Clete Wetli, Author at Bama Politics

Absence of Foresight

Written by Clete Wetli on July 4, 2020 | Opinion Article

Foresight is a skill that draws on wisdom, experience, and knowledge to mitigate or negate negative consequences in various probable scenarios.

Conservatives Unmasked

Written by Clete Wetli on June 18, 2020 | Opinion Article

As the pandemic and protests over police brutality consume our nation, the truth of conservatism itself has been unmasked. It’s a self-serving paternalistic political philosophy built on a foundation of social Darwinism and class privilege.

The only thing monumental in the discussion about monuments is the monumental lengths that Republicans and conservatives will go in making absurd justifications for their continued existence.

Yes, racism has mutated as a virus, but it’s flaring and spiking again. Just like COVID-19, there’s no vaccine or effective treatment yet. However, we can contain it and work towards its eradication.

Premature reopening is nothing more than an unnecessary gamble with precious, irreplaceable human lives.

Not too long ago, I wrote a piece about how whether we like it or not, the COVID-19 pandemic is political. I didn’t realize how deeply true and prophetic that statement was at the time, nor how it would intensify due primarily to Trump’s deranged…

Perhaps, the most disturbing thing is how they’ve collectively turned sensible things like social distancing and mask-wearing into a political frenzy for their base.

The sheer volume of infections, deaths, and related statistics associated with this crisis are nightmarish and unfathomable. What’s worse is that it’s highly likely that much has gone unreported and uncounted.

The fact, like it or not, is that this crisis has been political from the start. Politics has played a defining role in all of this well before the term “Coronavirus” became part of our daily vocabulary.

Although much more needs to be said about the absence of leadership and the gross incompetence that many Republicans have demonstrated throughout this crisis, so many of the real problems facing us were already created by them years ago and they’ve been festering ever since.