Lemmings are cute. They look like fat, oversized gerbils. I love gerbils. But, lemmings have a reputation, only partially deserved (although, generally correct). Lemmings, it turns out, are vicious. They are agressive and remarkably stubborn. They will fight to their death regardless of the untenability of their position. Every four years, or so, lemmings embark on a remarkable odyssey. They migrate en masse, driven by some internal urge that science cannot explain, heedless of dangers or self-preservation, and every four years they senselessly die in untold numbers because they eventually drown in the sea to the west, exhausted by their insatiable urge to conform.

So too, Republicans. On an individual basis they may initially appear cute and harmless, like fat, funny, laughable gerbils. But, they are secretly vicious, and pursue policies that are aggressive, stubborn and driven by some internal urge that scientist are only now beginning to understand. They will pursue these policies regardless of the untenability of their positions, the evidence of science, or circumstances of the outside world. For example, despite the COVID-19 pandemic, Republican Governors, the President, and numerous posters here, have been remarkably unwilling to acknowledge the reality that surrounds them and take sensible action to forestall disaster, heedless of dangers or self-preservation. It is really quite remarkable.

All 8 Governors who have so far refused to enact any social restrictions are Republicans as have been the last recent holdouts. There is not scientific explanation for this behavior, except stubborn adherence to inapplicable party mantras. The President, despite months of warnings and observable conditions refused to acknowledge the existence of the pandemic, or take any effective steps to prepare for or counter its effects, even mild ones. Even now he is pursuing policies that are prescribed by party ideology even though they are obviously inapplicable, insisting on "free market solutions" that are driving up the costs of necessary supplies, and forcing States and others to compete for dwindling resources, and refusing to use the "big government" to help the citizenry, or the States, which United, make up the nation.

And no mistake, while the virus is a natural phenomenon, the disaster which is unfolding is entirely a creation of Republican fetishes. [url="https://www.propublica.org/article/us-emergency-medical-stockpile-funding-unprepared-coronavirus"]How Tea Party Budget Battles Left the National Emergency Medical Stockpile Unprepared for Coronavirus[/url] (Pro Publica). The H1N1 pandemic of 2009 had demonstrated the efficacy of the national stockpile. And a 2010 [url="https://www.astho.org/Programs/Infectious-Disease/H1N1/H1N1-Barriers-Project-Report-Final-hi-res/"]report[/url] funded by the CDC urged the federal government to treat public health preparedness “on par with federal and state funding for other national security response capabilities,” and said that its store of N95 masks should be “replenished for future events.”

Cut, cut, cut, cut, cut, no matter what, no matter the consequences. No big government, no funding, no safety nets, no preparation, no reaction. That is the Republican way. It's not just Trump. It is the entire idiotic, irresponsible, nativist, un-American, reactionary, thoughtless party. I could go on, but there are character limits to posts.

We now know what drowning in a bathtub feels like.