It seems everything in the news now has to do with the pandemic. But, if you get past the spin on Twitter and such there is a glimmer of hope on the horizon. That is what this post is all about.
Please forgive me, but let me start off with some ranting. I have never been much of a fan of Twitter, even before the “liar-in-chief” kidnapped it for his daily use. Twitter has never been about real life but now it seems that most of the commentary found there is the opposite of real life.
The trouble is that all the ranters, nationalists, survivalists, and such claim it is their freedom of the press venue. They give you the impression by their ranting posts that America is bitterly divided. Even some of the legitimate press leaves me with the same impression. Negative emotions sell, so there is a powerful bias for it in most media outlets. But, online is where the ranters go to rant and Twitter is the primary vehicle.
The trouble with all of this is that it drives down creditability of actual news sources. Yes, we need “freedom of the press” but that doesn’t allow someone to scream “FIRE” in a crowded theater or posting totally lying rants on Twitter. Everyone needs to be accountable. Jack Dorsey has made a half a billion bucks from Twitter, maybe for the common good he should shut it down now, or maybe we should do it for him.
Ok, stepping off my soapbox, here is the main purpose of this post.
Real life in America in the world is less divided than the ranters want you to believe. According to a recent poll only 16% of Americans say that States are not opening fast enough and three-quarters of them say we need to keep trying to slow down the virus even if it means keeping businesses closed for as long as necessary.
By the time you read this post we are likely to have more than 100,000 people in the U.S. die from Covid-19. Trying to keep things in perspective, that is the equivalent of having a World Tower Center tragedy every two days during the same period. When you look at all the total U.S. fatalities in wars in the last 50 years, we have lost twice that number in 3 months of this pandemic, and even with strict countermeasures it will likely to be double that in the not too distant future especially if we rush to get back to normal, whatever that will be.
I think most of us realize that this is a life changing thing happening to our country and most of us are willing to do what it takes to prevent further unnecessary deaths. Yes, there is hope on the horizon.