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Fighting the Power

I've voted Republican my entire life. It's the way I was raised and I always followed my dad. We are in a worldwide pandemic and suddenly political figures are taking sides and stupidly putting our lives at risk. It may be one of the most ridiculous things I have ever seen.

These are difficult times

I don't know much about other countries, but to see our president mocking people with masks is insane. Especially to all of us cancer patients. I understand he has to bring the economy back, but what I don't understand is why our governor would write and sign a bill not allowing the local governments to make their own decisions.

I live in the hospitality industry. We had a college spring break here. About half of our restaurants and bars had to close. These kids can't stay home and take one for the team?  Since then, restaurants are opening and closing over and over throughout the summer because of COVID-19.

It may be making some revenue for our area, but it's hurting the hospitality industry so very much. Most of the people living in this area are hospitality workers. Their way of life depends on tips. If the restaurant has to close, there will be no tips.

We must listen to the science

I know plenty of restaurants in this area who are not social distancing and as our governor said, "no parties of 50 or more". Are you kidding me? That's even worse than the white house restrictions.

And then there are the non-believers. They don't believe the scientists, but they do believe our president. I just don't have a clue as to what is going on in this world anymore. It's not one I really care about if I live in or not. I didn't know our president had his medical degree. Good choice, Samantha! But the epidemiologist who has virtually worked 4 decades under various presidents suddenly doesn't know what he's doing? Are you kidding me?

Follow words with action

And let me go back to our governor. The city of Atlanta's mayor, Keisha Lance-Bottoms felt that masks needed to be mandatory. Not to stop the outbreak but slow it down. Our local community agreed and drafted a bill for people not to go to the beach. We knew Memorial Day was coming up and were afraid of the influx of people we would get. So, after we closed our beaches, a few days later, our governor reopened them. Then, he signed into a bill that no municipality can mandate masks. Why not? He isn't aware of the spread in the hospitality and tourism industry or in large cities like Atlanta.

What I really love is him forbidding mandated masks but strongly encouraging people to wear them. That is comical! People can't even follow driving laws but you believe our great state is going to put on a mask because you "encouraged it". Governor Kemp, what is wrong with you?

This is a health crisis, not a political race

Like I originally said, I've voted Republican my whole life. I'm not a Biden fan or a Trump fan. I really think this is the year an independent could win. If others are like me, they are so fed up with this political propaganda over a health crisis they can't see straight. This is a health crisis, not a political race. Yet, that's what both parties have turned it into and at the expense of our lives.

I remember singing "I'm proud to be an American" at the top of my lungs. But what is going on in this country today is scary. I feel my life isn't worth it. Only a 0.4% death rate. That's fine. No, it's not fine. And I'm really tired of losing friends over this debate.

Think about your neighbor or loved ones

But, it's allowed me to realize who really cares about me and who doesn't. I know it's not all about me. But people are showing their true colors, and they aren't pretty.

So please, think about your neighbor or loved one and wear a mask. It's not hard and you don't know how many lives, including mine, you could be saving.

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