The United States faces a daunting task between now and the election on November 3rd. As responsible citizens, we all need to examine our beliefs, question the accuracy of the news we receive, educate ourselves on the critical issues facing our society, and then make a plan to vote.
Over 220,000 Americans have lost their lives to the COVID-19 virus, by far the highest number of deaths for any country in the world. With just 4% of the world’s population, America has suffered over 22% of global fatalities, or a death toll equal to a city with a total population the size of Scottsdale, Arizona.
We are a divided nation, with many of us living in denial about the severity of the pandemic, unable even to accept basic health and safety protocols, and disheartened by so much political divisiveness within many of our families, our friendships, and with our co-workers, where there was once mutual respect.
When an incumbent runs for re-election, it begs many questions: Are we better off today than we were four years ago? Are we healthier, happier, and more caring as a society? Is America a better place to raise children, with affordable health care, a sustainable clean environment and a strong democracy?
In a taped interview with columnist Bob Woodward, the President confessed that in January, he was informed by the NSA “how extremely contagious and lethal the airborne COVID-19 virus really is, and that unless decisive action was taken, the spread of this pathogen could be catastrophic to both the economy and the health of our country.” The President’s response, “I intentionally downplayed the seriousness of the pandemic by lying about what I knew, and presenting misinformation to the American public.”
For the first time in two centuries, both highly prestigious Scientific America, and the New England Journal of Medicine, endorsed a presidential candidate. The NEJM’s Editorial Board stated, “the President had the opportunity to limit the transmission of the coronavirus and prevent widespread illness, deaths and economic turmoil. The magnitude of this failure is astonishing. The President has turned to uninformed charlatans who obscure the truth and facilitate the promulgation of outright lies that further the President’s political aims at the expense of American lives.”
A vote for this President invites four more years of the same policies, and a countenance that has brought us to this point. Is the President capable of restoring our economy, our jobs, our health, and hope for the future? Does the President have the moral fortitude necessary to be trustworthy, compassionate, and to inspire ‘ALL’ Americans?
These are many of the questions each of us needs to ask and answer for ourselves as we prepare to vote.