The Buck Stops Here

“The buck stops here” is a phrase that was popularized by U.S. President Harry S. Truman, who kept a sign with that phrase on his desk in the Oval Office. The phrase refers to the notion that the President has to make the decisions and accept the ultimate responsibility for those decisions.

Around midnight on September 22, 1989 the South Carolina coast was hit by an atomic bomb. That was the night Hurricane Hugo made landfall just north of Charleston, South Carolina at Sullivan’s Island as a Category 4 storm with estimated maximum winds of 135-140 mph. Carroll Campbell was the Governor of South Carolina at that time, a popular native son who had to make hard, and ultimately life saving decision in the second year of his first term.

Governor Campbell ordered the complete evacuation of the South Carolina coast in advance of the storm. If any of you know or if you have followed how unpredictable a hurricane’s path can be this was not a popular decision. In the community that I live in it seems that every affluent or prominent family has a beach house and my wife’s family was no exception. The Governor’s order was not only an economic burden but a personal, and social inconvenience as well. September was a great time to be at the beach and instead of enjoying a round of golf and a seafood platter at Murrells Inlet the Governor was forcing people to leave without truly knowing if this massive storm would even hit.

In the end Governor Campbell’s hard decision saved untold lives. If Hugo had taken a hard-right turn and headed north instead of hitting the South Carolina coast directly the Governor probably would have paid a price for that decision as well. But here is the thing, Carroll Campbell was prepared to accept that costly outcome because in his mind, like President Harry S. Truman, “The buck stops here”. He understood that is what he signed up for. As Governor he knew he would have to make hard decisions, unpopular decisions, inconvenient decisions, and decisions that could and would save people’s lives.

My wife and I travelled to her family’s beach house two weeks after Hurricane Hugo hit. We went via Charleston up the coast to Pawleys Island and the devastation shook us to our core. In the end Hugo left 27 dead in South Carolina, thousands homeless and caused billions of dollars of damage.

After the storm Governor Campbell enlisted the full force of the federal government to piece the South Carolina coast back together. Two years later, when he was reelected to a second term there were very few reminders left of that devastating storm.

This week, Trump and his son-in-law Jared Kushner have been crafting and formulating a new Coronavirus excuse. Rather than acting like a real leader and accepting the responsibility of the “the buck stops here” King Donald and Princess Jared have staked their claim to “passing the buck”. What we are now hearing is that it isn’t the Federal Government’s fault (Donald Trump) that hospitals don’t have the necessary equipment and supplies to fight the Coronavirus battle, it’s the states fault, the Governors fault. If you recall, Trump ran on the campaign mantra that “he alone could fix” the problems afflicting this nation. Today, in this crisis, he is now telling the nation that he is only a “back up”. No longer is he tweeting as he has done in the past that “the full weight of the Federal Government is behind you” now it is “call us if you need us but say nice things about me first”.

If you live in a red state like I do you know that your Governor is taking all their cues from Trump. South Carolina has no statewide stay-at-home order because our Republican Governor Henry “Foghorn Leghorn” McMaster doesn’t want to do anything that might take him out of Trumps good graces. In my community the Mayor and City Council are begging, pleading for the Governor to act. Instead, our Republican Attorney General has said communities cannot override Governor Foghorn Leghorn’s decisions or lack thereof.

In recent days we have seen a few Republican Governor’s succumb to the pressure of its citizens and local governments. Georgia’s dumbass Republican Governor Brian Kemp finally agreed to a statewide stay-at-home order when he said he learned that asymptomatic people could spread the Coronavirus. I would have assumed that Georgia’s health departments are filled with smart people with advanced degrees from UGA and Georgia Tech. So, it is very interesting that it took him three months to finally figure that out despite departments full of smart people telling him otherwise. But I guess when your red state lord and savior is telling the world “It’s going to disappear. One day, it’s like a miracle, it will disappear” that’s what you go with.

