Politics, the political system, or perhaps more pointedly, politicians themselves have long-garnered the reputation as untrustworthy in the eyes of the general public. Having distrust in your political leaders is one thing, but accusations of negligence and incompetence of leadership during a pandemic crisis is quite another. Yet, with the alarming rate of infection ever-rising and death tolls climbing, fingers are being pointed at those in charge. Deep in the bowels below deck, the Captain’s leadership is being questioned.
Adrift on the Covid Sea
Let’s face it, our political leaders have not fared-well in handling the spread of the pandemic. Nor, making good use of the advice from their team of pandemic and air-borne viral experts. In fact in many countries, the death and infection rates continue to rise, threatening to overwhelm health-care systems, facilities and the front-line workers who bravely tend them.
This of course, is no minor failing. People are dying and in some countries by the hundreds, even thousands daily. So why have our political leaders been so inept in the handling of the pandemic? And how is it that under their command and in lieu of their ineffectiveness — they remain in charge?
The fact that they are in charge in the first place is a point of contention for many of us Canadians. Simply put, having a career politician, be it high-ranking or not, in charge of decision-making during a pandemic makes no sense. Let the experts in their field handle the virus and politicians, play politics somewhere else!
When your car is broken you take it to a mechanic. When you have leaky-pipes you call a plumber and when you have heart problems you see a heart specialist, who if needed, recommends to you a heart surgeon!
Yet in the midst of a highly contagious pandemic, a worldwide health-crisis incomparable in our lifetime — we have politicians in charge of our health-safety and well-being?
Politicians, who’s background, schooling and specializations hold absolutely zero knowledge, experience, or expertise when it comes to viruses or indeed — pandemics!
Politicians, whose only claim to fame is their ability of propagandizing for the purpose of getting elected. And for their continuation of doing so in order to remain in office! What little they do know, about pandemics or air-borne pathogens, they are told by their health-science advisors.
Still, perhaps their biggest crime during the pandemic is that many of them ignore or downplay the advice given by their team of health-safety and pandemic experts. Instead, favoring decisions of a political vain. In other words, playing politics while the pandemic in their charge threatens to run out of control.
Playing politics, while the population suffers in the grip of an ever-spreading super-virus, increasing infectious-rates and health-care systems on the verge of being overwhelmed!
Having politicians making life-affecting decisions during a pandemic is crazy enough. Having them do so while ignoring their health-science advisors is down right insane!
And having a captain in command of your ship, with no prior experience of the dangerous waters ahead, is more than asking for trouble. It’s like being trapped on a sinking ship, headed for the worlds tallest waterfall and finding out your captain’s never once been on a boat — ever before!
ONTARIO PREMIER IGNORES PLEAS
The captain of our sinking ship “The Ontario” is such a man. As Premiere of our Province (Like Governor for those in the states) he has taken upon himself to rule with political interference, overseeing all and above during the pandemic crisis.
He has named himself Captain, yet holds no prior experience, no knowledge of the raging Covid sea pounding wave after wave of infection over the brow of his listing ship. Still, he stands arrogantly on deck, ignoring the whispers of criticism and growing dissension from those onboard. Turning a deaf ear to those who dare to question his command he steers his ship “Ontario” into dangerous and uncharted waters.
Ignoring the advice from his knowledgeable crew. Downplaying in consideration the warnings they forecast when his misguided directions remain uncorrected.
Many onboard, have died already, and more and more become infected by the air-borne pathogen riding on the wind over the stormy Covid sea. The crew, his officers, stewards and mates, pleading for a course correction. Begging to be heard!
The ship, under his command, now listing and leaking, adrift without aim or purpose. But our Captain continues making the final decisions and he listens-not to the wails of his pleading shipmates. Nor to his advisors of knowledge, his purveyors of safe-route and direction. Or to the overwhelmed care-givers below deck, overridden with the sick and the dying.
Still, the captain refuses to change course. His ship “The Ontario”, now but a fragile teacup riding the stormy waves of the angry Covid sea. His fearful crew taken to hiding below for safety, out of the Gail-like winds of infection that tosses them like rag dolls dare they venture on deck.
The situation has become dire…
Below, the talk of mutiny begins.
Playing politics during a pandemic, trading lives, even one in lieu of economics is a dangerous perhaps even inhumane game. Gambling lives for the sake of the all-mighty dollar, lifting lockdowns and restrictions too soon or not implementing them in the first place no-matter how economically devastating — costs lives!
Not maybe! — But statistically proven!
The total number of lives, both affected and needlessly taken as a result of improper or lack of political leadership during this pandemic, may never be known. Assuredly, there are many. Each country, each nation, each state or province that granted political oversight during the pandemic, must bear this responsibility.
By Law, the captain of the ship bears all responsibilities and should be judged accordingly. Our Captain, the Captain of the good ship Ontario — has a lot to answer for.
How about your Captain?
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