Chernobyl, the Soviet Union, the United States and COVID-19

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The Soviet Union did not collapse due to the actions of President Reagan or any president of the United States. Indeed, President Roosevelt, through the Lend Lease Act during World War II, helped the Soviet Union and Great Britain resist the onslaught of Nazi Germany. It helped win the war. (History.com, OurDocuments.gov, FDRLibrary.org.)

The Soviet Union, according to Mikhail Gorbachev, collapsed after and as a direct consequence of the collapse of Chernobyl. Andropov, Gorbachev and other Central Committee members realized that not only could they not hide the truth, but that the Soviet system was failing and was doomed to failure. This is discussed in detail on Slate it’s at fault lines.

Political and economic systems are fundamentally different in the United States from those in the Soviet Union. But Fox News, Breitbart and other right-wing media are propaganda networks and not unlike Pravda and Izvestia. President Donald Trump, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Presidential Advisor (and Son-in-Law) Jared Kushner, Attorney General William Barr, and other senior members of the U.S. government are different from members of the Soviet Central Committee, but they are focused on retaining their power. And Trump’s friend Russian President Vladimir Putin is, of course, a product of the Soviet Central Committee.

Today, September 20, 2020, we see doctors starting to understand how to treat people with COVID-19. But we have seen 200,000 Americans die from the virus. Americans are dying at a rate of more than 1,000 per day: we expect over 50,000 more deaths before Election Day and another 220,000 before the inauguration of the president on January 20, 2021. Totaling 420,000 before the inauguration.

This is the population of Oakland, CA, Minneapolis, MN or Tampa, FL. It is the size of Rochester, NY and Salt Lake City, UT combined.

The COVID-19 infection rate would be drastically reduced if the president told people to wear masks. But it doesn’t. Dr. Redfield, del Center for Disease Prevention and Control, says “Wearing masks saves lives.” Trump says, “What does Redfield know? No need to wear a mask, the virus will go away.” (NBC News)

Republican response to Coronavirus leaves Soviet response to Chernobyl in the dust. First, only 60 people died in the collapse and in the following months. Estimates of total deaths from the collapse range up to 4,000 in Ukraine, Belarus and Russia and another 12,000 to 16,000 in Europe between the crash of 86 and 2005. 16,000 to 20,000 in Europe in 20 years, not 400,000 in America in less than a year. Second, once the Soviets realized they couldn’t hide it, they took action. Trump doubles up. Of course he is tested, but for the rest of us we can go to hell.

Add to that the visceral hatred of Americans who are gay, liberal, intelligent or democratic women, or black, Hispanic, Latino, Asian, Jewish, Hindu, Muslim, etc., which Fox, talk radio, Alt-Right promote. This can easily, I believe, lead to the secession of Texas or California from the United States. If Trump wins and McConnell holds control of the Senate, California could split. If Trump loses and McConnell loses control of the Senate, Texas could split. If California separates, Texas will follow. If Texas separates, Dixie will follow.

Meanwhile, if Trump is re-elected, the United States will withdraw from NATO. This is what Putin wants. The leaders of NATO countries, with the exception of Endogan, do not bother to hide their contempt for Trump. So, like any 3-year-old, he will catch the ball and go home, especially when his “friend” and father figure, Vladimir Putin, tells him it’s okay. Putin will tell Trump to let California separate and New York. In this way the New York AG cannot reach him.

The world will adapt, just as it did after the collapse of the British Empire in the aftermath of World War II and as it did after the collapse of the Soviet Union.

Meanwhile, at the start of the pandemic, most of the deaths occurred in New York, New Jersey and California. Most of the current victims are in Dixie, Florida, Arizona, Texas, Louisiana, Georgia, … red states. Trump no longer lets his “enemies” die. He is holding “Superspreader” events, disguised as election rallies, in states he must win. He is killing his followers.

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