As I have written time and time again, Donald Trump will not only go down as the worst and most corrupt President this nation has ever had he will also hold the title as the most ill-prepared President we have ever suffered through. U.S. Senator Kamala Harris recently tweeted that “Fifty days ago I attended a Homeland Security committee meeting about the coronavirus—and no current Trump administration public health officials bothered to show up.” Why did no Trump officials show-up? Because their fearless leader was telling them “…… as the weather starts to warm & the virus hopefully becomes weaker, and then gone.”

The last states holding out on a statewide stay-at-home order are Alabama, Missouri, South Carolina, and Utah. All states being led by a Trump friendly, Republican Governor. Watch these states numbers spike like they have in Florida because Ron DeSantis didn’t want to piss off King Trump. Also, pray for the poor souls like me and my family whose Governor would rather please Trump than protect their states citizens. The buck will stop on the dead bodies of the innocent.

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Gullible

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Gullible is a word you don’t hear used much anymore. I wonder why? My Grandmother used the word gullible a lot as in “he is a gullible old fool” when she was talking about her sister in laws husband Mr. John. Maybe it’s an old fashion word in this new age of google. It’s hard to be gullible if you can google the truth or what people perceive to be the truth or for our Deplorable brothers and sisters hear the “truth” on Fox News.

I think gullible is the perfect word to describe all the Trumpers, MAGAers, GOPers and Red Staters out there who are still convinced that;

  1. This Coronavirus mess is some kind of Deep State conspiracy.
  2. The Great Pumpkin is doing an A+, tremendous job leading our nation through it.

Yes, gullible would be a great word to describe these clowns.

The latest gullible message the GOP is trying to sell to the rest of us is that Trump’s lack of response, or lack of urgency concerning the Coronavirus rest firmly on the shoulders of the Democrats. Why you ask? Well if King Rump had not been so preoccupied with his impeachment trial, read tweeting every fifteen minutes, that maybe, just maybe he would have taken a more proactive approach to dealing with this serious issue.

This is a real talking point being propagated right now and spread by the head GOP man himself, Mitch “The Turtle” McConnell. What I assuming is the Fox News brain trust (sounds like an oxymoron) came up with this clever, gullible excuse and recruited the powerful Turtle to distribute it. But there are just a couple of oh so small problems with it that I would love to point out.

Number One: By floating this excuse Mitch, Hannity, Tucker and Kellyanne basically admit that yes, the Great Pumpkin didn’t act quickly enough and didn’t give the Coronavirus the attention it demanded or deserved. Now Joe Deplorable down in Scooba, MS will disagree with my observation. If Crazy Nancy and Shifty Schiff hadn’t been hounding his President, he will reason, Trump would have waved his golden, magic wand and the Coronavirus would have disappeared just like he said it would, like a “miracle”.  Gullible.

Number Two: While Rump was not providing the impeachment committee with any documents or witnesses, basically ignoring all the request the committee was making for documents and witnesses, and apparently “stress tweeting” 24/7 he was also busy doing some other stuff. On January 9th, 14th, 28th, 30th, February 10th, 19th, 20th, 21st and the 28th Trump may have been busy worrying about the impeachment but still found the strength and resolve to hold nine of his redneck rally’s. And then on January 18th, 19th, February 1st, 15th, March 7th and the 8th he was able to find the time to play a just few rounds of golf instead of actually reading one of the many reports available to him about the coming pandemic. Gullible.

To Date: Coronavirus Cases: 238,823 – Coronavirus Deaths: 5,768

Just as a reminder here is the list again of the A+ job “our” President has done:

Feb. 7 (tweet): “…… as the weather starts to warm & the virus hopefully becomes weaker, and then gone.”

Feb. 10: “I think the virus is going to be — it’s going to be fine.”

Feb. 14: We have a very small number of people in the country, right now, with it. It’s like around 12. Many of them are getting better. Some are fully recovered already. So we’re in very good shape.”

