President Trump has absolutely failed this nation (as has every politician who’s enabled him – like most of the Republican Party). He downplayed this pandemic, vilified those trying to prepare people, and continues to take no accountability. All the economic gains made under his tenure have been wiped out, and things continue to look like they’ll get much worse before they get better.
And this is just the latest in a long string of reckless, ignorant, and selfish behavior. He fired the pandemic response team in 2018, has rolled back food safety and environmental regulations, encouraged and spread fake news, fostered a culture that vilifies intellectuals and experts, stoked racial tensions, and made many other decisions during his presidency that have not only made our nation more vulnerable to pandemics but a million other threats as well.
Meanwhile, the types of programs that people like Sanders, Warren, and Yang proposed are hastily moving closer to reality because, it turns out, those things actually help our nation. Those policies make us stronger, more resilient, and more adaptable.
I sincerely hope it will not take hundreds of thousands (if not millions) of deaths, a collapsed healthcare system, and an economic depression for us to see the errors of our ways and walk back toward more progressive ideals and policies.
Please, please think deeply and critically about what has been happening these last four years and make it a point to not only vote in every primary and general election, but to remain politically engaged and savvy on current events. It goes without saying that we, too, have contributed to this mess by seeing politics as something to avoid and intelligence as something to deride. It needs to stop.
It’s time we start seeing political activism and the pursuit of truth and knowledge as the most important way to serve our country, our community, and ourselves.