I have been working on a carefully researched response to the reopening of America. It’s an informational piece. This is not it. I couldn’t wait any longer to speak up, because our country is changing so much from day to day or even morning to evening. I couldn’t wait any longer. My voice is just one of the millions of Americans whose best interest is being ignored by our president and his advisors.
I abandoned the informational article after learning about the White House’s change in policy and procedure guidance given to states for reopening the economy. I’m livid with the lies of my government. I caught Dr. Birx’s interview on Fox News Sunday where she answered questions about projects and how to safely reopen the country.
Here’s what she said when Chris Wallace, host, asked her if she believed a patchwork reopening across the country and within the states was wise. “We made it very clear that the guidelines are based on very strong evidence and data, and that is the way Dr. Fauci has also driven. We want to make sure that every individual, every employer, and every person knows how to keep themselves safe in this situation. We’ve made it clear what the gating criteria is.”
After her interview, I went to researching what the government’s plan was. It included the data requirements for a state to consider it safe to reopen and how to move from one phase to the next, precisely what Dr. Birx was referring to. It is no longer there. I wish that while I was researching, I had taken screen shots of the recommendations that appeared on the White House’s website. I accessed from the following address, https://www.whitehouse.gov/openingamerica/#criteria. (This address is still active, but the content has been altered.) On Sunday it clearly stated the scientific data that should the serve as the basis for any state to reopen as well as the duration that data needed to be observed.
We want to make sure that every individual, every employer, and every person knows how to keep themselves safe in this situation.Dr. Deborah Birx, Coronavirus Response Coordinator
Yesterday morning I discovered the scientific, observable events were no longer listed. In fact, there is not criteria, no measurable benchmarks, to indicate when it is safe or best to move to the next phase. It’s also absent of what the recommendations are if a state starts to have a trend of upward movement of new cases, hospitalizations, and/or deaths due to COVID-19. The one thing that President Trump has been consistent about in is his recommendation that those who are at risk should remain in isolation.
Let’s look at some population numbers of America’s civilians, easily accessible in the census section of the government’s website. It is, however, near impossible to find reliable answers as to the numbers of Americans who are classified as immunocompromised or have one of the other conditions listed, but aren’t disabled, to follow isolation orders. These numbers also do not report on the institutionalized (such as assisted living/nursing homes) who are living with disability or an at-risk health condition. Here are the breakdown totals and percentages from 2018 according to the United States Census Bureau website (https://data.census.gov/cedsci/table?tid=ACSSPP1Y2018.S0201&q=S0201).
Total Americans: 327,167,439
Total Noninstitutionalized Civilians 18 to 65: 197,888,546
Total Number Noninstitutionalized Civilians 18 to 65 with disability: 20,184,632
Percentage of those Civilians 18 to 65 with a disability 10.2%
Total Noninstitutionalized Disabled Civilians over 65: 51,137,346
Total Number Noninstitutionalized Civilians over 65 with disability: 17,335,560
Percentage of those Civilians over 65 with a disability: 33.9%
Total Number of Noninstitutionalized Civilians with a disability and18 and older: 37,520,192
Using just these numbers, by my calculation, the elderly and disabled alone make up close to 11.4% of civilians.
Remember, these numbers do not include the percentages of people who are immunocompromised, diabetic, obese, asthmatic, or children with a disability and their families or caregivers who may also need to remain in isolation. Add to that other caregivers and the health care workers assisting in emergency and critical care medicine who are on the front lines fighting this disease. Their lives are turned upside down by working extreme hours and having to remain isolated from their families. You cannot honestly tell me that reopening the country in such a cavalier fashion is necessary for the economy!
The White House’s original recommendations on reopening America is now being reported as a draft and was supposedly leaked by the AP. The White House has abandoned all of the CDC’s data recommendations. The one I’m particularly angry about abandoning is the one that strongly recommended that states wait until they see a CONSISTANT downward trend of new cases and deaths over a period of 14-days.
