TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE IMPEACHMENT

Posted: December 21, 2019 in Uncategorized

THIS WILL APPEAR IN THE FARMERVILLE GAZETTE AND THE RUSTON DAILY LEADER THE WEEK OF 12/22/2019

‘Twas the night before impeachment, when all through the house
Not a congressman was stirring, not even a mouse;
The articles were hung by the chimney with care,
In hopes that McConnell soon would be there;
The Democrats were nestled all snug in their beds,
While visions of removal danced in their heads;
And Nancy in her ‘kerchief, and Chuck in his cap,
Had just settled down for a long winter’s nap,
When out on the mall there arose such a clatter,
I sprang from the bed to see what was the matter.
Away to the TV I flew like a flash,
Turned on the set and listened to the trash.
The image of the moon on the new-fallen snow
Gave the luster of impeachment to objects below,
When, what to my wondering eyes should appear,
But a miniature sleigh, and eight tiny reindeer,
With a little old driver, so lively and plump,
I knew in a moment it must be President Trump.
More rapid than eagles his coursers they came,
And he whistled, and shouted, and called them by name;
“Now, Abraham, now Richmond, now Higgins now Johnson and who knew!
On, Graves, Scalise, McCarty and VanDrew too
To the top of the porch! to the top of the wall!
It’s time to adjourn; Now dash away! dash away! dash away all!”
As dry leaves that before the wild hurricane fly,
When they meet with an obstacle, mount to the sky,
So up to the house-top the coursers they flew,
With the sleigh full of surprises, and President Trump too.

And then, in a twinkling, I heard on the roof                                                                             The prancing and pawing of each little hoof.
As I drew in my hand, and was turning around,
Down the stairs came President Trump with a bound.
He was dressed to the fours, from his head to his boot,
And his wife was with him, so elegant and cute;
A bundle of agreements he had flung on his back,
And he looked like a President just opening his pack.
His eyes — how they twinkled! his dimples how merry!
His cheeks were like roses, his nose like a cherry!
His droll little mouth was drawn up like a bow,
And the hair of his head was turning white as the snow;
The stump of a pen he held tight in his hand,
And the power it emitted was anything but bland
He had a broad face and a little round belly,
That shook, when he laughed like a bowlful of jelly.
He was chubby and plump, a right jolly old elf,
And I laughed when I saw him, in spite of myself;
A wink of his eye and a twist of his head,
Soon gave me to know the Dems had everything to dread;
He spoke not a word, but went straight to his work,
And filled all the stockings; then turned with a jerk,
His team was in place in order to teach
It takes true crimes for Congress to Impeach.

And laying his finger aside of his nose,
And giving a nod, up the stairs he rose;
He sprang to his sleigh, to his team gave a whistle,
And away they all flew like the down of a thistle.
But I heard him exclaim, ere he drove out of sight,
MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL, AND TO ALL A GOOD-NIGHT,  WITH A SPECIAL MESSAGE TO ALL REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRATS, LETS END THIS DESTRUCTIVE FIGHT!

Merry Christmas everyone and may the true meaning of Christmas exude its’ love and peace on all of us.

