So, about that call ...
OK, people. President Trump clearly has it on good authority that the presidential election was rigged against him, that authority being his own imagination fueled by his inflated ego and his relentless belief in the maxim "might makes right."
As for his call to Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, insanity is his best defense.
Plan for vaccination
Consider this: A basketball court is 50 feet wide; four lines 12.5 feet apart can be marked on the court. Each row will need two rolling tables and processors with laptops and wireless printers set to print cards for those coming for the covid shot. Put a table on each side of the row to move quickly. A person/nurse at the head of the line qualified to give shots will be able to give the shot after the paperwork is done. That person will need an assistant/CNA to help with cotton balls, Band-Aids, spray sterilizers, etc., while the one giving the shot is preparing for the next person. If this works fast, it may take two at the head of the line to give the shots. After the shot is given that person goes to a holding area to be sure there is no reaction, and then leaves by a side door.
Would be nice to have uplifting patriotic music playing and maybe a lollipop for each person while waiting to be certain no reaction? And maybe a sticker showing they got their shot? A person returning can be sent to one line with their card and shorten the time to be processed. One line can be reserved for the elderly and those needing help to make it down the line in wheelchairs. There will need to be some standby personnel to help when one working the lines needs to rest. This will get people out of the bad weather; have restrooms available for those in line. Distance and masks required at all times.
Why are they making getting your shot so difficult? Surely there are folks with logistical minds that can do this.
No jumbo envelopes
Does anyone else find the growing trend to send unsolicited mail in jumbo-sized manila envelopes in obviously clean and unrecycled paper in the mail? Doesn't paper come from trees? Aren't fires all over the world currently destroying our forests? When did we stop needing the air and water trees provide? Please stop this troubling practice and return to regular-size envelopes, if any, from now on.
Now it's Asa's turn
The Feds did their job by producing and delivering two vaccines in record time. What now, Governor? You have done a masterful job of reporting the statistical status of virus infections and deaths. Yes, but now what?
It is fairly easy to inoculate captive groups such as medical workers and nursing home residents. Even prisoners. When we move to the next priority, those over 75 within the general population, what then? A mad rush by all in that group? Alphabetically? By ZIP code? By birthdate? What's the plan? Is there a plan? Are there enough inoculators, needles at the ready? Where? How? When?
Regards and best wishes to you, Governor, and for all good health in this New Year.
Democracy in danger
How secure is our democracy? Most of us believe we have nothing to worry about, that our Constitution protects our democracy. We are wrong. In "How Democracies Die," Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt, Harvard professors of government, show how several current autocratic regimes that started out with constitutions modeled on ours were subverted by elected leaders. Those countries--Venezuela, Turkey, Hungary, Russia and others--are now dictatorships. This happened in a variety of ways, including appointing judges who would rule in their favor when they alter legislative rules by edict, thus empowering the president to take control of the military. It's downhill from there to Venezuela.
How do we avoid this fate if the Constitution cannot prevent it? The authors point to two crucial principles, not in the Constitution, that a democracy needs.
One is that your opponent is not your enemy, but a worthy opponent, a rare attitude in today's politics. The second is that there are limits to actions one ought take if it threatens our democracy, even if allowed by the Constitution. In 1937, FDR attempted to stack the Supreme Court with friendly justices, which would have drastically weakened the separation of powers. With a Democratic Congress and a friendly court, he would have had few limits. But Democrats, realizing the danger, joined with the Republicans to prevent this.
Today, we find ourselves on the verge of violating both of these principles as we contest the validity of an election--the lifeblood of our democracy--without evidence. Where are the statesmen in the Republican Party to speak out? There are a few, but so few that the others, the ones that value their party above our democracy, are given cover to hide. They cannot hide from history.
Nor can the president, our version of Hugo Chavez, as he attacks our Holiest of Holies, our elections, by trying to replace the people's clear choice with his.
Names live in infamy
Just a word of caution to this country's elected officials siding with this baseless election coup attempt: Your names are the ones that history will reflect on and end up being removed from the bridges, buildings and highways named for you.