Monday, January 18, 2021

Will Things Really Get Better

 We are on the cusp of new leadership in America. And I, for one, am glad. These last four years have been so chaotic. I know there will be people who will want to remind me of the booming economy we USED to have. I didn't get any benefits at all from the economy. Did you? I live entirely on a fixed income so I didn't get any boosts. I did, however, tighten my belt because I feared what may come. And these past couple of weeks have born that out.


No one could have seen a pandemic coming. But we should have been prepared for it. We had a pandemic office at the federal government but something happened to it. And we were just simply not ready to help Americans get through it. We didn't have enough masks. We didn't have enough hospital beds. We didn't have enough healthcare workers. And we have lost almost 400,000 Americans. My heart goes out to those 400,000 families and friends. I have (so far) been lucky that I have not lost a loved one to this horrible virus.


How has your town or city handled the pandemic? Mine hasn't taken it seriously at all. And we appeared on a list of the 10 worst cities in America back in December. (worst for the number of cases we had) We are a pretty small community compared to New York City but we have been devastated by the virus. Our small (<100 bed) hospital was overwhelmed for a bit. Our health care workers are exhausted and many have had to suffer with the virus too. Our county commission had a temporary member (an anesthesiologist, no less) on the board that just didn't believe the virus was real. So he refused to get on board with encouraging simple things like mask wearing, social distancing, etc. He went as far as to suggest we use essential oils to ward of the virus he didn't believe existed. Oh my! No wonder we were a hot spot. And I love my essential oils!!


I will hold my breath as this new administration gets started. I pray they will get partisan help. I want to see the United States of America to really be the great country it can be. We will all need to do our part. It is time to become UNITED. Because if we remain divided I am afraid our democracy will fail and fall. On you onboard? 



13 comments:

  1. I'm right there with you on the virus, but thankfully my town has been strict about wearing masks and 6ft. distance.

    And yes, it is time for the U.S. to become UNITED!

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  2. Maine went from being the least-affected to the most-affected (per capita) state in a matter of months. It was because summer tourism and the lug heads who fought our governor to open the state--and we opened too soon.

    I can't wait to get the vaccine.

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  3. We've been under a mask mandate for months now. It helps when those in charge take the virus seriously. I, too, love the holistic stuff and oils. But this is a new and nasty virus.

    My city has its own health department (there are just a couple cities in the county and state that do), and it coordinates with the county and the state. Vaccine distribution is going well. The hospitals are overwhelmed. We have people having snit fits that have been filmed and posted to social media.

    So, things are going as well as can be expected. Glad you're well.

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  4. I don't know what will become of us, Paula. I wish Biden every success and more at restoring America.

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  5. I agree with you 100% and our new leadership can't come quick enough for me. I didn't benefit a single bit from the great economy we supposedly had. I'm in Florida where cases are high yet our idiot governor won't put a single restriction in place. Somehow, thankfully my immediate family has remained healthy. I'm holding my breath too, who knows what kind of damage can still be done in these final hours. Oh and sorry for the mini rant, I was blog jogging and linked to you. It's nice to "meet" you. I'm onboard!

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  6. It as been a tough few years - a nightmare actually. I am feeling positive about the next 2 years while the Democrats have control of both houses of congress. I feel confident our country will right itself. I was old enough to have lived through the 60s and remember them well. Three national leaders assassinated, cities burning, riots, a war we were loosing, so many of my generation returned in a box, or damaged in other ways, and who returned were treated very very badly by the citizens ... very very bad times. Our country recovered. We will this time as well. But it won’t happen over night and the white supremacy/Trump element is not finished causing problems yet - but our leadership is in the right place and this country will recover again. I wasn’t sure, however, we could recover from another 4 years of Trump.

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  7. We can only keep praying and hoping for the best. Nothing ever lasts for ever, the good or the bad. We do need to stand united.

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  8. If there wasn't the virus, I would be throwing an Inauguration Party tomorrow. And I was an elected Republican for 20 years. But the party I belonged to started disappearing when the Tea Party appeared. A good friend, an elected Democrat, and I used to talk about establishing a new party for sane people only. There is definitely something wrong with our education system when folks can deny the Holocaust, 9/11 reality, and believe in de-bunked conspiracy theories - and then have other folks elect them to public office. I did make a lot of money in the stock market this year, but what good is it if my country is unstable and I live in fear of what might happen? I live in Michigan and folks want to kidnap our Governor. What is wrong with them?

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  9. Your country is not alone in making mistakes on how to handle this pandemic. We're a small island but we didn't stop people coming in and the restrictions etc have always been implemented too late. Thankfully we do seem to be doing well with rolling out the vaccines. Joe Biden has a tough job on his hands.

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  10. I'm thankful that our governor is a hard-liner on Covid--and even so, it's ravaged us our communities, especially our Native Americans. I am so hopeful for change today. Glad to see you back in the bloggy world. Missed your voice.

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  11. I live in a very blue state, which has put severe lockdowns on us for months, but our state was not prepared, and hasn't gotten any better since the pandemic began. The vaccine distribution is just chaotic and the most vulnerable are not getting called in, but young healthy people who are not frontline workers or caregivers are. I don't blame them for taking the vaccine at all, but I do blame our horrible state government.

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  12. I've finally unclenched for the first time in four years. Thank God for our governor here in NM--she's the former head of the Department of Health, and is really keyed into public health in general. She slammed us shut immediately, mask mandates, and so forth, and even so, it's been devastating. We don't have the healthiest population to start with. It's crushed out Native communities. But things are looking up, vaccinations are going well (Mom got hers, yay. I got mine, yay!). Just waiting for hubs to get his. Good to see your voice in the world :)

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  13. We go in 2 days to get our 2nd vaccine, but know that we will still need to wear our masks and keep away from people. These have been crazy times, but at least I have some hope that the government will focus on the peoples' needs now.

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