NEVER in my 77 years has the United States faced a time as daunting as the one we now face. Unbelievably it was just a month ago today (March 3, 2020) when Alabama went to the polls for our presidential primary. That was the day voters slam dunked the attempt by the legislature to take control of public education by defeating Amendment One 75 percent to 25 percent.
Little did we know that we were within mere hours of having our world jerked out from under us and whatever “normal” may have been replaced by fear and uncertainty.
Since I started this blog five years ago, probably at least 90 percent of what I’ve written about has dealt with public education. But to be honest, education is now about the farthest thing from my mind. Which does not mean that I am not in awe of the efforts educators and volunteers are making on behalf of our students. I am indeed.
But in my mind, until we somehow get our arms around this tremendous health issue, little else matters.
I am scared. For my son and daughter, for friends scattered from coast to coast, for every one who claims this country as their home.
We’ve all been inspired by stories of common folks doing uncommon things during this time. I saw an interview with a 4th grade girl in Boston who loved to sew and had already made more than 800 face masks for local policemen. God bless her.
BUT I am still appalled at those who see this pandemic through political eyes. The fact that for the most part Democratic governors have responded differently than Republican governors is beyond comprehension.
Were we ready for this pandemic? NO. Of course not. Was New Orleans ready for Katrina’s flooding? Was Tuscaloosa ready for the horrific tornado that hit in 2011?
Whose fault was this? Who cares? All that matters is what we do from this day forward, not what should have been done three months ago. And for the Democrats to announce that they want to investigate who may have been at fault is ridiculous.
This country has never been so divided against itself. Where is the tolerance? I see friends of many, many years posting crap on Facebook that is often untrue, but is of no value if it were. Recently one posted that a number of prominent Democrats go by a different name than they had as children. Most of it was total B.S. But Sweet Jesus, people are dying and this is what we’re thinking about?
In my opinion, the Crown Prince of division is Sean Hannity. How does the poison he spews each night make the United States a better place? It doesn’t.
The best scientists in the world are working feverishly to find answers to what confronts us. The hospitals of New York City are filled with countless heroes.
Do what you can. Give blood. Make masks. Remember your neighbors and your friends. Listen to the scientists, Be part of the solution. Not part of the problem like Sean Hannity.