Reader Opinion: Correcting a mistake
Four years ago, collectively, we made a mistake. Recently, first responders in New York City answered more calls than on any other day in the city’s history. Those were more calls than were answered on 9/11. Our heroes and saints are throwing themselves into the breach to protect us, because of our mistake. They went without the knowledge they needed to protect themselves because our mistake didn’t value or disseminate it. They went without the protective equipment they needed because our mistake refused to distribute it. They took victims to hospitals that aren’t prepared because our mistake didn’t supply them with the materials and equipment they needed. Our mistake’s team had been coached on the potential for a pandemic and handed a game plan for minimizing its damage prior to inauguration day by the previous administration. Our mistake inexplicably disbanded the NSC’s pandemic response team in 2018. Our mistake was briefed on a novel coronavirus as it emerged in China last fall. Our mistake since then has covered up information, downplayed the seriousness of the looming catastrophe, and refused to take action to protect us from COVID-19. Today It is time for each of us to acknowledge and move to rescind our mistake. Those who would fail to do that now imperil the future of their country, endanger the health of their family and fellow citizens, disrespect the brave lives already sacrificed, and they will go down in history as villains. Do the right thing and demand the 25th Amendment be invoked by the cabinet to remove our mistake from office immediately.