Saturday, March 21, 2020
President Trump has unleashed a humanitarian and economic disaster on his own people. There is no way to escape this fact.
While other places " Hong Kong, Singapore, Taiwan, South Korea etc. " prepared for the coronavirus and took proactive measures to prevent its spread, Trump did nothing. As a result, the United States now faces a domestic crisis unseen since the Great Depression. This is the result of political malpractice, not merely biological bad luck.
But Trump does not have a monopoly on political malpractice. As the crisis has spread, Democratic Party leaders - Speaker Pelosi, Minority Leader Schumer and presumptive Dem nominee Joe Biden - have either been MIA or short on solutions. The leader of one party has caused a national calamity, while the leaders of the other have nothing much to say.
With Democratic leaders thinking small, a majority of the public now actually approves of Trump's catastrophic pandemic management, according to a new poll.
Incredibly, a handful of arch-conservative Republicans have been able to take public credit for advancing the popular, progressive idea of just sending every household a large check for the duration of the crisis. Pelosi explicitly rejected that very idea in early talks among House Democrats, overruling pleas from Democratic economists.
Unfortunately, a significant block of committed partisans in both parties has lost the capacity for self-reflection. Among Republicans, this manifests as the maniacal cult of personality surrounding Trump. In the Democratic Party, it registers as widespread loyalty to a leadership that is increasingly obviously unfit for the emergency at hand. We face not only a crisis of leadership, but a crisis of democracy in which members of both parties accept calamitous government as normal and inevitable.
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