Remember the pandemic? It is not going away anytime soon.

So Florida, with a governor infected with slavish devotion to Trump, opened up its economy too soon according to federal standards. Now Florida, along with other similarly overeager states such as Texas and Arizona, is witnessing spikes in COVID-19 infections and hospitalizations. These spikes will no doubt be further boosted due to community spreading during protests – just wait a week or two for the increases to show up. The pandemic moving off the front page of the news does not mean it can be ignored. People who think there might be a “second wave” come autumn should not be surprised when it shows up much earlier, trashing plans for economic recovery.

Just to be clear about what is happening…

If you live in the United States of America, the malfeasance, incompetence, and self-centeredness of Donald Trump and his cronies have resulted in needless thousands of dead and even more thousands infected with COVID-19. These dead and sick are your friends, neighbors, relatives, and loved ones. While it is true that some people would inevitably sicken and die in this pandemic, Trump’s actions and lack of action raised the toll significantly. His lies and stupidity have misled the public, making the health and economic impacts of this pandemic much worse.

There can be only one response to this calamity of epic proportions. Trump must be voted out of office in November. There is no other rational response. This coming election, you must do your duty, vote Trump out of office so the U.S. can again have some competent leadership.