The White House is vying for your vote. President Trump’s actions of throwing out the CDC’s recommendations shouldn’t come at a surprise, I suppose. Sometimes his actions really do seem out of love for humankind. Then he says and does ignorant things like this. Essentially what he’s done is found a way for me, my husband, my children, my parents, our pastor, his family, and millions of others living in America to be drafted into the military. Follow me here for a moment. He hasn’t put guns in our hands, although many Americans have decided to become gun owners out of fear of our government’s lack of protecting the best interest of ALL of those residing in America. But we are armed. We are armed with the gift of life—breathing, eating, contributing to the greater good. Each life is a valuable story to be told and one that’s worth following all of the way to the end.
On March 25, 2020, Trump tweeted, “The fundamental problem is whether we are going to tank the entire economy to save 2.5% of the population which is (1) generally expensive to maintain, and (2) not productive.”
I have already demonstrated that the United States Census Bureau reports that the numbers of those at risk and judged as “not productive” and “expensive to maintain” is four times the White House’s number of the American population he’s labeling in this quote. Why would anyone say, think, or act on this sentiment? Because they are selfish and take life for granted. They have been jaded with the fact that connections and money (many of Trumps friends and close associates have billions to lose that are tied up in the tanking stock markets) have allowed them to erase or bury large mistakes. People who act accordingly do not believe that life is a right. The logical conclusion is that they look out for themselves and those who can do them favors. They will not throw themselves in front of a bullet for you. They will not sacrifice their comforts and luxury to help others. I believe in the sovereignty of the seat of the President of the United States of America. I do not like criticizing the White House even when I disagree with their policy. This is not policy. This is not representation of the people. This has become dictatorship at the expense of the PEOPLE.
Trump’s response about this change in policy was, “You have to be warriors. We can’t keep our country closed down for years and we have to do something. Hopefully that won’t be the case, but it could very well be the case.”
Trump’s occasional words of compassion (like his last, almost parenthetical sentence) belie what would seem to be his real agenda and belief that those “at risk” due to underlying chronic illness and the elderly should sacrifice their lives so that their fellow Americans can continue to live as though the entire world hasn’t been changed by a deadly virus. Here’s an idea, why don’t we ask EVERY American to make a sacrifice to be in our “military” and be armed to fight this head on? Why not draft every American? The war will be won much sooner with far fewer casualties.
We cannot let profit and greed guide how we run our country and where we put our priorities and which of us will involuntarily sacrifice their lives. Nancy Pelosi spoke up to challenge the barrage of Twitter comments from President Trump. “If you undermine science, if you underfund testing, if you exaggerate the opportunity that is out there for the economy at the risk of people dying, that’s not a plan,” Pelosi told MSNBC. “Death is not an economic motivator, stimulus. So why are we going down that path?”
Economic concern is not the only motivator. After all, we are in an election year. Many voters on the conservative side of the spectrum are older or getting very close to 65 and are watching their elderly parents suffer in this pandemic. They aren’t suffering necessarily financially or with illness, but suffering by spending their lives indefinitely in quarantine so that the rest of their country men and women can resume “normal” life without regard for their neighbor. Traveling and seeing the country or the world has been ripped from their dreams of what their golden years would hold. Trump is losing that demographic of supporters.
Trump is losing many in the Christian base, too. For those Americans who are free thinkers, read, research, and engage in intellectual dialogue and debate, they are not ignorant to the hypocrisy of being “Pro-Life” for an unborn baby (whose life is absolutely precious) but not pro-life for at least 11.4% of the civilians already born. He and his cronies are essentially doing what they believe a mother is doing who has an abortion. The elderly and disabled now do not have a choice at life. They are told to sacrifice their life for someone else.
In a tweet on March 25, 2020, Trump said it very clearly, “The LameStream Media is the dominant force in trying to get me to keep our Country closed as long as possible in the hope that it will be detrimental to my election success. The real people want to get back to work ASAP. We will be stronger than ever before!”
Don’t be fooled thinking President Trump is the only politician leading our states and nation who feel this way. Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick from Texas believes that older people should be willing to take risks for the greater good of the economy, too.
So, dear disabled or immunocompromised person and grandmas, grandpas, aunts, uncles, cousins, mom and dad, you are no longer a “real” person. How does that make you feel about sacrificing your life for our country?
And one more thing. Mr. President, I challenge you to ask the people of my church, my neighborhood, my friends, family and the students who I have helped learn through tutoring and homeschool classes over this last year what their lives would have been like in the last 12 months had I been dead. Value and productivity is NOT measured by the dollar.