Feb. 19: “I think it’s going to work out fine. I think when we get into April, in the warmer weather, that has a very negative effect on that and that type of a virus. So let’s see what happens, but I think it’s going to work out fine.”

Feb. 24 (tweet): “The Coronavirus is very much under control in the USA. … Stock Market starting to look very good to me!”

Feb. 25: “You may ask about the coronavirus, which is very well under control in our country. We have very few people with it, and the people that have it are … getting better. They’re all getting better. … As far as what we’re doing with the new virus, I think that we’re doing a great job.”

Feb. 26: “Because of all we’ve done, the risk to the American people remains very low. … When you have 15 people, and the 15 within a couple of days is going to be down to close to zero. That’s a pretty good job we’ve done.”

Feb. 28: “I think it’s really going well. … We’re prepared for the worst, but we think we’re going to be very fortunate.”

Feb. 28: “It’s going to disappear. One day, it’s like a miracle, it will disappear.”

Feb. 28: “This is their new hoax.”

March 4: “Some people will have this at a very light level and won’t even go to a doctor or hospital, and they’ll get better. There are many people like that.”

March 9 (tweet): “So last year 37,000 Americans died from the common Flu. It averages between 27,000 and 70,000 per year. Nothing is shut down, life & the economy go on. At this moment there are 546 confirmed cases of CoronaVirus, with 22 deaths. Think about that!”

March 10: “And it hit the world. And we’re prepared, and we’re doing a great job with it. And it will go away. Just stay calm. It will go away.”

March 11: “I think we’re going to get through it very well.”

March 12: It’s going to go away. … The United States, because of what I did and what the administration did with China, we have 32 deaths at this point … when you look at the kind of numbers that you’re seeing coming out of other countries, it’s pretty amazing when you think of it.”

March 15: “This is a very contagious virus. It’s incredible. But it’s something that we have tremendous control over.”

March 16: “If you’re talking about the virus, no, that’s not under control for any place in the world.”

March 17: “I’ve always known this is a, this is a real, this is a pandemic … I’ve felt that it was a pandemic long before it was called a pandemic.”

March 18 (tweet): “I always treated the Chinese Virus very seriously, and have done a very good job from the beginning, including my very early decision to close the “borders” from China – against the wishes of almost all. Many lives were saved. The Fake News new narrative is disgraceful & false!”

 

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How does your garden grow

“The glory of gardening: hands in the dirt, head in the sun, heart with nature. To nurture a garden is to feed not just the body, but the soul.” – Alfred Austin

I have written before about my love of gardening but last year was a bust for me. The season started with too much rain and ended with no rain, two months of no rain. I fought the usual battles with birds, squirrels, rabbits and chipmunks but a new villain entered my little patch of dirt last year, voles.

As you may recall I lost my Rat Terrier, my homely little girl, my squirrel and chipmunk assassin in February of 2019. Since her passing my backyard has become party central for those grey tree rats. And for whatever reason my massive Rhodesian Ridgeback could care less about them. Hell, he thinks they are his friends.

So, after last year’s disaster I decided to create a new garden in my backyard one with more beds and with the underlying goal of eating-up some grass that I won’t have to cut. When I shared this “idea” with wife she immediately found an article, with pictures, in Southern Living about a garden utopia some engineer had created in his backyard. She said if you can make it look like this I will let you do it.

Now I know that sounds a little harsh, “I will let you do it” but I deeded over my half interest in “our” house to her 20 years ago so in-truth it is her backyard and I am merely a tenant she allows to live there. Nevertheless, I began my quest to build my own spin on a garden utopia in January and I think I have done a pretty good job.

By the first of February I had all the beds built, and a very cool fence and trellis created out of 150 tobacco sticks. I was ready for dirt. But there was a probably, rain. My “dirt guy” needed, at the very least one week of dry weather to run the dirt through a screener. It wasn’t happening. For the next six weeks it rained, hard, at least twice every week. My landlord, my wife, began asking when would garden utopia be finished? When would she begin seeing lettuce, and tomatoes in the ground? When would she not have to look at six empty 4 x 8 boxes in her backyard? I didn’t have an answer.

