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Absolving Trump Means Erasing the Harm Done to Millions

Originally published at http://www.commondreams.org/views/2020/11/15/absolving-trump-means-erasing-harm-done-millions

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This is a matter of survival. We still speak as if this pandemic, let loose to run free in USA as nowhere else on Earth by an administration dedicated to criminality of the highest order, will somehow allow us back to a world where we can calmly consider our future. This plague is big enough to end USA as a global power, as even a self-sustaining nation – a non-helpless people. It’s only rearing up to start taking a serious bite out of us now. This is a crime against humanity – not only USA’s pathetic polity, but also all the countries (particularly south of us) to which Orangeman, his Pestilence, has so energetically deported the virus. So long as we keep shrugging, USA’s outbreak keeps exploding.

STATE COVID-19 OUTBREAKS

Ranking is based on Johns Hopkins’ test-positivity factored with “per-capita newcases” & “immediate mortality” – the ratio of totals on hand for deaths and cases.

>                        JH       per-capita     immed
>                    positivity    newcases    mortality
>                        %            %            %
>  1. South Dakota      54.3        132.5         0.96
>  2. Iowa              46.4         96.6         0.54
>  3. Wyoming           41.5         87.7         0.64
>  4. Kansas            44.4         58.4         0.70
>  5. Idaho             39.2         60.1         0.80
>  6. North Dakota      14.7        152.1         1.06
>  7. Wisconsin         15.5         96.3         0.60
>  8. Montana           16.1         80.6         1.11
>  9. Utah              17.9         68.8         0.29
> 10. Missouri          18.3         55.5         0.92
> 11. Nebraska          13.1         77.7         0.58
> --- ---------------------- ------------ ------------
> 12. Minnesota         13.1         67.1         0.66
> 13. Illinois          11.0         66.8         0.74
> 14. Alabama           22.2         33.1         1.09
> 15. Indiana           11.2         57.3         0.92
> 16. Oklahoma          14.9         44.3         0.71
> 17. Arkansas          12.9         42.1         1.29
> 18. Tennessee         11.4         43.2         1.19
> 19. Colorado           9.9         51.0         0.46
> 20. Mississippi       14.9         29.7         1.52
> 21. Pennsylvania      18.9         24.0         0.96
> 22. New Mexico         8.6         48.6         1.03
> 23. Nevada            11.4         36.2         0.65
> 24. Michigan           8.8         44.8         0.91
> 25. Kentucky           9.4         41.4         0.67
> 26. Ohio               9.8         36.7         0.56
> 27. Arizona           13.8         22.3         1.11
> --- ---------------------- ------------ ------------
> 28. Texas             10.1         26.3         1.21
> 29. Rhode Island       4.7         49.1         0.70
> 30. Georgia            8.2         26.6         1.70
> 31. West Virginia      5.9         28.5         1.32
> 32. Alaska             3.2         57.7         0.30
> 33. Oregon            11.4         15.3         0.74
> 34. New Jersey         7.0         24.3         0.59
> 35. Florida            7.3         21.2         1.27
> 36. South Carolina     6.8         22.1         1.42
> 37. North Carolina     6.6         22.7         1.17
> 38. Louisiana          6.9         20.5         1.47
> 39. Delaware           5.5         22.1         1.19
> 40. Connecticut        4.2         28.2         0.71
> 41. Virginia           7.5         15.1         1.07
> 42. Washington         6.2         15.4         0.85
> --- ---------------------- ------------ ------------
> 43. Maryland           4.5         18.6         0.86
> 44. Massachusetts      2.5         23.8         1.28
> 45. New Hampshire      4.6         13.9         0.66
> 46. California         4.1         14.3         0.82
> 47. New York           2.3         15.0         0.57
> 48. D.C.               2.4         13.7         0.67
> 49. Hawaii             2.2          6.7         1.20
> 50. Maine              1.7          8.3         0.75
> 51. Vermont            1.1          6.2         0.07

About a week ago, The Atlantic warned that critical shortages would soon lead to rocketing mortality, and now we might be seeing that: 1,212 deaths per day – someone dying of Covid, somewhere in USA, every 71 seconds, at this writing.

