AN OPEN LETTER TO Atlantic Monthly's Olga Khazan
Olga Khazan is a staff writer at The Atlantic and the author of Weird: The Power of Being an Outsider in an Insider World.
Dear Ms. Khazan:
Kudos for highlighting how TRUST has been criminally shredded and must now be earned again from scratch. But tons of ersatz brickbats for not laying the blame on those who voted in 2015 and 2020 for POTUS45. After grooming the first-world to hang on every word from the titular "ruler of the free world", is anyone really surprised that people around the world still seek to follow him? Even those Three Wise Men choosing to follow a star, and or the Beat of a diminutive percussionist was a better set of choices!
Anyway, a long and histrionic toxic male lead story notwithstanding, voila! We have a Neverending Global Pandemic of the Profoundly, Pervasively, and Persistently Completely UNHINGED! Conversely, COVID-19 would have been a cakewalk, if all of us had done what we initially were asked to do.
Yes, dear Olga and my USA peeps, UN, WHO, BHS, CDC, and NIH did what they were designed to do. First, they urgently and respectfully requested compliance, based upon the epically false expectation that the science and data would suffice, even with the usual "crazy whiny spoiled rich brats complaining as they always had complained and whined during WWI, WWII, The 1918 flu, polio, MMR, HIV/AIDS, HEP(S), and SARS.
For way too many white folks, Herman Cain, SCOTUS Clarence Thomas, Condie Rice, and Neurosurgeon Ben Carson, there was a certainty, based on no body-of-evidence, that POTUS45 would channel Abraham Lincoln and FDR to lead the free world through its collective journey "Into the Unknown". Just like the Princess was led to her powerful destiny in the 2019 Disney film, "Frozen II."
Instead, a shiteload of several metric tons of documentation of pathological lies (anytime his generational family wealth was sure to increase), and baseline antecedent behaviors on the day DJT announced his intention to run for POTUS, were totally ignored, dismissed, discounted, and denied. Looking back in 20/20 hindsight, Melania should have had the men of Bellvue take her husband for a 72- hour regimen of psych testing that could have lead to diagnosis and treatment. Think how much that would have done to end the stigma of mental illness and treatment in the USA, right where it has now been needed since the day of POTUS45's inaugural address. Recall that all of our former allies amazingly "became" our mortal enemies per his "America First" speech.
Too many of us needed intensive crisis counseling and were in shock. Many wanted it to be a bad dream and thus no one could bring themselves to ask for, at minimum, Mental Health First Aid in that critical first 100 days.
Ostensibly for the "sake of generations of children", "WE THE PEOPLE" stayed in an abusive, and exploitative and humiliating sham of a marriage for five years!
We tried to numb out with all the usual suspects, alcohol, beer, wine, tobacco cocaine, crystal meth, crack, prescription steroids and opioids and newly legalized 420. That got us through the election and dumped us off the Trump Train--- right in the middle of COVID-- dazed and more than a little confused. POTUS45 had convinced his acolytes that the USA would be miraculously spared. Besides, there were volumes of Ancient Texts and Oprah's "Secrets of New Age Wisdom" that guaranteed our deliverance-- and certain death for all those we had identified as our mortal enemies.
Fast forward to December 2021-- and you can do your own research to see just how delusional and completely dissociated we remain-- especially with too too many still acting out having full nuclear meltdowns at airports and onboard commercial airlines. "Crazy" is officially the most used word each day since 2015. The USA is on track to hold its Number 1 global ranking in reported COVID-19 cases for a second week.
For those who believe otherwise, I will now remind some and prove conclusively to everyone else that we are still suffering from acute PTSD (and the lessor known Post Traumatic Slavery Syndrome) for one very simple reason:
We still have less than 60% of the world choosing to mask, wash hands with soap and water or hand sanitizer, social distance, quarantine, and or get vaccinated to stop the spread of COVID-19.
Meanwhile, in the USA, we are in an ugly divorce battle over the marital assets (all the money, honey!) And custody of the children ( Anti-CRT and abortion rights). On the Global Playground, China is off in the corner rolling its eyes with menacing glances, the USA is saber-rattling with China and or Russia, and Putin still wants to invade Ukraine during supervised visitation, and a new variant , Omicron, rises.
When does WINTER BREAK start?(!!?)
Happy holidays, Ms. Khazan!
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