Blood On His Hands

A Rendering from the Internet

I generally try to keep a positive attitude.
But how can one keep silent!?
And is Speaking Out against injustice not ultimately a positive statement?
In the description of this Blog it promises that I offer a Mostly Positive Outlook with the occasional Political Rant!
Today, a Political Rant…

It is also worth mentioning that part of why I struggle with posts such as this is that I’ve no wish to contribute to the divisiveness that has overtaken this country – and yet, can we not all agree…
dONALD tRUMP has BLOOD ON HIS HANDS!
His Entire Administration has BLOOD ON THEIR HANDS!

Those of us who lived through the AIDS Crisis have seen this before: A Government that would let its own people die! A Government that murders its own citizens!
Sounds like some foreign dictatorship doesn’t it?
It’s not.
It happened here.
And, not coincidentally, it was American Government Leaders of the same gender, the same race and the same political party as we have in office now!

A Post from the Internet

A few weeks ago, friends began commenting to me, “Wow! We’re back here again!” The feelings this pandemic brings up have some resonance with what we felt and experienced during the AIDS Crisis. I have read opinion columns that talk about how unrelated the two are – how in the AIDS Crisis we had No Support Whatsoever. The Republican Administration then would provide neither funding nor support, nor even mention the acronym AIDS. We were on our own to handle it, and to care for one another through death.
You can read more about the REAGAN Administration’s response to AIDS Here.

A Post from John Pavlovitz

By contrast, in this current pandemic, there are press conferences every day, and the world is for the most part participating in trying to contain this disease and save lives, rather than ignoring the plague’s existence. And this is good.

A Popular Internet Post

Awareness is always Good!
Community is always Good!
Saving Lives is always Good!
But the negligence is the same. The White Male (Most of them Straight, Most of the Time) Republican attitude of ‘I’m OK, so who cares if you die!’ or now ‘I have food, so who cares if you can’t get any!’ of those in office is the same.
And perhaps it has activated in me some kind of PTSD, but there is fully half of my brain that is taken up with this. I am not able to be more than half present in any conversation because half of my brain is turning over some daily atrocity that has come out of the White House:

* tRUMP’s response to PETER ALEXANDER’s question about what he would say to the American People who are scared…

dONALD tRUMP is still belittling reporters – he is unfit for the office of President and he proves this over again every day!

* The absence of DR. ANTHONY FAUCI at daily press conferences after he disagreed with tRUMP, and had to correct him one too many times…
Worth mentioning that I am not a fan of DR. FAUCI from his behavior during the AIDS Crisis, but compared to everyone else in this Administration so bereft of scientific and medical expertise and using daily press briefings as mini-tRUMP Rallies and propaganda to praise the Sociopathic Imbecile in the Office of President and his Colossal Incompetence as some sort of attribute, FAUCI seems like the only voice of reason on that stage. But of course, he disagreed with the little despot, so he must step aside.

* This week, tRUMP steamrolled over FAUCI’s attempt to answer a question about the effectiveness of hydroxychloroquine, the malaria drug that tRUMP keeps pushing as a cure for Coronavirus even though Medical Doctors do not agree.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2020/04/06/coronavirus-fauci-trumpdrugs/
Snopes tells us that it is “mostly false” that tRUMP has a vested financial interest in promoting the drug.

Does Trump Benefit Financially by Promoting Hydroxychloroquine as COVID-19 Treatment?

An observation from @windsorknot

Jonathan Schmock Cartoon

Oh, so he’s just stupid?
…He just refuses to listen to medical expertise?
…He just doesn’t care if you die?
…and that would be fine, except that he is President and took an oath to protect you!
That oath reads: “I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my Ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.”

He has failed his oath of office!
And the idea that this is in fact the best of his Ability is no excuse!

* A few days ago, in the midst of all that is going on, tRUMP took the time to fire MICHAEL ATKINSON MICHAEL ATKINSON the Inspector General who handled the Ukraine Whistleblower’s complaint that led to tRUMP’s Impeachment. He did this as a warning to anyone in his administration who might wish to come out about how tRUMP mishandled the Coronavirus pandemic.
Have we had enough of this tyranny?