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Trump should not only be held to account, he should be dragged by his heels through the public square with his yellow mop flopping behind him–all the way to the nearest jurisdiction in which he will be at risk at that time. It must be made clear that running for public office as a stunt by an unprepared and uninterested buffoon shall not be tolerated.

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At the top of the COVID-19 Horror list are South Dakota and Iowa, and both states governors are Repub women.

Both governors are Trump acolytes who have treated COVID as a hoax, like he has. What good are masks?, they’ve scoffed all along.

They’re big on Trump politics, and small on science. Evidently both states are satisfied with this status quo, as ( R )s increased their numbers in the state legislatures. While the states won’t prosecute them, COVID will, judging from the numbers.

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It would be fascinating for some extraterrestrial, studying this peculiar Earth-species – for partisans of humanity such as myself the increasing steepness of USA’s national outbreak, as traced out by CDC’s red 7-day average curve, is horrible to contemplate:

~https://covid.cdc.gov/covid-data-tracker/#trends_dailytrendscases

How steep can it get, before running out of fuel to some degree? If you survey the state-trajectories from this page, you’ll only find 11 states which are not pegging out new record highs every day. People in USA’s incredibly infected heartland not only underestimate this virus, they don’t even realize how badly they’re already hurt, and nobody knows how bad it can get – because they’re on the cutting edge of global contagion. Nobody has seen a community infection anything like this before: never, not anywhere.

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Let us absolve Trump and his brood to Moscow airport.

Tell them if we ever see the whites of their eyes, well, you know.

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If Biden fails to launch Nuremberg style trials on January 21 to bring Trump, his appointees and other enablers to justice, the GOP will be assured that their crime spree that accelerated with Newt’s 1995 contract on America will continue unchecked and increase the GOP’s power while the Democratic Party fades closer to irrelevance.

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I still like the idea of televising his attempted escape from the White House and following him about live-streaming the various scary central Asian oligarchs’ collectors, closing in? Reality TV hasn’t been all that appealing to many of us. But, I’m guessing lots of us are really sick of Perry Mason & Law and Order reruns? I’m guessing lots of affluent folks would drive up ad revenue and bookmarks would make a fortune?

~https://truthout.org/articles/yes-55-percent-of-white-women-voted-for-trump-no-im-not-surprised/

Thanks for posting on CommonDreams Ms. Jackson, I’ve enjoyed your astute insights on Fair, we NEED you here! (PS: I like the comment thread FAR better @ Fair)

~https://fair.org/home/absolving-trump-means-erasing-the-harm-done-to-millions/#comment-3185696

Why lock up criminals at all, then? Why not let history judge the murderers, the rapists, the thieves, the child abusers? Oh, yeah, because that would be irresponsible and stupid.

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In terms of the “leadership” of the US, your second sentence is not in any sense a ‘why not’ but clearly a firm understanding that exists a US president, regardless of how many crimes he has committed, how many thousands or millions of foreign folk he has killed in wars of choice, how many whistle-blowers he has jailed, how often he has OKed torture, how many times he has lied, signed legislation designed to make it ever harder for the poor to survive, how many times he has overlooked or participated in the sexual exploitation of interns or other people’s young children, BUILT cages to house children separated from their parents, returned donation favors by supporting/not supporting particular legislation and/or using appointments to repay, started a war -or multiple wars - based on knowingly false information - etc, etc, 'all will be forgiven once he is out of office. And a view to Cheyney, Rice, and others, perhaps we should expand the 'group forgiveness category.

The list goes on and on and on. Just not always bearing the excuse by the successor Pres. that Ford used in pardoning Nixon - better not to extend the nation’s 'upsetness Anyway, its like an insurance policy I suppose.

He can be locked up for civil crimes, lying to the IRS, laundering Russian oligarchs’ money, lining his pockets with government and campaign money, etc. We don’t have to replicate his vengeful ego, getting personal. Since rehabilitation isn’t possible, we should just “lock him up”…the irony abounds and justice is served.

To be perfectly honest, and speaking only for myself, I think people need to study up on what the French Resistance did to the Nazi occupiers and their collaborators after WW2. Those who perpetrated crimes back then got what they deserved. As for Trump and he Trumpeteers, let history be our guide.

Biden will do no such thing.
Obama / Biden let the torturers go free and now one of the heads the CIA.

Then again, Trump is killing Americans, not poor people of color in foreign lands.