And it’s what some asshole with a blog told you it was a couple of months ago. But I’m getting ahead of myself.
Over the July Fourth weekend (by the way, we’re now calling Independence Day “All Countries Matter Day”, yes?), the Trump Administration finally stopped hiding what their COVID-19 response plan is, with the simple phrase “We need to live with it.” That is, it’s acceptable to have 200,000 to 500,000 people dead, especially if they’re disproportionately those people, so we can get business back to normal (workers’ finances are an afterthought). Which is to say, standard Republican policy since the Reagan Era (boldface added):
So the Trump administration, along with many of its Republican collaborators, has a plan. It’s just that the plan is so horrifying that many people don’t want to believe the administration would do something like that. The plan is simple. Restart businesses, and let the American Carnage ensue. It will disproportionately affect minorities and lower-income people–and if those people were better people, they would have been wealthier and whiter, so fuck ’em anyway. I think they also believe–likely incorrectly–that the carnage will be confined mostly to urban, Democratic areas. Meanwhile, TEH STONKS! will be doing well, so all is good.
That’s the plan.
Before you make a counterargument, consider this: the Republican Party has spent the last forty years undermining worker protections and environmental protection. Why would they suddenly change their ways? This is what they do because they believe it’s the right thing to do, as horrifying as that is. Sure, this isn’t some toxic sludge, it’s a virus. But they have never cared about workers or public health, so why would they start now?
The absence of a plan to reopen safely as reasonably possible is the plan because they don’t care about your safety or health.
To claim that the scope of the crisis will encourage them to rise above their typical behavior is to make the same mistake many people made in the run up to the Iraq War. Yes, Little Lord Pontchartrain might have lied a lot about budgets and other things, but war–the Most Serious Action a President Can Take™–was too important. Surely, he and his administration wouldn’t lie about war? (narrator: they did). …Trump has an even more strained relationship with reality than Bush did.
So, yes, there’s a plan. It’s in plain sight, and it’s monstrous.
In other words, it’s not incompetence (though there’s plenty of that too), it’s intentional. We need to recognize the horror.
So vote in November, and vote wisely. Your life could depend on it.