This is not how America should be responding

This is not how America should be responding

[Ed. – The country has been broken for a long time, even though we’ll agree that the behavior we have witnessed during this epic crisis would have been unimaginable three short months ago.]

The coronavirus pandemic has already proven to be a profound institutional test for countries around the world — a test that many countries have yet to pass.

America’s toxic politics, our culture war, the profound alienation between regions, between classes, between left and right, or city and country — these divisions have devoured our sense of the common good, and made it extraordinarily difficult to work together even when faced with the most dire circumstances.

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Compare the appalling failure of the self-styled world’s greatest deliberative body to pass a plan to cushion the economy from what amounts to an asteroid strike, to the situation in Denmark, where the government has basically stepped in to freeze the economy in place, guaranteeing 75 percent of virtually everyone’s salaries so as to prevent any layoffs while people are forbidden from working.

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