As nearly every facet of American life has been disrupted by the rapidly-expanding Coronavirus, the time is now to put aside petty political trifles and do what must be done to hamper the virus’s threat across our nation. What is of the upmost importance now is cohesiveness, clarity, and a unified front from the federal government all the way down to the state-level in repelling the bulwark of this pandemic. Unfortunately, America finds itself more politically, ideologically, and culturally divided than perhaps any other time in its history–which has the very real potential to act as the perfect storm for a severe wave to befall us, much like is being witnessed currently in Italy where the entire country is on lock-down and its healthcare system is on the verge of collapse.
Regardless of the fact that the U.S. healthcare system is one of the most confusing and disjointed in the modern world (as is seen by the horrid response to available testing that other countries have handled responsibly in comparison with America’s), there is also the political hate mongering that some members of the media and affiliated parties just can’t let go–even in the face of mass deaths and human suffering.
We’re speaking here about renowned circus performer, CNN’s Jim Acosta. Acosta, who is perhaps the most visible picture of unadulterated hatred for President Trump–this is the same man who insulted the president in front of foreign nationals during a recent state visit to India–published a report this week in which he attempted to demean the President for the latter’s fear of coming into contact with persons infected with COVID-19. His headline reads: “Source: Trump is concerned about coming into contact with people infected with coronavirus”. The stupidity here is striking and begs only one question: “AND?” Are we as the American public supposed to view Trump as weak, unfit for office, or “oh my god look at what he’s doing now!” because the leader of our country and the free world is acting with appropriate caution in the face of a global pandemic which has fatal consequences for elderly persons such as himself?
“This is the most idiotic thing I’ve seen all week. And this week that’s saying something,” Media Research Center vice president Dan Gainor recently told Fox News–and indeed it is. What is Acosta’s play here? Is this really news? in a time of mass confusion and terror, death brought on by an invisible and agile killer, this idiot who calls himself a journalist is STILL trying everything in his power to damage the President and further divide our country in a moment in history where we as humans, as a species, and not as republicans or democrats, whites or blacks, Christians or Jews, need to stand together more than ever.
What’s truly sad about Mr. Acosta’s actions is that COVID-19 offers the human race a chance to realize its full potential as a species. Though it may bring death, fear, and uncertainty, the virus also brings with it a silver-lining unimaginable in modern times–a chance for all of humanity to join together and unite against a common enemy. The coronavirus sees no skin color and adheres to no god or religion, it speaks no languages and respects no boundaries or cultures. It understands nothing of the walls this world has been lassoed with, and it’s about damn time humanity does the same.