Back in the early 1980’s, when humanity first added two, 3-letter acronyms to our lexicons, namely HIV and AIDS, the (then) fake prez, one Ronald Reagan, was the man-child, who hadn’t wanted a highly communicable disease to go down on his watch. So, how did his (spin) doctors play down a highly communicable, deadly pathogen?
Short Answer: Magical Thinking.
“In psychiatry, magical thinking is a disorder of thought content; here it denotes the false belief that one’s thoughts, actions, or words will cause or prevent a specific consequence in some way that defies commonly understood laws of causality.” (Source Wikipedia / Read More Here)
Somewhat Longer Answer: Reaganites had opted to brand AIDS, (exclusively) a gay man’s disease. Granted… they did trot out a bit of Parenthetical Fast Talking to hint at how HIV could also infect patients receiving tainted blood transfusions… BUT their paste on a smiley face, overall, misleading message was…
If you’re not a bed-hopping gay male and/or in need of donated blood / blood products, you are good-to-go? That it’s, somehow, A-OK for otherwise healthy heteros to bare back it while flinging themselves limp?
If those magical thinkers had possessed any healthy skepticism, at all, they had certainly checked it at the Oval Office door. Most assuredly, I was not buying into any of their White House whitewash. Within a nanosecond of ear-witnessing that Republican spewed claptrap, I asked myself…
• Would not bisexual males also make AIDS a female problem… everybody’s problem?
Truth told, on Reagan’s watch, people needlessly got sick and (until recently), the doctor uttered sentence “You’ve got AIDS” had been a death sentence. Had the general public been told the sobering truth… right from the get-go… namely… that only monogamous couples don’t need to routinely “rubber up”… people would’ve begun playing it safer far earlier. That bygone era’s fake prez had squandered a golden opportunity to prevent all too real human suffering and death. And, ironically, in the process, he had actually caused a highly communicable disease to go down on his watch!
What Reagan did prove to me is that even an ignoramus can teach us these valuable lessons…
• Any self-serving, magical thinking president, who winds up “singing” unhealthy “lullabies” to the general public, does an inexcusable disservice to humankind.
• Any leader with his head up his ass has an obstructed view of reality and, as such, is virtually never a trusted, credible source… especially when it comes down to life or death matters.
• The same assessment applies to magical thinker Donald J. Trump and his monumentally ass-backward mismanagement of the Coronavirus Pandemic.
To all who’ve stopped by on this day, I wish you well! To all who are ailing, my hopes and prayers for a full, speedy recovery. Wherever, whenever we discover a leadership void, it will be incumbent upon us to do everything we can to save our lives. Please stay safe by continuing to heed the following common sense, disease fighting advice…
 Practice good hygiene (scrub hands often at least 20 seconds),  Cover coughs and sneezes,  Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth,  Social distancing (remain 2 meters / 6 feet apart  avoid large crowds or (ideally) just stay at home and  if ill, self quarantine.