America needs its “Hour of Lead”.
“After great pain, a formal feeling comes –
The Nerves sit ceremonious, like Tombs –
The stiff Heart questions ‘was it He, that bore,’
And ‘Yesterday, or Centuries before’?
The Feet, mechanical, go round –
A Wooden way
Of Ground, or Air, or Ought –
A Quartz contentment, like a stone –
This is the Hour of Lead –
Remembered, if outlived,
As Freezing persons, recollect the Snow –
First – Chill – then Stupor – then the letting go –“ Emily Dickenson
America needs its “Hour of Lead”. A moment of grim clarity, of dark realization. Americans needs to recognize that C-19 is real and deadly; they need to realize that the Trump administration desired and sought herd immunity via infection heedless of the death toll; they need to grasp that Russia has attacked the USA via Cyber, a digital Pearl Harbor; and they need to grasp that our POTUS is a narcissist with sociopathic tendencies and is in denial of reality.
America needs to wake up to the grim reality we are in, with thousands dying every day, a 9-11 event daily and a POTUS and administration taking no action about it. In order to face and address a problem you need to admit it exists. If you belittle the problem in your own mind you will never be able to address it. The POTUS and his lackeys have done and continue to do this.
This administration is not even bothering to bury us along the way, they leave that to the families. No flag draped coffins here folks, we are not in uniform but are the cannon fodder for Trump’s idea of ‘herd immunity’ nonetheless. Trump and the Entire GOP will wear this bloodstain forever as they are responsible for supporting and endorsing Trumps actions and inactions. History will paint them as bloody as Ivan.
Global Infected 71,820,706 76,372,407
7-day average 742,398 infections diagnosed daily
Global Dead 1,607,296 1,687,304
7-day average 11,000 deaths daily
USA Infected 16,067,965 17,659,271
7-day average 227,329 infections diagnosed daily
USA C-19 deaths 297,843 316,202
7-day average 2,622 deaths daily
Maine Infected 15,620 18,739
7-day average 448 infections diagnosed daily
Maine deaths 257 292
7-day average 5 deaths daily
A 9-11 event every day, and another, daily, for the foreseeable future. No speeches from the POTUS, no rally to get “Osamacovid”, no mustering of forces to fight the enemy killing us at the rate of 3,000+ per day. None of these things happened because the Trump administration wanted this. They wanted ‘herd immunity through infection’. Herd immunity through infection is an extreme position derided by all respectable medical professionals because it would break the hospital and medical system itself resulting in untold deaths. Trump wanted that because ‘most people survive’, hence fuck those who have issues. Trump’s math on this is the economy. He expected to be re-elected on the economy, the virus hurts the economy, so ignore the virus and allow herd immunity to stop it.
That is evidence of sociopathy in my book.
America needs its “Hour of Lead”. America will have that moment too; “Remembered, if outlived” as that moment of grim clarity whether they have it at home, in a hospital suffering or dying, or at the funeral home paying for the dead family they lost while unemployed, or homeless at the graveyard sharing space with the dead in the snow.
It won’t happen to all of us. We need to care that it is happening to many of us and become aware it is going to happen to more and more over this black winter, and recall Trump wanted this. This is the reality of herd immunity via infection.
Yes, there is a light at the end of this Black winter in the two vaccines approved, but the rollout and distribution of said vaccines has already been botched by the ineptitude of the Trump administration. The vaccines will not be widely available until after this “Black Winter”.
Yes, there is hope that actual competent people who are not sociopaths will be in charge but the Trump administration is making every effort to undermine them in order to spin C-19 as a Democrat failure for political gain.
We Americans need to survive the “Black Winter”, a phrase inspired by the Walking Dead’s ‘Black Summer’ which in turn is inspired by the reality of social amnesia. After the 1918 pandemic everyone forgot. We had social amnesia and not for the first time.
It hurts to recall our failures; it hurts to recall frightening events so we repress those recollection in order to carry on. When enough people do this the entire society gets a form of social amnesia, they do not want to recall. It is this social amnesia reality which in large part inspired me to make this record. This personal, everyman’s record of what transpired. Those who forget history . . .