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Critical Thought

Permit me to take a few moments to burst a few bubbles. This summer it appears that a significant number of elected leaders have initiated full-scale scale campaigns to frighten Americans about three things. Two are indicative of serious problems. One is just instilling fear to lose fewer future votes.

Let’s get to the non-issue first. As I know it, and I am no scholar and I’m not African American, critical race theory is a theory that’s been around for half a century that is taught as an elective in several law schools. Yet we’ve parents yelling at school board meetings, all riled up by right-wing media that we’re teaching hate in elementary and high schools. This is not the case, at all.

Why did the right bring up critical race theory now? Let’s think about that. For the past 18 months I’ve been terrified of contracting COVID-19 and we’ve had little outside income aside from the federal government. The nation’s kids have been out of school, learning from home via Zoom. Their teachers have been trying to adapt to this new environment to best serve the educational needs of their students. It’s easier to teach in front of 30 live kids than thirty icons on a computer screen. How else would you know that John is asleep in class or that Tess and Millie are texting each other again, right in front of you.

Two years ago was there a massive push to educate teachers on the nature of critical race theory and how to teach it in an inappropriate setting such as primary and secondary schools? Or whether any fruits of such theory can be passed along in such a format? NO. I imagine that for the past 18 months teachers have been mostly concerned with getting COVID and teaching their students remotely. Have schools rushed to implement CRT into their curricula? NO. Right now our kids are enjoying their friends for the first time and preparing to go back to the classroom for the first time this fall. Critical race theory is not an issue, period.

Let’s get to the important ones. After a lifetime of voting, I’ve always marveled that voter fraud is minuscule. Now, after a presidental election that was won by 7 million votes, we’re expected to think that our system failed on a massive scale. Fifty states and over sixty courts, including our Supreme Court deny that such fraud ever existed in the 2020 Presidential election, plus our then Attorney General and the head of our nation’s cybersecurity oversight agency.

Yet all the people who were elected or re-elected last November were elected without any voter fraud. Only the presidency was compromised? Just think about that for a minute. Some people who voted for Biden voted down-ballot for Republicans not because they cheated, but because they didn’t want Trump as President yet liked the rest of the Republican candidates! Now these same elected officials are pushing election “reform” and “accountability.” That is a ruse to pass laws that keep people they don’t like from voting and if they do find a way to vote, to refuse to count votes for the winning candidate if said candidate is not on their political slate. They’re stealing our constitutional right to vote in plain daylight, and right now we’re letting them get away with it.

Now let’s go to COVID-19, which started with the White House saying forget about it, it’s only happening in “blue states” so let them die. So much for a nation of the people, and for the people! Well now it’s happening in red states because why? Because COVID is a crafty little bug and if people in blue states are vaccinated it’ll go where it’s welcome. We quickly got a vaccine, thanks in part to operation Warp Speed, but now Trump supporters will not get the vaccine. The Delta variant is set to cause much death but no, any effort at vaccination is an assault on my liberties. Please think about this. I guarantee that the people who are telling you not to get a vaccine, have gotten the vaccine to protect themselves. Ask them to tell you the truth then ask your doctor if you should be protected against this awful disease, if not for yourself, for your family, friends, community and health care professionals who will treat you when you’re on your deathbead. Ask to see the Fox News vaccination policy for its staff.

Think about it. We sometimes take it for granted that we live in the greatest democracy in the world, but we’re ready to throw it away and believe lies from people who stand to gain power and money from these lies. Donald Trump has raised $75 million in the past six months to “Save America” and “audit” election results to reinstate himself as President, yet has not parted with a penny of it towards any of these efforts to discredit the good people that have worked our polls since our nation was founded.

The vaccine will not hurt you if you get it. You’ll fare far worse if you get COVID-19 and die from it. Even some right-wing media is coming around and advising viewers to take the vaccine. Do they do this because they care about us and our health? No way. People dying from a preventable disease hurts viewership. It hurts the conservative voter base. It hurts the stock market. That’s why they want you to take it, which is why you should listen to your health professional instead of Facebook and get a free vaccine.

Let’s pull together, Americans. If you want to think about something good to cheer for, try the Olympics. Our athletes need us now, because we can’t be in Japan to show solidarity in person. One America. United. With liberty and justice for all. And health, God willing. Cheers! Dee


V Day?

