The moment that nonsupporters of this president have feared since noon on Jan. 20, 2017, is upon us.
We have a very real national and world crisis. At a time when the truth is critical to combating COVID-19, the current occupant of the Oval Office is a president who is simply incapable of speaking the truth. Not speaking the truth during a pandemic can have devastating consequences.
Two weeks ago we were informed by the president that there were only 15 cases and that would be down to zero shortly. The president then declared that anyone who needs the test can get the test. Neither of these was ever true, and the list goes on and on and on.
Fortunately, state and municipal governments, businesses, school systems and other adults are far out ahead of the president and will get us through this. That being said, we are so far behind on testing that we really do not know how quickly the virus is spreading, though assuredly it is much faster than we now anticipate.
I had a doctor’s appointment this morning and the doctor and I started to discuss COVID-19. Unsolicited, he shared with me — lamenting the fact — conversations he was overhearing in his waiting room. He said that people were downplaying the severity of the outbreak and were of the opinion that it was being overblown. I wonder which television network said individuals are watching.
The very best thing that the president could do for the country is to take a long golfing vacation at Mar-a-Lago and let public health officials and medical experts completely take over the federal government’s response. The very best thing the aforementioned television network could do is appoint Chris Wallace as head of all programming until we get through this very difficult period in our history.
And when we emerge from this difficult time, which we most certainly will, may we heed the words of conservative political commentator Mona Charen, from last Sunday’s Atlanta Journal-Constitution: “The crisis is here and we’ve put a serial liar and cheat in the big chair. We must never do anything so reckless again.”
Lawrence J. Burns