NYTimes: Why is Trump Leaving US to Grieve on Our Own (and now claiming 100,000 dead are crisis actors?)

The president’s indifference to collective mourning is of a piece with a political movement that denies our collective ties.

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NY Times: More than a hundred thousand lives have been lost to the Covid-19 pandemic in the United States, and while individuals and families have certainly grieved for their loved ones, there has been almost nothing in the way of a public remembrance of the lives lost.

No national address; no moment of silence or official recognition beyond the occasional tweet. No sense from the president or his subordinates that these were untimely deaths — needless losses that ought to occasion collective mourning. There will be no speech like President Barack Obama’s in the wake of the Mother Emanuel shooting in Charleston; no address like President Ronald Reagan’s after the Challenger disaster.

Civil society has tried to fill the gap. Both The New York Times and The Washington Post have devoted their pages to memorials, as have local and regional newspapers across the country. But the political vacuum matters. It’s also predictable.

The president’s indifference to collective mourning is of a piece with a political movement that denies our collective ties as well as the obligations we have to each other. If Trump represents a radical political solipsism, in which his is the only interest that exists, then it makes all the sense in the world that neither he nor his allies would see or even understand the need for public and collective mourning — an activity that heightens our vulnerability, centers our interconnectedness and stands as a challenge to the politics of selfishness and domination.  read more…no pay wall…

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/29/opinion/coronovirus-mourning-trump.html?action=click&module=Opinion&pgtype=Homepage

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  1. This comes as no surprise. We have ordained corporate law to guide us and everything ‘good’ in the USA. Those laws dictate profits to the shareholders as the paramount goal. When narrowly focused on monetary gain or what will increase the corporate position, collective mourning is not a money maker. What is necessary is to find the profitability angle to the crisis at hand. It just so happens Donna is a corporation unto himself. He is struggling to find that glorious sweet spot that will bring him eternal reverance and gold.