America is in the middle of a major crisis that is taxing our resources. Financial resources, human resources and equipment resources, in many areas, are near the breaking point. Be happy that this is America and America came from pretty good stock. Just look at what we did when we were ill-prepared and asset depleted on December 7th, 1941 and Japan launched a surprise attack on our fleet at Pear Harbor and thrust us into a World War.
America will persevere, one way or the other. Instead of second guessing, armchair quarterbacking and backstabbing leaders that are in the middle of a war that no one living today has ever seen before, we need to praise the effort and provide support. We must pull together, act as one, stop the negativity and thus remove one stressor from our society. We have to be together as one to send a message to those that would use our distress to attack a strained America.
External forces would enjoy using the Corona Virus pandemic to attack and damage our noble country. What better time to hit American interests with some type of surprise attack than now. America’s military is the strongest in the world and comments made on various media sources point to a veiled warning from our military leadership to those that would do us harm. Interviews with the military have expanded and most point to the fact that America’s military is mission-ready and is prepared to handle any situation that may arise anywhere in the world. An attack on America could present a much quicker and tougher response than previous snipe attacks would have. We don’t have the luxury of negotiations, protracted discussion and insuring political correctness. Any attack on America from outside will result in quick results without rhetoric. That is what our military is all about.
As we are at a heightened level of exposure from external forces, the biggest challenge we have is from inside our own country. America is benevolent and makes a point to take care of its’ needy. The economic stimulus package provided physical support to millions while providing hope to a nation in distress. It is during this period in America’s history that we must be vigilant of individuals that may use the pandemic to change the complexion of our great nation. Camouflaged behind legislative bills to provide aid to the down trodden, there will be self-interest bills that can change the face of America. These individuals will slip in superfluous parts to a legislative bill and masquerade the parts as a need for our emergency conditions in America. These are parts that should be introduced as a unique bill, debated and ultimately would have been defeated in the American Congress. These add-ons will not only add pork to some special interest group that has nothing to do with the pandemic but some add-ons could also change America as we know it.
These add-ons that are hidden in bills must be identified and thrown out of the legislation. Some of these were included in the last stimulus bill but fortunately much was identified and thrown out. Funding for the Kennedy Center and Public Radio, though noble causes, had nothing to with the immediate care of the economic distressed of America; however, they received a large block of money. Ironically, the day the bill was signed the Kennedy Center laid off its’ musicians. So much for funding programs to help the economic distressed of America. Fortunately attempts to change America’s culture were discarded from the bill. Green legislation that should be addressed in its’ own right does not need to be in stimulus bill and cooler heads did not allow it to be in the economic bill. Likewise, reducing carbon for aircraft is not viable at a time that the industry is on the verge of total collapse. Kicking the industry while it is on the ground dying is no way to save our nation. Abortion funding has nothing to do to stimulate the economy nor does legalizing voting by mail but they were included and fortunately were deleted.
Social engineering is defined as “ the use of centralized planning in an attempt to manage social change and regulate the future development and behavior of a society”. Some in congress see social engineering as the future for our free country. The pandemic and all that is required to defeat the bug and get America back on its’ feet is a perfect time for those that desire to tear down our system of government and turn Americans into zombies without a future or ability to make individual choices. This is the biggest challenge we will face in the next several months. We will see it in Washington and possible probing efforts in Baton Rouge as the state legislature goes into session. We must be vigilant and we must insure that the fiber of our great nation remains intact.

