Some people are going to consider me a monster for saying this. I hope the pandemic stretches on much longer, especially in the US.
Let me clarify. I am not wishing for or happy about any deaths caused by the pandemic. That’s not what I am saying.
What I really mean by this is that I want this pandemic to continue on long enough for people to awaken. I want people to pay attention to the priorities of our government. I want the comfortable middle class to become distinctly uncomfortable. I want them to know fear and desperation. I want them to know hunger and unfulfilled need. I want them to look up from their 401k’s and stock portfolios and know there are things far more important. I want them to know anxiety that their pills and alcohol don’t abate. I want them to feel denied and abandoned and forgotten. I want them to lose all sense of privilege. I want all the upper middle class to at least face the very real possibility of losing everything they have.
I want neoliberal centrists and right wing Conservatives to look in the mirror and feel the shame they have imposed upon others when they realize they are on welfare and food stamps and waiting in line for food banks. I want others who are more privileged to insult them and tell them how their life choices were all bad. Until the more privileged realize they are waiting in the welfare line as well. That they would have nothing without that welfare.
I want armchair warmongers to know the rage of seeing how much money our government spends on invading other countries while they do without basic needs. I want them to think about how many people could be fed for the cost of every $80,000 bomb dropped 121 times a day. I want them to consider how many mortgages could be saved, how many apartments rented for every $3 million drone, every $4.3 million M1 tank, every $122 million F35 jet, every $13 BILLION aircraft carrier.
I want those warmongers to think of the $770 billion Pentagon budget in angst and anger while they consider that it does nothing at all for their safety and security in the face of the very real threat they face at this moment.
I want other nations to consider weapons of war to be too expensive to continue purchasing, shutting down the weapons manufacturing plants that employ so many “patriots”, leaving them lost and deep in debt.
I want military contractors to see their stocks collapse entirely.
I want our military in other countries escorted under arms on global video streams, heads held low, to aircraft and ships to evacuate those countries. I want them fully informed they are being ejected so those countries can pursue a peace process which will never happen if our forces remain.
I want corporate media to see advertising revenue almost cease to exist, with nobody paying them to present false, biased fantasy stories instead of facts.
I want the media and elected officials publicly punished and shamed for encouraging war, promoting hatred of the poor, instigating division and hatred.
I want stock market regulations rewritten so that stock repurchases are illegal. I want insider trading prosecuted with mandatory prison time. I want regulations changed so the first responsibility of every corporation is to the workers and only then will shareholders be considered for claims. I want the standard erased that requires constant corporate growth which has become cancerous.
I want to see grants and 0% interest loans for consumers and high interest loans to corporations.
I want to see universal healthcare implemented and all healthcare organizations to be forced to become nonprofit. Including pharmaceutical companies.
I want this country to focus on our own people. To completely change the way this nation functions. I want this country to focus on the welfare and well-being of our citizens. I want us to build bridges and parks, not bombs. I want more money and effort spent on diplomacy and any armed conflicts put to public referendum after equal debate with no representation allowed by corporate officials or recipients of military contractor donations.
I want our people to be awake, aware. I want people horrified and shamed at what we have done, what we have become, how desensitized we have grown. I want people to open their eyes, to cry, to beg for forgiveness, to know humility, to pledge with all their hearts to do better, be better than we have been doing. To promise cooperation over competition.
Is this pandemic the path to our salvation? I certainly hope so. It’s up to us.