As I sat at a local watering hole a couple weeks ago -- no, it's true, I drink beer -- I sat next to a group of local businessman as they talked important stuff.
They talked about win-win scenarios and maximizing profit and monetizing non-economic entities. (Do they teach this language in business schools?)
On their way out, most took advantage of the free hand sanitizer as they left.
But one said, "No, that's for liberals."
I had to laugh at the politicization of hand sanitizer. What's next? I wondered. Chapstick?
But it's not funny that some leaders eschew common-sense protection against a potentially lethal virus. The failure to listen to science likely has led to additional deaths. It also sets a bad example for followers.
And now the lead anti-science politician has COVID-19.
I hope the president and his wife and any others get over the virus quickly and survive. Anyone who takes joy in the tragedy of another is a piece of crap. I also hope the White House begins to listen to common-sense measures much of the country adheres to.
My friends, I want all of you to survive. Those who don't like me? I want you to survive as well.
But part of that is listening to health experts and making smart decisions based on expertise and not politics. I've been in journalism long enough to know the intellectual IQ in politics is much lower than other fields.
Science is smarter than politics.
Have a beautiful weekend and be safe.
Peace and health unto you my brothers and sisters.