* Announced earlier this week: In spite of the need for Massive Coronavirus Testing, tRUMP removed Federal funding  for Coronavirus testing yesterday. No. Really…

* In the meanwhile, as so many Americans die as a direct result of this administration’s Heartless Coldblooded Negligence and Vast Incompetence, MELANIA tweeted about the lovely new tennis courts at the White House!
But when criticized, she pushed back with her signature #BeBest
* And what of the Misinformation coming out of tRUMP and his propaganda network, FOX NEWS…
GERALDO RIVERA told everyone on Fox News that if you can hold your breath for ten seconds you do not have this virus. LIES!
All of the FOX NEWS hosts played into tRUMP’s downplaying of this virus — how it would just go away, and it was just like an ordinary flu, anyway! It was “a Liberal Democratic Hoax”…
They too are complicit in this tragic loss of Life which we are now experiencing!
BLOOD ON THEIR HANDS!!!

Once notified of the impending health crisis, tRUMP had 70 days to plan for this pandemic in the United States!
Instead he was off golfing at the taxpayers’ expense!

A Meme from the Internet

A Meme from the Internet

* Why don’t we have ventilators?
* Why don’t our health care personnel and for that matter, our grocery store clerks and delivery persons have appropriate Personal Protective Equipment?
As Edna says in CLIFFORD ODETS’ WAITING FOR LEFTY,
“My God, Joe, the world is supposed to be for all of us!”
* Why is the Federal Stockpile depleted?

Tweet from @PaladinCornelia

* Why did the White House change the Health and Human Services Website from reading, “nation’s largest supply of life-saving pharmaceuticals and medical supplies for use in a public health emergency severe enough to cause local supplies to run out,”
to saying instead, that the stockpile’s role
“is to supplement state and local supplies during public health emergencies. Many states have products stockpiled, as well.”
based on notoriously pathetic failure JARED KUSHNER’s comment at a press conference, “The notion of the federal stockpile was it’s supposed to be our stockpile. It’s not supposed to be states’ stockpiles that they then use.”
LIES! LIES! LIES! LIES! LIES!
That is not at all what it is supposed to be – it was paid for with my tax Dollars and those of my Veteran Father’s, and keep your slimy Slytherin hands Off It!
You’ve done no service! You’ve paid no taxes like your lox of a father-in-law, and it is NOT Yours!
You made that up you overprivileged Slithering Imbecile!

Although what he said is not true, once he said it the Government Statement on its website was altered to accommodate the Lie.
This represents a new level of Orwellian Terror! And yet, most people bypassed it as just another meaningless news headline in the shitshow of this administration.
But let’s pause and seriously look at what they just did!
They altered the facts posted on the Federal Government’s Health & Human Services website to move them in line with a selfish lie that JARED KUSHNER told.
No one complained.
No one seems to have the authority, willingness or conscience to stop them.
tRUMP’s supporters seem to think it’s great that this Colossal Failure just rewrote our government to his own advantage.
Americans will die without those ventilators!
BLOOD ON HIS HANDS!

I do Love Seth Meyers and how he gives perspective:

…Is anyone else being kept awake at night by these things?

THE FOUR SEASONS in New York has offered their rooms to Health Care Workers during the crisis, while tRUMP’s Hotels are still open for business, profiteering!
What ever happened with the issues around that emoluments clause?
How was he not removed from office the first week on this alone?

A Meme from the Internet

Thank God for ANDREW CUOMO and GAVIN NEWSOME and JUSTIN TRUDEAU and ANGELA MERKEL and QUEEN ELIZABETH!
Such Gracious, Powerful and Compassionate Leadership:

Thank God for Compassion and Humility in handling this crisis, even if it is sorely lacking at the federal level in these United States!
And PLEASE GOD, give us new Leadership, minimize the damage that the tRUMP Administration can do over this next nine months, and put us back on course toward being a concerned, empathetic, and kind-hearted nation again!

Cartoon by KEVIN SIERS

dONALD tRUMP was informed about this pandemic months ago, and did Nothing, a gross negligence for which now American Citizens must pay with their Lives.

tRUMP Supporters continue to justify his actions which now makes them complicit in the death toll of so many Americans.
BLOOD ON THEIR HANDS!

And let us never forget dONALD tRUMP’s statement:
“I take no responsibility at all!”
Let’s make sure that we keep reposting that one every day through Election Day!
And this one:
BLOOD ON HIS HANDS!

The tRUMP Administration has Failed us!
tRUMP blames the system he inherited, but this is his Failure!
Even in the heightened circumstance of this world tragedy he blames OBAMA.
JIM ACOSTA this week corrected tRUMP, repeating,

‘You’ve been President for Four Years!”’

