Super Screwed Day
by Coast Watcher
Apparently there’s some kind of mass primary event going on today called "Super Tuesday," but let’s look at something that provokes even more intense anxiety—the current American government’s utter lack of concern for its citizens.
The preamble to the American Constitution reads:
Note that bit about promote the general Welfare? How much promoting of the general welfare does the government do exactly? To paraphrase the early Federalist Robert Goodloe Harper, it seems to be a case of “Billions for defense, but not one cent for welfare.”We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.
The case for a single payer, a free at point-of-use health care system, in the United States is gaining ground. At no time has the need for such a system been clearer than the need to deal responsibly with the current global coronavirus outbreak.
Are you looking forward to facing a pandemic in a country where a key source of affording health care is starting a GoFundMe account and begging strangers for money?
According to the Business Insider, the cost per patient for coronavirus treatment will be around $3,000. A public official has stated that an inoculation for the virus will not be made available for free. Big Pharma stands to make a gigantic profit from human fear and misery, so it's American business as usual there. In any case, it’s predicted that such an inoculation will only become available sometime in the fall.
Of course, the Trump administration has characteristically stumbled to the fore in its desire (after much pressure) to be seen to be acting on the problem. The president appointed Vice President Mike Pence as the coordinator for the coronavirus outbreak. Evangelist Pence is the man who, as governor of Indiana, mishandled an AIDS outbreak in his state by ordering people to "pray for it to go away." His tardiness in responding to the outbreak by ordering the setting up of AIDS clinics and needle sharing programs led to the disease spreading, causing many unnecessary deaths. I shudder to think how his general evangelical-Protestant attitude will deal with a serious nationwide outbreak of disease. Perhaps his desire to bring about the End Times will yet again outweigh his responsibility toward the citizens of America.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, the man who helped turn the tide in the fight against HIV/AIDS during the 1990s has been virtually gagged by the administration over the response to the crisis. That’s right. The director of NIH's National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases has been prevented from giving out all he knows on the matter. Why this should be is unknown, but it simply could be down to Trump’s general level of incompetence and erratic behavior.
To add to the general level of insanity coming out of the White House these days, we have Trump’s oldest son, Donald Jr., proclaiming that the coronavirus is a ploy generated by the Democratic Party to discredit his father in November’s election. Yes, you read that right. Junior reckons that a major political party is willing to kill thousands (and possibly millions) in order to dump on his daddy.
On the Democratic side of the fence, we have the unedifying spectacle of newcomer to the electoral race Mike Bloomberg saying that elderly Americans should be denied health care in certain cases. Wow... Mr. Bloomberg demonstrates just how much a billionaire willing to buy his way into power cares about promoting the general welfare.
Of course, other countries are already dealing with the potential for a pandemic in a responsible way. Britain’s NHS is rolling out extensive testing for the virus, and plans are in place to close schools, colleges and businesses to contain an outbreak. Similar plans are being enacted across Europe. Note that these countries all have universal health care. There’s no question of anyone going bankrupt in order to preserve their health or the health of the community.
By contrast, rumors coming out of North Korea claim that dictator Kim Jong-Un has ordered the execution of his country’s first coronavirus patient. You think that's bad? Read on and you'll see why many Americans can’t even drink their tap water.
Below this blog post is a press release issued by Toledoans for Safe Water regarding a recent judicial ruling on the Lake Erie Bill of Rights (LEBOR). In essence, the judge ruled that corporations polluting our waterways is a First Amendment right. Way back when the Bill of Rights was written, the Founding Fathers knew bad water could cause disease and kill thousands, even if they didn’t understand exactly why. Now that we in the modern world do understand the causes of water-borne illnesses, it must be the government's responsibility to ensure that its citizens have access to clean, potable water or else another epidemic may occur when the toxic blue-green algae begins to bloom on the lake this summer.
Except nowadays our government is quick to shirk its responsibilities. According to federal judge Jack Zouhary, a citizen’s right to clean water and a healthy environment must give way to Big Agribusiness and Big Oil and their desire to make as much money as possible (by causing the biggest mess as possible) before the Earth ceases to be habitable for humanity.
So much for promoting the general welfare. Feeling screwed yet? Let the oligarchy know from this day forward that you're mad as hell and you're not going to take it anymore. We the people have the power. Now is the time to wield it. Remember:
The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don't have any. -- Alice Walker
BIO: Coast Watcher is always on the look out for what's happening to our human rights to health and happiness. Apparently they've been sold to the billionaires for cheap so the fat cats can sell our rights back to us at a huge profit. So much for all men are created equal, eh?
CDC's Fauci: Coronavirus Vaccine On Its Way https://www.
infectioncontroltoday.com/hai- types/cdcs-fauci-coronavirus- vaccine-way
Coronavirus: Trump Administration Stops Discussion https://www.businessinsider.
com/coronavirus-anthony-fauci- trump-admin-stops-discussion- 2020-2
Getting Treatment Might Cost Americans Upwards of $3,000+ https://www.businessinsider.
com/coronavirus-treatment- costs-americans-health-care- broke-2020-2
Timetable for a Coronavirus Vaccine--Maybe this Fall? https://www.npr.org/sections/
health-shots/2020/02/12/ 804628081/timetable-for-a- vaccine-against-the-new- coronavirus-maybe-this-fall
Mike Pence's "Pray On It" Plan to Combat Indiana HIV Outbreak Resurfaces After Trump Taps VP to Lead Coronavirus Response https://www.newsweek.com/mike-
pences-pray-it-plan-combat- indiana-hiv-outbreak- resurfaces-after-trump-taps- vp-lead-1489344
How Mike Pence Allowed the Indiana HIV Outbreak to Spread https://www.iflscience.com/
health-and-medicine/how-mike- pence-allowed-the-indiana-hiv- outbreak-to-spread/
Video Raises Questions About Bloomberg's View on Health Care for Older Americans https://www.forbes.com/sites/
patriciagbarnes/2020/02/17/ video-raises-questions-about- bloombergs-views-on- healthcare-for-older- americans/#77a45cc13005
North Korea's First Confirmed Covid19 Patient Shot Dead https://news-af.feednews.com/
news/detail/ cba0e3d130dbd0d8759b7f5bb95194 04
Mass Coronavirus Testing to Reveal How Far Disease Has Spread in Britain https://www.telegraph.co.uk/
news/2020/02/25/mass-testing- uncover-spread-coronavirus- britain/
Trump Jr.: Democrats Hope Coronavirus "Kills Millions of People" https://mavenroundtable.io/
theintellectualist/news/trump- jr-democrats-hope-coronavirus- kills-millions-of-people-NP- Ny1dXJE6wCnBAyLNd-g
White House: "Media Stoking Virus Fears to Take Down Trump" https://www.bbc.com/news/