WE ARE NOT GOING BACK

From the Battleground, by Rich Paschall

Vote

You may have heard a lot about returning to normal or getting back to business. Some politicians want things to return to the way they were, by that they mean pre-pandemic. But here is the reality of the situation. No matter how much they encourage, or cajole, or insist it is not going to happen.

The orange commander can demand we all go back to work and act like nothing happened, but that can’t work. Someone with an orange face and white rings under his eyes can not miraculously turn back the clock and make life the way it was.

Back is gone. There is only foreword.


“It’s going to disappear. One day, it’s like a miracle—it will disappear.” – February 27, 2020


Coronavirus has not miraculously disappeared nor will it disappear. This past week, we hit the highest number of positive cases per day ever. The orange pretender will insist this is because we are doing more testing, and that is despite his earlier efforts to slow down testing.


“When you do testing to that extent, you’re going to find more people, you’re going to find more cases.
So I said to my people, ‘Slow the testing down, please.’ They test and they test.” – June 21, 2020


That’s a bury your head in the sand approach. It doesn’t work for ostriches and it doesn’t work for orange raccoons. Finding and dealing with the problem is of course the answer, but it is an answer the orange bandit does not want to face.

When the economy collapsed in 1929 and the Great Depression followed, people did not talk about going back. What was there to go back to? A failed system that did not protect Americans? The only way was forward. The administration had to be tossed aside for someone with a plan, a New Deal. Hoping and praying for something that did not work was not the answer then. It is not an answer now.

People who lived through those eras of the 1930s and the war years that followed in the 1940s were changed by the impact of those events. Their lives and their lifestyles were altered. Similarly, many people today will never go back to leading their lives as they did before.

It has become easier to understand the quirks and idiosyncrasies of my parents and grandparents in light of current events. There was a change of mindset that stayed with them until the end.  When they talked about eating everything on your plate because “kids were starving in India,” what they meant was they recalled living in hunger and fear through the Depression, and wasting food was an unforgivable sin to them.

People who are struggling today because of rich politicians who have yet to work out a stimulus package will remember what it was like to be without a job, without enough money, and without enough food. Their lives are altered and they will pass the lessons of wash your hands, save your money, be ready for a pandemic down to their children and grandchildren.

Does the orange-faced one think that people don’t want to go back to work, don’t want to earn money, don’t want to improve their lives? The man of many failed businesses apparently does not understand business.


“America will again, and soon, be open for business — very soon — a lot sooner than
three or four months that somebody was suggesting. A lot sooner.
We cannot let the cure be worse than the problem itself.” – March 23, 2020


States that have opened for business too soon are paying the price with COVID surges. The only way to really get America back to work is to suppress the virus, not to pretend it’s not a problem. Restaurants, theaters, sports arenas, concerts, are all on hold or working at severely reduced capacity because the virus is out of control. They can not invite everyone back in no matter what the governor of Florida thinks until the virus is suppressed, people feel comfortable returning to larger events, and business starts to return to normal.

A true businessman would see how the travel industry is harmed by the lack of flights. Why put planes in the air if people are afraid to go anywhere? Lack of travelers and restrictions by governments keep flights from other nations to a minimum. This also means that American goods take longer to get to market due to the industry slow down. Demanding that it all change back to the way it was in January is a monumental disservice to many American businesses, many of which are permanently closed.

The road not taken

With many people hunkered down at home, there is less of a demand for goods and services. If the virus is not suppressed, people will not fill the stores and the malls. Some will continue to go out, regardless of its impact on the rest of their society. Those people who won’t wear masks are keeping this problem going strong.

If we had a real leader in this country, he would make a patriotic call for Americans to unite to fight the virus by doing whatever it takes to drive the virus down. If we had a real leader, he would remind everybody that wearing masks is the path to restoring jobs. If we had a true leader, he would use the power of the federal government to get medical supplies to every state that needs them. He would invoke The Defense Production Act to make sure all states, all hospitals, all doctors and nurses have supplies to safely operate.  If we had a leader he would use those same powers to get supplies to schools and businesses so they can open safely. If we had a leader…

Since we could not take the same path we walked before, we are on a road never before taken. We have looked down our new path and developed new processes to communicate, visit, work from home rather than from an office. Industries are moving forward on their own to find rapid COVID testing procedures, better cleaning, and sanitizing procedures to make sure workers, customers, clients, and visitors are all safe.

