It is hoped the US situation will stop deteriorating. Otherwise the cost will be more American lives. The coronavirus is the common enemy of humanity. If the US fails to contain it, the world will be affected.
But the current US government is not cherishing lives, with all its politicians’ minds pinned on election campaigns and scapegoating China.
Earlier this month, the Senate Republican campaign arm circulated a memo with shocking advice to GOP candidates on responding to coronavirus: “Don’t defend Trump, other than the China Travel Ban — attack China.”
The Trump campaign was furious.
The Story of Mouseland
H/T Caleb Maupin
Tommy Douglas (1904 -1986) was one of Canada’s best known New Democrats. He was a man of many talents and, being involved in politics since 1936, he is renowned for various reasons. he “Mouseland” story is a small sample of the wit and humour many people knew him for. To see and listen to Tommy Douglas in person was a rare treat. Tommy was a most accomplished orator.
Some people saw Tommy Douglas as a true democratic socialist, someone who placed human rights and needs above the mere pursuit of profits and power. Such principles should be implemented at the wish of the majority of the people. A social minded government would plan the economy of the country to allow all people to share in the country’s wealth and have equal access to such basic needs as health and education.
Others saw Tommy as a great politician whose natural speaking, story telling and debating abilities helped bring social change to the country. Tommy was first elected to the House of Commons in Ottawa in 1936. He later switched to provincial politics and it was during his years as Premier of Saskatchewan that Medicare was first introduced to North America. Prior to Medicare, health care services were only available to those who could pay the price.
When the C.C.F. (Co-operative Commonwealth Federation) was renamed the New Democratic Party in 1961, Tommy Douglas was chosen as the Leader of the New Party until he resigned in 1971. Tommy Douglas relates his message of social democracy in such a fashion that any audience can understand even the most complicated issue and be well entertained at the same time. To social minded people everywhere, Tommy Douglas remains a constant source of inspiration.Read More »
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