A Despicable World Record — 200,000 and counting

Sometime in the next few hours the United States will, according to the official record being tabulated globally, pass 200,000 deaths from COVID-19. In comparison to other countries, we literally have a deathgrip on the #1 spot, the second place being Brazil with 133,119, India takes the Bronze medal with 82,091.

Our shame should be very real. Yet here we sit, governed by incompetence and disregard, and surrounded by people more interested in access to football than to a longer life. We are an international laughingstock, a pariah, something to be…