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Europe offers hope during the pandemic; the U.S. offers shrugs

Liverpool Central Library, 11March2015, Photo: Anthony Moretti

The Boston Globe offers a blunt reality about one aspect of the fight against coronavirus: European governments are providing significant stimulus dollars to aid their citizens under lockdown, while the U.S. government doesn’t care what happens to its people.

“There’s a very straightforward connection here,” said Marc Draisen, executive director of the regional planning organization Metropolitan Area Planning Council. “If people see they’re getting some help to make it through, they’re going to be more receptive to restrictions.”

And spare me the argument that Europe is promoting socialism. It’ s promoting common sense.

Of course, no one stimulus effort will completely make up for shuttered businesses, lost wages and the like. However, Europeans are being sent home with an imperfect assurance that some of their economic needs will be met.

In the United States, people don’t have the confidence that their government can — or wants to — do anything for them. Combine that with the moronic idea that “this is just the flu” and America is destined for hundreds of thousands more coronavirus cases and thousands more deaths from them.

Neither Trump’s 2016 nor Biden’s 2020 win is fraudulent

Put the pitchforks away.

Think logically.

Recognize facts.

The lunacy that Russia caused Donald Trump to win in 2016 is being matched now by the lunacy that illegal votes helped Joe Biden win the presidency in 2020.

Nonsense.

Trump legally and fairly won in 2016.

Biden legally and fairly won in 2020. (Yes, I’m stating he won; there’s no way Trump is going to make up the difference in at least two of the states in which he trails. He’s lost. Joe Biden will be the next president of the United States.)

Toss away your conspiracy theories.

Be an adult.

Accept victory with humility and defeat with grace.

And for those of you who want to argue 2016 all over again, please spare me the tired case that Russia “influenced” the outcome four years ago.

Baloney.

For every disinformation campaign you wish to identify, I can come up with rally after rally in which the Obamas made an appearance. We’re done talking about 2016.

The voters in 2016 made their choice. What has happened since then cannot be changed.

The voters in 2020 have made theirs. What will happen as a result of a Biden presidency is still be to determined.

The victory then and the victory now is legitimate.

Let’s move on and address the problems that need attention in this country.

Where Trump blew it

In two weeks, Americans should make clear they want Joe Biden to be the next president of the United States. Of course, polling numbers can change, and we certainly know they can be wrong, but the lead that Biden has over Donald Trump continues.

If Biden wins, he’ll have pulled off a surprise: Incumbent presidents aren’t supposed to lose when Americans believe the economy is moving in the right direction. In 2020 they’re indicating they believe it is and voters also say Trump would be better than Biden at handling economic issues.

Despite that optimism, you can find plenty of voters who say they’re doing well financially, but they’re not interested in returning Trump to the White House. The Boston Globe reported one such story this week.

So, where did it go wrong for Trump? The reasons are obvious: his awful handling of the coronavirus pandemic; numerous suggestions he’s at best prejudiced and at worst racist; neutering America’s image around the world; picking losing battles with China on tariffs, and the list can go on from there.

An argument for a second Trump term is a difficult one to make, and such a case is built around a flimsy idea that Democrats are eager to create a socialist utopia in the United States.

Serious followers of politics know Biden is no socialist. Sure, in comparison to Trump’s agenda, Biden’s policies are progressive. However, whenever one leader takes the country as far off the rails as Trump has done, his successor must immediately steer toward something resembling normal.

That should be Biden’s task beginning on the afternoon of Jan. 20, 2021.