Last week the United States Congress came together to pass a two trillion dollar aid bill to assist with the massive economic impact from the Corona virus that had attacked the world. Fortunately, the United States was in one of the best economic situation’s in the countries history and is in a much better position to control the negative economic impact of the microscopic bug that has invaded our great country.
The biggest challenge that I have with writing an article four days before publishing is that with the world changing at the speed of light, something that I write may have changed before publication. This happened last week. I applauded the bi-partisan effort to get the economic stimulus bill passed. That was only partially correct. The Senate did an admirable job of working diligently together to pass the legislation and send it to the House of Representatives for ratification. That was when the train came off the tracks. The Senate bill went to the House during the weekend with expected voting and passage on the following Monday when the Speaker of the House returned from California.
In ancient Rome there was a tyrannical emperor named Nero. He envisioned himself as a great musician and would play a type of fiddle. One night the poorer section of Rome caught fire and the section of Rome, massive in size, burned out of control. It is said that Nero could see the enoemous fire from his palace on a hill overlooking City. Indifferent to the carnage below, he played his fiddle as he watched. Thus, the term Nero fiddled as Rome burned. That was the first scene I envisioned as word was received on Monday that the Speaker of the House had delayed the vote and wanted to introduce her version of the bail out bill. Americans were suffering, the fire of Corona had kindled an economic decline not witnessed since the Great Depression and congress began debating at new economic package. What a disappointment to the man and woman looking for a glimmer of hope in an increasing dark condition.
The speaker made a comment that the legislation needs to be passed quickly to help America and then the bill could be read and understood. This was the same comments made when the volumes of Obama Care was presented to congress and fortunately that type of socialized central control was not adopted without review. Neither was the economic stimulus package of over a thousand pages presented last week.
The purpose of the bill was to provide immediate relief to Americans caught in the economic downturn. It was not intended to provide legislation that is addressed in a normal congressional year. Pork that is added to normal bills in congress should not have been considered for entry in the emergency bill. Unfortunately, the dire situation was seen as an opportunity to ram legislation down the throats of those in need by holding the Senate hostage. Proponents of the additional legislation demanded sweeping change to America in exchange for passing the economic aid package.
Among the major add-ons that were added to attempt to socially architect change in America were: Federal funding of abortions; twenty-five million for the Kennedy Center of the art seventy-five million dollars for the corporation for Public Broadcasting, the same group that called to not carry the Presidents daily Covid-19 briefing; restraining a medium sized company that takes a federal loan from performing their constitutionally provided ability to oppose any union organizing effort; change voting laws to allow people to mail-in ballots for elections thus opening the door for fraud; increase the minimum wage to $15.00, which has been debated and defeated previously in various bills; require airlines to fully offset carbon emissions by 2025, thus greatly endangering the existence of a crippled industry.
This delay in support is intolerable. America needs help and politicians that use this crisis to obtain political benefit are not the patriots that founded and built this great nation. Let’s remain focused on what the need of the country is and not try to become devious and condescending to the wonderful citizens of our nation. We need help, not social engineering.
The delay of one week that we witnessed is unacceptable. When a ship is sinking, we don’t need to debate what the band will play as it slips under the water. Ironically, the Kennedy Center for the Arts was included in the bill and the day the bill was signed the musicians at the center were laid off. So, today the bill is touted as a unified effort on Capitol Hill. This is a way to lessen the impact to the nation and declare a bi-patrician effort. In fact, the bill should have been passed four days earlier than it did and instead of special groups receiving preferential treatment, that money should have gone to programs for the citizens of America.
And now the new fight will be taking place. The ink had not dried on the signature of the bill before the Democratic House announced we needed a fourth spending package. Without hearing from anyone in congress we can only imagine that a green bill that includes socially architecting and engineering of a new America based on socialistic values will be a major part of this bill. The bill will be introduced in a manner that will masquerade the true nature of the bill with the promise of saving a desperate nation and encouraging that the bill must be passed immediately.
Personally, I want our nation to return to the nation we had two months ago; a nation where the typical American has an opportunity to fulfil his or her dreams without big brother dictating how we live.
Pray for our country. We have a lot of hurt before us but just as we have suffered in the past we will emerge as a stronger more resilient nation. God Bless America.