This is what dONALD tRUMP did that has murdered so many people:
tRUMP appointed JOHN BOLTON (a bizarre and terrible choice for any Leadership position!) to head the National Security Council and In May 2018, President Donald Trump’s biodefense preparedness adviser warned that a flu pandemic was the country’s No. 1 health security threat, and that the U.S. was not prepared.
dONALD tRUMP was given that information.
tRUMP and BOLTON responded by disbanding the Global Health Security’s pandemic preparedness office, as tRUMP does with anyone who says anything he doesn’t like.
Here is a ANDREW KIRSCHNER’s  well-stated Article about how this Final Act is playing out:

The Final Hoax

 

A Tweet from @BoltTheBee

Some people in government positions in this country have advocated that we all go back to work in a few weeks and just let the old people die.
Let us be reminded that when we separated from an unjust government nearly 245 years ago, our Declaration stated that it was due to
“circumstances of cruelty & perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized nation.”
Please read that last sentence again. It is Thomas Jefferson’s language from the United States’ Declaration of Independence.
I can imagine no more accurate definition of this phrase than Texas Lieutenant Governor DAN PATRICK and his Republican cronies who put their own agenda ahead of the Lives of their Citizens.
It is reminiscent of JONATHAN SWIFT’s “A Modest Proposal”, although back in 1729 such a proposal was considered satire.

There are countless Social Media Posts by folks diminishing the impact of this disease and insisting that all of this is an overreaction.
The science and medical professions beg to differ. I understand that that is a form that fear takes. These people are scared for their children and spouses and Loved Ones. And so, they resort to Denial.
In my experience, Denial is the first stage of Death, so I will not go there!
But I confess that I have been sucked into the vortex of arguing with them, researching, and presenting evidence to the contrary.
And although I present facts (such as actual tapes of tRUMP contradicting himself)…
I present evidence (based on Medical Science and the CDC which is still our best source for what is known medically)…
Generally, this brings about a shitstorm of insults and comments from their tRUMP-supporting friends,
And it is way more time consuming than if I just ignored the spread of misinformation.
But I can’t ignore it!
Can any of us afford that?
Do we want this administration to continue in their World Evil?
Can we afford to stop paying attention?
(I understand that sometimes we need to withdraw from the arguments to protect our own sanity!)
But we all have license to speak for TRUTH!
And we MUST!

“Do not go Gentle into that Good Night!
RAGE! RAGE against the dying of the Light!”
— Dylan Thomas

We Must continue to Speak Out!
We must not grow complacent!
NONE of THIS is OK!!!

Did I mention how much I Love Seth Myers:

 

As SETH Says at the end of this last video:
“What we’re seeing right now is a feeble government hollowed out by billionaires and corporations and run by a lifelong scammer who’s abdicating federal leadership and leaving states and courageous heath care workers to fend for themselves. One lesson we’re all learning from this is that generally speaking it’s better not to be governed by sociopaths and the day they finally leave office will be a Beautiful Day to look forward to!”

A Nurse posted last week that she thought the applauding for Health Care Workers every evening at 7pm was very nice, but that that is not what she needs.
What she needs is for Everyone to get out in November and Vote Blue so that she and her coworkers don’t have to risk their Lives without proper PPE ever again – and don’t need to die simply trying to do their jobs!
Well Stated!

A Poster from Circle.org

A Cartoon by Mike Luckovich

One of JESSE DUQUETTE’s Daily tRUMP Cartoon Series

Earlier this week, BERNIE SANDERS dropped out of the Democratic Presidential Race.
Already my social media is flooded with those who say that they will never vote for BIDEN and that they will refuse to vote in November!
Do they not realize that they are getting bamboozled by the tRUMP Propaganda Machine in the same way that his followers have!?
This is exactly what tRUMP and his manipulators want us to do!
NOT VOTING is a VOTE FOR tRUMP!
NOT VOTING is a VOTE FOR tRUMP!
NOT VOTING is a VOTE FOR tRUMP!
Why is it that tRUMP’s followers don’t do that?
dONALD tRUMP is as despicable a candidate and as despicable a human being as any of us has ever seen, and yet when he was elected the Republican Candidate, Republicans got behind him.
And they still stand behind him after years of atrocities!
But Democrats seem to want to protest by fighting against their own Party – which of course only hands Victory to the Republicans.
And in this case, to this White Nationalist, Misogynistic Racist, Incompetent Jingoistic Sociopathic Imbecile of a Hatemonger Republican.
Is that really what we want?
BERNIE SANDERS has made it clear that that is not what he wants.
So if you claim to support BERNIE and then behave in this way, completely antithetical to his instructions, then perhaps you never really supported him, and you were just in it for what you could get out of it…
Reprehensible, and it makes sense that, whether you know it or not, tRUMP is your candidate, and you would help him to get reelected.

