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The School Reopening Wedge Issue Would be Hillarious if it Weren’t so Deadly

Trump wants to order the governors to reopen the schools for the fall term. Most schools start in August these days except for NJ where they mostly start after Labor Day. The Trump campaign’s theory is that reopening the schools is really going to tick off the governors from just the blue states and that they will be sent into paroxysms of rabid anger.

That might have been true about 6 weeks ago but I’m guessing that there are going to be a lot of newly woke suburban Republicans in Phoenix, Amarillo and Homestead, Florida who aren’t going to be so keen on this idea. Sure parents are climbing the walls after their kids and can’t wait to put the little tikes on a schoolbus. But they don’t want the germy beasts to come back after school with something deadly.

And what about the after school and before school programs? They’re frequently run by private entities. Who’s going to force them to reopen?

Then there are the hundreds of thousands of teachers who don’t want to get sick and whose lives may be on the line. I don’t know why anyone would want to be a teacher. It’s not my cup of tea but I used to serve on a school board and met a lot of them who actually like it. Yeah, go figure. It’s not the classroom that scares them. It’s the tiny germ factories aerosolizing their viruses in an enclosed space. Even masks aren’t going to prevent some of those teachers from getting deathly ill. I’m sorry, but I don’t think “working on site during a pandemic” is in most contracts.

But let’s say you are the president and you are actually sincere about the well being and educational accomplishments of students and justifiably fear that keeping children out of school is jeopardizing the preparedness of future working generations.

Stop laughing. I’m being serious.

Ok, imagine it’s any other leader other than the “president” we’re currently stuck with. Wouldn’t such a leader want those children and teachers to have the same level of protection as he does? That is, anyone who has the potential to come within 6 feet of you should be tested – everyday. Anyone who tests positive is sent right home for quarantine and all people in that household are tested as well.

Wait! There’s more. What if you retrofitted the classrooms with the UV lamps that are harmless to people but deadly to viruses? That should cut down on transmission, along with masks and social distancing.

THEN you might be ready to open the schools.

Have we heard about any of that? Or is it more of the same old “We took your federal tax dollars but we’re not going to use it to test anymore or give you federal education money. You state and local governments are on your own. Suckers!

I’m going to guess it’s the latter.

This strategy, if you can call it that, is meant to break teacher’s unions, erode public education and make the blue states look unreasonable because don’t we have everything under control?? Go back to my last post and see what it’s like to live in West Berlin in Allegheny County where there has been a recent resurgence and zero test kits. Sure you can keep it in check. But you have to still accommodate the Limbaugh fans who think that curtailing their ability to spread the virus around any way they please is tantamount to making them quarter soldiers or something. You need to be able to close bars and restaurants and other enclosed spaces – like classrooms.

Anyway, all of this should be pretty clear at this point to those of us cold blooded thought experimentalists. He’s going to try to drive a wedge between the blue states and the red states. That might have worked until the last couple of weeks. But with the number of infections spiking in his must win states in the south and west, he’s going to only be shining a light on what’s going to happen to them next as their children get sick and spread the infection even further. Trump would know this if he looked at the stats everyday or got out more.

Yeah, he really needs to get out more. You know, visit some ICU units in Arizona. Without a mask.

The Trump administration’s recent executive orders, like expelling foreign students from the country if their colleges don’t have on- site classes and this latest mandate to open the schools while simultaneously ending federal testing resources, seems arbitrary, capricious and vindictive. It reminds me of the worst monarchs from our English cultural history. King John and Charles I come to mind. This administration acts like it can do whatever it wants and imposing impossible to meet standards and applying harsh penalties for non-compliance without any redress. Who’s going to stop him?

Well, we got a Magna Carta out of John and a revolution and constitutional monarchy out of Charles I. Eventually beneficial outcomes from horrible circumstances.

Maybe we can hold all of the Republican politicians responsible for our current eucatastrophe.


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  2. Naturally he ignores the fact that those countries had competent leadership who listened to scientists.

  3. The last sentence is the emphasis. Defeat Trump and as many Republicans as possible. If we do not do that, we do not have any chance to fix anything. The ravings and actions of a madman are not to be ignored, but this cannot be fought in court. Every single person must manage to vote by whatever means possible. That is the only option we have. We cannot execute Trump as the Parliament did to Charles I (actually, all that got was Cromwell and then Charles II). I suppose we could start a Civil War, as in England, but their side has most of the guns. We’ve got the vote, at least for now, we must use it.

    If we remove Trump and win the Senate, we can get rid of every single one of Trump’s non-judicial appointees, and we should, with very rare exceptions. None of this “we need to come together,” or “we need a coalition government,” which will be pushed by most of the media. Reverse as many Trump policies as possible. Six months until a new administration.

    As is being emphasized by his niece, Trump has no soul. Every single person is simply fodder, he does not care what happens to them. If someone told him that he could get the Dow above 30,000 by killing 5 million more people, he’d love it. Children are no exceptions. Every single decision is about him trying to win, and also further enrich his friends. Logic and humanity are not a part of it. It’s like trying to analyze the motivations of Al Capone.

    • I might have to blow an audible credit on Mary’s book…

      • I might actually buy it, because I do not have Audible. I have not bought any of the other tell-alls, but this might be worth the read, and it might be the most devastating.

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