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Toward Full Protection For All Medical Personnel and First Responders in the COVID-19 Fight

That even a single doctor, a nurse, a firefighter or an EMT would die on the front line of the war against the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) because of inadequate equipment, demands the highest condemnation of the delayed and flawed preparation in the United States (US) to fight the pesky pandemic.

I will not attempt to add the number of doctors, nurses and other medical personnel who have been killed or infected so far by COVID-19 in the US, but I'll cite a New York Times story updated on March 31, in which a doctor at a major hospital, in New York City,  described working conditions as "a petri dish" where more than 200 workers at that hospital had fallen sick because of COVID-19.

Fight New York City, Fight States - You Can Pushback COVID-19

My eldest of four Sons - my Harvard Grad, who turned down my offer to render him to a safer location three-weeks ago, is holed up in his home in New York City, New York, along with hundreds of thousands  of other New Yorkers, in efforts to pushback against the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). 

Across the United States (US), some 200 million people in 25 States, including myself here in Washington, DC,  have been told to stay at home as local jurisdictions, in lieu of any strong Federal leadership, have instituted their own plans to contain the pandemic that is sweeping across the land.

Playing Catch-up - Too Slow, Too Late Response to COVID-19

Let me very explicit: there is no rational reason why medical and front line workers battling the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) in the richest country of the world - the United States (US), should ever be under equipped in carrying out their jobs to protecting the health of the Republic.

Hospital workers should not be forced to make their own masks in order to protect the public health. Medical personnel should not be instructed to re-use masks in carrying out their duties of saving lives. Jurisdictions across the US should not have to struggle to find working testing kits for COVID-19.

All Systems to Full Gear to Fight COVID-19 in the United States

Reading between the lines of statements given by experts, leaders and commentators with respect to the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), it should be accepted by now that the United States (US) is facing an even greater battle with the pathogen than that which is current at hand. Simply put: things will get worse before they get better.

Yet, some comfort is offered via recent signs that the Donald Trump administration has finally made all systems operational to help in the fight against COVID-19.

Numerous States from New York, to New Jersey, to Connecticut, to Ohio, to Maryland, to Virginia, to Michigan, to Washington, to California and others, in lieu of federal leadership, were left to take on the responsibility and leadership to hedge, to contain and to mitigate the spreading virus.

Anticipating Hospital Surge Capacity from COVID-19 in the United States

Given the spread of the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) across the United States (US), and in lieu of any credible response to the national emergency from President Donald Trump, New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo is taking the lead, along with a handful of other governors, to address, to contain and to mitigate the pandemic.

Cuomo, in a Press briefing earlier today, confirmed the closing of all public schools across New York State, the banning of gatherings of more than 50-people, the closing of gyms, movie theaters, bars and restaurants in a mass effort to reign in COVID-19.

The Dawning and Spreading of COVID-19 in America

The dawn of the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) in the United States (US) is a reality that poses a threat to the entire population and this has been confirmed by the Donald Trump administration declaring a national emergency because of the pandemic.

COVID-19 has already changed the normal of millions of American lives. Some 21 million children in 19 states in the US are away from school because of the pathogen, which has thus far sicken 2,500 Americans and has killed 57. Spain, Italy, France, South Korea, Iran, Germany and the United Kingdom are some of the 132-countries battling COVID-19

Pointing and Blaming on COVID-19 - Excuses for Unpreparedness

The invocation of racist and xenophobic classifications to the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) that continues to spread across the United States (US), is a deliberate and flawed excuse aimed to shadow the failing and unpreparedness of the Donald Trump administration to systematically contain and mitigate the pandemic.

Too often, Trump and other conservatives have moved to shun the blame of what is unfolding in the US upon China. Epidemics and pandemics could start in any jurisdiction. However, through drastic national steps to close down and to quarantine over 150 million citizens, China was able to afford the rest of the world at least two-months time to prep for the arrival of COVID-19 in their nation states.

Tainted Democracy Purifies other Suspect Systems of Governments

I submit that since Donald Trump's presidency of the traditionally epitome of democracy - the United States (US), alternative systems of governments from China, to North Korea, to Cuba, to Iran and elsewhere, now appear a whole hell of a lot more appealing than at anytime before.

From his mockery of physically challenged people amid allegations of misconduct by multiple women as candidate Trump, to his sparring with allies as president, his isolationist policies, his started trade war with China, the splitting up of families in immigration holdings, especially the holding of hundreds of children in asylum jails, his impeachment, his questionable rational demeanor, his disregard to cooperating with Congress and to his most recent meddling in judicial matters involving associates, President Donald Trump has tainted the American democracy.

Vindictiveness and Its Poison - the Need to Fight Back

The vindictive nature of state leaders is well known to me. I am the victim of a vindictive leader and that experience has fashioned by enlightened life. Therefore, I encourage those who sit in the seats of power to do whatever is necessary to protect the lives, welfare and well being of victims of political vindictiveness.

Media reports here in my country - the United States (US), have confirmed that Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, who testified before the House of Representatives impeachment hearing against President Donald Trump, was today escorted from the White House - fired, so was his twin brother, the New York Times reported.

A Fading Faith in Justice in America - Republican Senators Vote to Acquit Donald Trump

Republican Senators, comprising a majority in the United States (US) Congress, just voted to acquit President Donald Trump of the two articles of impeachment - abuse of power and obstruction of justice. 

And in so doing, the Senators who blocked the calling of witnesses and disallowed new evidence in the impeachment of the president, have underscored a fading faith in equal justice in today's America.

That given the damning evidence revealed against Trump before the House of Representatives impeachment, his admissions, Trump's blatant disregard for the process of Constitutional action, coupled with revelations by his former National Security Advisor Bolton, the president's acquittal hereby confirms varying grades of justice within the American Republic - a seemingly new norm in the erosion of the rule of law in the US.