Hello far lefters, you were right. I’m someone you would label centrist, though I’m not beholden to Wall Street. I am a Boomer. I had no problem admitting lots of your goals are the right ones. What I never believed is that you had any clue as to how to bring them about. You couldn’t get your guy across the finish line. Without a real revolution, the only option is incremental progress, because it is at least progress and will work. Well…
Your revolutionary is here. It’s called COVID-19. In a manner of a few weeks, everything labeled far left became necessary. Healthcare for all. At least $15 an hour–actually a lot more, respect, even protective equipment for essential workers in many industries. Somehow it finally made sense to let unconvicted people out of prison. With all the humans indoors, the atmosphere is clearing and animals are reclaiming the land. Suddenly all the haves are knowingly at the mercy of the have less to keep society running. An infectious disease has no respect for “alternative facts.” Apparently the government could find the money for lots of things that four weeks before would have supposedly caused the collapse of civilization.
So here we are in the new normal. How do we stay here and continue to improve? Eventually, with the help of science we will all be able to move around again, except those we have lost. We’ll return to our pursuits, work, outside leisure and agendas. But we also need to adopt a “Never forget, never again” attitude before those who have lost millions, even billions, seek to recover their losses by herding us back into a pre-COVID-19 existence.
If you were truly essential during the pandemic, pre-COVID-19 socio-economic status is unacceptable. You need to be compensated now, prepared for the next pandemic, which will come, and receive the remuneration which should have always been yours. Those who are still with us. And the families of those who have lost an essential worker during the pandemic?
All those non-essential businesses, many which we all love. The ones that shouldn’t get a bailout from the government. Many of them will recover and thrive. They need not do so at the tax payers’ expense. Let’s see some of that hard work, pull yourself up by your boot-straps from the one-percenters. Sorry, far lefters. Capitalism is neutral. Our problem is we have abandoned our responsibilities and allowed sociopaths to run many of our corporations. We unfortunately also abandoned our responsibilities and have allowed sociopaths to run many of our bureaucracies. We no more need to tear down capitalism than we need to tear down democracy. We need to tend the garden, and call a weed a weed when we see it, rather than plow it all over.
Then we have our citizens who fear the government as much as others fear capitalism. Their solution has often been to focus relentlessly on money and power. Neither right or wrong, in terms of setting the agenda, that singular focus has worked. In most instances, with enough money you can move away from dissenting voices and with enough power, squash those voices if they manage to show up in your neighborhood. This bubble allows you to believe whatever you want to believe about yourself. Worse, it allows you to believe whatever you want about anyone who is not you. Or about those who seek to support those who are not you. And you have let us know that you are not changing. First, you will ban it, cage it, incarcerate it. But if it’s a choice between accepting the changes occurring in the rest of society or blowing it all up. You will blow it all up second.
I would simply say, COVID-19 really blew it all up. COVID-19 reminds you of your dependence on those not like you, the value they have to us all, and the consequences of shortchanging their lives for your convenience when a real enemy (COVID-19) appears. They are not takers, but the givers. And an equitable share is not socialism. But, you have told us you will not change (Democrats, stop begging, just act. Logic dictates that compromise can also be a combination of the worst from both the left and the right and then still be the wrong choice. Choose what works and is effective, despite ideology). I just hope that while you are rejecting expertise and seeing the Deep State everywhere you don’t become the Duped State.
How do we make the new normal permanent?
1) Taking care of essential workers means more money and services will flow into neglected communities, improving the lives and the communities themselves
2) COVID-19, like many other threats to humanity have, will spark innovation that will spread beyond the healthcare industry
3) Technology will expand and can be used to solve inequities for the less fortunate
4) Large corporations, states, communities see they have to and must by-pass roadblocks and roadblockers who either refuse to change or seek to inhibit change