The Chicago Journal

How Real Leader Faces Coronavirus

Coronavirus – The pandemic has revealed a near total collapse of federal leadership.

The battle against the coronavirus is still on the ground and countries around the globe rely on their elected leaders. Some have successfully lowered the case but some countries are having difficulty getting rid-off with it. 

The worst is yet to come as many states are lifting lockdown orders, amidst the erupted protest all over the country. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, they recently estimated that the death rate will rise to nearly 3,000 people per day by June 1. The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation on May 12 raised its estimate of the total U.S. deaths to 147,040 by August. Trump’s Administration has even stated on May 3 that as many as 100,000 Americans might die from the diseases and strictly encouraged and imposed states to end the social distancing and quarantine measures that in some places are in their 10th week. Georgia started reopening the week of May 4 despite the lapses in the federal law. 

Dr. Anthony Fauci of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases revealed that the pandemic has exposed how fail leadership might kill everybody. 

Former presidential adviser Steve Bannon meant when he said the goal of this administration was the “destruction of the administrative state,” even if he couldn’t have predicted that a virus would provide the assist. States are having their strategy and being in a federal type of government crumbles the ways that will potentially lessen the cases.  It’s true that many responsibilities are best left to the states, if only for the simple reason that smaller populations are easier to manage when it comes to things such as providing clean water and electricity, issuing business licenses, educating children, and keeping the public health the first priority above all else.  The national government must ensure the defense and public health will be on point. 

If a nation fails to execute their responsibility to their citizen then a lot of lives will be compromised. Leaders should be aware of the needs and demands of the people and set aside their personal interest asof now. The world is crumbling down and the government must comply with the protocols not breaching those guidelines for the sake of the few. 

Republican Governors such Georgia’s Brian Kemp gives choice between two unreasonable and irrational option: Go back to work (without paid sick leave) and risk serious illness, or stay home and lose your job or unemployment (and maybe your home, too). 

President Trump has done something that a president must not do. Instead of unifying states to combat the coronavirus pandemic, they tend to pitted against each other. The federal government has acted like a hostile occupying foreign power, not as an ally of the states that make up the United States.

California, Oregon, and Washington are coordinating their efforts to reopen, and Nevada and Colorado have since joined up with the Pacific pact states. Also, several Midwestern states stretching from Minnesota to Kentucky also are working together. Seven eastern states, including hard-hit New York and New Jersey, have joined forces to plan their reopening and to combine their purchasing power for medical equipment. Also, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee sent excess ventilators to New York. 

On the other hand, Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan work under her power and smuggle 500,000 test kits into the U.S. from South Korea so the feds wouldn’t engage in PPE piracy, and secure them at an undisclosed location protected by the Maryland National Guard. Gov. Jared Polis of Colorado, a Democrat, also is keeping equipment orders a secret out of fear they’ll be intercepted.

It’s probably why Gov. Gavin Newsom has referred to California as a “nation-state” on more than one occasion. He’s trolling Trump a bit, but it’s also a sly reminder that California, with a GDP of $3.18 trillion, can go its own way if it wanted to, and take the world’s fifth-largest economy with it.

Other countries that are getting in control of the coronavirus curve with effective public health measures, such as South Korea, Taiwan, New Zealand, and Denmark, are mostly on the smaller side. Indeed, testing and contact tracing, and a robust public health system also play important roles, as does public trust in government and experts to generally get things right. But in the end, we will depend on our lives on our leaders.