Category: The Democratic Perspective

 

Posts by members of the Stafford County Democratic Committee on important public issues.  These posts do not necessarily reflect the views of the Stafford County Democratic Committee, the Democratic Party of Virginia, or the Democratic Party of America.

Trump to Blame for Fredericksburg COVID-19 Deaths

By Bill Johnson-Miles, Stafford County Democratic Committee Member

There have been two confirmed COVID-19 deaths in the Fredericksburg area, and I put the blame squarely on Trump and his administration. The first victim is a 20-year retired Army veteran. According to his daughters, Christopher Hall tried repeatedly to get tested for the virus. They did not find out until after he died that he had the deadly coronavirus. This is how we treat our Veterans. The second victim is 10-year Navy veteran Peter Armatis. 

Had Trump reacted immediately after being warned by his intelligence organizations in early January and ordered tests at that time, maybe the two veterans would still be alive. Maybe the nearly 6,000 deaths in N.Y. (as of April 7) would be a much smaller number. Experts are now expecting up to 240,000 deaths across our country.

The COVID-19 outbreak was identified in South Korea and in the U.S. on the same day, Jan. 19, and the U.S. is reporting 15 times more confirmed cases and deaths than South Korea, despite having only about six times the population. Experts say the disparity is due to South Korea ramping up testing more quickly and implementing preventive measures much earlier.

Instead of downplaying the deadly COVID-19 for political reasons, had Trump matched South Korea’s effort, we might be doing so much better. And that includes the economy. Millions who have lost their jobs are now trying to sign up for unemployment. How long before the soup lines start forming?

On March 6 Trump said: “Anybody that needs a test, gets a test…. They have the tests, and the tests are beautiful.” Tell that to retired Sergeant First Class Hall who died without being tested. His daughter took him to the hospital a third time on March 29 but could not stay with him because visitors are not allowed. “That was the last time we saw my dad alive,” said Hall’s daughter.

This is a post by a member of the Stafford County Democratic Committee. This post does not necessarily reflect the views of the Stafford County Democratic Committee, the Democratic Party of Virginia, or the Democratic Party of America.

Public Servants Deserve Our Respect

Prior to this past legislative session, Virginia was one of just three states that bans public sector collective bargaining.

By Michael Spragins, Stafford County Democratic Committee Issues Committee Chair

One thing that the Coronavirus pandemic has brought to the fore is the essential nature of public service. A highlight of Republican rhetoric, particularly in the Trump era, has been the denigration of government and public servants. However, it will be the actions of dedicated workers at all levels of government that will help us overcome this devastating illness.

It was the intelligence community who first informed us about the outbreak of a new illness in China. Their warnings were not heeded by the president. It has been Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, who has corrected the dangerous misinformation being voiced by the president. It has been the Army Corps of Engineers who have been building temporary hospitals in New York City and around the country. It has been informed governors, such as Gov. Andrew Cuomo of New York, Gov. Gavin Newsome of California, Gov. Jay Inslee of Washington and others, mostly Democratic, who have led the way in beginning social distancing that has, hopefully, started flattening the curve of virus infections. It has been the National Guard who have been used in many varied functions to help local and state officials meet this crisis.

I remember a past president who said, “Government is not the solution to our problem, government is the problem.” And so began the systematic destruction of respect for civil servants and the institutions of government at all levels. I also remember a president who said, “Ask not what your country can do for you-ask what you can do for your country.” Public servants have believed that and have come to work for all of us. It’s past time to give them the respect they are due; our lives may depend on them.

This is a post by a member of the Stafford County Democratic Committee. This post does not necessarily reflect the views of the Stafford County Democratic Committee, the Democratic Party of Virginia, or the Democratic Party of America.