Every morning, I get up and hope that there is something positive in the news today. Something that will give me hope. Not another soppy story of all the great people helping other people because those stories are true, but have little to do with us and our lives. I admire the carers and wish I were one of them. Maybe then I could feel as if I was doing something useful in this terrible world.
I want to hear about something that — to put it bluntly — might help us. Help get our lives functioning again. Offer to deliver groceries, lower fuel rates. or car insurance. Someone in this town offering to help people who are physically unable to do it all for themselves anymore.
I have yet to see anything positive. Maybe there are heroes elsewhere, but none of them seem to live in Worcester County. It’s just bad news, start to finish and frankly, it’s depressing. I really want to see something positive. I want to see our government do ONE GOOD THING. Together. As if we are all “One nation, with or without God.”
Is it possible the Trump really is the antiChrist? It’s as if he took office and ever since, every day since, has been working day and night to take whatever was part of the American dream, stomp it flat, shoot it dead, and finally, flush it down the toilet.
Why does he not care about this country he is leading? Why is so unconcerned with how many of us have died or are likely to die? Is power THAT important to any living soul? Was he truly born without a soul or even a basic understanding of right and wrong? I think Stalin had warmer feelings for his people than Trump has for his.
I only read one article and I didn’t finish it. It was the 202, the daily summary of events from The Washington Post. Here are some bullet points from it.
- More than 40 million Americans have filed claims for jobless benefits in the past 10 weeks, including 2.1 million new claims last week, according to Labor Department data released this morning.
- Trump tweeted this morning to acknowledge the grim milestone, but his public schedule this week contains no special commemoration, no moment of silence and no collective sharing of grief. “
- Trump is poised to sign an executive order today that could roll back the immunity that tech giants have for the content on their sites.
- With no evidence, Trump has suggested five times – this month alone – that individuals and entities may have committed treason against the United States.
- Attorney General Bill Barr, who career prosecutors say has politicized the Justice Department for Trump’s benefit, continues his push to investigate the president’s investigators.
- Meanwhile, another Trump tweet plunged Congress into chaos – and thwarted the renewal of vital authorities needed by law enforcement to keep tabs on potential spies and terrorists.
- Trump has also, almost single-handedly, transformed the simple act of wearing a facial covering into the latest battle in the culture wars, dividing his own party in the process.
- Some businesses around the country are now kicking out customers who wear face masks.
- Quote of the day: “There’s no stigma attached to wearing a mask,” said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), a polio survivor who is up for reelection. (Politico)
- Civil unrest is a real danger. The second night of protests over the death of George Floyd turned deadly.
- Police chiefs around the nation responded with disgust to the news of Floyd’s death, seeking to reassure their cities.
- There’s a good chance the coronavirus will never go away.
- Trump could disenfranchise hundreds of thousands of people by delaying citizenship ceremonies until after November.
- The FDA temporarily loosened food labeling rules for the fifth time during the pandemic.
- Millennials are the unluckiest generation.
- Public schools face a fall with a lot more costs and a lot less funding.
- Meanwhile, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos said she will force public schools to share their pandemic aid with private ones.
This is just about half the bullet points. There were too many more and I couldn’t finish the article. There was no room in my heart or brain for everything. No more room. So if you ask me “how old do you feel?” I think my answer is older than history, older than the planet, older than any person should ever feel. My bad-news-bunker is out of space.
It really is difficult to “have a good day” with the world’s catastrophes looming over you.
For me, the worst part of our ongoing catastrophe is that there is so little I can do about it … and how awful the world will be for our younger citizens.