Rip Van Winkle?

I don’t know whether the President is a 21st Century Rip Van Winkle, or what? Listening to him address the nation last week–promising us that if we behave ourselves, and “follow the science,”we may be able to have a few folks over for the 4th of July in our back yards–I felt I was watching Theater of the Absurd.

Doesn’t anyone at the White House or on his staff remember that last month we had a Super Bowl? THE NFL HAD A SUPERBOWL. I know, because it was in my town, my team, and we won. AND THERE WERE 25000 PEOPLE IN THE STANDS!!! It was all done safely, and there were no adverse virus effects that I am aware of upon the population–either in the arena, or at their homes when they returned.

And we even had fireworks all along Tampa Bay. Kind of like an early 4th of July!

We cannot change what has happened to friends, family members, and our countrymen this past year. It is now history. We can mourn the dead. But we must live for the living. That means setting high expectations, not low ones. We have learned a great deal in the last 12 months, and many of us are applying it toward greater freedom and success.

So, please, Mr. President, don’t lecture me empathetically to achieve something we have already accomplished. We have moved way past having a few folks over–4 months from now. It makes you look foolish. You used war references (appropriately) related to conquering this situation. Well, sir, this is a “hill we have already taken.” Don’t squander more lives retaking the same hill.

To pretend otherwise makes you look out of touch with more than half of the great country you serve. Or is it your scientific advisors who are out of touch? Regardless, somebody over there at the White House needs to wake up Rip Van Winkle, and get into present time.

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