Pandemic and Accountability


November is the first birthday of former President Donald Trump's election fraud lie. That lie, enabled by his supporters at all levels of the GOP, helped spawn the most violent assault on the American seat of government since the War of 1812. On top of the Capitol riot's damage to democracy, it has also diverted attention away from efforts seeking accountability for the disastrously mishandled Covid-19 pandemic. As of this writing, the pandemic has killed more than 768,000 Americans -- and counting.

As I have noted before, America has a habit of "moving on" from its mistakes and failures. The folly of the Iraq War, for example, never received the kind of comprehensive U.S. public inquiry as the British Chilcot Report. And with each passing month, the likelihood of anyone in power being held accountable for the cavalier profiteering and science denialism that marked the Trump regime's handling of the pandemic -- and the resultant and ongoing Republican Party slide into vaccine hesitancy, misinformation monetization and science rejection -- seems to grow dimmer.

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