Once upon a time, there was a country with a Pandemic. The situation was produced by a government considered by many to be illegal and headed by a clown with a dirty agenda. He did terrible things in every life situation and yet managed to get away with each and every infraction. His agenda quietly and sometimes even not so quietly, even supported racism and inequality. His treatment of women was abominable. Many of his actions were exactly like those of fascist rulers of the past.
The Pandemic came about and the scientists were careful to make it clear that there were ramifications for inaction and that preparations were needed. Years ago, the virus that was now circulating with a vengeance, had been the subject of research to come up with a a way of dealing with it. Their funding was dumped, viewed as a waste of money. The Pandemic situation response set in place by the previous President was treated with disdain and dumped as well.
The Pandemic arrived.
The FOOL (Fearless Oval Office Leader) denied the horror to come and said it was being handled perfectly well, the best any country had ever handled it. Meanwhile, it appears that the virus was even in the country earlier than others thought. The response to the illness was poorly planned, thought out, and hospitals and municipalities were inundated with case upon case and without the proper resources. Localities basically had to do their own thing, the national government clearly didn’t care.
Things went from bad to worse and soon the country became the epicenter of the Pandemic. There were soon more dead there than anywere else in the world. The national government blamed everyone but the people who should have been blamed for what was happening.
Meanwhile, the lockdown that was originally thought to be about six weeks or so, blossomed well beyond that. The national leader, the FOOL, decided it was time to reopen the country, as the economy was suffering. Not to worry, he said, « Everything will be fine, our numbers are great, we have the best Pandemic Response in the World. »
Nothing made sense. Nothing ever did under the time of the direction of the FOOL.
When the Pandemic first broke out and lockdown commenced, people began panicking and stockpiled things. Toilet paper was among the articles in short supply.
And so life continued within the craziness of the times. The FOOL, ‘the leader,’ if one might call him that, blustered and probably even wanted the violence and racism that his reign had produced. He was thinking about putting the country under martial law anyway, and make his reign complete.
His response to the toilet paper debacle was, « Let them buy a bidet. »
In a democracy, even one that isn’t working as it should, the best response is, « GET OUT AND VOTE!!! »