Someone on Facebook was posing the question – a variation on a commonly seen theme among COVID-19 minimizers, “We have a lot of automobile related deaths, wars and abortions in this country – why don’t we go to the same extremes for those.”
I figured I’d step up to the plate and take a swing at that one. Here was my reply:
“There are mitigation strategies for war, auto accidents and abortions. Here they are:
1. War – demand elected officials stop inserting our military in sectarian and tribal conflicts that bear no relationship to any national interest we can identify.
2. Auto accidents – we actually have safeguards in place. They’re called the Vehicle Codes. We establish restrictions on driving behavior that constitutes risk to others and we curtail the rights of those who violate them.
3. Abortions – this is one area where we have had success, but have a ways to go. More support for women faced with the choice, in terms of social costs. On the front end, honest, science based sex education, mental health counseling and access to birth control to young people most at risk.”
by Richard Cameron
This recent National Compass article garnered an incredible amount of traction on social media. If you haven’t read it yet, here’s your chance to see why so many people are discussing it:
An example of the runaway hysteria and spirit of anarchy being exhibited by the right wing, anti-government extremists (despite a death toll that today is well above 45,000), is this poster, publicizing a rally, in which attendees are recommended to ignore social distancing and virus mitigation orders:
No good deed goes unpunished.
California Governor Gavin Newsom, has been among a core group of governors nationally (New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine, Washington State Governor Jay Inslee, Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer and Maryland Governor Larry Hogan), that have been rock stars in terms of their pro-active, timely, articulate and evidence based management of their states’ responses to the emergence of the Coronavirus pandemic.
Of Governor Newsom, Bill Scher, writing in Politico, outlines:
On March 19, Newsom was the first governor in America to issue a statewide order to shutter businesses and keep people at home. (Newsom had help when, three days earlier, public health officials in six Bay Area counties went first and issued a joint stay-at-home order.) The strong action appears to be bending the curve. California’s number of Covid-19 confirmed cases and deaths is rising slower than in hard-hit states like New York, New Jersey, Louisiana and Michigan.
One would think reasonable and objective Californians of both political parties and outlooks would at least agree that Newsom has done his level best to keep them as safe as possible. And reasonable and objective ones, do.
But then there are the pockets of irrational, tea partying, extremist malcontents, who, absurdly, and contrary to any calculus grounded in reality, believe this governor should be recalled!
The “rest of the story” is that a majority of Californians looked at the petition being hawked in front of grocery stores and other retail locations and emitted a collective, “meh”, as the Bay Area’s Mercury News reports:
The bid to recall Gov. Gavin Newsom is officially bust. The recall effort led by a Palm Springs writer running for Congress collected 352,271 signatures, well short of the nearly 1.5 million needed to qualify a recall election, the California Secretary of State confirmed. “Therefore,” Elections Counsel Robbie Anderson wrote to recall effort leader Erin Cruz, “this recall effort is deemed over.”
352,271 signatures in a state with 20 million registered voters? Well, you do the math.
by Richard Cameron
And to bring matters to a fitting close for this edition of Writer’s Lounge, we have entertainment. I would dearly love to provide credit to the performer here, making great use of that popular standard, “I say a little prayer for you”, but was not able to discover her name.
Even so, it’s a great send up as parody songs go. Enjoy!