Hop - AC8NS
- Jun 21, 2012
- Jun 21, 2012
What most of the world may not appreciate is the United States is a federation of independent, sovereign, states (currently fifty in number) who are united under a federal government for the mutual benefit and protection of ALL the states. The vacuum in my current federal government is NOT detrimental to the cooperation among the states. This vacuum, centered on Washington, D.C., may be the reason why the States are working together.I was really worried about the US, but it seems that the states are working together and achieving a large measure of success, despite the vacuum in the federal government.
The thing that citizens of the USA need fear is the entrenched bureaucracy of the Federal Government, that is pretty much now like a ship at sea without a competent Captain in charge of steering it. Who knows what "direction" (if any) the Ship of State will take? It is pretty much a "good thing" that the resources the Federal Government can bring to bear on problems common to all of the States is widely distributed among the States instead of being concentrated in one area. That does make it more difficult to administer from a central location, such as Washington, D.C., or New York City, or perhaps Denver, Colorado, or Atlanta, Georgia. Notice I didn't mention California, which although a State of the United States of America, has gone its own way for the last sixty or seventy years or so.
The fight against the novel coronavirus, and COVID19 deaths caused by it, is far from over. It may never be over unless a potent vaccine and readily available antibody tests are made available to everyone world wide, not just for the few in privileged countries. The world is now a much smaller (and more crowded) place, given that anyone can be just about anywhere on the planet if they have enough money for travel, whether on a ship at sea or 37,000 feet in the air, packed like sardines in a jet-propelled aluminum sausage. We should all learn how to cooperate. Or maybe die trying.
What an interesting "off-topic" thread @(*steve*) has started. I especially appreciate the comments and links that (newly appointed?) moderator @bertus has provided on the worldwide status of the COVID19 problem.