So, for a while, we had science. But then there were those hippity-dippity pediatricians who sold that vaccines cause autism knuckleheadology — which caused countless kids to be exposed to diseases they could get from not being vaccinated; which somehow led the QAnon crowd to take over, the transmutation proving only that there are knuckleheads across the ideological spectrum.
And across the spectrum, they prey on children.
And when we lack consensus on anything, when there is no “legitimate media” anymore, how do we live together?
A pandemic requires us to live together.
A public health crisis will always weigh most heavily on those at the bottom.
Access to health care in this country is directly related to race, income, education, age and ZIP code. Take your pick.
We have witnessed the breakdown of fundamental norms of political decency in this country. What is striking to many people is not how shocking the Bill Clinton impeachment soap opera is to watch, but how absolutely ridiculous. After four years of Donald Trump, it is positively ludicrous that the Republican Party could turn a blue dress into an endless national soap opera.
Give me Ted Lasso and the spirit of optimism, decency and Christianity, which we have been craving, almost as much as we once did the reassuring voice of Walter Cronkite getting us through another challenging night.