Finally, last Saturday, I found some available dirt and mushroom compost. Not from my “dirt guy” but a hardware store about 10 miles away from my house. I fired-up the old 1982 F-250 and drove as fast as I could, or as fast as an 1982 F-250 goes without a heater, A/C, radio and a clutch that slips and got in the dirt line to get as much as I could without blowing out my back tires. Seeing how little they had I knew I better take advantage of what they had now because there was no coming back later in the afternoon for more.

With every scoop, the 1982 F-250 inched a little lower to the ground. After four scoops, the kid on the front-end loader looked at me and said I don’t think she can take another. I checked the tires and the clearance and asked for one more. He shrugged at me and said okay.

When he dropped the fifth and final scoop in the bed of my old 1982 F-250 she made a groan like I had never heard her make. There was still a little round in the tires, but I knew it would be a long and very slow drive back home, but I had my dirt and garden utopia was back in business.

Over the next five hours I filled wheelbarrow after wheelbarrow with a hundred pounds of dirt, rolled it up a ramp I built over three stairs in my landscape wall and dumped them in my beds. Fill, roll, dump, repeat. I knew that I would sleep well that night provided I could walk up the stairs to the bedroom I share and rent from my landlord and physically get myself in the bed.

It’s still early but I have put a few plants in the ground which was followed by three very cold nights. I always plant to early, but I can’t help it. One plant I can’t find is lettuce. Our Farmers Market always has loads of lettuce plants this time of year and they have none.

I asked the lady, the same lady I have been buying plants from for ten years why no lettuce. The only reason she could think of is the Coronavirus. She said she has seen a lot of parents and kids buying plants and she figured, since the kids are out of school and lettuce is easy to grow, that parents are creating little gardens to give kids something to do. I completely understand. I guess we all need to make sacrifices during this crisis. Mine will be lettuce.

I hope everyone is safe and healthy. These are very trying and stressful times, for some much worse than others. Do the best you can to minimize your stress and remember that your mental health is just as important as your physical health. Keep an eye on both and take inventory of both every day. Working in the dirt gives me a break from all the troubles of world. You don’t need a garden utopia to enjoy the benefits. A couple of big pots, a bag of dirt and a few packs of seeds and you too can enjoy the miracles of growth that I marvel at every year. Peace.

“I grow plants for many reasons: to please my eye or to please my soul, to challenge the elements or to challenge my patience, for novelty or for nostalgia, but mostly for the joy in seeing them grow.” – David Hobson

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Trump can dish it out, but he can’t take it

Back in 2011, Leon F Seltzer Ph.D. wrote an article for Psychology Today titled The Narcissist’s Dilemma: They Can Dish It Out, But… In his article, Dr. Seltzer writes: “When criticized, narcissists (those afflicted with narcissistic personality disorder) show themselves woefully incapable of retaining any emotional poise, or receptivity. And it really doesn’t much matter whether the nature of that criticism is constructive or destructive. They just don’t seem to be able to take criticism, period. At the same time, these disturbed individuals demonstrate an abnormally developed capacity to criticize others (“dish it out” to them).

Although narcissists don’t, or won’t, show it, all perceived criticism feels gravely threatening to them—the reason that their inflamed, over-the-top reactions to it can leave us so surprised and confused. Deep down, clinging desperately not simply to a positive but grandiose sense of self, they’re compelled at all costs to block out any negative feedback about themselves. Their dilemma is that the rigidity of their defenses, their inability ever to let their guard down, guarantees that they’ll never get what they most need, which they themselves are sadly oblivious of.”

Later in the article Dr. Seltzer notes: “The narcissist’s marked lack of accurate empathy for the feelings, wants, and needs of others is all too well known. But what is less appreciated is that this deficiency represents an unfortunate consequence of their growing up so preoccupied with their own frustrated needs, and emotional distress generally, that they could never develop sufficient sensitivity to others. Intensely driven to succeed, or at least see themselves as successful, their focus inevitably became myopic, pathologically self-centered. Others simply weren’t in their line of (tunnel) vision.”

