Whether, one considers it, good, or bad, there are often little doubt, 2020, will go – down, within the history books, as an historical year! Many believe, the state , is, presently, at a crossroads, where, how, when, and why, we proceed, forward, may have long – lasting, relevant and sustainable impacts! The year’s news, was, undoubtedly, dominated by, the horrific pandemic, which has appropriated 560, 000 American lives, and millions, worldwide! to form things, even, worse, there was a big increase, within the number of hate crimes, and, the state , has never, seemed, to possess the degree of polarization! Undoubtedly, the year’s, Presidential election, are going to be recorded, as, unlike, anything, we’ve witnessed, in recent memory! This country, in – crisis, underwent, a response, from a number of the previous President’s core supporters, which, combined, using, conspiracy theories (at their worst), a nation divided – by – race (and, racism), and an acceptance, by, far – too – many, of faux Facts/ alternative theories, as reality! With, that in mind, this text will plan to , briefly, consider, examine, review, and discuss, 4 concerning examples, which, if we do not learn, important/ essential lessons, from, will, potentially, have dire impacts/ ramifications, into the longer term .
- Pandemic, and preparations: President Trump, appeared to depart, from precedent, in some ways , but, nowhere, was the impact, more evident, than, his overall handling of the pandemic, from the onset! He, consistently, departed from tradition, largely – minimizing, the prevailing , pandemic preparatory board/ commission, then, denying, calling it a hoax, and, setting an example, which harmed the nation’s public health efforts! Although, Trump shouldn’t be blamed, and isn’t , responsible, for the pandemic, many believe, his approach, delayed, and harmed, our response, and preparedness, and, brought – forth, a big number of additional illnesses, and fatalities, than, if he proceeded, without delay! How we respond, into the longer term , will, probably, determine, whether we witness, another, public health disaster, again!
- Hate crimes and polarization: We witnessed, the amount of race – related, police actions, etc, as few, have ever observed! Systemic racism, has, clearly, dominated our culture, and, unless/ until, we say, we cannot accept hatred, the extent of polarization, will, destroy, the us , until it’s unrecognizable, to many! The alarming number of crimes, against, people – of – color, the Asian community, Jews, etc, must not be allowed, to continue! we have seen this before, and that we must state, Never Again!
- 2020 Presidential election: The impacts of the pandemic, affected, nearly, every aspect of the 2020 Presidential election! It reduced, candidates, campaigning, with the general public , and, the fake news, communicated, via, Social Media, and other, smaller media outlets, make matters, worse! whenever , anything, which Trump, didn’t like, came to the surface, he resorted, to proclaiming, it had been fake news, etc! How campaigns, are conducted, and, overseen, must be addressed, sooner, instead of later!
- The events between polling day , and Epiphany , 2021: This nation cannot tolerate, events, like the siege, insurrection, and violence, at the Capitol, on Epiphany , 2021! Many of the individuals, arrested, and charged, in these crimes, pointed – to, statements/ rhetoric, made by Mr. Trump, as their rationale, and, claimed, they believed, they were patriots, supporting their President, and nation! what percentage times, can we permit, recounts, after, they need been performed? There must be better guidelines, and attention , on creating, greater trust, in our national elections!
Either, we become better, due to , what we’ve learned, from the events of 2020, or, we’ll continue, seeing, even – worse! Will you demand better, and more?