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The Coronavirus Pandemic Has Exposed America

The coronavirus pandemic has brought the world to heel. The United States is not its only victim, but it certainly is the worst hit.

Coronavirus, by the time its no longer a problem, will leave many parts of American life exposed and broken.

While we are trained to believe we will come back from this crisis, some of our people will be left behind. The American way of life, its structures and core, are not equipped to ensure a complete nationwide recovery.

The Democrats want you to think it’s all Trump’s fault (and it is, to some extent). His incompetence will crush small businesses during and after the coronavirus pandemic. The $1200 stimulus check won’t be enough for most American families living from paycheck to paycheck.

Rather than indulging in a blame game, it is a good time to step back and see how the coronavirus pandemic is exposing and unravelling American beliefs and systems?

The Economy

Many political hacks on both sides of the aisle believe the economy and the stock market are the same things. They are not.

Stock markets rarely predict recessions. Fear and greed drive the stock market, not the latest GDP or unemployment numbers.

When the economy of these United States of America is shrinking at a yearly rate of 5% right now, the stock market is rising. This means investors are still optimistic about getting returns. That is why they are continuing to invest their money.

Investors are optimistic? While a great part of the American public grapples with the idea of suffering real poverty for the first time, investors are ready to sign checks and buy up stock.

The economy and stock market are not related and rich billionaires making money right now are thankful for the same. The losses they made a month back have almost been covered by now.

Is it stupid to ask if there is something wrong with this system? Free market bible beaters will swipe back saying this is how capitalism works. Is the entire point of our existence to respect and fall in line for capitalism?

Is it really so wrong to suggest that a system which makes rich people richer during the COVID-19 pandemic is somehow, flawed?

Then there is a story like this.

(Video is the property of CNN)

The coronavirus pandemic has laid bare how economic structures in the United States become shackles.

Mainstream Media in the Coronavirus Pandemic

If the widening of the income gap during the coronavirus pandemic wasn’t enough, the mainstream media provided sober disappointment in other forms.

Everyone failed. From those at the zenith of journalism at New York Time to cheap hustlers at Fox News, commentators and reporters from all sides failed to assess the magnitude of the coronavirus pandemic.

In a story by the NYT, the writers criticized Trump’s decision to ban travel from China. The story went on to say that the decision seemed politically motivated. In hindsight, we know Trump was right on this one.

There’s no point in discussing Fox News’ COVID-19 coverage because they’re expected to say anything to please the president. This crisis again highlighted the incompetency of mainstream media to handle things during a crisis. Rather than focusing on issues which hurt real people, networks instead tried correcting Trump from calling COVID-19 the ‘Chinese Virus’. The stimulus bill gave bailout money to big corporations once again, while asking the American public to look away and giving them $1200 hush money.

But no, Trump rambling about the ‘Chinese virus’ somehow deserved more attention?

Mainstream media again showed it will always take the easy story over the hard one. Despite having the money, talent, and influence to cover real stories, mainstream media failed. The coronavirus pandemic exposed the rot in yet another institution of America.

Trump, And Those Tasked to Stop Him

If someone told you a year back a pandemic would hit the world, you would probably guess correctly that Donald Trump would handle it poorly.

Trump’s poor handling of the coronavirus pandemic is hardly a surprise. Mainstream media may perpetually be shocked at Trump’s inadequacies, follies, and general buffoonery, but the people expected as much.

Critiquing Trump for his handling of the COVID-19 crisis is acceptable and right, but it’s not enough. In 2018, Nancy Pelosi and the rest of the Democrats asked the American public to elect Democrats into the House to keep Trump in check.

All they managed was a hollow impeachment process that accomplished nothing and consumed endless media attention.

Ripping Trump is pointless now. Perhaps the right thing to do is ask questions from those responsible for keeping Trump in check. Where are they? What are they doing? Why are they spending times spinning impeachment yarns? Are they also eating ice cream?

Democrats happily passed a stimulus bill that bailed out big corporations. Why did AOC and the rest of the progressives sign off on such a bill? Why did Bernie Sanders agree to the sham?

If the Democrats are always going to blame Trump, what is the point in giving them a majority in the House or the Senate?

The coronavirus pandemic didn’t expose Trump. The public knew he was a charlatan prior to the crisis. The COVID-19 crisis has instead exposed those responsible for keeping him in check. The opposition, a crucial institution in every democracy, is as incompetent as those in power.

Is it then any surprise that all other institutions of the country lie in tatters?

 

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Michael Bloom
Michael has spent over a decade writing on policies like single payer healthcare and non-interventionist militarism. He basks in the vitriol he gets from the establishment and considers it his duty to find the vulnerabilities of the progressive movement and work towards removing them. He also happens to be a great political analyst and writer.

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