America is strong and America is ingenious. America has immense muscle power and massive brain power. America was built on men and women that thrived, not survived, on a spirit that built industries and society and a country that grew from a backwater spec on the earth to become the leader of democracy. America morphed over time and we are going to see another metamorphosis that is being brought to us via a small critter that can only be seen under an electron microscope.
COVID-19, the COrona VIrus Disease that was identified in 2019, or better known as Corona, is becoming rampant throughout the United States and the world. It has not reached its’ peak and we are still in store for more hurt and heartbreak. America is resilient and will persevere. The rest of the world will also persevere; after all there is no place to run. We all must stand our ground and do what has to be done to survive. This is when America is at its’ best.
Today we are taking extraordinary actions to mitigate or slow the spread of the disease. We cannot eradicate COVID-19 today. There is no vaccination and no proven drug to kill the virus once it has attacked the body. The best we can do is to take measures to slow the infection rate and allow our medical staff an opportunity to treat the sick without being overwhelmed by the sheer numbers of the sick. America and the rest of the world have taken unprecedented actions to try to mitigate this growth.
This pandemic will end. There is no refuting this; it will end. Warm environments coupled with future vaccinations and cures will end this scourge of the world. When we rear our heads from our shelters and look around, we will see a new world before us. The roads will begin to fill with cars, restaurants slowly open their doors as patrons enjoy a meal, bars will fill with patrons with glasses filled and tinkling to the sound of conversations while churches fill on Sundays with newly energized parishioners appreciative of the ability to enjoy the day and eulogize those that have passed on. This is a return to what we had before the pandemic; but there will be changes.
Americans that worked in confined offices or open cubes are now working from home. Thanks to the emergence of high-speed broadband over the past decades, workers no longer rely on face to face meetings. Advanced software that is available to everyone allows virtual meetings to take place. Other software will allow management to monitor the workers that are working remotely in their homes. As the pandemic ends many companies that had never allowed workers to work remotely will assess this policy and will allow workers to work from their residences. Once this happens, the workplace will shrink. This will reduce the real estate cost that the company incurs. While the company that employs the workers reaps a benefit from the new working condition, the owner of the building that housed the workers will incur economic distress. Additionally, with the workers not being at an office, the restaurants and stores in the area of the office will incur negative economic impacts. America is ingenious and these impacts will cause business to launch new initiatives to counter the reduced traffic; however, it will change.
Unfortunately, the biggest impact to working from home is the change to our social system. Lesser face-to-face contacts will lead to even more social media usage to mingle with our fellow humans.
Amazon and Walmart online shopping was on a major growth trajectory before the disease. The pandemic is going to greatly accelerate the use of online shopping. This will greatly accelerate the reduction of foot traffic in our malls and retail stores when he pandemic is over. Closures will be inevitable as the need for the person behind the counter is reduced. While these closures become inevitable, the ingenuity of the American entrepreneur is massive and empty malls and stores will provide needed space for newer and unique opportunities for the American man, woman and child.
Our medical world will change as the sick will use telemetry to talk to a medical practitioner and provide testing of the sick. Waiting rooms filled with sick people will become less populated and future illness spread from the doctor’s office will decline and cost reductions will be realized.
Perhaps the best thing that could come from this pandemic crisis is a renewal of our faith in America and regeneration of our belief in religion. There is something about living through something like this pandemic and then sitting back and look in retrospect about what is truly important in life and thus what is truly important within our great nation. Let us hope that this is the true silver lining to this dark cloud that has cloaked our world in dread.
Everyone stay safe and remember, even this too shall pass.

Italy has been brutally slammed by the Corona Virus. Until last week Italy had become ground zero for the Corona Virus Pandemic. It took a surge in the United States for Italy to relinquish its’ dubious honor and place the crown on America’s head.
Northern Italy is a beautiful country filled with hills and mountains that border Switzerland. Being the home of Alexander the Great, it has been steeped in history for over two thousand years. Lovely towns with beautiful older buildings and outdoor restaurants attract people from around the globe. Life was happy and relaxing as residents visited, smoked their cigarettes and grew old. The Chinese found a wonderful place to visit, to work; to live. This is the perfect storm for what happened recently.
It appears that the virus entered Italy from the Chinese workers and visitors. An aged population filled with smokers that vastly weakened the lungs of individuals was the catalyst for the Corona Virus to infect and spread through the Italian community. As bad as the disease is, the support and treatment is equally as bad.
Italy has socialized medicine; what we refer to as Medicare-for-all as a concept for the United States to follow. For the typical day-to-day treatment of a population, socialized medicine can stumble along and provide basic services as it treats an aging populace. It is when special treatment or quick response is required that socialized medicine begins to show its’ cracks and when a non-socialized medical system flexes its’ muscles.
Italy is not the only socialized medicine country to be hit with this delima. Spain, a country that has also been ravaged by Corona virus has a government sponsored socialized medical system.
Italy has struggled with its’ ability to handle the Corona Virus epidemic. Reports tell of cremations instead of burials due to a lack of burial plots. Refrigerated trucks are being used to store the body-filled coffins. One woman had to wait the mandatory two-days before the government would come to her apartment to remove her dead husband’s body. Towns are totally shutdown but the human spirit is alive and well in Northern Italy. At night the residents of one town open their windows and applaud the exhausted health care workers and sing the Italian National Anthem.
While this is a touching scene and provides hope for the spirit of man, it comes short of supplying all the needs of a pandemic such as we are seeing today. America’s medical system is not socialized to the biggest extent. We do have Medicare, Medicaid and charity medical care in America but for the most part the majority of medicine is operated on the free market concept.
The Corona Virus does not discriminate as to what the country’s medical system is composed of. The initial medical treatment is not what is so unique in the war against the virus. The ability to adapt, to improvise and to overcome is what a non-socialized medical system and country has going for it. In a free country such as America, it is not the dictates of a central planning committee to provide what its’ citizens need. It is the inspiration, and generosity and ingenuity of a citizenry such as we have in our noble country that will insure that we can react to shortages in the best possible way. America will have a very trying time over the next few weeks; however, it is America’s ability to overcome adversity that will pull us through this pandemic. We come from a strong lot.
At this time as one of the most historical moments in the history of the world we have to ask the question, “Do we want a socialist system and centralized control or do we want an open system where the control for goods and services lies with the market?”.
Wishing everyone a very safe two weeks and remember that we are all in this together.

