This is a challenge for all of us to try thinking about this crisis without the clouds of preconceptions and emotions.
I for one think it is too early to make judgments about the handling of this crisis. But as we draw near to a time when evaluation will be critical, I hope we can do that with sound judgment.
Let me begin with something that I think everyone should be able to accept as truth. Donald Trump did not cause the Covid virus. This pandemic would have occurred no matter who was president. Now whether it not the Trump administration acted promptly and wisely is something to be examined.
But as we do that evaluation, I wonder if we can do it without preconceived partisan feelings. When we allow bias and love or anger or hatred to cloud our judgment, we will certainly judge incorrectly. I know that I do not think clearly when I am angry.
One of the worst things we can do while we are still in the midst of the crisis is to try to find someone to blame. That is not helpful. It is not Trumps fault. It is not Obama’s fault. It is not China’s fault. It might be easier to deal with if there was a “bad guy” that we could all blame. But that is not reality.
It would not be helpful to rage against or rally to support the president right now. The time is coming when we will have to do some evaluation of the handling of this whole thing. That will help us to understand what went wrong and what went right. That is not so much about what has happened up to now or blaming someone. It is not helpful to ignore the scientists because we believe that they are on the other side.But it is about leadership and especially learning from what has happened moving forward and learning important lessons on what to do and NOT do the next time.
I really hope that we will work on a non-partisan and non emotional level to made sound judgments moving forward.