Opening Up America’s Businesses too Soon will Create a Second and more Deadly Crisis

Minnesota Covid-19 Protest

The big question is will Trump’s ignorance result in a second pandemic crisis more deadly than the first? His focus on the economy and disregard for the health and welfare of the American people could murder thousands more men, women, and children, and completely destroy our economy by creating a depression. He’s not smart enough to put two and two together.

This is Memorial Day weekend. State’s governors who follow Trump’s demands without question, and without scientific fact, are abandoning social distancing and other safety measures suggested by the CDC and the WHO.

Missouri has been more carless than most. Last week it allowed barber shops and hairstyling salons to reopen their doors along with other small businesses.

I was a hairstylist for 20 years. No one, other than dentists and doctors have closer contact with their customers than beauticians.

Beauty Salon

One shop in Missouri which decided to reopen, may have infected as many as 140 people. Two of the hairstylists tested positive for Covid-19.

Common sense has left America and the vehicle used by these ignorant men and women is the failed and uncaring Trump administration. I have an image I attach to many of my articles which states the obvious: “If Your Love for Trump is Greater than Your Love for America, You Never Really Loved America.”

The truth is that if you choose to support Trump, you share his un-American beliefs. You are a white supremacist, an Islamophobe, a homophobe, a sexist, and a fascist. You do not support the entire Constitution, only the parts which support your personal prejudices and extremist philosophies.

The truth is, Trump is not an American and cannot be called an American president. His ‘Amerika’ is ruled by the rich, and the working class are considered servants to the one percent of wealthiest Americans. Unless you are a millionaire or billionaire you are of no concern to right-wing politicians. Special Interests including the Christian religious right, the NRA gun lobby, large corporations, and the wealthiest individuals in our nation own today’s Republican Party in name only. Lobbies are a violation of the 14th amendment. If you and I do not have lobbyists in Washington, this violates the rule of “equal protection under the law.”

If you care about anyone else than yourself, please do the right thing and be safe. Stay at home, practice social distancing, wear a facial covering whenever in public, and check on your family, friends, and neighbors who live alone or have health problems. We will get through this and those of us who care will be better people for our efforts and our compassion.

Op-ed by James Turnage

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