By guest blogger Sadako Red [see disclaimer]
[March 15, 2020] Duty is the essence of humanness. No words written are more pointed to the reason modern men and women are so unhappy … unhappy because they fail to realize that not doing one’s “duty” is the denial of our obligation to act righteously. For the past several weeks, I have been on President Trump’s Coronavirus Task Force (as a support staff member); you know the one, now lead by Vice President Pence. Let it be known that I never shy away from a difficult job, even those things that seem impossible from the outset and neither do I dislike it when criticized. A personal philosophy of mine is there is great merit doing my duty as a United States’ citizen and, besides, I enjoy being at – what the military says – the tip of the spear. Alas, this article is not about me or those engaged on the front lines of doing the hard job of fighting the Coronavirus, it’s about those who fail and continue to fail to do their duty.
I will begin, briefly, with the failure of the government of China to do what most believe is necessary to protect its citizens against the terrible impact of the virus. Noteworthy is the fact that at its highest levels, they have been neither forthcoming about this virus nor have they shared critical data and access to the WHO and American CDC specialists. We should also remember the Chinese ophthalmologist Dr. Li Wenliang, a real hero in my eyes, who first tried to tell the world that China was hiding something malevolent, only to be imprisoned and silence by Chinese authorities for “fabricating lies” about the disease’s deadly potential. He would later die of the very illness he tried to warn us about and that the Chinese government’s attempt to keep it hidden. Unfortunately for the people of China, the protection of its citizens is not a priority, as that distinction goes to the autocratic Communist Party of China (the CPC). The CPC is the founding and ruling political party and sole governing entity and thus the CPC must be protected at all costs. Ever wonder why true democratic nations are better places to live.
Just as the corrupt WHO leadership was complimenting China on its response to the virus, we were finding out the truth behind the autocracy’s actions, the implicit concurrence of their military, and the blocking of practical medical solutions by low-level functionaries. Did they do their duty? If you see your duty to the political state and only the state, then yes, they did their duty. But, no moral parade is necessary to know they failed their duty to their citizens. They kicked butt by locking down 10s of millions, constructed (shoddy) buildings to concentrate those infected, and repeatedly lied and distorted the truth about the disease and still do so today. Can the world believe the Chinese spokesmen who claimed the Coronavirus is under control as measured by declining infection rates? Are these men, who are the voice piece for their government, doing their duty for the CPC or for their citizens? I think we know the answer to that question. Remember, duty doesn’t melt away, no matter how much we might wish it to. Simply put, duty, there ain’t enough of it.
Sadako Red’s Previous Posts:
- Fear, there Ain’t Enough of It
- Courage, there Ain’t Enough of It
- Race Relations and Observing Failure
- Thoughts from Sadako Red as a Young Man
- What I saw was Bizarre
- Leadership is not a Popularity Contest
- The Most Difficult Task is to Unlearn Untruths
- Why Cities like Washington D.C. are Prone to Fail
- Stupid is as Stupid Does … City of Baltimore
- Thoughts from Sadako Red as a Young Man
- Race, Leadership, and Moral Failure
- City of Baltimore: When Leaders Fail
- City of Baltimore: Stuck on Stupid II
- Weak Leaders, Politicians, and Racism â€¦
- City of Baltimore and Race: Stuck on Stupid
- Lead by Example and Show Some Dignity!
- Fear: Racist, Sexist, Homophobe Accusations
- The U.S. Army, Race Relations, and Manhood
- Race: Leadership and the Lack of Leadership
- A Failed Management Culture in the VA
- Race Trumps and Leadership Fails
- Race, Character, and the Government