What do we do when the only thing that matters is what is good for me?
We’re there. People are protesting stay at home orders because they feel their rights are infringed upon by being asked to act in the best interest of themselves and their neighbors.
This calamity of humility and kindness was predictable. It takes shape in many ways in our society. A gun store owner or a gun manufacturer and can sell war weapons to anyone for profit. No responsibility for what the buyers do with the weapon. No care at all beyond the profit.
Christian Churches preach prosperity gospels. If you are right with God they preach, He rewards you with cash. It does not matter if that cash comes by lying to the IRS (you’re forgiven) or if you lie to your clients to increase your margin (you’re forgiven), or even if you lie to your wife about where the money came from (you’re forgiven). Prosperity gospel says if you’re rich, and you donate to the church, you are adored by God. If you’re poor, it’s because you’re not right with God.
It’s not what Jesus preached. Matthew 19:21 Jesus said to him, “If you would be perfect, go, sell what you possess and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me.”
People and corporations push drugs. Giant companies knew for years that cigarettes were deadly. They knew opioids were deadly. But they lied about it making millions, killing millions, and the CEOs were paragons of virtue in their community, their church, their clubs and golf courses. They were given Elk’s Clubs awards and were made Master Masons while killing their fellow man, knowingly, purposefully, heartlessly.
Come Donald J. Trump, he cares about nothing more than his standing and that is measured by money and power. He cares about nobody, he cares about nothing except as it reflects on him. Donald J. Trump is the pinnacle of greed, avarice, corruption.
Trump’s devotees now march to announce they want health restrictions relaxed in the name of personal freedom. They don’t care that the virus can run free, kill whom it will, no matter. Adherents to the Trump doctrine care only about their income, their own well-being. They don’t even care if it kills someone close to them so long as it doesn’t hurt their income, they just don’t give a damn.
America is now represented on the world stage by people who say we are well rid of the people who will die of the virus. They are weak, unproductive and they are in the way and should be culled from the herd.
Lieutenant Governor of Texas said this, "No one reached out to me, and said, as a senior citizen, are you willing to take a chance on your survival in exchange for keeping the America that all America loves for your children and grandchildren? And if that is the exchange, I am all in."
That guy said he was willing to throw himself on the pyre to keep the stock market healthy. Give him an infected swab and ram it up his nose. If these helicopter capitalists believe what they say, that nobody should feel economic pain if a few people have to kick off, they should just shut up and jump on the pyre with a match. Get it over with.
Hubert Humphrey once said, “The moral test of government is how that government treats those who are in the dawn of life, the children; those who are in the twilight of life, the elderly; those who are in the shadows of life, the sick, the needy and the handicapped.”
Donald Trump and his government fail this moral test. The ever pious Christian right backdrop - Mike Pence - fails with his smirking, head-tilting, pasty supplication. Trump shows nothing but contempt for the most vulnerable. He builds walls. He splits up families. He makes fun of the handicapped. He threatens, degrades and defames. He lies. He de-funds pandemic response teams and the world health organization. He doesn’t give a damn about his neighbor, or anyone else.
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