The Stofferahn family history is a wake-up call. U.S. leadership needs to act fast to avoid another 1918.
A family’s history points to the danger
of today’s coronavirus pandemic.
by Curt Stofferahn
I’ve been thinking of Grand Aunt Hilda this past week.
The discovery of hot spots of coronavirus (COVID-19); the announcements of meeting, convention and tournament postponements; colleges and universities cancelling face-to-face instruction in favor of online instruction and postponing reconvening until two weeks after the end of spring breaks; and repeated reminders of the Trump administration’s miserable failure in dealing with the outbreak – they all reminded me of the Influenza Pandemic of 1918 and how my Grand Aunt Hilda was a victim.
Influenza Pandemic of 1918, Iowa & South Dakota
I learned about Grand Aunt Hilda when we were children visiting my grandparents. When we discovered a trunk in the storeroom with portraits of relatives in it, I asked Grandma about one in particular, a charcoal portrait of a lovely young woman who looked vaguely familiar. She went with us to the storeroom to look at the portrait, and with some melancholia said that it was my grandfather’s sister, Hilda, who had died in the pandemic.
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It took a threat to something President Donald J. Trump actually values to elicit a response to the novel coronavirus outbreak in the U.S. Hint: it wasn’t the wellbeing of the citizenry.
The Donald’s True Colors
Could this be the week supporters of President Donald J. Trump finally wake up and see his true colors?
As late as Monday, March 9, Trump was trying to push off the threat of coronavirus, suggesting, for the millionth time, that it’s a “hoax.”
“President Trump in an early morning tweet on Monday accused the ‘Fake News Media’ and Democrats of trying ‘to inflame’ the coronavirus outbreak as the virus spreads globally and across the U.S.,” The Hill reported Monday morning.
Yet, by the end of that day, Trump was behind the podium, announcing his administration’s “response” to the worldwide outbreak of novel coronavirus. It came at the end of the worst day Wall Street has seen in more than a decade.
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I thought we were all in this #VoteBlueNoMatterWho thing together. So why can’t Establishment Democrats quit attacking Bernie Sanders?
It’s impossible to pin down solid definitions, but here are some thoughts and examples.
I sat at a table during a Democratic district meeting in the lead-up to the 2018 election, participating in a discussion about what our district’s priorities should be for the election cycle.
All three Dem-NPL legislators in my district were up for re-election. I was saying that we, the democrats in the district, should spend some time thinking about, and perhaps compiling, a list of priorities so we could build messaging around them.
“That’s easy,” the guy sitting next to me said. “Just ask your legislators what the priorities are. They’ll tell you.”
The man is active in the state party and has run for statewide office. And he’d just told me that the party’s elected officials and elites would tell me what I should think and do, and that’s what they expected me to think and do.
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