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Every morning before I move on to the latest breaking news, I look at my Facebook memories 3- 5 years ago just to see if we are making any progress. We are not even trying.
I thought the words of Jon Stewart would lead us to a negotiating stage. Jon Stewart said “You can truly grieve for every officer who’s been lost in the line of duty in this country, and still be troubled by cases of police overreach. Those two ideas are not mutually exclusive, you can have great regard for law enforcement and still want them to held in high standards."
I prefer action that starts at the local level but I heard a local official mock the “defund the police” because he interpreted it to mean “disband the police.” I don’t know anyone who wants to get rid of a vital part of our community. We are not at the level where Camden, New Jersey was when they got rid of all their cops and rehired their good ones and became a model police department.
Locally, a decision was made to do away with a need of having a police officer investigate a minor fender bender. We’ve opted to keep our police out of enforcing the “mask mandate”, why can’t we reduce their involvement in minor traffic offenses. Officer hands them a summons to appear in court and leaves, instead of making every stop as if it was going to be in an episode of “Cops.” Of course, we would leave it to the officer’s discretion but that too can be monitored. The point is, let the conversation flow, not end on what someone thinks police reform will lead to. Unfortunately, we can’t have citizen reform but that can be a bi-product of police reform.
The 2020 campaign will be a carbon copy of 2016 because the president cannot run on the economy or foreign policy. Trump will have to divert attention from his inept Covid-19 response, so he’ll revert back to his 2016 politics of divide, divert and destroy.
Joe Biden will continue to stay the course to unify and stabilize the country by being the total opposite of President Trump. He has to restore confidence in the FBI and our intelligence agencies instead of labeling every negative report a product of the deep state. I would hope Biden would elevate Dr. Anthony Fauci to the infectious disease czar and allow him to appear on all the TV shows to explain our national response. I also hope he will bring in retired General Russel Honoree to coordinate our coronavirus response. Installing a race relations czar will be difficult during our hyperpathia times, so we might be better to go with co czars. An example of that is the demonization of Dr. Fauci by the right. Huh? I saw a meme suggesting Trump replace him with Dr. Ben Carson. Joe Biden will have a gaffe or two but he has to preserve because the stakes are too high. Joe Biden came into a chaos in 2009 and was part of the team that made it better.
As I stated last week, my democratic party is terrible at fighting negative ads with ones equally offensive. Lee Atwater and Karl Rove were masters of the negative ads but James Carville gave them a run for their money. The Lincoln Project is the best thing we have going. It’s the GOP v GOP, at what they do best.
The other day I heard a pollical consultant describe the current Republican Party. He said they were formed into the likeness of Tucker Carlson, the most popular Fox News host. He’s the guy not afraid to mock, Senator Tammy Duckworth, a decorated Army veteran as being a coward, fraud, and a callous hack because she said there should be a national dialogue on the removal of monuments of some of the founding fathers. Did I mention that she lost her legs in fighting for our country in Iraq? Republicans love our troops except those who are Democrats. Fox loves their money maker because advertisers quickly left his show, so they diverted about 85% of “My Pillow “funds to keep his show on the air. You’ll remember the CEO of My Pillow, Mike Lindell, he’s the guy who was given the chance to speak at one of the Covid-19 task team news conferences. After the news conference a lot of people were asking “who’s that guy and why is he here?” Now you know. Mr. $$$.
The 2020 campaign should be about a Covid-19 national response, better race relations, and restoring our economy. I left out restoring our friendship and trust with our allies but that will come automatically as soon as Trump leaves office.
I’ve heard some great ideas on restoring the economy while we wait for the vaccine. We know some businesses will not come back, so why not train employees in those industries, for jobs of the future; in lieu of unemployment benefits? We should be repairing our F- infrastructure before our country returns to full unemployment.
Last but certainly not least governors should let our children go back to in-person schooling until we flatten the national curve. One step forward and four steps back is not the way to go. As other countries have learned, we are all in this together is the only way to go. Countries that successfully flattened their curve shut down at least 95% of their country and then gradually reopened. We only shut down 50% of our country and we reopened too fast and we are seeing the results.