Dear Friend and Reader:
Back in January, Donald Trump was not removed from office after committing what appeared to be high crimes — using his office to gain personal advantage in the 2020 election, and then trying to cover it up. This revealed the failure of our system to correct itself, a massive karmic blunder that everyone could see.
A lot of us were concerned about what would happen next. Even some ardent Trump supporters were made nervous by this development.
As consolation, we were headed into an election where the country could change course. The people would decide. Bernie Sanders and many others were still in the race. There would, at least, be a national conversation about issues that had been sidelined for years.
Central to the election was going to be the discussion of Medicare for all, or some other form of universal health care. It was finally going to be time. The theoretical argument against it was going to be, we can’t afford that. It’s too lavish. That, and for some, the strange idea that “health care is not a right.”
Today, less than four months later, it’s as if there is no election. The “news” consists of around-the-clock reporting on one virus that we were recently assured would kill one to nine million Americans — a death fantasy that terrorized society and Wall Street and that led to a sacrifice of the economy: that is, the ability of many people to pay their way in life: to have food and shelter.
More than $4 trillion in federal debt has so far been spent dealing with this problem and it may not be enough to avert the next Great Depression.