Effectively over a half-a-million American lives had been misplaced because of Trump’s deliberate inaction to mitigate the devastation of a world pandemic, and it was not mismanagement or incompetence. It was deliberate malfeasance and arguably criminally negligent murder. He knew the lethal penalties of doing nothing, after which he purposely did nothing. If no felony court docket goes to ship him to jail, then he must be the goal of a large class motion lawsuit – for purposeful negligence leading to mass fatalities of Americans. In spite of everything, America hunted down Osama bin Laden and killed him with excessive prejudice for purposely killing 2,977 harmless Americans.
Nonetheless responsible Trump is, he’s not the one one with People’ blood on his palms. The six conservative Justices on the Supreme Courtroom are simply as responsible as Trump and should be severely punished for intentionally aiding the virus’ unfold unimpeded as a result of they imagine a tiny minority’s non secular liberty trumps myriad American lives.
A current research from the Brookings Institute reported:
“U.S. COVID-19 fatalities may have stayed below 300,000, versus a dying toll of 540,000 and rising, if by final Might the nation had adopted widespread masks, social distancing, and testing protocols whereas awaiting a vaccine.”
That was an (below) estimate by Andrew Atkeson who’s an economics professor at College of California, Los Angeles. Nonetheless horrible these numbers seem, they’re a gross misrepresentation of the true numbers. If Trump had taken rapid motion in November 2019 when American intelligence providers knowledgeable him of the approaching pandemic, the numbers almost certainly would have been a slight proportion of what Professor Atkeson estimated,
Trump additionally knew in January 2020 in regards to the lethal virus’ severity and he nonetheless did nothing. He was too involved about being reelected to take rapid motion that might need affected Wall Road and “make him look dangerous.” The remaining, as they are saying, is lethal historical past that’s nonetheless unfolding.
One vital purpose the CIVID19 virus continues ravaging People’ lives and livelihoods is the unchecked unfold amongst communities affected by non secular teams’ refusal to abide by public well being mandates.
After all the non secular conservatives on the Supreme Courtroom are wholly chargeable for exacerbating the virus’ unfold as a result of they refused to assist numerous state officers’ mitigation efforts. These efforts had been pushed by a regard for public well being and saving American lives, and but as a result of many primarily evangelical malcontents claimed they had been victims of spiritual persecution, the conservative wing of the court docket sided with the non secular persecution-complex crowd.
The odd factor in regards to the conservative SCOTUS refusal to guard American lives throughout a once-a-century world pandemic is their silence in explaining why they so willingly “revolutionized the regulation of spiritual liberty with out bothering to elucidate why.”
That was the theme of an article over at Slate a few weeks in the past and it’s a thriller why so many information shops did not name out the Excessive Courtroom’s willingness to hazard harmless American lives within the identify of spiritual liberty. They determined they’d no obligation to elucidate something as a result of faith is the regulation of the land of their sick twisted minds.
Regardless of its lack of permitting debate and justifying its lopsided rulings, the Slate authors identified that the whole lot in regards to the court docket’s ruling on blocking state officers’ pandemic mitigation efforts started in earnest when uber-Christian fanatic Affiliate Justice Barrett joined the court docket.
Previous to the dying of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg, the court docket struck down early non secular challenges to state public well being mandates as a result of American lives had been at stake. After Barrett joined the court docket, the opposite conservatives, the non secular cohort, disregarded the clear and current, and lethal, threats to public well being and sided with the trustworthy who couldn’t care much less who, or what number of, harmless People they endangered.
The SCOTUS conservatives are simply as responsible as Trump for the lives of an untold variety of Americans. They knowingly and with malice aforethought endangered American lives by hanging down state officers’ mitigation efforts within the identify of faith and for the sake of some extremists.
For this little screed, it’s irrelevant that they failed to present a purpose or rationalization for permitting some non secular teams to brazenly flout states’ mitigation efforts. Nonetheless, solely a idiot is unaware of the true purpose – proper wing non secular conservatives on the nation’s highest court docket couldn’t care much less if tens-of-thousands of harmless Americans perished so just a few fanatical evangelicals can exert their lethal energy over the federal government.
At the very least now People may start to grasp what lies in retailer going ahead with each case earlier than the Supreme Courtroom with an honest-to-dog proper wing Christian fanatic on the bench. An evangelical fanatic who will willingly sacrifice any variety of harmless American lives within the identify of her interpretation of spiritual liberty and the unchecked energy of the Excessive Courtroom.
Audio engineer and teacher for SAE. Writes op/ed commentary supporting Secular Humanist causes, and exposing suppression of ladies, the poor, and minorities. An advocate for freedom of faith and notably, freedom of NO faith.
Born within the South, raised within the Mid-West and California for a well-rounded view of America; it doesn’t look good.
Former minister, lifelong musician, Mahayana Zen-Buddhist.