Another Covid Victim

Closing Thought–27Nov20

So far the pandemic has 12.9 million cases and claimed the lives of 260,000+

And yet it rages on and on…..and news has come out that there is yet another victim of the pandemic…..and it is a BIG victim….Mardi Gras….at least in the city of New Orleans…..

Though COVID-19 may be complicating celebrations and gatherings for this upcoming holiday season, the City of New Orleans is taking safety precautions into 2021.

Beau Tidwell, Communications director for New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell, stated during a press conference on Tuesday that while Mardi Gras celebrations aren’t necessarily cancelled, the traditional practices are sure to look different next year. The city can’t exactly cancel all celebrations of Mardi Gras, given that it is a religious holiday, but those looking to don their beads for the large crowds may have to modify their plans for the February event.

ccording to the official New Orleans website, Mardi Gras celebrations in 2021 will not feature the typical crowded parades.

“Parades of any kind will not be permitted this year because large gatherings have proven to be super spreader events of the COVID-19 virus,” the city’s FAQ reads.

In addition to modifying their Mardi Gras plans, NOLA officials urge celebrators to abide by all local and state COVID-19 guidelines such as maintaining social distance and correctly wearing face masks.

“While we certainly want to move forward and find ways that we can celebrate, and we can mark this occasion, we have to do it safely,” Tidwell continued during the press conference.

Mardi Gras celebrations in New Orleans have not only become a staple in Louisiana culture but have also attracted visitors from all over the world. As of Tuesday, New Orleans is experiencing an outbreak or is at extreme risk, officials shared.

(deadline.com)

This will cost the city many many millions in revenues….

There are parades for Mardi Gras all along the Gulf Coast and it will be interesting to see how other cities handle this killer…..

No word yet from the cities along the Mississippi Coast that hold these Mardi Gras parades……

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America’s First Foreign Policy Dilemma

College of Political Knowledge

I studied international relations in college and along with that I took several courses about the history of American foreign policy.

I thought I would try to get back into the swing of posting on our foreign policy history while the country prepares for the election in November.

After the War and the country coming together to form the United States of America what was the first dilemma the country had to face with our foreign policy….what did Washington do?

The first problem has been called the “Citizen Genet Affair”.

During 1793 and 1794, a series of explosive controversies divided followers of Hamilton and Jefferson. Washington’s administration confronted a French effort to entangle the United States in its war with England, armed rebellion in western Pennsylvania, Indian resistance, and the threat of war with Britain. These controversies intensified party spirit and increased voting along party lines in Congress.

In April 1793, “Citizen” Edmond Charles Genet (1763-1834), a French minister, arrived in the United States and passed out letters authorizing Americans to attack British commercial vessels and Spanish New Orleans. Washington regarded these actions as a clear violation of American neutrality and demanded that France recall its minister. The Genet affair did have an important effect–it intensified party feeling. From Vermont to South Carolina citizens organized Democratic-Republican clubs to celebrate the triumphs of the French Revolution. Hamilton and his supporters suspected that these societies really existed to stir up grass-roots opposition to the Washington administration.

American foreign policy in the 1790s was dominated by the events surrounding the French Revolution. Following the overthrow of the monarchy in 1792, the revolutionary French Government clashed with the monarchies of Spain and Great Britain. French policymakers needed the United States to help defend France’s colonies in the Caribbean – either as a neutral supplier or as a military ally, and so they dispatched Edmond Charles Genêt, an experienced diplomat, as minister to the United States. The French assigned Genêt several additional duties: to obtain advance payments on debts that the U.S. owed to France, to negotiate a commercial treaty between the United States and France, and to implement portions of the 1778 Franco-American treaty which allowed attacks on British merchant shipping using ships based in American ports. Genêt’s attempt to carry out his instructions would bring him into direct conflict with the U.S. Government.

https://history.state.gov/milestones/1784-1800/citizen-genet

Just a small note:  The State Department use to keep a data file with updates to our foreign policies and its history…..under the Obama admin it was decided to stop keeping the historical record….a shame in my opinion for it was an excellent source.

Here is the notice…..

This publication, “Milestones in the History of U.S. Foreign Relations,” has been retired. The text remains online for reference purposes, but it is no longer being maintained or expanded.

Why retire “Milestones”? In mid-2016 the Office of the Historian completed a review of its online offerings and concluded that extensive resources would be needed to revise and expand this publication to meet the Office’s standards for accuracy and comprehensiveness. At the same time, the events described in the “Milestones” essays are amply covered by numerous respected secondary sources. Rather than duplicate these efforts, the Office of the Historian has decided to focus its resources on areas where it is uniquely suited to make a contribution, such as coverage of the Department of State’s institutional history. In keeping with the publication’s new status, it can now be found under “More Resources” in the site-wide menu.

Notice posted on May 9, 2017.

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Biden And Rural America

We now have a new president-elect and I looking at issues that he, Biden, needs to focus on to get this country back to some sort of normal…..

Most of us don’t think about Rural America much these days….our little lives are focused in the cities and its surrounding regions…..but Rural America is suffering many problems and not all are the pandemic that the whole country is fighting these days.

A group has given the Biden/Harris team a blueprint for the revitalization of Rural America…..

In order to create “a rural America where everyone has the opportunity to share in the prosperity they help build,” the paper urged Biden and Harris to address five key issues:

  • Intentionally involving rural Americans in the movement for a more just economy and food system;
  • Rooting out systemic racism and creating opportunity for all;
  • Democratizing the agrifood system;
  • Combating climate change through rural innovation; and
  • Modernizing rural infrastructure and investing in its people.

The revitalization plan argued that “today, a handful of corporations and their CEOs have the power to dictate who gets to farm, what they farm, and who gets to eat.”

“If rural America is to be a thriving hub of economic opportunity for all,” the authors wrote, “we must do more to end the stranglehold monopoly corporations have over our rural economies and end the wealth gap that exists.”

Click to access Family-Farm-Action-Roadmap-for-Rural-America-Biden-Harris-min_compressed.pdf

I will be watching to see if the Biden/Harris team are more than slogans and idle words…..

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