D Day? I don’t know and I don’t care, it’s time to celebrate. I lift my sore arm to type to you that this is Victory for Dee Day as it is Vaccine for Dee Day! Yes, I got my second shot of Pfizer and in two weeks all my immune system will be full speed ahead to fight this COVID-19 plague.

I’ve heard such disinformation on the news of late, from folks like Tucker Carlson telling strangers to call Child Protective Services on mothers whose young children are wearing a mask, to someone I’ve never heard of telling his large audience not to get the vaccine.

Tell you the truth, I believe the doctors and public health professionals. That’s why my husband and I got our second shot today. And no, people don’t want to prolong this pandemic by asking for masks and distancing for just a while longer, they’re just trying to keep us safe. I’d rather be safe than lose a family member or friend, or die of this horrible virus.

Truth-seeking as I’m hearing on the news that 40% of Republican men won’t get vaccinated, I asked my nurse today if there was any problem in having people return for the second dose. Granted this is just one clinic around the nation, but she said that mostly it’s first timers who aren’t showing up. That would make sense as we had appointments two days early for shots given two days after everyone over 18 was eligible (now it’s age 16) and back then, what seems like a long time ago, people had to make appointments at several clinics to make sure they could get in, then they took the first available date and forgot to cancel the others.

If you’re using social media that is tailored to your likes/dislikes please check out your local news for info on why it’s necessary to get the shots, that it’s not scary, and where to go with/without an appointment. You’ll save your life and many others. Better yet, call your doctor.

You’ll say this is none of my business, but it is because I’m your co-worker, your neighbor, your friend. I care about you and hope you feel the same. Whether we like it or not, there will be vaccine passports that will be used by private businesses that you may want to patronize, like going to a concert or taking that vacation to Europe. If you don’t take the vaccine, you won’t be allowed to go. And don’t go blaming it on the concert promoter or airline.

I’ve been involved in privacy law for nearly forty years and I don’t want any business knowing my full health history for the last six decades but I don’t have a problem with a QR code that says I’m current on my COVID vaccines. Foreign governments won’t accept the hand-written CDC cards we’re now trying to clumsily (because of its size) carry in our wallets. Think about it. Right now I’m sharing my happiness with you that in two weeks I’ll be able to walk my dog without a mask. Cheers! Dee

No Bells and Whistles?

Just a drawing of a trophy, and I had to click on it to elicit a congratulations. Pathetic. That is the sorry state of my “COVID Italian.”

Permit me to place this in context. In order to make a (not so) brief stint at home during a global pandemic more interesting, I decided to learn a foreign language, as did many of you. Is it because I couldn’t be bothered with making sourdough bread? Perhaps.

A few months ago if someone asked me if I spoke Italian, I’d say that I know “restaurant Italian.” I can order off a menu in any restaurant in Italy. I can find the bathroom (Dov’e il bagno) and say good evening “Buonasera.” Also thanks, you’re welcome, how much is that beautiful leather purse, and please excuse me.

Now I’ve passed all five levels of Duolingo Italian and can’t speak with an Italian to save my life. Not that I don’t know the words. I can read some Italian, and now will be able to continue to test myself on verb tenses and I’ve also found libretti of some of my favorite operas to try (not to sing, only read). I’ve still much to study in the various verb tenses and personalizations.

Duolingo is a perfectly good way to go, and I’d feel comfortable traveling to Italy with a dictionary in hand, but then again I’ve been able to get by in Florence and Rome many times before. I’ll keep at it. My husband took up Spanish for business purposes and spent ten times as much as I did per month for a personal tutor via Zoom on BaseLang. His Spanish is way better than my Italian.

Yesterday I passed all five levels and one of the phrases I had to decipher was “You’re my only hope.” So, of course, I made light of it and asked my husband, Aiutami, Obiwan, sei la mia unica speranza.” That’s “Help me, Obiwan, you’re my only hope.”

In the meantime I’m polishing some very rusty French (Merci, Madame) while thanking my second high school teacher for my first two years on the subject, but not my real first high school teacher in a backward high school, Monsieur, as his class was abysmal.

After I bastardize the French and Italian languages a bit more, I may take up Latin. Or Greek. Or sourdough. Baking in general. So much for my COVID education. Possa la forza essere con voi. (May the force be with you), Dee