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Mon Mar 30, 2020, 09:19 AM

My letter to the editor was published this morning in the Washington Post:

I strongly disagreed with the sub-headline on the March 27 editorial “Congress to the rescue — for now”: “A unanimous vote reflects the no-fault nature of the crisis.” As early as January, our intelligence agencies warned the Trump administration of the possibility that a virus outbreak in China could develop into a dangerous worldwide pandemic. President Trump had already dismantled key elements of the nation’s disease control apparatus and failed to implement guidance from experts who had recommended steps to take in the wake of the Ebola virus scare. When it became clear that a pandemic was on its way, Mr. Trump and his supporters in the right-wing media loudly pooh-poohed the danger and wasted precious time that was needed to prepare for a possible outbreak in the United States. The vote in the House, contrary to the editorial, was made despite egregious inaction and misleading statements by the administration. The vote reflected a willingness by Democrats to temporarily look past obvious mistakes and incompetence in the interest of the greater good. The obvious faults of this administration will be addressed in the voting booth in November.

Martin Johnson, Charlottesville

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/looking-for-leadership-amid-the-coronavirus-pandemic/2020/03/29/d8afb3ba-7034-11ea-a156-0048b62cdb51_story.html

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Nitram Mar 2020 OP
UpInArms Mar 2020 #1
JustAnotherGen Mar 2020 #2
JustAnotherGen Mar 2020 #11
N_E_1 for Tennis Mar 2020 #3
DaBronx Mar 2020 #4
hwmnbn Mar 2020 #5
Snarkoleptic Mar 2020 #6
Cozmo Mar 2020 #22
flying_wahini Mar 2020 #38
Karadeniz Mar 2020 #39
flor-de-jasmim Mar 2020 #7
FM123 Mar 2020 #8
Freedomofspeech Mar 2020 #9
LiberalLoner Mar 2020 #10
llmart Mar 2020 #12
McKim Mar 2020 #13
johnthewoodworker Mar 2020 #14
barbtries Mar 2020 #15
onecaliberal Mar 2020 #16
shockey80 Mar 2020 #17
gademocrat7 Mar 2020 #18
KY_EnviroGuy Mar 2020 #19
DFW Mar 2020 #20
DanieRains Mar 2020 #21
groundloop Mar 2020 #23
PatrickforO Mar 2020 #24
SWBTATTReg Mar 2020 #25
pandr32 Mar 2020 #26
Anon-C Mar 2020 #27
Scruffy1 Mar 2020 #28
warmfeet Mar 2020 #29
defacto7 Mar 2020 #30
SunSeeker Mar 2020 #31
BlancheSplanchnik Mar 2020 #32
still_one Mar 2020 #33
zentrum Mar 2020 #34
cp Mar 2020 #35
calimary Mar 2020 #36
maryallen Mar 2020 #37
Karadeniz Mar 2020 #40
Lonestarblue Mar 2020 #41
Nitram Mar 2020 #45
mikeargo Mar 2020 #42
Joinfortmill Mar 2020 #43
PCIntern Mar 2020 #44
Blue Owl Mar 2020 #46
Duppers Mar 2020 #47
Dark n Stormy Knight Mar 2020 #48
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malaise Mar 2020 #50

Response to Nitram (Original post)

Mon Mar 30, 2020, 09:26 AM

1. Well said

Thank you

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Response to Nitram (Original post)

Mon Mar 30, 2020, 09:28 AM

2. Well done

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Response to JustAnotherGen (Reply #2)

Mon Mar 30, 2020, 10:11 AM

11. Kicking up

When a member speaks to the 'world' - it deserves to be on the front page of DU.

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Response to Nitram (Original post)

Mon Mar 30, 2020, 09:30 AM

3. Thanks...

We must continue to pound his inadequate responses into the brains of the general public.

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Response to Nitram (Original post)

Mon Mar 30, 2020, 09:33 AM

4. Damn straight! Keep banging the reality drum in these dark times!

Excellent points made—thank you!

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Response to Nitram (Original post)

Mon Mar 30, 2020, 09:40 AM

5. Crisp and concise...

great work.