We are in a pandemic; that is certain. People are sick around the world and people are dying around the world; that is certain. More people will get sick and more people will die; that is certain. We will get over this and life will once again return to a more manageable reality; that is certain.
When we find ourselves in a situation such as the Coronavirus Pandemic, we become a day-by-day individual that responds to what is happening in our lives. Time loses its’ meaning while we transform into a survive mode and depart from a thrive mode. This is a scary time but if we rationally address this situation and try to control emotional thinking, we will have a much better probability of a positive outcome.
Let’s step back and take a broad view of how we got to where we are and take a look at the stages we will be gong through as we fight our way out of this very serious but manageable health care/economic tragedy. There are six phases or waves that we will observe during this pandemic. The term waves are used since the phases move in like a Tsunami and we can only stand on the beach and watch the monster wave rolling in on us; there is nothing that can be done to stop it. Three of these phases have taken place. One phase is where we are today. There are two more phases in front of us.
Phase 1 is when we first heard about the virus in China. This wave was a strange ripple on the water but few were alarmed. America’s interest was much more around the soap opera that was transpiring in Washington. Like the O.J. Simpson trial of the 1990’s, America was transfixed on the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump. Not only did this mesmerize America’s attention but the outcome was already realized. Then there was a weeklong delay getting the proceedings sent to the Senate from the House of Representatives. The timing of the impeachment was not intentional; however, it could not have come at a worse time.
Phase 2 is when many realized what was coming. Like our Tsunami pulling the water out of the bay and away from the beaches, some have a good idea of what was happening but the majority of people are oblivious of the impact of a pandemic. China had closed down an entire city and it was at this point that America realized just how bad this could be. During this phase America began to take measures to curtail and mitigate what was coming. The border to China was shut down, Toward the end of Phase 2 America aggressively took a hard look and tried to set American expectations and established policies to combat the virus. The Federal Reserve made an unprecedented move to drop the prime rate by .5%. Many asked what is so urgent that the Fed took these emergency measures in the middle of a red hot economy. Very few thought it was going to come to what we are experiencing today.
Phase 3. Reality hit our great nation. On a Monday morning America woke up and realized that the country was going quiet. Schools were closing and people were asked to not be in groups of more than 50 people. The NBA suspended its’ season followed by Major League Baseball. The NCAA March Madness tournament began and the first game came to an end at half time and thus March Madness ended. Airlines were closing down flights, restaurants were starting to close and vacations were being curtailed. A sobering mentality was gripping our great nation and we began to see other countries close their borders. Italy was gripped with tragedy while Iran became the hot spot of the Middle East. Like the Tsunami wave, America stood on the beach and looked out at the ocean in front of us and saw this gigantic wave looming before us as fear gripped America; there was nothing that could be done except watch what was coming.
Phase 4. The Tsunami wave arrives and we are at the beginning of the surge. Panic buying has ensued. Cooler heads are trying to alleviate the fears. This is where America is today and the majority of its’ citizens are anxious with many being scared and some feeling terror. Layoffs are rampant while hospitals are reporting shortages of supplies and death is taking place. The world is changing daily, decisions made today will impact us years in the future while new events will continue to require quick action and strong leadership. This is where we hunker down and take on a siege mentality. It will get worse. We will witness America at its’ best.
Phase 5. The wave has gone and retreated to the sea. We awake and all is calm. The sky is blue and the birds return. We will look around and all we see is devastation but the new day gives us reassurance that life continues. America has survived. She is hurt, bruised and sore but she is alive. It is during this phase that we rebuild a damaged world and rebuild we will. Schools will reopen, restaurants will flip their signs from closed to open. Hospitals will return to normal. We will honor the heroes and the living. We will mourn the dead and we will begin to rebuild. Today, we all look forward to this phase.
Phase 6. The world will never be the same. During this phase we have emerged stronger, more resilient and have become a better country. We have become more conscious of the needs of our fellow man. America understands hat we can only survive is we work together and if we remain a unified nation we can provide a world that is even better to live in that what we had before the pandemic.

