1 persistent peril
2 cups of seething stupidity
1 cup of perverse denial
2 tablespoons of gratuitous hubris
2 tablespoons of Lysol disinfectant
2 tablespoons of any failed ingredient
2 pinches of presidential hunches
1 tablespoon of indefensible rebelliousness
1 tablespoon of raging religious lunacy
- Preheat oven to highest setting.
- Set the peril aside for two months, allowing it to rise.
- Spend those months discussing the likelihood of the recipe ever being baked.
- Stir together remaining ingredients in a large mixing bowl.
- Pour the batter into a greased baking pan and insert into oven.
- Bake until the kitchen is engulfed in toxic smoke and flames begin to erupt in the oven.
Yield: 200,000 to 300,000 American deaths.
America’s kitchen is on fire, and the Head Chef—and most of his adoring fans—want to open the fire doors so he can serve his toxic concoction to the party attendees freely mingling throughout the house.
COVID-19 likely arrived in America as early as January. President Trump then spent the next two months discounting the virus’s danger and assuring us it would disappear in April, when the weather warmed.
Now, in mid-May, with much of the nation toasting in the 70s and 80s, nearly 90,000 Americans have died from the disease Trump said would be gone a month ago.
Despite the loss of those 90,000 Americans, Trump and most of his devout followers are pushing to reopen the country and return to business as usual. “It’s our Constitutional right to do as we please,” many Americans screech. Penny Nance, CEO and President of Concerned Women for America, says, “The American spirit in 2020 still shouts, ‘Give me liberty, or give me death!’ as Patrick Henry did in 1775. No exception for Covid-19.”
The problem with such cavalier contentions is that the contenders’ proclaimed willingness to risk death is not made in solitary confinement. Nance’s haughty outlook and conduct, for example, ripples out to a vulnerable society. COVID-19 does not target only risk-takers. But, as I’ve said before, Nance and most Trumpist types seem incapable of empathy. A crisis is not a crisis until it hits the Trumpist directly or one of his or her closest friends or relatives.
But Trump—the brilliant leader who suggested COVID sufferers ingest disinfectants—knows better than the medical experts. We should have known this; remember, he also knew more about military matters than the military experts and more about diplomatic matters than the career diplomats. Trump’s hunches always trump experts’ decades of hard-earned knowledge.
And no matter how many long-admired experts—in any field—contradict this president, his 36 percent of Americans will side with their messiah’s hunches. Federal and state guidelines call for mask wearing and six feet of separation, but the messiah refuses to follow those guidelines, so his disciples replicate his rebelliousness.
Then, despite the messiah’s equivocation over the danger of the disease, he is rushing his administration and pharmaceutical companies to develop tests and vaccines. Yes, we do need more testing kits and a vaccine ASAP. But ASAP must not lead to major flaws. We now know that the rushed Abbott Laboratories’ COVID test kits “missed diagnosing up to half of known positive cases.” Because of Trump’s failure to take the virus seriously early on, now he’s rushing to make up for lost time, and that rush is leading to potentially fatal errors.
Similarly, the messiah is pushing for a COVID vaccine by the end of the year—no doubt he’s really pushing for one before November 3rd. But will this haste also lead to vaccine flaws, as with the test kits?
And then, taking the lunacy prize in all this madness, we have many evangelicals pronouncing that even if an effective vaccine is made available, they will not take it. Why? Because it will be “the mark of the beast.” A common belief in evangelical circles is that as the world nears the end, an “Antichrist,” also referred to as “the beast,” will arise to deceive the people of the world. This “beast” will require everyone to have some kind of mark to show their loyalty to him. But accepting “the mark of the beast” means one has rejected the true Messiah, Jesus.
Hence, these already deceived evangelicals—who take almost every word from their new messiah as gospel—say they will reject a COVID vaccine. That rebellious refusal will endanger not only them but also anyone else they come in contact with who is not yet vaccinated. So much for caring for one’s neighbor. And so much for loyalty to Jesus. They already rejected Him when they chose Donald Trump as their new messiah.
What a disaster our nation is cooking up, largely due to the preference of some 36 percent of Americans for either half-baked hunches or burned beliefs rather than cold, raw facts.