Because the coronavirus demise toll continues to rise in the USA, Individuals have been advised by conservative pundits, politicians and — extra importantly — President Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpWith VP decide, Biden cannot play small ball in an extended ball world Coronavirus hits protection contractor jobs Get up America, your nation does not worth your life MORE that it’s time to loosen federal tips on social distancing to “open up” the financial system by Easter Sunday.
Well being officers — together with Dr. Anthony Fauci who directs the Nationwide Institute of Allergy and Infectious Ailments — have warned that encouraging individuals to return to work would devastate efforts to sluggish the unfold of the deadly virus.
A part of the issue is that these well being officers appear to suppose that Trump and the remainder of the speaking heads making these public declarations don’t know that they’re placing peoples’ lives in danger.
They know. They simply don’t care.
When Texas’ Republican lieutenant governor Dan Patrick steered that the aged return to work to avoid wasting the financial system, he knew they’d be risking their lives to take action. “These of us who’re 70 plus, we’ll care for ourselves. However don’t sacrifice the nation,” mentioned Patrick, pretending as if he’d truly put himself in hurt’s approach to return to work.
It’s clear that Patrick is aware of of the risks related to sending the nation’s seniors to work, however needs to push them to take action anyway. Why? As a result of making certain his funding portfolio doesn’t endure from the pandemic takes precedence over all these individuals’s lives.
Later, conservative commentator Britt Hume argued that Patrick’s statements have been “completely cheap.” Hume additionally advised Tucker CarlsonTucker CarlsonWake up America, your nation does not worth your life Tucker Carlson: Biden will not be the Democratic nominee, Andrew Cuomo ‘almost certainly’ O’Rourke slams Texas official who steered grandparents danger their lives for financial system throughout pandemic MORE, “that the utter collapse of the nation’s financial system, which many suppose will occur if this goes on for much longer, is an insupportable consequence.”
Then there was Glenn Beck, who does his BlazeTV present from what seems to be a secluded underground bunker void of any human interplay that would put his valuable life in danger. He joined the refrain of grasping right-wing speaking heads by saying “all of us who’re over 50 [should] go in and maintain this financial system going and dealing.”
“Even when all of us get sick, I would moderately die than kill the nation,” Beck continued. It’s laughable if anybody believes that Beck — who does his present in a coronavirus-free protected house — would genuinely danger contracting the virus as a way to “save the financial system.” However Beck, very like all the opposite conservatives cited, do present that they’re absolutely conscious that returning to work places one’s life in grave hazard.
What’s much more terrifying is that Donald Trump, who’s sadly tasked with main the nation by means of the pandemic, believes that the one resolution to avoid wasting our lives is worse than the virus itself.
“We will’t have the treatment be worse than the issue,” Trump advised reporters at a briefing. “Now we have to open our nation as a result of that causes issues that, for my part, might be far greater issues,” he later tweeted.
In different phrases, in accordance with the president of the USA, hurting the financial system is a far greater downside than thousands and thousands of Individuals doubtlessly dropping their lives.
The federal authorities’s response to this disaster is riddled with demise and heartbreaking examples of company greed. The most recent sufferer of our damaged system was a 17-year-old coronavirus affected person in California, who was turned away at pressing care as a result of he didn’t have medical insurance. He later went into cardiac arrest and died.
The U.S. at present has 27 million uninsured Individuals, and that quantity is about to rise considerably now that greater than 3.Three million Individuals have filed for unemployment as a consequence of coronavirus-related layoff and firings.
However over the past 12 months, whereas the recognition of a single-payer well being care system was confirmed standard amongst Individuals in research after research, company media insisted that voters completely liked their employer-provided medical insurance and didn’t need to lose it in return for one thing extra secure and sturdy like “Medicare for All.”
That is profit-driven America, and it’s time we acknowledge that the way in which our system is structured demonstrates how little your life actually means when somebody could make a buck. The earlier we acknowledge the reality, the earlier we are able to resolve what we need to do to vary it.
Ana Kasparian is a bunch and government producer of The Younger Turks on TYT.