IT’S ABOUT TIME

Posted: March 21, 2020 in Uncategorized

It’s taken a long time, a terribly long time; but it has finally happened. It has taken a pandemic of Biblical proportions coupled with an economic downturn that emotionally rivals the stock market crash of 1929. But it has happened.
Following the attack on Pearl Harbor by the Japanese in 1941, the Japanese Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto said, “I fear all we have done is to awaken a sleeping giant and fill him with a terrible resolve.” Seventy-nine years later this same resolve has been unleashed and instead of the attack being perpetrated by the Imperial Navy of Japan it is a microscopic bug that originated in oriental China. Like World War II, the attack threatens the entire world. Unlike World War II, the war is immediately worldwide and spread in an unbelievably short time.
America has agonized over the polarization it has experienced over the past ten years. It has not been racial in nature; instead it has been political and the polarization threatened to tear our great nation apart. While some bi-partisan legislation has taken place over the years the majority of Washington has morphed from petty rivalry to outspoken hatred. The press has also transformed from reporting the news so that America can determine for itself what is right and just to becoming a biased conduit that advocates for one political party or the other.
Over the past three weeks we have witnessed a transition from petty politics, biased press, snide remarks and embarrassing actions in our national capital to a unity of resolve to take on the dreaded Corona virus and economic fallout we are currently experiencing. America’s love for a sensational story allowed the Corona virus to slip up on the common American. Donald Trump was being impeached and the news media was enthralled with the event. Early attempts to achieve political gain from the virus quickly fell flat. Our President closed the border with China only to have Joe Biden condemning the move and referring to the closure as being Xenophobic. Today a large number of countries have taken the same approach and has closed their borders. This includes countries stopping Americans from crossing their borders for fear that Americans will spread the virus.
As dire as our situation is, we should find solace in the knowledge that our country has united. Wounds are healing and we are becoming one nation. It feels as if a large proud family had been torn apart by some event and after a tough arduous period of time the family members are sitting together at Thanksgiving with an understanding that past events pale in comparison to being together as a family.
We know we are whole when Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez calls for unity and then later criticizes her own constituents that were partying and celebrating St. Patrick’s Day in New York. We know we are whole when Nancy Pelosi, Chuck Schumer can sit down with Mitch McConnel, Lindsey Graham, Kevin McCarthy and other Republican leaders to hammer out a trillion-dollar bailout bill in only a few days. The most heartening example of our country becoming whole was when Joe Scarborough, devoutly a Trump antagonist, said that Trump must succeed.
The immediate future will be challenging; but nothing more that we have been up against in the past. We are a tough country that is tempered with benevolence and caring. We are at our best when faced with hardship and what appears to be insurmountable odds. The one thing we have to remember is that we are all in this together. There is no going out and turning the pandemic off like a television. We must face our worse fears, put on our big boy or big girl pants and make the best of a very bad situation. This situation is what we make of it and there will be plenty opportunities to provide help and relief for our fellow man.
The important thing that we must realize is that this will pass. We will emerge with a couple of bangs and bruises but we will survive.

