I don’t understand some people. The guys armed with assault weapons in front of the state capitol in Lansing, Mi. The ones that broke the restauranteur’s arm for asking them to wear masks. The restauranteur who refused to let a couple in if they were wearing masks. No country can be strong and healthy if we all don’t look out for each other. Maybe rugged individualism worked when this land was a frontier but that’s long passed.
Actually, come to think about it, I do understand those people–mostly men (with go-along wives) who have been made to feel emasculated by joblessness, or job insecurity; who’ve been persuaded by the guy in the White House that immigrants are coming for them; who don’t want anyone in a position of power, especially a woman, telling them what to do. They’re angry and feel diminished. Behaving this way is how they show they’re real men with machismo. If only they knew how pathetic they look with all their swaggering, bluster, and violence–them and the governors who refused to require citizens to shelter-in-place.
November’s coming in a little more than 5 months, folks. Let’s do all we can to vote into office people who don’t need to prove their manhood, who believe in science and medical experts, who believe that working people, essential workers and small businesses should be bailed out before CEOs and big corporations. especially the ones who have been knowingly destroying us and our planet for 40 years–I’m talking about the fossil fuel industry.
I know that a good number of my online community are from other countries and what I’m saying is true for many of you, especially those from counties with male leaders with empathy problems like Brazil, Hungary, the Philippines and Australia.
At the same time, there are so many signs of goodness coming from so many people: gratitude for the frontline workers; people making masks at home; delivering food to vulnerable neighbors; sending money to support tipped workers and all who are or were part of the gig economy who have no savings and no more jobs. People who are recognizing, some for the first time, the depths of inequality in this country. The COVID-19 pandemic has laid this all bare and I believe it has opened eyes and hearts. We cannot go “back to normal.” Normal was the problem. We must use this crisis to change the very foundations of our economies so that they work for everyone. That will solve both the pandemic and the climate crisis.
Here’s something I just read: A recent global survey of more than 200 of the world’s most senior economists at the onset of the COVID-19 downturn reinforced these findings, concluding that clean energy infrastructure is the top investment we can make, both in terms of climate benefits and having the highest stimulus effect (“economic multiplier”). Clean energy infrastructure is also particularly well suited as an economic recovery measure because it is very labor intensive in the early stages.
I started this intending to be lighthearted and even silly. I’m sorry. I’ll do that next time. I promise. Stay safe and thanks for being part of my community. ❤️