Remember that a vote for BIDEN is a vote for Intelligent People in Government again.
Remember that that one vote – just that one small Action – is enough to eliminate IVANKA and JARED and MILLER and MNUCHIN and DEVOS and CARSON and BARR and all of the swamp with which tRUMP has populated the White House!

A recent internet post

I Urge you…
I Beg you…
I Plea for you…
Take That Action!

And while we’re at it, this never would have happened under HILLARY CLINTON.

Tweet from HILLARY CLINTON last month

She would never have disbanded the GLOBAL PANDEMIC OFFICE and she would never have ignored the warnings of the Medical Experts on something as serious as a World Pandemic!
And for those of you who need to hear it, “Her Emails” MY ASS!
IVANKA has been using her own private Email server since the first Day tRUMP got into office and their oligarchy started ripping off the country!
So give it a Rest!
She won the popular Vote! And that’s because most of us could see this coming and did our best to avoid it!
World Events are not meant to be in the hands of Colossally Incompetent Imbeciles who “take no responsibility!”
They are meant to in the hands of those with Leadership Skills, and

A Post from the Internet

smart enough to surround themselves with experts in necessary fields.

In the meanwhile, what we have is what SETH MEYERS referred to as ‘Government by sociopaths!’
It does beg the question: Who would ever vote for dONALD tRUMP?
A friend sent me this answer to that question with the caption:
“Sit back relax and get ready to lose your mind”

 

And sure, now tRUMP has gotten all sanctimonious, and 90 Days too late he is all for the lockdown and saving Lives…
Too Little, Too Late!
Don’t buy it!
His supporters often say, “Forget what he’s done! That’s past! Look at what he’s doing now! Stop talking about the past”
No. Sorry! He’s Killed People!
He has murdered his own Citizens!
So, I Do Look at what he’s Done! And we All Must!
Yesterday he finally approved necessary medical equipment to be manufactured and sent to the States, but through a plan in which corporations will get the supplies not to where they are most needed, but to their regular clients first – so it’s all about Corporate Favors, even with the Lives of American Citizens hanging in the Balance!
No, there is Nothing that he can do at this point! He Must Be Gone!

Remember Class in our Government?

VOTE HIM OUT!
VOTE HIM OUT!
VOTE HIM OUT!!!!!

Kellyanne Conway’s husband, George Conway, recently clarified where we are at the moment:
“For Trump supporters, let me make one thing VERY clear!
For the record NO ONE is blaming the President for the virus. Let me repeat. Coronavirus is not Trump’s fault.
Here’s a detailed list of what we are blaming him for:
* Trump declined to use the World Health Organization’s test like other nations. Back in January, over a month before the first Co-vid19 case, the Chinese posted a new mysterious virus and within a week, Berlin virologists had produced the first diagnostic test. By the end of February, the WHO had shipped out tests to 60 countries. Oh, but not our government. We declined the test even as a temporary bridge until the CDC could create its own test. The question is why? We don’t know but what to look for is which pharmaceutical company eventually manufactures the test and who owns the stock. Keep tuned.
* In 2018 Trump fired Homeland Security Advisor Tom Bossart, whose job was to coordinate a response to global pandemics. He was not replaced.
* In 2018 Dr. Luciana Borio, the NSC director for medical and bio-defense preparedness left the job. Trump did not replace Dr. Borio.
* In 2019 the NSC’s Senior Director for Global Health Security and bio-defense, Tim Ziemer, left the position and Trump did not replace the Rear Admiral.
* Trump shut down the entire Global Health Security and Bio-defense agency. Yes, he did.
* Amid the explosive worldwide outbreak of the virus Trump proposed a 19% cut to the budget of the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention plus a 10% cut to Public Health Services and a 7% cut to Global Health Services. Those happen to be the organizations that respond to public health threats.
* In 2018, at Trump’s direction, the CDC stopped funding epidemic prevention activities in 39 out of 49 countries including China.
* Trump didn’t appoint a doctor to oversee the US response to the pandemic. He appointed Mike Pence.
* Trump has on multiple occasions sowed doubt about the severity of the virus even using the word hoax at events and rallies. He even did it at an event where the virus was being spread. Trump has put out zero useful information concerning the health risks of the virus.
* Trump pretended the virus had been contained.
* Trump left a cruise ship at sea for days, denying them proper hospital care, rather than increase his numbers in America.
Repeat. We do not blame Trump for the virus. We blame him for gutting the nation’s preparations to deal with it. We blame him for bungling testing and allowing it to spread uninhibited. We blame him for wasting taxpayer money on applause lines at his rallies (like The Wall). We blame him for putting his own political life over American human life. I hope this clears things up.”

