At the radical intersection of extreme differences in America are the two political parties with very different ideas on how to serve and lead the people. The original founders were fed up with distant politicians taxing our lives and totally unprepared for any crisis.
That pattern continues to repeat itself whoever runs the government in Washington. It seems you just can’t fix stupid.
Throughout history, there have been deadly viruses, the bubonic plague, and infectious diseases that killed up to half of Europe in ??? With no health care system, only primitive medicine, it’s amazing that you and I survived through the generations to this day.
Survival today, through the COVID 19 pandemic, is a choice not an option. Please understand that the coronavirus pandemic that will not be fully contained even through 2021.
Donald Trump’s chief of staff, Mark Meadows, said it plainly the U.S. is “not going to control” the pandemic…
The truth about pandemics is the same as the truth about hurricanes, tornados, earthquakes or any other disaster.
The government is not coming quickly to save you.
In Louisiana, months after Hurricane Laura, blue tarps cover hurricane damaged roofs. Some will still be there six months or a year from now.
“WHEN IS SOMEONE COMING TO HELP US?”
That was a headline I read from a Lake Charles resident whose home has now been hit by two hurricanes this year.
The answer I said out loud, “NOBODY’S COMING? I saw this personally in 2008 when remnants of Hurricane Dolly sent when flood waters, tall trees, and debris ravaging down a mountain stream crashing into homes next to my cabin in Ruidoso, NM.
Both bridges near my house were removed by the torrent of water. All the houses across the river had eight feet high flood waters rushing through them. In an explosion of water power, a 50 foot high pine tree was upended and sent like a dart through a neighbors window where it remained for the next three months. It was a half a million dollar newly built log cabin built too low in a flood plain.
Everyone upstream of the second bridge was stranded for days… no food, no water, no one coming. It was July, the height of the tourist season… with no bridge, tourists couldn’t get themselves for days or their cars out for weeks.
Homes, lodges, and rental cabins were out of business for years, many forever. Just like businesses in Vovid 19. Sewer lines were washed away in the flood. City water sources damaged. A State of Emergency was declared by the Federal government.
So the government rushed in to help everyone, right? No!!!
The water finally retreated and the local fire department put a ladder across the still rushing river below. If you were physically able to climb a ladder lying flat, you got out. Too bad for the sick, elderly and disabled who lived up the canyon… it was days before a helicopter came and rescued the others.
My neighbor, a wise 70 plus man drove 30 miles next day, rented a tractor and returned to remove the flood rubble and level out his back yard. He knew the government wasn’t coming to save him.
What I didn’t know back then is, when the government arrived, they put signs up on every cabin saying KEEP OUT.
So your home, cabin, or rental property was extremely damaged and you needed to get the dirt, water and damaged furniture out immediately. The government arrives and announces, “keep out or go to jail.” That’s what happened exactly in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. Residents were locked out of their city, locked out of their homes, and their lives were rotting away.
Pay attention Lake Charles— no one is coming. Fix it roursekf.
Now back to COVID 19…the government, regardless of their efforts, cannot save everyone. Wave 2 on the pandemic is in progress. Number of cases hit all time highs this week. More people will be hospitalized. Sadly, more people with die of COVID 19.
While we’re hopeful vaccines are coming, they may or may not work. Vaccines will take time to produce and give to 328 million Americans. Only half of people surveyed said they would take a vaccine shot anyway. That’s a big hurdle to stop the pandemic. Will we send soldiers house to house to force people to take a COVID 19 vaccine? No way.
Latest results from one vaccine requires two shots not just one. That will double the vaccination problems. How in the world can we expect COVID 19 to be short lived or get under control quickly. We can’t.
In the case of the Ruidoso flood, the permanent bridge was finally put in place nine years after the flood. Ten years later, they have patched together the old sewer that’s literally in the river and along side. It now meets EPA standards, thankfully.
My cabin was high and dry, undamaged. My impression of local, state, and national governments unchanged.
A man has got to prepare for the worse himself. You can’t depend on the government to fix it.
I don’t mean to be a pessimist. But, friends if you’re waiting on the government to save you from COVID 19, you could be wrong, dead wrong. Do what YOU can based on your personal risk factors. Take responsibility to care for yourself and others. Don’t go through life thinking that the government has your back… we can’t fix stupid in Washington.