Shapiro’s League of Seven: “The Failure of Social Distancing and Donald Trump”
League members: Chris Henderson (@Baseball4Brains) and Bradley Huff (@Bradley_J_Huff)
Hosted by Ari Shapiro
Record: March 22nd, 2020.
1. COVID-19 is raging, and social distancing is proving to be an unmitigated failure. While countries like South Korea, Taiwan and Vietnam are proving to the world that they can slay this pandemic giant, other nations such as Italy, Iran and “The United State of New York City” are ensuring that an inevitable lockdown is destined on the horizon – the kind that will prevent you from having your pretentiously premium coffee brewed for you while limiting the glory of having beef vindaloo and garlic naan with your scheduled Netflix binge-watching weekend. These are dark times that could last half a year or longer before we flatten the curve because of pizza parties and video game lineups.
2. What the hell went wrong? How did we know so much about the imminent arrival of this pandemic and why do we find ourselves handling it like lemmings hoarding toilet paper, bread, and other medical supplies while those who really need it are frustrated to roam the planet looking for available hospital beds? Where’s the empathy and compassion needed to overcome this crisis…and has it ever really existed?
3. How Donald Trump stumbled and bumbled has way into political oblivion, downplaying the severity of the situation and reducing the number of CDC workers…and yet it’s more than likely he’ll be re-elected in November when and if elections are held.
Theme: Money City Maniacs (Sloan, Navy Blues, 1998)