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Response to Nitram (Original post)

Mon Mar 30, 2020, 09:40 AM

6. Trump's an empty vessel, by which The Federalist Society et al are dismantling America for profit.

Sure he's an evil, corrupt, ignorant, hateful, traitorous, malignant narcissist, but he's incapable of coming up with this stuff on his own.
His only real concerns are money, power, and obsequious praise.

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Response to Snarkoleptic (Reply #6)

Mon Mar 30, 2020, 11:32 AM

22. Spot On

Here's hoping the asshole doesn't find a way to put the kibosh on the coming election.

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Response to Snarkoleptic (Reply #6)

Mon Mar 30, 2020, 02:50 PM

38. This picture makes me want to puke.


Hate that man with every fiber of my being.


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Response to Snarkoleptic (Reply #6)

Mon Mar 30, 2020, 03:39 PM

39. That photo wonderfully exposes his evil nature.

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Response to Nitram (Original post)

Mon Mar 30, 2020, 09:41 AM

7. Excellent! Thank you.

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Response to Nitram (Original post)

Mon Mar 30, 2020, 09:47 AM

8. Wow!

Great letter to the editor!

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Response to Nitram (Original post)

Mon Mar 30, 2020, 09:50 AM

9. Wonderful letter..

Thank you.

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Response to Nitram (Original post)

Mon Mar 30, 2020, 10:01 AM

10. Bravo!

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Response to Nitram (Original post)

Mon Mar 30, 2020, 10:43 AM

12. Wonderful!

Call the media out on their "both sides are to blame" crapola.

Thanks for speaking truth to power.

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Response to Nitram (Original post)

Mon Mar 30, 2020, 10:47 AM

13. Well Done!!!!

Well done!!!!!! People need to know that Democrats are supporting The Greater Good. Meanwhile many of us are stuck at home and so it is an excellent time to think deeply and act politically!

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Response to Nitram (Original post)

Mon Mar 30, 2020, 10:48 AM

14. Nicely done.

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Response to Nitram (Original post)

Mon Mar 30, 2020, 10:54 AM

15. Congratulations.

fuck false equivalencies. it is true that this virus was coming down the pike. it is decidedly not true that the response had to be so poor. #ETTD

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Response to Nitram (Original post)

Mon Mar 30, 2020, 10:56 AM

16. Good job!

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Response to Nitram (Original post)

Mon Mar 30, 2020, 10:56 AM

17. Good job, thank you.

 

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Response to Nitram (Original post)

Mon Mar 30, 2020, 11:00 AM

18. Bravo👏

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Response to Nitram (Original post)

Mon Mar 30, 2020, 11:09 AM

19. K&R. We wish you could read this aloud on Faux News.....

one hundred times.......

Good audience through WaPo though. Nice job, easy to read and to the point.........

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Response to Nitram (Original post)

Mon Mar 30, 2020, 11:21 AM

20. Well done!

The Post doesn't print just anything.

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Response to Nitram (Original post)

Mon Mar 30, 2020, 11:21 AM

21. This Nightmare Is 100% Trump's Fault And No One Will Say It

To heck with eyeballs.

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Response to DanieRains (Reply #21)

Mon Mar 30, 2020, 11:39 AM

23. Well, tRump didn't start the outbreak..... but his inaction sure made things a hell of a lot worse.

And yes, the fact that he dismantled our nation's pandemic response team needs to be repeated daily until our lame-stream media get the picture.

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Response to Nitram (Original post)

Mon Mar 30, 2020, 11:49 AM

24. OK, Nitram...Martin...I get it!

As to your letter, very well said!

I'm bookmarking to use your verbiage in future, if that's OK.

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Response to Nitram (Original post)

Mon Mar 30, 2020, 11:57 AM

25. Well done.

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Response to Nitram (Original post)

Mon Mar 30, 2020, 11:59 AM

26. Well done

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Response to Nitram (Original post)

Mon Mar 30, 2020, 12:00 PM

27. You set the record straight!

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Response to Nitram (Original post)

Mon Mar 30, 2020, 12:07 PM

28. Excellent writing.

Concise and to the point.

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Response to Nitram (Original post)

Mon Mar 30, 2020, 12:15 PM

29. Very well said.

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Response to Nitram (Original post)

Mon Mar 30, 2020, 12:33 PM

30. Excellent

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Response to Nitram (Original post)

Mon Mar 30, 2020, 12:54 PM

31. Perfect. nt

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Response to Nitram (Original post)

Mon Mar 30, 2020, 12:57 PM

32. ...And his supporters in the right wing media... Yep,

We’re being poisoned by rw propaganda. Lord how I wish there was a way to make it stop!

