John R. Hall
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My take is that COVID-19 is exposing the United States as the arrogant, ignorant, spoiled brat, white-male-run nation she has always been.

America’s current lot and coronavirus response does not confound me one iota. The United States’ state of affairs should come as no surprise. When a nation (which has never apologize for slavery nor for the genocide of its land’s indigenous people nor for the subjugation of women) refuses to humble itself and acknowledge its trespasses, Donald J. Trump’s cavalier modus operandi towards everything—and his conniving crew’s forthcoming high court—is the end result.

We did not arrive at this place and time in history without warning. We were warned—over and over.

The first warning has been attributed to Edmond Buke: “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is that good [people] do nothing.”

In a nation where only about fifty percent of the eligible voters register to vote—and of them only fifty percent vote—then twelve-point-six percent* of the eligible voting population chooses its leaders.

Hate, unfortunately, is a greater motivator than love. That is why Hillary Clinton lost her presidential campaign in 2016: they—the Right-White Christians—hated her and Trump seized on that hate, and upon the hatred of anything that is not snow-white, exclusively Republican, and dogmatically Christian.

In a nutshell, that is how America arrived smack-dab in the middle of a pandemic with no light at the end of the tunnel. At best, Lady Liberty is on the brink of a dead dead road, with an autocratic society surrounding her flanks.

Let us hope (because that is all that is Left) that America now hates Trump enough to vote him out of the Oval Office, and that We The People will turn away from our dead end road; that there are patriots within the judicial system who will order that the Donald be escorted off the grounds of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue if he refuses to leave; that there are patriots within the Secret Service and military who will follow our longstanding Constitution: that civilians rule America. But know this: the president has the authority to declare martial law.

I wrote about Trump and martial law in Red, White, and the Blues (page 313, last paragraph). My musings now seem less amusing and not so farfetched. Ticktock.

*100 eligible, 50 register, 25 vote, 12.6 swing the election.

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John R. Hall is the author of Red, White, and the Blues: A Long and Hard Ride over Treacherous Terrain. He is a James Copley Scholarship for Journalism recipient. John studied journalism, psychology, communications & drama at City College, San Diego, California. John has largely traveled through life as a single and childless rolling stone, collecting little moss. He has been employed in numerous industries: first as a KFC dishwasher, then a Red Lion busboy, followed by soda jerking for Dairy Queen. All of that occurred before Uncle Sam whispered in his ear and he donned the olive drab green as a soldier in the U.S. Army. After that non Yankee Doodle Dandy duty was over, he attempted a career in entertainment, performing comedy and magic. When those opportunities disappeared, John reappeared in the transportation industry as a taxi and truck driver. He's been a barkeep, a hotel manager, a street performer, a professional student, a business manager, a dispatcher, an oil field professional, and an IT/IS professional; He's even been a procurer of substances. John developed and maintains HuntingForThompson.com, RedWhiteandtheBlues.com, and JohnRHall.com. All of this basically makes him an omnipotent . . . (in his own mind, which, as he says: "Is all that counts").