One of the interesting byproducts of this whole Coronavirus mess is that Trump’s narcissistic personality disorder is on full display. If you have been able to stomach watching even ten minutes of his daily press briefings, you quickly realize that he spends the vast majority of his time praising the job that he is doing or telling the world about all the “cures” he has hunches on that will work.

When he is not on camera it appears Trump spends most of his day crafting pushback tweets, I hear that Fake News CNN just reported that I am isolated in the White House, wondering out loud, “when will life return to normal?” Does anybody really believe that? There was no leak, they made it up – they are CORRUPT & FAKE NEWS I have been packed all day with meetings, I have no time for stupidity. We’re working around the clock to KEEP AMERICA SAFE! or retweeting the people that extol the job he is doing, Gallup poll shows strong 60% approval of President @realDonaldTrump’s handling of Virus Crisis: Overall Job Approval Rating Up to 49%, despite only 13% Democratic support. I know that this won’t come as a big surprise but at the end of the day the Coronavirus is all about Donald Trump, the rest of us are expendable.

The latest proof that Trump can dish it out, but he can’t take it concerns the upcoming election. Trump’s Coronavirus response, or lack thereof, has created a smorgasbord of video and audio clips for the Democrats to use against him and he is a little touchy about one commercial running right now in particular. So much so that he is threatening legal action and we all know how much Trump loves to sue people.

One point that Trump vehemently denies is that he called the Coronavirus a hoax. During his February 2020 redneck rally in South Carolina, Trump compared the Democrats’ criticism of his administration’s response to the new Coronavirus outbreak to their efforts to impeach him. Trump said that “this is their new hoax.” But also, during his riffing and ranting he downplayed the severity of the outbreak, comparing it to the common flu. Seems a little confusing doesn’t it?

Nevertheless, what is not confusing is despite all his protest there are plenty of tweets, interviews, and quotes that confirm he didn’t act quickly enough and certainly didn’t take the threat seriously. We will see all these gaffs once again on a continuous loop when the presidential race heats up. There is also no confusion that the only reason he tried to whitewash the issue was to protect the stock market value which is how he validates the “tremendous”, “powerful” job he is doing.

Dr. Seltzer concludes that narcissists like Trump “need to be viewed as perfect, superlative, or infallible” and that this need “makes them so hypersensitive to criticism. And their typical reaction to criticism, disagreement, challenges can lead to the “narcissistic rage” that is another of their trademarks. To protect their delicate ego in the face of such intensely felt danger, they’re decidedly at risk for going ballistic against their perceived adversary.” Ask Peter Alexander with NBC if he agrees with this observation.

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Who you going to blame? THE CHINESE!

“It would have been much better if we had known about this a number of months earlier. It could have been contained to that one area in China where it started. And certainly the world is paying a big price for what they did.” – Trump

I am sure many of you have seen the picture of Trump’s press conference notes where he crossed out the word “corona” and replaced it with “Chinese” as in the Chinese Virus. We all know that Trump loves to blame everyone else for his fuck-ups because in his pea size brain he is and has been doing a “tremendous” job on every aspect of his presidency giving himself 10’s, and A+’s across the board. So why should we be surprised that he feels any different about his Coronavirus response? It is imperative, to pacify his fragile ego, that Trump have someone or something to blame for his many shortcomings and in the case of COVID-19 that blame rest on the shoulders of the Chinese.

I flipped the channel over to Hannity’s show last night and eerily, as if right on cue, the first word I heard uttered out of his mouth was “the Chinese”. I was able to take about five minutes of listening to this moron but in those five minutes he laid out the Trump blame game in detail, if the Chinese had been more forthcoming, if the Chinese had provided the rest of the world with more notice, if the Chinese had taken more aggressive actions, if, if, if. And obviously, from Hannity’s perspective, Trump’s response has been tremendous, decisive, powerful, presidential, blah, blah, blah.

