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Fun With Boating
Pardon me if I am belaboring the point, but I can’t get past the fact that almost half the country actually thought What’s-his-name was a good choice for President of the United States…after watching him botch the job for four years. And please, don’t come at me with all that stuff about tribalism and alternate universes and authoritarian mindsets. None of that is enough to explain the craziness.

On the other hand, we are all in the same boat here. In that spirit, I was ready to put this conundrum behind me, move on, and simply hope for the best. But then I saw this headline coming out of South Dakota: “Dying COVID-19 Patients Still Don’t Believe The Virus Is Real.” In some pathetic little compartment in the back of my mind I had been holding out the possibility that the harsh, deadly reality of the pandemic — evidenced by the sickness and death of friends and family — would finally snap these legions of misguided souls out of their conspiracy-fueled mania and bring them back to Planet Earth. Another faint hope extinguished, I’m afraid.

The bearer of these sad tidings was Jodi Doering, an ER nurse who has been witnessing the recent spike of cases up close. “It’s like a fucking horror movie that never ends,” she says. Many of Ms. Doering’s coronavirus victims could not, would not, believe their diagnoses. Perhaps it’s cancer, they moaned hopefully. Or a really bad flu or pneumonia. But not COVID, because that’s a hoax, and you can’t die of a hoax. So true, and yet these people — even on their deathbeds — refused to entertain the most obvious explanation for what they were experiencing: that it was not a hoax, but rather exactly what every expert available said it was. “Insane” is not a strong enough word to describe their state of delusion.

Yes, we are all in the same boat. And that’s what scares me most. These people are in my goddam boat! They and their chosen representatives make decisions that affect all of us, sane and insane alike. Their only information source is a guy who lies all the time. And they believe him, it now appears, even if it kills them. Yow.

Allow me to sum up: we are trapped in this boat with crazies, and we are on the high seas of a pandemic. The crazies are infected with the virus, but they insist that they aren’t. And they won’t wear masks. And…they would rather die than change their minds.

So where is this boat headed, I wonder?
Trump supporters are people who know what they believe.
~ JC, Bonny Doon