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Donald Trump is a virus attacking civilization, DJT-045, he absolutely destroys everything he touches and then discards them as he searches out the hearts and minds of whomever he comes in contact with. A list of those he has destroyed just in the past three years is too voluminous to recount here is this article and in fact many books have documented the lives he has destroyed in his debut on the political stage. He is simply an unmitigated disaster who must be defeated in November, along with Boy Wonder, his unmasked sidekick.

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Along the way he has infected public servants who have willingly accepted positions in his administration and professionals who have dedicated their lives to public policy. He attacks allies and adversaries alike with extreme prejudice. He totally lacks sympathy and empathy, is a veritable subhuman monster who feeds on other people’s misfortunes, and exists to feed an insatiable appetite for greed and an unquenchable thirst for adulation and praise. When he is not satisfied or bored with the level of praise he craves he proceeds to spew an intolerable torrent of self-proclaimed congratulation.

People are scared, and for good reason. But fear can be overcome with truth, sincerity, and empathy.

He never admits a mistake because in his delusional and twisted mind he never makes one. He is perpetually searching out a scapegoat. A reservoir of hate, malice, and selfishness is tucked underneath his ample body mass and can be tapped at a moment’s notice, contorted and contrived to counter either criticism or challenge, even if the challenge is self-inflicted.

His venom is responsible for immeasurable destruction of both humans and the human spirit. He will indubitably go down in history as the worst President this nation has ever seen. He will be known as the person who ignored and then perpetuated the most seriously destructive human folly the United States has ever witnessed: namely, the Coronavirus-19 pandemic that resulted in mounting casualties. He will always be known as the Caligula of Capitalism.

He could not have captured this cruel honor all by himself. He was aided and abetted by Republican Party leaders who exalted him out of fear, selfishness, and an addiction to power. Many who served in his administration deluded themselves into thinking they could act as a brake upon his reckless and destructive insanity, yet not one of them dared to challenge him even when the health and welfare of American society was at risk.

The latest figure to fall in this 21st century American tragedy is Ambassador-at-Large Deborah L. Birx, MD, the Coordinator of the United States Government Activities to Combat HIV/AIDS and US Special Representative for Global Health Diplomacy. She, along with Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), have acted as the chief public health experts advising the President on the Covid-19 epidemic. Together they represented hope that seriousness of thought and disciplined competence might rule the day.

While Dr. Fauci has managed to hold on to his integrity during months of difficult public briefings, Dr. Birx has cratered magnificently recently. She has managed to hold her tongue as the President maniacally blabbered about injecting disinfectants and ultraviolet rays into humans as a potentially worthwhile medical remedy to consider as the pandemic rages on. She deftly sat by, quaffed in her resplendent attire, with ever present scarf draped around her neck and said absolutely nothing. In her defense it appeared as though she was dumbstruck, but she said NOTHING.

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For Christ’s sake Doctor, this is the President of the most powerful nation on Earth giving pseudo-medical advice telling people they ought to consider injecting Lysol to deal with the insidious virus that had already claimed over 50,000 American lives and your reaction is to say nothing. Nothing! But even more unbelievable, this followed an exhibition maybe even more disturbing several days prior when she was asked to comment on the Governor of Georgia’s plan to reopen the State economy by opening gyms, beauty salons, barber shops, massage parlors, and bowling alleys while still maintaining social distancing of six feet.

Now this was one time where she probably should have just deferred by not answering questions on political decisions. But she proceeded to attempt to defy the laws of gravity by answering a question on how you could cut hair or give a massage from a distance of 6 feet by saying that one would have to figure it out. Doctor, the answer to that question is that you cannot physically do it, and you simply cannot defend the importance of the pillar of your strategy to keep people away from each other and engage in activities that require direct contact. This is what has actually worked so far. What were you thinking?

You may be a brilliant doctor, but you clearly blew any credibility to engage in what is likely the most significant public policy crisis in a century, involving millions of people worldwide, with this performance and then made things worse with the disinfectant fiasco. What were you thinking?

What is this effect that Donald Trump has upon people with impeccable credentials? Rick Wilson, a disaffected Republican strategist, pegged it when he entitled his anti-Trump tome, “Everything Trump Touches Dies.” Both literally and spiritually that is a true statement. He is killing the country’s reputation internationally as a great democratic experiment, he is killing those who for whatever reason believed they could play a constructive role in moderating his stupidity and insanity, and he is destroying many who spent decades toiling in the political mine fields attempting to make a positive difference in the world.

Dr. Fauci seems to be holding his own and is willing to contradict the President regularly while seemingly avoiding political exile. Dr. Birx has suffered an embarrassing slippage that she seems to be unable or unwilling to attempt to salvage. While I feel sorry for the doctor, I feel more sorry for the thousands of people who will pay a price for her refusal to defend her integrity.

It is not too late Doctor, but it will require a corrective course of action, like yesterday. What is missing in this horrible chapter of history is a magical treatment followed by an effective vaccine. Hopefully they are coming. But what is needed now is honesty. People are scared, and for good reason. But fear can be overcome with truth, sincerity, and empathy. Enough of the lies, happy talk, and bloviating.

People have no one they can trust except those who treasure honesty and straight talk as opposed to the pablum that currently exudes from the mouths of the political classes, including the two cheerleaders, Trump and Pence, who excitedly wave their political pom-poms and scream schoolgirl chants of “beat ‘em back, push ‘em back, waaaaay back.”

We do not need silly cheerleaders with silly slogans, we need serious leaders and serious leadership. We need both Doctors to be in on the solution, but if only one is left standing I sincerely hope the other just bows out gracefully and does not try to hold on to the silly notion that you can change the fool we have in the Oval Office.

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Lance Simmens

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