If you haven’t had a chance to watch Vice President Mike Pence perform fellatio on Trump at his daily “Wartime President” ego briefings I would highly recommend it. Apparently whatever self-respect, dignity, or manhood for that matter Pence once had or that “Mother”, which is what he calls his wife, allowed him to have Trump has confiscated it. And as Trump spins his web of lies, and fiction assuring the American public that he has it all under control, Pence stands behind him, stoic as ever, nodding his head up and down with each new Trump falsehood, deception, and make believe reality.

My favorite part of these absolutely waste of time pressers is when Trump is asked a hard question like “You keep saying medical supplies are plentiful, but hospitals are resorting to making their own mask. Where are these supplies?” Trump responds, “I am going to let Mike answer that” and Pence puckers his lips, gets down on his knees and begins with a little foreplay for Trump to enjoy, “Thanks to our Presidents decisive actions”. It truly is repulsive, but I guess Pence likes it. He looks like he likes it. Certainly, we all know The Donald enjoys it.

As I have written before and obviously based on the comments and tweets of Trump that I posted previously the “Chinese Virus” was only a big surprise to Trump. The rest of the world apparently knew what was headed our way. Why was “our President” so in the dark? Lot’s of reasons. He has gutted important health departments or can’t find the people to fill key roles. And the people, his advisors, that surround him have one job and one job only, to placate him, and tell him he is a good boy, the smartest boy. The other Trumpian thing he has done is isolate us from other countries, remember “America First”. Other world leaders, obviously except for Putin and the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, don’t give a rat fuck about Trump. Help him? Please. Share intel with him? Right, pass. This is new world reality. Once upon time America lead, we were respected and now we are outcast

Trump couldn’t have prevented this virus from entering our country but back in December when he learned about the possibilities, he really could have taken decisive actions. But he couldn’t, he wouldn’t because he was so terrified of the one poll that he has staked his entire presidency on, the stock market. He lost that battle and now it is time to blame someone. Obama? Hillary? Comey? Fake news? The deep state? Not this time, it’s “Jhina’s” turn.

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You won’t see this on Fox News

Just as a reminder:

Feb. 7 (tweet): “…… as the weather starts to warm & the virus hopefully becomes weaker, and then gone.”

Feb. 10: “I think the virus is going to be — it’s going to be fine.”

Feb. 14: “We have a very small number of people in the country, right now, with it. It’s like around 12. Many of them are getting better. Some are fully recovered already. So we’re in very good shape.”

Feb. 19: “I think it’s going to work out fine. I think when we get into April, in the warmer weather, that has a very negative effect on that and that type of a virus. So let’s see what happens, but I think it’s going to work out fine.”

Feb. 24 (tweet): “The Coronavirus is very much under control in the USA. … Stock Market starting to look very good to me!”

Feb. 25: “You may ask about the coronavirus, which is very well under control in our country. We have very few people with it, and the people that have it are … getting better. They’re all getting better. … As far as what we’re doing with the new virus, I think that we’re doing a great job.”

Feb. 26: “Because of all we’ve done, the risk to the American people remains very low. … When you have 15 people, and the 15 within a couple of days is going to be down to close to zero. That’s a pretty good job we’ve done.”

Feb. 28: “I think it’s really going well. … We’re prepared for the worst, but we think we’re going to be very fortunate.”

Feb. 28: “It’s going to disappear. One day, it’s like a miracle, it will disappear.”

Feb. 28: “This is their new hoax.”

March 4: “Some people will have this at a very light level and won’t even go to a doctor or hospital, and they’ll get better. There are many people like that.”

March 9 (tweet): “So last year 37,000 Americans died from the common Flu. It averages between 27,000 and 70,000 per year. Nothing is shut down, life & the economy go on. At this moment there are 546 confirmed cases of CoronaVirus, with 22 deaths. Think about that!”

