Another 4.4 million Americans filed for initial unemployment claims last week, raising the total to more than 26 million who have lost their jobs since the COVID-19 pandemic economic closures began in all 50 states more than a month ago.
President Donald Trump unleashed his “April surprise” last Monday night, sending shock waves from the Beltway Swamp to Silicon Valley with a long-overdue announcement: “In light of the attack from the Invisible Enemy, as well as the need to protect the jobs of our GREAT American Citizens,” he declared, “I will be signing an Executive Order to temporarily suspend immigration into the United States!”
On April 15 (or 16) a male dressed in all black entered the apartment building through the front doors and encountered a lady at the mailboxes in the front hall. She asked if he needed help finding someone. He said no and continued walking through the hallway. Shortly after, residents had the same individual knocking on the outside back doors trying to get in the apartments by saying he was the Orkin exterminator man. This was after dark and after 8 p.m.
We can admit to ourselves and to one another, without fear of contradiction, that nobody knows the perfect way of reopening American life. We’re going to make mistakes and miscalculations, no matter our schedule or plan. What kind of mistakes and miscalculations? Haven’t a clue. We just know it’s that kind of show.
Holy Week took on new significance for many of us this year. Social distancing, loneliness, and worry about the health and well-being of our families have oppressed us. We don’t know if our shuttered businesses and shattered economy will ever be the same. We reach out to our friends and extended family, but texts and calls and even video chats just don’t provide the comfort we crave.
Last week in Colorado, our statewide stayat-home order was extended until April 26. Gov. Jared Polis urged everyone to wear a mask of any kind while outdoors. Local groceries are limiting customers to one every 120 square feet of the store. For the first time, my neighborhood playground on Tuesday was wrapped in bright yellow “CAUTION” tape. And in Brighton, Colorado, a father was handcuffed in an empty park by three police officers for playing T-ball with his 6-year-old daughter and wife.
For far too many years now our propaganda fake news media has been doing a grave disservice to our country to the point they are a clear and present danger to our nation. This includes deliberate, premeditated and habitual lying and propaganda under the guise of “news” and even outright treason against our nation. For example: