recall the time I was 10 years old and watched the horrific TV
footage of the 1978 Jonestown massacre. Jim Jones, a demented,
unhinged and heavily medicated cult leader, presided over the
murder-suicide of more than 900 people in the jungles of Guyana.
Jones’ followers drank the Kool-aid, so to speak, a deadly
cocktail of cyanide and drink mix. And those who were unwilling
participants, including children, were forced to drink it as some
perverted, demented act of “revolutionary
suicide” or liberation through death.
could have imagined that Jim Jones would rise from the dead and be
reincarnated four decades later as Donald J. Trump, president of the
United States? This time around, the cult leader peddles orange
Kool-aid for his red state base of followers, a snake-oil elixir
known as hydroxychloroquine which he touts as a cure for coronavirus,
albeit a fake cure. Trump even weaponizes and monetizes coronavirus
itself, telling his supporters the pandemic is a hoax, as he finds
ways to profit from the American carnage he created when he failed to
warn the public of the ensuing catastrophe, sat on his hands and
refused to take action to mitigate the damage. America is now the
global leader of CVID-19 deaths, and the wealthiest nation in the
world has no damn masks for people to protect themselves, no testing
kits, and nurses walking around wearing garbage bags. Because that’s
American exceptionalism. And neoliberalism. And vulture capitalism.
something went askew when Trump’s soldiers decided to shout
“Give me liberty AND give me death!” It’s one thing
when Fox News calls a deadly pandemic a Democratic hoax, as
irresponsible and potentially deadly as that may be; it is an
entirely different matter when people in positions of authority turn
conspiracy theories into policy, endanger lives for political gain,
and weaponize a virus to meet their eugenicist goals.
fake preachers kept churches open to get themselves and their flock
killed, Jerry Falwell opened Liberty University in the midst of the
plague, and students fell ill. Republicans are treating state-imposed
lockdowns and social distancing like a school desegregation order.
Anti-quarantine protests are both reckless and inauthentic - reckless
because they mean more people will die needlessly of coronavirus -
because facemasks are communist - and inauthentic because of the
Koch Brothers, Betsy DeVos and Heritage Foundation) who are
bankrolling these spectacles. Remember that a few hundred thousand or
even a few million dead people never hurt any capitalists (see
American history). However, it’s quite a different story when
the majority of a nation of 330 million people stays home.
is why we must return to work, to save American capitalism. GOP Texas
Lt. Gov. Dan
Patrick said grandpa had to take one for the team to save the
economy, and there are more
important things than living. Florida governor, Ron DeSantis, has
turned his state into a Mickey Mouse operation by opening up the
beaches in the middle of a plague. Wisconsin Republican hack judges
made people go out in the middle of a green cloud of death in order
to vote in the primary election, and the Southern states such as
South Carolina, Tennessee and Georgia are open for business. So, now
you can go to the movies, or the Waffle House or the gym, and get
your hair or nails done in the middle of this biblical plague.
Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp, who stole his position from Stacey Abrams in
broad daylight, has gone too far even for Trump, who thinks Kemp
down this whole reopening thing. Trump is like the Southern
sheriff who allowed the lynch mob to break into the jail, kidnap the
Black man and hang him from a tree.
message goes out to the folks in Trumpland, the people who created
this monstrosity. So, dear Billy Bob, Bubba Lee and Skeeter: Please
claim your boy, this man-boy named Donald J. Trump. This malignant
narcissist, mob boss and reality show host is fixin’ to get us
all killed. Black folks had figured this out from the jump before
November 2016, and now the entire country, if not the world, can
behold this dumpster fire with their own eyes, because they’re
living in it, and far too many are dying from it.
is America, a toxic mix of graft, incompetence and white supremacy.
Trump represents the evil triumvirate of racism, violence and greed,
of which society refused to divest itself, however many times it had
the chance. And now, the Devil is cashing in on this centuries-old