March 10: “And it hit the world. And we’re prepared, and we’re doing a great job with it. And it will go away. Just stay calm. It will go away.”

March 11: “I think we’re going to get through it very well.”

March 12: “It’s going to go away. … The United States, because of what I did and what the administration did with China, we have 32 deaths at this point … when you look at the kind of numbers that you’re seeing coming out of other countries, it’s pretty amazing when you think of it.”

March 15: “This is a very contagious virus. It’s incredible. But it’s something that we have tremendous control over.”

March 16: “If you’re talking about the virus, no, that’s not under control for any place in the world.”

March 17: “I’ve always known this is a, this is a real, this is a pandemic … I’ve felt that it was a pandemic long before it was called a pandemic.”

March 18 (tweet): “I always treated the Chinese Virus very seriously, and have done a very good job from the beginning, including my very early decision to close the “borders” from China – against the wishes of almost all. Many lives were saved. The Fake News new narrative is disgraceful & false!”

Don’t you feel safer?!

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Care, compassion and empathy

As many of you know I work in the non-profit world of affordable housing. The organization that I am affiliated with owns approximately 500 front doors, units that we lease to the elderly, people with mental health issues, HIV/AIDS, and individuals and families who would otherwise be homeless without our assistance. This is a second career for me, one that has been impactful on my life, more so than what I did in the first 30 years of my working life.

I don’t know what your grocery stores look like but the two I shop at are empty. The mission church I attend asked for care packages to distribute to the homeless population my church serves this morning. The request was simple, peanut butter crackers, fruit cups, Vienna sausages, cereal bars, granola bars, and a bottled water packed in gallon-sized freezer bag. I headed to the store last night to pick these items up. The last one I found was the Vienna sausages. I put the last two 6-packs they had on the shelf in my cart and was headed for the checkout when a lady stopped me and asked if I really needed both. I told her I was putting packages together for the homeless and she said, “I don’t care.” I smiled and told her that I would be happy to give her one if she needed it and she spun around and said don’t bother.

I don’t know what is going on in people’s lives, so I try not to judge but I do know that people are struggling right now. This “situation” should be a wake-up call for everyone about how fragile and precarious life can be. Many of us are fortunate, others would say blessed, I lean more towards lucky, that we have the resources to weather this storm. Certainly, for some of us we can’t survive it indefinitely but others in our communities, our neighbors, are already being severely impacted by the chain of events that have occurred in just a matter of a few days. I think about the single mother, working in the food service or hospitality industry and the instability and insecurity she is feeling right now on top of trying to figure out what she will do with her kids now that school has closed. She is both the warrior and the wounded in all of this.

I hope people will learn something after “this too shall pass” moment subsides other than the need to have a few extra rolls of toilet paper stashed away. It would be nice to believe that we would learn something about ourselves, our needs and what really matters in our lives. Most importantly for me would be for people to develop a sense of care, compassion and empathy for others. If something must spread and infect, I hope those three opportunities for growth will rather than the COVID-19.

As I have been preaching to my children over the last three years change for this country will happen from the bottom-up. The vast majority of us know that the “leadership” coming out of Washington has been like a rudderless ship. The actions, the leadership we have seen and experienced as it pertains to COVID-19 is occurring at the local and state level and have little to nothing to do with the orange clown sitting in the White House or the Mitch McConnell’s or Lindsey Graham’s of the world.

Governor’s and Mayor’s are making the hard decisions that have and will save people’s lives while the rest of us watch Trump evolve from this is all a hoax, it will disappear in April, I have been on top of this since the very beginning, to who could have seen this coming but I am doing a “tremendous job, I give myself a 10”.

We can solve our “Trump Problem” in November but in the meantime help your neighbor even if they wear a red baseball cap with the insignia of the beast. A little more care, compassion and empathy during these uncertain times will go a long way in truly Making America Great Again.

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