A Meme from the Internet

This is why the U.S. has the highest number of cases of Coronavirus on the planet.
It is always difficult to write about these things. Our minds try so desperately to keep these things at bay, and this Administration counts on that! Our ignorance helps them thrive.
When we just need a break from the news, this serves their agenda.
They want us to ignore what they’re doing! That is part of the reason they purposely flood our new feeds committing so many atrocities at once. They figure we will need to put it out of our minds, and so they can get away with even more!
Besides, who wants to read a post like this one in the midst of a pandemic?
It can feel so depressing to look at the brutal reality of these statistics, en masse like this, and to think how we here have barely scratched the surface of what this oligarchy has been up to this week alone!
I understand.

A Tweet from Robert Reich

But it is So Important that we do rise up and face it now and then!
And that tRUMP does not get away with saying,
“I take no responsibility at all!”

It is essential that we talk about it!
It is essential that we speak it and post it and remind people of this EVERY DAY through Election Day!
dONALD tRUMP has Destroyed our Health,
and he has Destroyed our Economy!
He has murdered his people!
He has made it difficult, and in some cases impossible, for us to get food.
Our Supermarket shelves look like the shelves of grocery stores I saw when I was in Russia… Empty!
This is what dONALD tRUMP has done to America, the country that we Love!
And if we still Love this country,
We Must do Whatever it Takes to get him out of Office in November!

A Post from the Internet

Whether it was intentional or through his Signature Incompetence…
SOUTH KOREA handled the pandemic very well!
TAIWAN handled it very Well.
AMERICA, such an advanced country, has far and away the highest number of cases in the World!
dONALD tRUMP often uses the word, ‘Winning!’
Yet he has proven himself the penultimate Loser!
And now, we have all Lost!
And many more will lose their Lives!
He is responsible for Every American Death in this pandemic!
dONALD tRUMP has Blood on his Hands!

ED WONG offered this Beautiful piece in THE ATLANTIC, concluding with descriptions of two different paths we might take from here;
I could not have said it better, so I send you there…
How Will Coronavirus End?

And I Love Seth Meyers (Have I mentioned that?):

Please VOTE in NOVEMBER!
Please VOTE for JOE BIDEN and by that one vote, all of the Intelligent People he will bring back into our Government Administration!
And Please Never Forget: dONALD tRUMP has Blood on his Hands!
Rant Concluded!
Thank You!

A Meme from Occupy Democrats

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4 Comments

  1. Chava Gal-Or

     /  April 11, 2020

    This is an absolutely brilliant piece. Here, you have acknowledged so many horrific truths. Without question tRUMP has blood on his hands.

    I’m sorry that we have to navigate this, but I am grateful that you pulled together the multitude of FACTS in which POTUS is devastating humanity and MURDERING our citizens.

    PS-Wish me luck…I live in Texas. Houston and every major city here will soon be a hotspot because of our fucking leadership or should I say lack of leadership. Just so that you know, church services are considered essential for Easter. So are furniture stores, container stores, and gun stores.

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  2. Cathy Matthews

     /  April 13, 2020

    Words cannot describe…If only ONCE – just once – Twittler would say and do “the right thing”. Words like, “I’m sorry…The loss of one human life is one too many. I take personal responsibility for this tragedy – for not getting on board and accepting the facts – those of much smarter people than myself – to wage and WIN this war against human life.” But human decency, humanity, generosity of the human spirit – these are not in Trump’s vocabulary and never will be. The pure EVIL that is Trump simply MUST be defeated.

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