On December 7th, 1941 Americans were waking to a lovely winter morning. It was Sunday and being the God loving country that America is, the majority of the country was in church. The country had been gripped in either a terrible nine-year-long economic depression or recession. At a time that despair should have been the order of the day, American ideals and optimism was still alive in our great nation.
As people came out of movie theaters in the deep south and as worshippers walked out of church in the far West and as people around the country were sitting around the lunch table the message was broadcast; America had been attacked. The forces of the Imperial Navy of Japan had launched a surprise attack on the American Naval base at Pearl Harbor, the Army Air Corps base at Hickam Field and the Army base at Scofield Barracks; all in the lovely quiet pacific island of Hawaii. Notice was then received that the United States army and facilities in the Philippines were under attack. America was at war.
There was plenty of blame to go around for this failure to protect the military assets of the United States. Airplanes had been bunched together to protect them from espionage. This made an easy target for Japanese planes that hit multiple aircraft with one strafing pass. Intelligence reports were ignored and there was no heightened security alert. Tiny Wake Island was undermanned and there was no way to resupply it when attacked. The aircraft carriers at Pearl Harbor were at sea training when the attack occurred and saved the most valuable assets in the United States Navy. This was a stroke a luck and not a planned activity. Communication between the United States and Pearl Harbor was very poor and notice of a possible attack was sent by Western Union and was not received on time. The attack on Perl Harbor and then the subsequent attack on the Philippines displayed a lack of professional planning and readiness as well as a lack of funding due to the economic conditions within the United States.
Plenty of blame was available for the pundits. It didn’t rear its’ ugly head though. Mass communication in a quick manner was not available like today. Nor was biased and incorrect social media blogs but there was more to the lack of protest and dissent than mass media. America immediately pulled together. There was no political posturing. College football players from Texas were sworn into the military during half-time of the Cotton Bowl. Long lines formed at the military recruitment offices. Food rationing and gas rationing was enacted and America accepted the responsibility and responded by buying hundreds of millions of dollars of war bonds to fund the war. America is at its’ best when its’ back is against the wall.
Today we are at war; not with planes and guns but with a virus that can only be seen through a microscope. Corona virus is with us and like the surprise attack on December 7th it has caught us by surprise. The big question for our terrific country is, “Can we pull together as one people and win or do we let petty political agendas sink our beautiful nation?”.
President Trump took early action when it comes to the virus migration. The air border with China was closed and thus stopped potential infected persons from entering America. Unfortunately, this was welcomed with calls of Xenophobia from individuals such as Presidential candidate Joe Bidon. Two weeks later it was realized that this action slowed the development of Corona in America. Like the Alamo in the early 1800s, this action provided extra time to better prepare for the imminent attack of the virus. This has kept us from the disaster that we are witnessing in Italy and Iran.
Like the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor, we were not prepared in a manner that would have confronting the enemy immediately. Like the aftermath of the attacks on Pearl Harbor, America has begun to band together and fight a common enemy. Unfortunately, some politicians do not understand how political polarization tears a country apart. Senator Schumer attacked the President’s speech for lacking empathy with the President’s speech to America and referred to him as being robotic. There is no place in our country today for this type of commentary. The surprise big person on the Democratic side of the house is one of the most radical in Washington. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez came on Fox News and noted that America must put bias behind them and pull together for the common cause. Then two days later she chastised the same demographic that elected her, the millennials in the city. Her message was simple; stay out of restaurants, stay away from socializing or in other words don’t be stupid. Think of what your actions can do.
Let’s give our all to America and allow our Executive Branch of the government, the office of the President of the United States, the chance to lead America in this war without bias and without sharpshooting every word. The press needs to concentrate on capturing the story and less on disparaging comments that tear down our national fabric.