If history's eyesight on 2020 is 20/20, it will cite a political party that in 2016 knowingly gambled Americans’ welfare and global standing against a known con-man and TV clown; a failed, unethical businessman, racist, misogynist, a multi-accused sex offender.


Gambled he could be controlled while they seated unqualified conservative judges, legislated tax breaks for corporations and billionaires, revoked environmental protections, ensured voter suppression to keep them in power, unraveled the social safety net.


Gambled that this bloviating clown would ride on the fumes of the economic recovery since 2009. Gambled this fumbling incompetent would be spared the devastating hurricane, tornado, earthquake; or world-crippling pandemic he would ignore, deny, personalize, and allow to overwhelm America's health-care system; handle it with the same incompetent motif that chronicles his life. At this writing the body count of Americans dead from COVID-19 exceeds 29,000.


This minority party that gave us Donald Trump now dominates the Senate and threatens to overwhelm the Supreme Court. Florida’s governor declares WWE "essential service;” Michigan Republicans choke Detroit streets, protesting a stay-at-home order; Pennsylvania Republicans lobby against their lockdown; South Dakota's Republican governor refuses quarantine orders after COVID-19 strikes hundreds at one of America’s largest meat-packing plants in Sioux Falls.


Trump declares America will open on May 1st—with no organized national response, no organized system of testing; no vaccine; no other priority but to flail, lie, bluster, and filibuster his nightly tantrums to rescue his failed and now-lethal presidency.


He has devised his own "final solution" to revive the economy atop the corpses of America's courageous and vulnerable. The once-noble Republican Party has created their very own Adolf Eichmann to become nothing more than a death cult.


George Lightcap, Newton