“America has failed to protect its people, leaving them with illness and financial ruin. It has lost its status as a global leader. It has careened between inaction and ineptitude. The breadth and magnitude of its errors are difficult, in the moment, to truly fathom.” Thus begins Ed Yong’s article titled “Anatomy of an American Failure” in the September 2020 edition of Atlantic magazine. As the threat of the pandemic continues unabated, financial collapse sets in across the nation, and the outcry against institutionalized racism grows, President Trump won’t say if he will give up the White House if he is defeated in November.
Months ago, I looked forward to the end of the pandemic lockdown by the end of the year. I reckoned that Trump would lose the election and a new administration would begin repairing the damage Trump and his Republicans supporters had inflicted on the nation. I foresaw movement on issues that I care the most about, climate change and gun control.
Now it clear to me that the U.S. has not managed to combat the coronavirus or take any meaningful steps toward correcting the financial collapse. The pandemic lockdown will not end until we have a vaccine to protect people from the virus. The recession will get worse and take literally years to overcome.
The future, as far as I can see it, is indeed bleak. We Americans have only ourselves to blame. And it will be up to us to work together to bring our country and the world back from disaster. I trust the American can-do spirit. I know we can do it. But I’m not sure I’ll live long enough to see it happen.