Mightier Than The Sword

Submitted by ub on Fri, 11/13/2020 - 06:16

The pen is mightier than the sword was initially written by English author Edward Bulwer-Lytton in 1839, indicating that communication utilizing particularly the written language, or in some interpretations, administrative power or advocacy of an independent press, is a more effective tool than direct violence could ever wish to accomplish.

Since my young grandkids are five and eight years old, it is a fine time to explain the mess we find ourselves in and try to fix it. The President lost his re-election cam-pain and has decided to publicly disengage from the responsibilities he swore to uphold which includes a fight to the death against COVID19 also known as the coronavirus global pandemic which as it turns out the deadly disease is tearing across the United States at an alarming pace, without a cohesive plan, other than to spread it so everyone gets infected and many will probably die.

Unfortunately off his reelection loss, he has turned into an angry bird because not only did he lose by millions of votes but to add insult to injury, an announcement about progress in developing a vaccine to fight the virus surfaced after Election Day. And now his top aides say he has shown no interest in the growing crisis while confirmed new cases keep skyrocketing and hospital intensive care units in parts of the country are dangerously close to capacity.

Meanwhile, and It is really mean, global public health officials, warn that childish temper tantrum and refusal to do his job and take this pandemic seriously with decisive action and coordinate with the Incoming administration during the last weeks left of his lame-duck presidency will only worsen the effects of the global pandemic and hurt America’s ability to be able to complete production and distribution of a vaccine that could save the lives of millions of people. Interestingly enough, his grandfather died during the last global pandemic back in 1920. The so-called Spanish flu infected 500 million people, which was about a third of the world's population at the time during four waves and was estimated to be responsible for the deaths of 100 million. 

And so it goes which brings us to the predicament we are facing, where we have a POTUS who refuses the buck and says it stops anywhere else but there. How do we reach the United States of Confusion? 

The story begins with the power of the media, which turned a nitwit without any talent into a national sensation, and many believed he would be a white knight to represent them and improve the quality of life. As it now turns out, it was the total opposite and the only life he temporarily improved was that of his family and himself.