A friend wrote suggesting blaming does no good saying we have to get beyond that and cooperate. I agree we have to cooperate as well as we can. But cooperation can only be achieved when the willingness and ability of the others is known. You cannot cooperate without a goal in sight. You ask, “why are we cooperating?” – “What is our goal.? When you decide upon that you recognize you can’t cooperate with someone who keeps setting you back from reaching the goal.
If your goal is to send goods from Point A to Point B and Bob writes down the address to which the goods are to go and he directs them to Point X he made a bad mistake. Is he to blame for the goods going to the wrong address? Of course. Should we blame him for the mistake and tell him he can’t stay in that job? I’d suggest yes. If you don’t and he does it again do have to wait until that time to blame him?
My friend also said many are to blame from the president down the line. The list is long. But in the case of the coronavirus you have to admit the president is mostly to blame. I say that because despite advice he was given that others did not have he kept painting a rosy picture. He kept saying things that were insanely wrong.
Were people wrong to rely upon his representations? Were people wrong to believe that what he was saying was true and to act upon them accordingly? By relying upon them assuming he had superior information many people in responsible positions did not do what they should have done. How do you take bold actions when the guy on top says you are all worrying needlessly? How can the blame lie on them?
A battalion commander in the middle of a battle relays the information to one of his captains. He tells him that Hill Carroll has been vacated by the enemy and he should move his company onto it. He assures him that no enemy remains. The captain relying on his statements goes off with his company without the traditional air and artillery cover to take the hill. The battalion commander was wrong. The enemy is still there and dug in deeply. The captain’s company gets slaughtered. Is the captain to blame or the battalion commander. Bad information produces bad results.
We know what concerned Trump. Remember the ship off of California. He did not want it to be allowed to dock not because of some danger from the virus but because as he said he did not want the number of virus cases in the U.S. to rise. What world is he living in that he thought the numbers were not going to rise with the infection already within the country? Did he really believe that we were not like the rest of the world and that our numbers had peaked back in early March?
When you have a leader of such incompetence it is not the blame game to point it out. It is to be aware that we are being poorly served. How would you feel if If the battalion commander after causing the company to be wiped out by his ignorance said in response to an inquiry about it: “let’s stop the blame game.” By not blaming and pointing to errors you allow them to continue. In the face of such incompetence would you allow the person in charge who has caused harm to stay in that position?
There’s nothing we can do about Trump but not blaming him for the mess that is ongoing and will continue is wrong. Even now with all the shortages he refuses to act by requiring companies to produce what is necessary. Days and weeks go by while he dithers over what to do. He says he wants volunteer cooperation. GM said “OK, we’ll do it but give us a billion dollars up front.” That’s not volunteering. It is extortion.