The specter of a national collapse looms over America as this virus runs rampant, unimpeded

America has a terrible, horrific problem in that it can’t seem to find the ways to bring this virus under control.


A national collapse? Could such a catastrophe happen in and to America? You better believe lt because it, most certainly, could. That is, if the leadership of this country, from the White House to governors of states, don’t get their act together. Moreover, if they keep allowing millions of Americans to ignore the CDC guidelines. 

In effect, America is at war with Covid-19, and, right now, this virus is winning, hands down. 

The economy is on life support because of this pandemic and this government, which has no clue how to get back to nearly normal. It is spending trillions to prop up America’s beaten and battered businesses and people. 

How bad is this situation? Well, we keep hearing that America is 4% of the world’s population and has nearly 25% of the world’s Covid-19 cases. That is incomprehensible, something is terribly, radically wrong. Most other countries, except Brazil and a few others, have this virus under control. In America, it is spinning out of control. 

Why is the situation in America so much worse, so much more dangerous than these other counties? I can best describe it with these five letters; T-R-U-M-P. No other country has a leader who is so grossly incompetent and has no plan of any kind to respond to this crisis. He has, almost single-handedly, caused the massive escalation of this virus that we are currently experiencing. Think about how many Americans would be alive today if we had had a different president.

If America keeps racing down this road to disaster here are some of the things that will happen:

The economy will tank, the job market will dry up, the stock market will go into a free fall, destroying Americans’ savings, and bankrupting big and small businesses. The “American bank” will be emptied. This will happen as this government continues to spend many trillions of dollars to combat the virus threat, with little revenue coming in.

How much longer can hospitals, doctors, nurses, and other medical personnel keep up this torrid pace in treating greater and greater numbers of Covid-19 patients? How much longer before many of them are burned out? What then?

Right now this country, because of reckless, irresponsible Americans who are defying CDC guidelines, can’t break free of the grip that this virus has on it. Some governors are mandating masks and social distancing, others refuse to force people to do so. If we had a country in which these governors, the White House, and the people were on the same page, and were all working in unison to eliminate this virus, we would see a massive recovery. 

America has been digging itself into a deep hole from which it will be almost impossible to climb out. As the old saying goes, when you find yourself in a very deep hole, the first thing you must do is to stop digging. America can’t seem to stop.

The Senate Republicans watched as the Cares Act, which had provided several trillion dollars to Americans, expire. Democrats had sent them appropriate legislation to extend the funding over 2 months ago and they didn’t act on it. All Republicans had to do was to agree with Democrats to extend the current plan for, say 6 months, and that would have given them time to create a new one. 

When the Cares Act expired, the provision that covered a moratorium on evictions ended and now there are some 40 million Americans who could lose their apartments or other living facilities at any time, with many becoming homeless. That would be more than tragic. 

But does that cause Republicans to have great concern for their fellow Americans, and motivate them to spring into action and burn the midnight oil to work out a new stimulus plan? No, they were not the least bit concerned and then went home on a 3-day weekend. And this workaholic president decided that he needed to play a little golf. So while America is burning these Nero-like politicians are fiddling around. 

You better believe Russia and China are closely watching what is happening to America and are, no doubt, ecstatic about it. To see America get weaker and weaker and, possibly, have a national collapse, would fulfill their wildest dreams. They would begin to fly over this country like hungry vultures.

How much longer can America and its people stave off a national collapse? Who knows? Right now America is its own worst enemy. It is, in effect, cutting its own throat, stabbing itself in the back, digging itself into a deep hole. 

America has a terrible, horrific problem in that it can’t seem to find the ways to bring this virus under control. Now, when someone needs to come up with a solution to such a problem the first thing that must be done is to determine its root cause, the underlying factor(s) that caused it.

The big problem is with rogue, anti-CDC guidelines Americans. They currently are the root cause of this problem. I see them as being the equivalent of those radical protesters who loot and damage businesses. And, as such, some of them need to be arrested for doing great damage to other people.

We can rightfully blame Trump because he failed to act when he first learned of this threat and then did a miserable job of managing the response. That’s for sure. But, let’s just push him out of the way and begin to pull together to stop the escalation.

Before we end, did you see the interview conducted by Jonathon Swan of Axios with Trump? Swan was trying to force Trump to admit that the virus was getting far worse and, when Trump was cornered, after trying every excuse and diversion to escape, he blurted out, “It is what it is.” You can be sure that historians will record that remark as being one of the worst, or the very worst, most cold-hearted, callous, remarks by any U.S. president. What form of human being could say such a thing?

This grave problem is not going to go away and is going to get far worse if the best and brightest minds in this country can’t come up with the ways to address and solve it. We are running out of time and if we can’t come up with an effective solution before long, then we will see that specter of a national collapse descend upon America.


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Michael Payne is an independent progressive activist. His writings deal with social, economic, political and foreign policy issues; and especially with the great dangers involved with the proliferation of perpetual war, the associated defense industry, and the massive control that Corporate America holds over this government and our election process; all which are leading this nation down the road to eventual financial ruin if the conditions are not reversed. He is a graduate of Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois and a U.S. Army veteran.