Vaccine. That is our word of the year for 2020.
Our 2018 Word Of The Year blog began as follows, “2018 is past. May it rest in peace. It deserves a gentle farewell because there was little that was relieving or relaxing in this most tumultuous year.”
Little did we suspect that 2018 and 2019 were dry runs for 2020. …
After the presidential election contest of 2016, we posted a blog titled “Thanksgiving Thoughts on Our Divided Nation.” That blog began as follows:
We wrote our first Thanksgiving blog for the Huffington Post in 2012 shortly after the presidential election of that year. Near the end of that blog, we observed, “One other thing we see as we look at our country is a citizenry that is more divided in values and perspective than it has been in the past.”
If that was true in 2012, it is ten times more true in this 2016 election year. This divide was widened considerably during the combative and contentious presidential contest. It continues to widen even more as post-election protests by supporters of the losing candidate and recriminations by supporters of the winning candidate play out in the streets and in the social media. …
They’ve all come to look for America.
-Simon & Garfunkel
O, let America be America again
The land that never has been yet —
– Langston Hughes
America is a land of being and becoming. A democratic republic that has been in existence for 244 years. And a nation still in search of itself.
The nature and results of this year’s presidential election prove this search will take years, and possibly decades, to reach the “more perfect union” envisioned by the founding fathers. …
On October 26, in the dark of the night, Republicans in the Senate confirmed the appointment of Amy Coney Barrett in order to pack the Supreme Court.
In common terminology, “packing the Supreme Court” is used to refer to adding more seats to the Court. That is not our use of the phrase.
For us, packing is not the number of judges on the Supreme Court. Packing is the nature of those judges and how they were appointed.
Barrett was pushed through, in an aggressive and accelerated manner, before the Presidential election this year, in order to ensure a clear conservative majority to vote on upcoming and future decisions. …
Never mind! That would be the response of tens of millions of Donald Trump’s loyal supporters on what to do to counteract his egregious actions, tweets and statements.
They would say that to others, as they themselves would always mind. They would embrace whatever Trump says and do whatever he asks.
Why is that? Who are the Trump supporters?
As we noted in an August 2016 blog before the presidential election that year, “Trump supporters are of two principal types: right wing populists and Republican diehards.”
Those populists who were early supporters of Trump tended to skew male, older, whiter, and less educated. As we observed back then, however, “Frequently, citizens’ votes have more to do with who they are rather than who the candidates are or what their ads say. That’s why when it comes to winning elections in close races, understanding psychographics trumps demographics.” …
President Donald J. Trump, diagnosed with Covid-19, was admitted to and has been discharged from Walter Reed Medical Center. He is now paying the price that so many others have paid for his disregard of science. We wish him a full and speedy recovery. We also recognize it is important, approximately one month before the presidential election, to reflect on the impact Trump’s continuing disregard and mismanagement in so many areas has had and will have on the American democracy.
In his inaugural address on January 20, 2017, after talking about crime, gangs and drugs in our inner cities, Donald Trump declared, “This American carnage stops right here and stops right now.” …
“Would you tell me, please which way I ought to go from here?”
“That depends a good deal on where you want to get to,” said the Cat
“I don’t much care where,” said Alice
“Then, it doesn’t matter which way you go,” said the Cat.”
-Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland
Unlike Alice in Wonderland, many Americans, know where they want to go. They want to make America great.
The problem is that what constitutes greatness and the way to get there differs substantially depending on whether you are a member of the Trump Party (once known as the Republican Party) or the Democratic Party. …
Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds. — New York City Post Office
Social capital is the glue that holds the American democracy and civil society together. In this twenty first century, America’s social capital has declined precipitously and the country is coming unglued.
The United States Postal Service has been an essential part of this country’s glue. Its responsibility, in this regard, is reflected in its mission statement, which reads:
The postal service shall have as its basic function the obligation to provide postal services to bind the Nation together through the personal, educational, literary and business correspondence of the people. It shall provide prompt, reliable, and efficient services to patrons in all areas and shall render postal services to all communities. …
What is needed at this time is a massive and targeted jobs bill. The goal for that bill should be: To put American Workers back to meaningful work in full-time jobs in as short a time frame as possible.
The jobs bill should be thought of as an employment benefits bill and an alternative to unemployment benefits. Unemployment benefits are definitely necessary as transitional tools.
They are not job creators, however, and do not restore the dignity that only a job can provide. Employment benefits do that by promoting a sense of independence and self-sufficiency.
We made that recommendation and observation in a blog posted on May 27. We share those thoughts again because the need for such a bill and employment benefits are even greater than they were just a little over two months ago. And sadly, that need may very well intensify through the end of this year and into 2021. …
[This blog is based upon findings from research into small business related COVID-19 assistance. For the full report presenting the findings based upon that research, visit this link.]
The economic impact of Covid-19 has been devastating for most American businesses. It has been especially so for small businesses.
This is an existential problem because small businesses are the heart and soul of the American economy. If many of them disappear due to the coronavirus, it will greatly diminish this nation’s strength and spirit.
That’s not just our opinion. It is the opinion of more than 100 CEO’S of large companies, major trade associations and small businesses who sent a letter to congressional leaders advocating a major intervention on behalf of small businesses. …