News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Fri. May 15, 2020: If you want to see a pathetic FAILURE of leadership ….
All you have to do is come to New York right now if you are not here!
There has been a lot of failure in response to COVID-19 across our nation, but the case can be made that New York is #1 in its failures and they continue as there are two individuals who must shoulder the blame – New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo & New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio.
Meet Governor Cuomo and Mayor de Blasio – unfortunately one of the WORST so called leadership (sic) “team” in America. What COVID-19 has done is expose both for the dangerous talentless political hacks they are.
The subject of this episode is the much larger issue of their failures in response to COVID-19, but let’s first “set the stage” with the very real example of nursing homes in New York State ….
At a very high cost to all New Yorkers, we are their victims. Within the much larger group, the worst victims of all have been the elderly residents of nursing homes throughout New York State since the beginning of March 2020.
Most of all, Governor Cuomo is personally responsible for at least hundreds of the thousands of COVID-19 deaths that have occurred in these New York nursing homes. Andrew Cuomo is guilty of a serious crime – NEGLIGENT HOMICIDE – and if there is any justice (not that there is) – somehow Cuomo will be prosecuted and should be convicted and go to jail. Since the state, not New York City is legally responsible for nursing home oversight, de Blasio would avoid the same fate; but he deserves prison for lots of other reasons.
What is negligent homicide? It is quite simple and easily understood that negligent homicide is a criminal charge brought against a person who, through criminal negligence, allows another person or persons to die.
Cuomo’s complete FAILURE, beginning in early March, was failing to provide nursing homes the same kind of COVID-19 supervision and daily monitoring he provides for ALL hospitals in the state. And as a result, management flaws and inadequate facilities in many nursing homes which normally are little better than prison camps for the elderly, resulted in completely needless deaths.
In fact, Governor Cuomo is probably guilty of the even more serious crime of INVOLUNTARY MANSLAUGHTER as well. Here is one good definition:
Involuntary manslaughter is defined as the unintentional death of an individual as the result of another person’s negligent actions. Basically, what it means is killing someone and not realizing your actions could cause death. ‘Unintentional’ is the key word for involuntary manslaughter because the person did not mean to kill someone but caused their death anyway.
Why is Cuomo guilty of involuntary manslaughter and nursing homes? While governors in various other states also neglected nursing homes in the wake of COVID-19, ONLY Cuomo is likely responsible for issuing a binding state directive in March that ALL New York nursing homes MUST admit COVID-19 victims to their facilities if they have additional beds in that nursing home.
Being required to admit elderly patients suffering from COVID-19 to a nursing home is no different than requiring a nursing home to bomb its own facility. While specific cases would have to be presented during a prosecution of Cuomo, there is no doubt that as a result of these mandated admissions, COVID-19 spread through these nursing homes and resulted in multiple deaths.
Twenty-five percent of all deaths from COVID-19 in New York State are at nursing homes – a total of over 5,000 deaths.
CUOMO HAS BLOOD ON HIS HANDS!
THURSDAY IT JUST GOT MUCH WORSE FOR ANDREW CUOMO ….
It was revealed in a NY Times front page story on Thursday that Cuomo inserted deep in a COVID-19 piece of legislation in March, ABSOLVING nursing homeowners of any liability for the deaths that took place or take place in their facilities as a result of COVID-19.
This get out of victim lawsuits and get out of jail protection is ONLY for nursing homes and why??? SURPRISE!!! Nursing homeowners, their lobbyists and nursing home groups have contributed MILIONS $$$$ to campaign funds controlled by drumroll – YES Andrew Cuomo!
The outrageous stage for COVID-19 in New York now set by this example …
Let’s move on to the more general continuing FAILURE of both Cuomo and de Blasio not to provide the leadership we need and have needed.
The battle against COVID-19 realistically and usefully can be and is referred to as WAR. To keep all important perspective, America in almost 250 years has been through many massive crisis that can also be called wars including three very serious “real” devastating wars the Civil War, WWI and WW2 not to mention any other military conflicts I might include here.
Of course, The Great Depression is also logically referenced to Covid-19.
Whatever WAR it is, who has ever won a War by running away from the enemy? NEVER EVER. Well the ENDLESS lockdown going on in New York and most of all in New York City is doing just that.
And what kind of war strategy is it? Not to use the best data. That is what Cuomo and de Blasio are doing acting in secret and NOT dealing with the facts of COVID-19, but advancing their political agendas to return to the media spotlight, which had passed them both by before COVID-19 showed up.
In tandem both of them are trying to protect themselves, NOT us, by doing what they think is politically safe for them – not BEST for the rest of us – which means if they keep us LOCKED DOWN, they cannot be accused of causing more COVID-19 cases to spread.
In addition, they are both members of the Democratic Party status quo elites, who are manic about defeating Trump at ANY cost and so keeping us locked up and the economy destroyed is one potent way to amass votes against Trump in November.
BUT MOST OF ALL ….
Cuomo and de Blasio are two political ‘has beens’ who will never get the position they crave for every moment of every day – President of the United States. But now with the POWER they have illegally seized in the name of COVID-19, they have become ALL POWERFUL dictators in their domains.
They can say and do almost anything they want to us so they are both DRUNK, feasting on power they never imagined they would ever have.
As one of countless examples, turning to Bill de Blasio this time, back in mid-April, de Blasio issued an edict that includes the months of July and August in SWELTERING summertime New York City that ALL 60 public pools and ALL 14 miles of New York City will be completely CLOSED all summer.
This as all other states – even New York State – are opening their parks and beaches – starting now and for the summer. So why would de Blasio so viciously punish the poor and the younger New Yorkers who use public pools and NYC beaches? Because he has POWER to do so and is DRUNK on power.
I could easily turn this episode into a book long expose about the many, many failures of both Andrew Cuomo and Bill de Blasio during COVID-19 era, but for my readers, let me rather go to a few key points and end it there for now.
Ninety-five percent of those who get COVID-19 will not know it or experience modest flu symptoms. But we are all to be LOCKED DOWN for months to come – maybe until July, August or later – because Cuomo and de Blasio say so.
And what is the REAL death rate? Under 1%, not their phony figures in which the number of those who have had COVID-19 is based ONLY on those who were tested. Ninety percent have not and likely over 2 million NYers have already had Covid-19.
Cuomo & de Blasio are both UNQUALIFIED to lead New York State and City.
(This series dedicated in honor of the late Liu Xiaobo & Jamal Khashoggi)