We have to go down this new, untried road. Many of the jobs and lifestyle choices that lived on the old road we traveled are gone. Demanding we return to them are the statements of a fool. Believing the fool is worse. Not only is the big fool lying to you, but you are lying to you.



Categories: Coronavirus - Covid 19, corruption, Government, Rich Paschall

Tags: , , , , , , ,

6 replies

  1. A real leader would also see it as an opportunity to do things better than before.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. We were just re-watching — thought I’m not sure we ever watched it in the first place (we can’t remember!) — Lonesome Dove. Gus (Robert Duvall), when something tragic happens always says: “That was the past. You can’t go back. Cry, scream, get it out of your system. There’s no going back.” I think that’s how I’ve always viewed life. A lot of awful stuff has happened, but you can’t go back and fix it. You can only move forward.

    I think a lot of Trump supporters really think that somehow, if we have the ‘right’ leader, we’ll go back and “everything will be the way it used to be.”

    Nothing is EVER the way it used to be, whether it was good, bad, or tragic. There is no “back” for anyone. Only forward.

    Liked by 1 person

    • That is one of the many reasons Trump is the wrong guy. He is promising his cult that we will go back and “MAGA.” We had a path forward with an in place pandemic team. He chose to destroy it.

      Like

Talk to me!

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Our Eyes Open

Come along on an adventure with us!

Keep it alive

A look at life, achieving good physical and mental health and happiness

Social artist

Courteous to your heart

Story Board

News Stories

Covert Novelist

Just another WordPress site

The Small Dog

Life from the Tail End

Cee's Chronic Illness Sisterhood

Peer support and hope for women with Chronic Illness and their support team.

Salted Caramel

Blogging, Motivation, Lifestyle and much more.

Sue Vincent's Daily Echo

Echoes of Life, Love and Laughter

Sarah's Attic Of Treasures

Making My Home A Haven is important to me. Sharing homemaking skills. Recipes and food. Bible Studies. This is a treasure chest of goodies. So take a seat. Have a glass of tea and enjoy. You will learn all about who I am.

Green Screen

The Environmental Movie Podcast

Crittering

Crittering (noun) - the observation of critters in their natural habitat.

Works by Martha Kennedy

Historical Fiction, Memoir and Paintings

bushboys world

Photos of my world and other stuff I hope you will enjoy too. Photos taken with Canon PowershotSX70HS Photos can be purchased.

musingsofanoldfart

Independent views from someone who offers some historical context

The HOBBLEDEHOY

I use the best, I use the rest

This, That, and The Other

Random musings on life, society, and politics.

My Blog

Just another WordPress.com site

I'm a Writer, Yes, I Am! and a Painter, too? Who knew?

Martha Ann Kennedy's Blog, Copyright 2013-2020, all rights reserved to the author/artist

National Day Calendar

Fun, unusual and forgotten designations on our calendar.

Cee's Photo Challenges

Teaching the art of composition for photography.

Trent's World (the Blog)

Random Ramblings and Reviews from Trent P. McDonald

Views from the Edge

To See More Clearly

serial monography: forgottenman's ruminations

wandering discourse, pedantic rant, self-indulgent drivel, languorous polemic, grammarian's bête noire, poesy encroachment approaching bombast, unintended subtext in otherwise intentional context, unorthodox unorthodoxy, self-inflected rodomontade, …

draliman on life

Because sometimes life just makes you stop and think

The English Professor at Large

Posts about old Hollywood, current concerns

sparksfromacombustiblemind

EMBERS FROM SOMEONE DOGGEDLY TRYING TO MAKE SENSE OF IT ALL...

The Day After

Musings, Photography, Writing, and More

THE SHINBONE STAR

NO LONGER ENCUMBERED BY ANY SENSE OF FAIR PLAY, EX-JOURNALISTS RETURN TO ACTIVE DUTY TO FIGHT THE TRUMPIAN MENACE!

%d bloggers like this: