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I work at a very small office, a total of six employees, of which only three regularly come in. One of my coworkers just got a breakthrough case of Covid, has a 102°F fever, is quarantining at home. Our former owner, retired twice, still works, and is a Karen about masks. He is aware that I am a huge Trump fan, disdain the wearing of masks, and that I am a skeptic on manmade global warming. He has a granddaughter, now almost three, who was a 22-week premie. She was scheduled for surgery yesterday to correct some leg development issues.
We received an email this AM informing the employees about the coworker who got the ‘vid. The former owner responded with this:
I was planning to come to the office today but will not be doing so now due to Dxxx’s positive test. Rxxx’s surgery was cancelled 18 hours before it was due to begin because the children’s hospital does not have any beds due to children with Covid needing all of the beds. This did not have to happen. The selfish and the misinformed would not do the right thing for our nation. We had a sorry excuse for a president that politicized science because he would lie, cheat or steal if he thought it served his personal purposes. He has done so all of his life.
These lowlifes have negatively impacted my family, my friends, and our economy. They have impacted the sanctity of the democratic process and are tearing our nation apart for their own personal agendas. Natural disasters are being fuel by global warming that they deny and they think that they can fix with a Sharpie or by nuking hurricanes.
Whatever your political leaning, please do whatever you can to see that science is followed so we can put this pandemic behind us and protect our loved ones. Put pressure on our government, businesses and anyone you interact with to get vaccinated and wear a mask in public places so we can reclaim what has been lost in this pandemic.
Don’t drink the Kool Air (Clorox) and pay attention to the science. Time to put politics aside and do the right thing. It is up to us to stop this.
Hard for me not to think that this was specifically directed at me, so being a selfish lowlife, I wrote quite a few responses before deleting each. Writing those responses helped me vent some anger… Eventually, I sent the following:
I am so sorry to hear about all those children in the hospital and Rxxx’s surgery being postponed. I hope they all get the treatments they need and get better.
My former owner/boss is genuinely a really decent guy. He is just afraid that his granddaughter might get Covid, or might not receive the surgical treatment she needs, and that the planet is doomed, and ergo her future, and… so many other things we are told to fear. His fear has driven him to anger and blame.
I have been pretty angry too recently and ironically want to blame BodyBagBiden supporters for everything from Covid, lockdowns, mask nazis, the Afghanistan debacle, and January 6 Americans in solitary, all of it, everything, globally. I am fearful for our future as a country, for my grandchildren who might be taught they are intrinsically racist because they are white, for the lunacy of our debt and the Green New Deal… and everything else we understand to be wrong. In my mind, this is happening because they supported and voted for BBB. I see others here, writing about their fears and their anger and directing it at the shills at the Bulwark, some of our Rico directors, and some of the members who also supported BBB. Hatred is the emotion that is being brewed in this pot of fear and anger.
I have been nurturing a festering anger towards my old owner since the election, and it appears he has too, towards me. Or maybe not really me, but all Trump supporters. I just happen to be in his proximity, and he is particularly angry and frustrated this morning, so he blurted it out in his email. And I realize I don’t hate him, but I see him two or three days a week, so he becomes the target for my fears, anger, and blame.
We are all at the point of cracking with overwhelming stress, and a media and government that seems totally at odds with my perception of logic and truth. And my former boss lives in the alternate universe where he believes everything fed to him and daily repeated by the media and our pols. And everyone seems to be nurturing a festering anger where we blame the others. The rhetoric and level of accusations grows ever more outrageous. For example, pro-lifers are like the Taliban.
I don’t have answers, I am certainly not in a position where I can control or influence regional, national, or global outcomes. So I have fears. The only thing I can control is my anger. I am working on that.
Say a prayer for everyone, for everyone that has fears or is angry. Say a prayer for the kids in the hospitals, for the kids who can’t be in the hospitals, for everyone, especially those who wouldn’t pray for themselves.Published in