Governor Kay Ivey joined a growing list of governors around the country by mandating everyone wear a face mask to combat Covid-19, at least until the end of July.
Good for her.
This virus is roaring across the state like a fire travels through a pine thicket in the middle of a drought. We have now had 1,200 deaths from the virus. Some 1,933 new cases were reported in the last 24 hours.
I saw a Montgomery doctor on national TV say that if everyone would wear a mask we would be in much better shape in just six weeks.
Of course, the naysayers immediately took the governor to task. Lt. Governor Will Ainsworth, who is running for governor every day, said the order “oversteps property rights of business owners.” I have no idea what he means by that. But since when have I understood a lot of the mindless utterances of politicians?
And freshman Republican house member Will Dismukes just called Ivey’s action, “a ridiculous crock.”
In some form or fashion, those who oppose mandated face masks hide behind some contrived definition of “constitutional rights.” By that I guess they mean things like the government saying you should wear a seat belt, or a motorcycle helmet, or not pass a stopped school bus, or drive more than 70 miles per hour on I-65.
Ask any of the naysayers if they are religious and you will get an immediate and chest-thumping AMEN.
Have they then never read Luke 6:31 that says, “Do to others as you would have them do to you?”
I wear a mask. It ain’t no big deal. If it will protect me from getting the virus, great. If it might protect someone else from getting it, that’s great too. It’s a very small price to pay for living under the form of government we have. One where some people really do believe in Luke 6:31.
I think Governor Ivey did the right thing. And most importantly, she did do SOMETHING. The naysayers are just wanting publicity. She wants to stop so many of her fellow citizens from getting this virus.
OK. So we have come to expect politicians and wanna-be politicians to say dumb things. We get bombarded by such every day on cable news.
We can now add Tommy Tuberville to the list. As you know, Tuberville defeated Jeff Sessions in the July 14 runoff and will face incumbent Democrat Doug Jones for a U.S Senate seat in November. With the real campaign now about to start, Tuberville will be questioned much more by the press.
Along these lines, he was asked after defeating Sessions what he thinks about protests we’ve seen the last few months. Here is what he said:
“This country was built on peaceful protests. We made a lot of progress in this country by protesting for women’s rights to vote, those kind of things. Nothing gets settled by people going out and taking the law into their own hands.”
Has he never heard of the American revolution? This was the years-long war that took place between the brand new continental army and the British after we declared our independence. It began in April 1775 and ended in September 1783. Estimates are that from 25,000 to 70,000 Americans lost their lives while on active duty
If this wasn’t a protest what in the heck was it? Tuberville should visit the Revolutionary War Cemetery in Salem, NY where at least 100 veterans who were killed in this war are buried.. I’m thinking that each of them didn’t think they died in a peaceful protest.
And this guy wants to be a U.S. Senator? One thing is certain, he sure can’t be a history teacher.
Last week senate majority leader Del Marsh of Anniston stirred up a hornet’s nest when he told a reporter that it was OK with him if more people in Alabama got Covid-19.;
As might be expected when a politician says something this dumb, there was immediate reaction from both citizens and media.
Within hours, the good senator was saying that he made “a poor choice of words.”
In other words, his mouth went into gear before his brain did.
Not all who contract Covid-19 die, To date there have been 52,908 confirmed cases in Alabama and 1,093 deaths. This is only two percent. But guess what, not a single soul has died from the virus who did not have it. Which to me means the fewer people who get Covid-19, the fewer who die.
I got lots of emails from friends about my post on this topic, all of them wondering how Marsh could make a statement this stupid.
My response to all of them was simply, “How could voters in Calhoun County vote for someone this stupid?”
We should always remind ourselves when we rant and rave about elected officials, that EVERY SINGLE ONE OF THEM is in office because they got the most votes. In other words, the bigger shame is not the poor choice of words by a state senator, it is the poor choice of a state senator by his constituents..
After decades of listening to politicians, it would seem that you had heard enough so that ANYTHING another one said would not catch you off guard.
But in the case of Senate majority leader Del Marsh, not so.
As you can read in this article, Marsh just told a reporter for a Birmingham TV station that he is not concerned much about how many cases of Covid-19 people in Alabama get. His thought process (which can not be supported by research) is that the more people who get the virus and survive, the better the chances everyone in a population will be immune.
Sweden pretty much took this approach by not locking down businesses, keeping grade schools open and depending on citizens to voluntarily take necessary precautions. It didn’t work. The death rate from the virus in Sweden as been 10 to 20 times higher than its neighbors in Denmark, Finland and Norway.
