WE ARE AT WAR
We are at war. The president has stated we are at war and that he is a now a wartime president in the fight against Covid-19. There are a number of major issues in the country at this time including the economy, education of our children, BLM movement and protests, the government’s response to the protests, the postal service debate and the upcoming election. However, when the country is at war there is one priority, winning the war. All the other issues fall into second, third place etc.
We lost 2,977 people on 9/11. Those 2,977 deaths reached out and touched in some way nearly every citizen in our country. And those deaths resulted in major changes in our society. Whether you were a Bush supporter or detractor you have to give him high grades on two major responses to 9/11. First, he rallied the country and his empathy for the lost lives touched us all. Second, he made it a priority to insure such an attack never happened again. He was tireless in his effort.
VIETNAM WAR LIVES LOST
Vietnam was our most recent major war. It was a war that spanned the terms of five presidents. We lost 58,220 Americans in that war and anyone who has visited the amazing Vietnam Memorial in Washington D.C. can find one or more names on that Memorial that brings a rush of emotion. I lost two high school classmates and was moved to tears seeing their name on the Memorial. The war consumed the terms of most of those presidents. Unlike President Bush they were unable to bring us together as a nation.
Our nation is now facing the Covid-19 War. To date we have lost over 170,000 lives to the pandemic. We have lost more lives in this war than the Vietnam War, the Korean War [54,000], the Revolutionary War [4,435], either side in the Civil War [North 140,000 and South 74,000] and WWI [53,000]. Only WWII [292,000] produced more deaths.
The world has lost over 774,000 people as of July 28, and the USA has lost over 170,000 lives. Since the first two US lives lost on March 2nd we have averaged over 1,000 deaths per day [168 days and 170,000 deaths]. The US death total represents 22% of the world wide total. If we maintain this average we will have lost over 246,000 lives by the time of the national election.
US 4.5% OD WORLD POPULATION and OVER 20% OD COVID-19 WW DEATHS
However, if our lives lost correlated with our percentage of the world’s population of 4.5% we would have lost 34,836 lives to date, a difference of over 135,000 lives. And if we maintained that same rate our death toll would be 52,600 by Election Day, a difference of almost 190,000 lives from that currently projected.
The differences are staggering.
THE BUCK STOPS HERE
I refer you back to a comparison with 9/11. President Bush rallied us, unified us and made our response to the attack number one priority. Harry Truman said “the buck stops here”. He was right and presidents since him, with one exception have lived by those words.
We have all lost someone to this pandemic. We are losing this war. It’s time we came together and fought to win. One country, one team.