. He thinks you’re gross. Yeah, you. All of you who adore him. If you can’t buy him off with money, he doesn’t fucking care.
They are using you to prop up an economy that doesn’t work and that hasn’t worked for a long time.
Tell me something — why are you working more than one job only to barely get by while the people you’ve elected into any government position are sitting pretty? Why are they not listening to you?
Actually, there ARE some amazing people listening and they’re the ones (ahem, AOC!) who “they” are ripping down because they’re scared YOU might actually wake TF up and realize that you. are. being. PLAYED.
So, let’s talk about what’s really bothering you; You, the gun-touting individual screaming about your rights and your FREEDOM — you’re not being heard, are you? You haven’t been heard for a long ass time.
No one has.
Not unless you’re rich, white, and a man — the “Trifecta”.
What happened to your attitude of “Buck up! Grow up! Deal with it!”??
Please stop acting out against the very people trying to protect you and your family. Yes, the economy needs to get back up and running; yes people are losing their livelihoods because we’re at home, but think of how much better we could be, should be, if the people making the rules actually poured money into US.
WE make the economy grow.
Right now, we just line pockets and scrap by, creating a complacent status quo, because we’re exhausted from just trying to get by.
Right now, the Republicans and Democrats, alike, are fighting against each other not FOR us, but for whatever lobbyist corporation is going to give them the bigger kickback from any kind of stimulus they can pilfer out of, you guessed it, what WE should be getting.
We are all losing. We all have our lives on hold right now. A shit ton of us have goals that have had the pause button pressed on them for now, and possibly forever.
You see, the world as we knew it? It’s over and I don’t even mean that in some futuristic, fatalistic kind of way. It’s already happened and continues to happen.
The way we move about now? It’s different and will be for the foreseeable future. And that doesn’t mean for the next few weeks or even months. No, that means YEARS.
Because of this administration’s lack of concern for YOU and your livelihood, we all suffer now. We all have to figure out the way forward.
No one wants this. No wants wants to stay home and live this way. But, as you used to say — buck up and deal with it. Put your Ego aside because this isn’t about YOU —
Or we’ll be in this nightmare cycle for longer than any of us ever anticipated.
Look, if we all just stayed TF at home, let the scientists work on a vaccine and all of us screamed (together) for a monthly stimulus during this time and actually hold our elected government officials accountable (instead of fighting some invisible war against each other) we wouldn’t have to worry about our livelihoods, would we? We could focus on getting ourselves back on track. We could use this time to “reset”, if you will. We could allow the things that scientists need to do, to happen. And it would happen faster because you shut your goddamn mouth and stayed home.
Sorry, not sorry to be so blunt.
WE would be protected and the big businesses receiving our personal bailouts and receiving the small business bailouts that are not made for them (see link above in P3), they can tank for a minute, because guess what? They can file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy and be fine. But, we won’t be if all we are to receive is a paltry $1200-ish… ONCE.
And, while they’re saying that this one time “stimulus” check isn’t going to be taxed come next tax season, those unemployment benefits you may be receiving are absolutely subject to being taxed. Have you prepared for that? No. Of course not. Because you’re hurting and scraping by as it is.
So please. Put your guns down. Put the racism and other bullshittery away. I don’t even care if you think this is fake (it’s not). We have ONE chance to get this right, right now. And if you continue to act like children, you’re going to be treated as such. Do you want that?
We MUST band together. Just this once. We are all human. Can’t you see that?
And just to remind you that we are —