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Response to Nitram (Original post)

Mon Mar 30, 2020, 01:02 PM

33. Excellent

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Response to Nitram (Original post)

Mon Mar 30, 2020, 01:12 PM

34. Kick

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Response to Nitram (Original post)

Mon Mar 30, 2020, 01:17 PM

35. Well done, sir!

Well written, too. Thank you.

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Response to Nitram (Original post)

Mon Mar 30, 2020, 01:48 PM

36. BRAVO, Nitram!!!!!!

Somebody has to blow the whistle when white-washing attempts are made.

I'm sure those white-washing attempts are, themselves, attempted in good faith. "Let's all accentuate the positive..." But the problem then is, a lot of wrongdoing, wrong decisions from the top, and just plain ol' negligence and outright DENIAL have handicapped us and slowed our response.

And we HAVE TO face that, and, as you stated, DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT - in November, if indeed not sooner.

WE can't be in denial even though our "dear leader" and his apologists and amen-choruses all have been, and in many ways, all still are.

SUPERB letter! They obviously thought so, too, because they chose it to run. Also means your letter is representative of TONS of others saying the same thing, but maybe not quite as eloquently. You speak for them all, and us all.

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Response to Nitram (Original post)

Mon Mar 30, 2020, 02:38 PM

37. Good job.

Much needed explanation regarding the six weeks Trump fiddled after receiving warnings from intelligence.

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Response to Nitram (Original post)

Mon Mar 30, 2020, 03:40 PM

40. Congratulations...well done!

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Response to Nitram (Original post)

Mon Mar 30, 2020, 04:58 PM

41. Both the Post and the NYT headline writers soft pedal any criticism of Trump.

Sometimes their headlines are totally opposite what the article is reporting. Last week the Post had an article about Rosneft in Venezuela, “Rosneft pulls out of Venezuela amid US squeeze on Maduro.” One might conclude that Trump’s pressure tactics to force Maduro, who has been supported by Russia, out of office was being successful by getting rid of Russian investment in Venezuela’s oil industry. Totally misleading. All the assets of Rosneft were sold to the Russian government, so Putin now has direct control. I have seen no announcement that Russia is pulling out of Venezuela, and given that both MBS and Putin are trying to drive smaller US oil companies out of business by increasing production to lower oil prices to an unprofitable point for US producers, who knows what will happen next.

That was just one recent example. There are many more. That’s my long-winded way of saying that headline writers contribute to the perception that Trump is accomplishing good things when he isn’t. The media is letting the American people down. Than God for broadcast people who are now challenging Trump.

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Response to Lonestarblue (Reply #41)

Mon Mar 30, 2020, 10:07 PM

45. The Post doesn't usually soft peddle criticism of Trump. That's why I wrote the letter.

Their journalism is usually world class.

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Response to Nitram (Original post)

Mon Mar 30, 2020, 06:11 PM

42. Great job!

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Response to Nitram (Original post)

Mon Mar 30, 2020, 06:13 PM

43. Bravo! And good for WaPo for printing it.

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Response to Nitram (Original post)

Mon Mar 30, 2020, 08:48 PM

44. Good for you.

Well done - keep these bastards honest.

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Response to Nitram (Original post)

Mon Mar 30, 2020, 10:25 PM

46. K&R

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Response to Nitram (Original post)

Tue Mar 31, 2020, 01:27 AM

47. Excellent! K&R

Bravo to a fellow Virginian.

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Response to Nitram (Original post)

Tue Mar 31, 2020, 04:20 AM

48. Congrats, and thank you!

That needed to be said. That kind of nonsense empowers right wingers and shouldn't be allowed to go unchallenged.

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Response to Nitram (Original post)

Tue Mar 31, 2020, 08:16 AM

49. well said! great letter! Obamas ebola plan worked well to keep America safe-Trump failed!

Trumps such a failure along with his Republican party of Advisor failures & enablers.

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Response to Nitram (Original post)

Tue Mar 31, 2020, 10:55 AM

50. Most excellent

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