October 27, 2020
“We’re not going to control the pandemic.” – Mark Meadows, White House Chief of Staff, on October 25, 2020.
Wait, what? There. Right there. The answer. The answer to what, until yesterday, most Americans scratched their heads over and questioned—why Trump, the White House, and the Senate GOP still hadn’t put a national pandemic plan in place.
Weren’t they taking the pandemic seriously? Good God, what about the 227,466 Americans who’ve died? Aren’t they paying attention? Don’t they care?
Since March 2020, I’ve written blog posts about what they did, didn’t do, and what our tireless scientists, epidemiologist, doctors, nurses, and caregivers kept warning and repeating we needed to do, so I won’t go into that here. I doubt I have to remind anyone, anyway—you’re living it. I’m living it.
Some media folks say Trump surrendered to the coronavirus. He waved the white flag. Nah. The White House had no intention of doing a damn thing to protect Americans against this virus. Come on, they informed him of this “deadly virus” in January 2020. He formed a White House Coronavirus Task Force. They did nothing.
Despite Trump’s ridiculous boasts, never ending lies, and gaslighting of the American people with their “amazing plan”, the incredible vaccine that’ll be ready in two weeks (always two weeks), and we’re rounding the corner, nothing made sense. Their actions never matched their words to me—for good reason—they had no pandemic plan. Pure horseshit. There never was a plan, and 45 and the GOP Senate have no intention of lifting a finger or worrying about this pandemic. Or us. We are on our own.
Last night, the Republicans confirmed Barrett to a lifetime appointment to the Supreme Court. At the White House, no less. They don’t care that you know it’s wrong, not done, and neither does she. Watching that debacle made me sick to my stomach. Knowing millions of Americans were voting, they rushed, pushed her forward. They have no shame, no honor, or integrity. She will forever have a stain on her red, I mean her black cloak.
Wouldn’t it poetic for President Joe Biden to confirm Hillary Rodham Clinton to a lifetime position on the Supreme Court and then confirm a dozen more Justices? I say pack the courts. So packed Republican heads will spin round and round for decades to come. Undo whatever it appears they’re poised to do. Today, that comforts me to no end.
We are one week away from November 3, Election Day. Seven days until the most important election of our lifetime. I’m nervous as hell. I lay my head on the pillow at night with comforting thoughts of a blue tsunami of votes and victory for Joe Biden and wake up grinding my teeth with feelings of renewed doom and gloom. No one knows how this will go. Hillary’s defeat was crushing. I’m preparing myself, just in case Trump steals the election, I mean, wins.
It’s time. There is no time to waste. Drop off your mail-in ballot in person, at a drop box, or vote in person on November 3.
Do NOT mail in your vote. It’s too late!
Vote for Joe Biden for President of the United States and Kamala Harris for Vice President. Vote blue all the way down the ballot. Your children, grandchildren, future generations will thank you. Be on the right side of history.
“We’ve never seen what it would look like if everyone voted.” – Barack Obama, in Orlando, Florida on October 27, 2020.
Let’s take our country back and save our democracy.
Let’s return to a semblance of normalcy. I need to hug my children and write more books without thoughts and worries about 45 and his henchmen and women. Stay safe.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Puerto Rican-born Eleanor Parker Sapia is the multi-award-winning author of the best-selling novel, A DECENT WOMAN, a novel set in 1900 Puerto Rico, published by Winter Goose Publishing. Eleanor is writing her second novel, THE LAMENTS, set in 1926 Puerto Rico and working on her poetry collection. She lives with a sweet Chihuahua named Sophie and dreams of returning to the island of her birth.