In America the Choice: Death, Coronavirus or the Economy

Under the direction and management of President Donald Trump and his coronavirus pandemic task force, there has been mass death. With over 56,000 deaths, and over one million cases of the virus, there are still no masks, limited ventilators, limited gowns, limited tests-kits and massive corruption.

Instead of President Trump’s weekly briefing solidifying and bringing the country together to fight a common enemy, the nation is more divided and broken. President Trump’s briefings have become a comedy show, where officials tell lies, there’s no coordinated national plan, and made up facts. In the last week, the president has made a mockery of the country by suggesting that citizens could cure COVID-19 by injecting bleach, or tanning.

Here are Trump’s strange remarks, “And then I see the disinfectant, where it knocks out in a minute, one minute. Is there a way where we can do something like that, by injection? Almost a cleaning. So, it would be interesting to check that,” Trump said.

As a result of President Trump’s statements, major companies have put out statements to customers to not follow the president’s instructions or advice. This strange behavior is bizarre, and the president’s numbers are getting worse instead of better. After this debacle, many Americans are forced to ask the question, “Do we trust our president and the government?”

The failure is national, and our president sees the coronavirus pandemic in personal and political terms. He is forcing Republican governors to open up the country with limited thought, no strategic plan, and everyone on their own. Trump sees the coronavirus pandemic as a “temporary speed bump,” that will magically disappear, and things will go back to normal.

America will not be just back in business, the virus is highly contagious, and there will probably be more than one wave. With the Republican governors opening their states, we can expect more carnage and death, because there is no drug or vaccine.

“The virus should have united America against a common threat. With different leadership, it might have. Instead, even as it spread from blue to red, attitudes broke down along familiar partisan lines. The virus also should have been a great leveler. You don’t have to be in the military or in debt to be a target— you just have to be human,” said George Parker, reporter for The Atlantic.

However under the Trump and Republican regime, they have decided that compassion, integrity, and truth were character faults that should never be practiced or exemplified. Trump and the Republicans are only interested in making money and the healthcare system and economy is set up for the rich to keep winning.

There is something wrong with a healthcare system that is expecting Americans to die, and don’t care if only less than two percent of the population have been tested. The Republican leaders only care about opening up the economy and getting as many people as they can off unemployment. The president never talks about death and families suffering, because “happy talk” makes Americans feel better.

The universe is speaking, and all our president can do is lie, lie and lie. “He never even pretended to be president of the whole country, but pitted us against one another along lines of race, sex, religion, citizenship, education, region, and— every day of his presidency— political party. His main tool of governance was to lie,” says George Parker.

History is bound to repeat itself, and the second wave of a pandemic is usually the most fatal and deadly. America is at the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, and very few Americans are thinking. It is very easy to lie, but covid-19 will force you to tell the truth.

“The fight to overcome the pandemic must be a fight to recover the health of our country and build anew. Under our current leadership nothing will change,” — George Parker.

Money Has Shaped The Political Machinery And Elections

As America gets closer to the mid-term election, it takes more money to win. Every candidate is asking for more money, and everyone wonders where all that money goes. When one candidate spends over 30 million dollars of his own money for a primary, politics makes no sense, and voters think the system is corrupt.

There is a fundamental problem in the system, because if you don’t have money you cannot win your election. The Democrats complain about the Republicans having too much money, and the Republicans say the same thing about the Democrats, but all the candidates are spending and asking for money.

“The millionaire class and the billionaire class increasingly own the political process, and they own the politicians that go to them for money. We are moving very quickly from a democratic society, one person, one vote, to an oligarchic form of society, where billionaires would be determining who the elected officials of this country are,” U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders said.

As soon as a candidate wins an election, the next week he/she is starting to solicit more money for the next election. Once the elected official settles into office, the money folks start asking for favors. Especially, if the company or individual contributed to the winner’s election, the politician is able to make time for a meeting or a meal.

Both the Democrats and the Republicans are notorious in saying that financial contributions, do not affect their decisions. But all Americans know that once you take the money, at some point, they will start calling.

There is a thin line between bending a rule and breaking a law. Political donations come in many forms and flying in a billionaire’s jet can be construed as a political gift and breaking the law.

Recently, in almost 75 percent of the states in the country, someone in a political office has been sent to prison for breaking the law. Starting from the lowest level of a city commissioner to a state governor has been caught with their fingers in the cookie jar.

In Illinois four out of seven recent governors have gone to prison for corruption and fraud.

