Letters, March 30
Thankful for the media
In a 2012 tweet, President Trump claimed, “the concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make US manufacturing non-competitive.” Trump’s contempt for and ignorance of climate science was evident in this statement; he is currently revealing his contempt for and ignorance of medical and public health science.
On Feb. 17, 2017, Trump tweeted, “the FAKE NEWS media ... is the enemy of the American people.” I am grateful for our daily Mail Tribune with its local, national and international news, and widely accepting opinion section. I’m also grateful to TV for the opportunity, unpleasant as it is, to experience Trump visually and aurally.
The TV briefings on COVID-19, which are not brief, vividly display a struggle between good and evil. Drs. Fauci and Birx are clearly concerned with the health and lives of the American people; Trump is clearly concerned with only himself. The doctors are articulate; Trump rambles endlessly, appearing to have a compulsive need to pretend that he’s intelligent and knowledgeable.
The news media are not the enemy of the American people; they are the enemy of ignorance, of which the moral lilliputian in the White House is a prominent proponent.
A couple weeks ago there was a letter from someone raving about the merits of “pure capitalism.”
Funny how capitalism gets kicked to the curb during a crisis. Suddenly everyone is looking for a little “socialist” assistance.
Were we truly a capitalist nation, only the wealthy would be able to afford the coronavirus test, your favorite restaurants would be doomed, and the airline industry wouldn’t be getting a bailout — we’d just have to carry on without air travel. When the crisis recedes, I wonder how much corporate America will do to help with the tax bill. I suspect it’ll return to capitalism-as-usual, leaving the massive debt for the rest of us to pay.
As for Trump’s “leadership” during this crisis? Real leaders don’t have to rely on bullying and deceit. If you’re still standing with Trump, you’ve been duped.
Look for results
According to national polls, President Trump’s approval rating for handling the virus is over 50%. Maybe I’m missing something.
Borrowing an expression from when I was in the Navy, he is not squared away. He dismantled the National Security Council’s pandemic response team in 2018 despite warnings of a future outbreak. He still compares the coronavirus to the flu, and says we are 14 days between infection and onset of illness.
He uses daily press briefings for political purposes, showing off his vanity with self-praise and handing out misinformation that gives false hope. He follows a script with input from health professionals and then wanders off, talking about full churches on Easter.
Fortunately, some governors have stepped up with strong, consistent leadership. I count Oregon’s Gov. Kate Brown as one. Furthermore, Congress is doing its job by approving significant economic measures to keep the ship afloat.
Meanwhile, hospital staff need testing kits, protective gear, ventilators and more beds. President Trump is commander in chief and the buck stops with him. Let’s look for results.