Leadership is About Forging a Path to a Better Life

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Joe Biden (left), former vice president and Democratic presidential front-runner, and Donald Trump, president of the United States
(Los Angeles Times)

By Richard Coleman, Stafford County Democratic Committee Member

While eating breakfast this morning I was reading my local paper. One of the Letters to the Editor was a commentary on the failure of a local medical center. An elderly patient had been to the facility several times in the last few weeks and had made multiple requests to be tested for the Coronavirus. He was not given a test because the staff determined that he did not meet the guidelines for testing. But it turned out that he was infected, and it proved to be fatal. Objectively, we all must accept that, because of limited testing capacity, every medical facility must set a stringent standard for who gets tested.

Later in the afternoon while browsing news articles on various websites, I read a piece on Trump’s decision to speak at the West Point commencement. Like most other colleges, West Point had sent students home, and they were completing course work online. So, to satisfy Trump’s fragile ego, and his need to speak in person to the West Point class of 2020, about 1,000 cadets will be summoned from across the country and tested for the Coronavirus. I wonder how many lives those tests could save if they were available for soldiers living in close quarters of barracks, or in medical facilities facing limited testing capacity. I am sure we do not have to accept a President who puts his ego ahead of the lives of others. Trump seems to think leadership is about standing in front of crowds. In November we must replace him with someone who recognizes that leadership is about forging a path to a better life for everyone.

This is a post by a member of the Stafford County Democratic Committee. This post does not necessarily reflect the views of the Stafford County Democratic Committee, the Democratic Party of Virginia, or the Democratic Party of America.

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