“I gave to many people, before this, before two months ago, I was a businessman. I give to everybody. When they call, I give. And do you know what? When I need something from them two years later, three years later, I call them, they are there for me. And that’s a broken system,” – Donald Trump in 2015.

When the president of the country brags about giving a donation to an official for a favor, it is obvious that the system is broken and shaped by who gives the most money.

In Virginia in 2014, former Governor Bob Mc Donnell, and his wife Maureen were charged with accepting more than $140,000 in loans and gifts, in exchange for promoting the business of a political patron who was seeking special favors.

Two years later the Supreme Court unanimously overturned the public corruption conviction.

In Florida’s southwest coast, gagging over the stink of dead fish, and marine mammals, has a point when they call Governor Rick Scott – Red Tide Rick. The EPA let the state make up their own rules, and Floridians can see and smell, how well that is turning out.

One of the first things Governor Scott did as governor was to reject a high-speed rail line with good-paying jobs, and Governor Scott was considered the worst governor in the country. As a billionaire, he has continued to invest and grow his companies, here and around the world, as governor of Florida.

Many residents ask, “Why would a billionaire spend 30 million of his own money to take a job making two or three hundred thousand dollars?”

The answer is following the money, because when you leave the job, you are usually a millionaire in the higher statewide positions. If you are a millionaire, you will double the opportunity to grow your business, and billionaires double and triple their investments.

Whether you are a Democrat, Republican or independent, politics is about getting paid and making deals.

Will black America make major strides toward unity in 2016?

— This year started with a bang and black America is in a position to build political organizations and alliances across generational and economical demographics.

“Black Lives Matter” has energized a younger segment of black America, which older black political organizations thought were not engaged or strategically involved. With the killing of hundreds of unarmed blacks in 2015 by law enforcement agencies, the struggle for justice in America has been the major focus in the black community.

The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan mobilized the black community in 2015, celebrating the 20th anniversary of the historic Million Man March by

returning to the National Mall in Washington, D.C. last October. This march is significant, because it proved that there is an infrastructure of committed black men ready to implement change and unity in their community. In order to bring this initiative to fruition, our community must organize and mobilize around a black agenda. There was very limited media coverage on this momentous occasion, and local black political organizations must sit down together and develop a plan based on the need for more black political power.

Presently, there is a limited amount of communication in the black media, in major markets across the country. As a result of our limited resources, the black media organizations and wire services are not able to tell our story that connects from a black perspective. In 2016, there is a need for more positive stories from black reporters and journalist that highlight being black in America.

In local black communities, there is a need for more black programming and black images on major networks. In 2015, black sitcoms made major advances in bringing diversity to television, but the system is set up for more blacks to fail. On television, it appears that mainstream media would prefer to find things that focus on the criminal elements in the black community. Crime and “black on black” violence is a reality in our community, and the black community collectively must attack this problem.

Black on black crime has become a focal point in black communities throughout America. Elected black officials must make a commitment to safe communities, and they must be held accountable to their promises and platforms. There is no reason why in certain inner city neighborhoods that drugs and criminals control the streets. Collaborating with police departments and neighborhood watch groups is the beginning of change.

It is time to change these conditions and everyone must be engaged to make a difference. Black communities must become a hub for education, innovation, entrepreneurship and technology. Partnerships and collaborations must be the goal in the black community, and we need coalitions to change the reality in the black community.

This year is a presidential election and the black vote can help determine the outcome of many elections around the country. Black women voting bloc was the largest segment of voters in 2012, and in 2015 they have already started to organize for the 2016 election. Black men must also be more engaged and make sure they vote in all the local, state and federal elections.

In order for the black community to realize its political power, the different black political organizations must collaborate across generational, ideological and financial lines. Everyone knows that 85 percent to 90 percent of blacks in 2016 will vote Democratic, therefore we must challenge the Democratic Party to spend more money with black media groups and organizations.

All across the country, blacks must practice group economics and group politics, and present a united black front in 2016. There are millions of dollars available in the 2016 campaign from candidates and the Democratic Party. Black unity is the key to political power in the New Year, and a black agenda will point our community to victory.

Roger Caldwell is the President/CEO of On Point Media Group, a marketing and public relations firmin Orlando, Florida. As a stroke survivor, author and community journalist, his passion is national and statewide politics. Follow him at rogerpoliticalblogs.wordpress.com or leave comments at jet38@bellsouth.net.