I don’t want to get Covid-19. Nor do I want any of my relatives or friends to get it in any form or fashion. I have heard from too many survivors about their struggles long after they tested negative. I have heard doctors talk about the lung damage survivors will live with the rest of their lives.
And for one of the most powerful politicians in the state to publicly display such a lack of concern for citizens is beyond comprehension.
But I have a suggestion for Senator Marsh. PUT YOUR MONEY WHERE YOUR MOUTH IS. If this virus is no big deal, then ask UAB if you can spend some time in an intensive care unit surrounded by Covid-19 infected patients. Heck, you might even ask if you can hold a caucus of all Republican senators at the hospital and invite your buddies.
I’m guessing that you won’t have many joining you.
The President held a political rally last week with George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Thomas Jefferson and Teddy Roosevelt looking over his shoulder from Mount Rushmore. He said “Our country is witnessing a merciless campaign to erase our history.”
To a certain degree he may be right. But then, how would most folks, the President included, know since they seem to have so little grasp of our history?
For instance, we hear a lot about traitors and treason in regards to people like Robert E. Lee. But in the eyes of the Britsih, was there ever a bigger traitor than George Washington? But wait a minute, how could he be a traitor if he was fighting for the land he loved? Which seems to be to me what Robert E. Lee was doing in the Civil War.
History is like beauty, in the eyes of the beholder. So one person’s hero is another’s villian.
The history of this land we today call the United States is bathed in blood. Violence has been a main stay from day one. Whether trying to run Native Americans from their lands, fighting an invading enemy, burning someone at the stake, or outlaws roaming the countryside, we have been quick to take up arms. This has been especially true for those of us in the south whose ancestors were Scots-Irish, some of the most violent people to ever live.
And while so many are today quick to condemn protestors, what the heck was 1776 all about? George Washington lead a rag-tag army for eight years because we didn’t like the way the King of England was running things.
History is just that. It is what happened yesterday and all the yesterdays before. We are today the sum of all those yesterdays. History can neither be whitewashed or changed. And the constant cry to remove someone from history because of their warts and blemishes is a fool’s mission. Do those calling for such have no warts and blemishes of their own?
History is fascinating. We should learn from it, not use it for some political purpose.
But I think we should be much more concerned about history yet to be made than what may have happened decades ago.
My longtime friend and Dothan Eagle editorial writer, Bill Perkins, penned words below that bear repeating. Basically he is saying that the doomsday naysayers now roaming the land are very poor students of this country’s history who prefer fantasies to realty. He is right.
“In unsettling times, it’s beneficial to reflect on the situation at hand and how it came to be. Politicians and pundits who say we’re living in unprecedented times should review the Old Testament; the nameless author of the Book of Ecclesiastes writes, “The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun.”(Ecclesiastes 1:9)
Our Founding Fathers apparently believed that, as many of their letters and speeches of the day suggest they were prescient in devising governing documents for our new nation.
While the disturbances of late, exacerbated by tensions frayed from weeks of uncertainty in a pandemic, are novel to current generations, they’re hardly unprecedented. The Founders could not have known the specifics, but they were banking on future unrest:
“Malo periculosam, libertatem quam quietam servitutem,” Thomas Jefferson wrote in a letter to James Madison in 1787. The translation: “I prefer the tumult of liberty to the quiet of servitude.”
We are in the midst of that preferred tumult, and could reflect on some more Jeffersonian wisdom to make sense of the present:
“I am not an advocate for frequent changes in laws and Constitutions,” writes Jefferson in a letter to Virginia lawyer and historian Samuel Kercheval in July 1816. “But laws and institutions must go hand in hand with the progress of the human mind. As that becomes more developed, more enlightened, as new discoveries are made, new truths discovered and manners and opinions change, with the change of circumstances, institutions must advance also to keep pace with the times. We might as well require a man to wear still the coat which fitted him when a boy as civilized society to remain ever under the regimen of their barbarous ancestors.”
In the midst of this stormy Fourth of July holiday, an instructive and appropriate exercise may be a review of the U.S. Constitution, the Federalist Papers and other documents that reveal the story of our nation’s birth. Such a review should bring healthy perspective to where our nation has been, and where it is going, along with suggestions for personal interaction:
“To argue with a person who has renounced the use of reason is like administering medicine to the dead.” Thomas Paine
“I never considered a difference of opinion in politics, in religion, in philosophy, as cause for withdrawing from a friend.” — Jefferson, to William Hamilton.”