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Praying Our Country Will Find its Way Back to Civility

What one tweet showed me about the division in our country

by Joanne Troppello

My father-in-law passed away four months ago from double pneumonia, and our family has been dealing with this difficult loss. After his passing, I took some time off social media and watching the news to focus on our family and healing.

Back in May, I was watching the Glenn Beck Radio Show on Blaze TV and he was discussing the Texas salon owner who was sent to jail because she opened her business one week before the COVID-19 lockdown order was lifted.

Her employees came to work voluntarily because they needed to make money to feed their families. All employees and customers work masks for safety and abided by the social distancing parameters. The lockdown order was amended and Texas Governor Greg Abbott ordered that the salon owner would be released from jail.

After hearing more details about this situation back in May, I vented online with the following tweet.

I wasn’t expecting this tweet to get such huge engagement from people, but it received 104,491 impression as of the time I wrote this article, 289 comments, 452, retweets, and 1,467 likes. I’m not sharing this information to brag about having a tweet go viral.

I’m sharing this to show how tense things are right now in America. Since then—with the quarantine and state mandated stay-at-home orders, high unemployment rates, the death of George Floyd, protests, and then ensuing riots by Antifa and BLM, our nation is still so divided.

Just reading through the comments of that tweet gave me even more of a tangible idea of how people are feeling due to the coronavirus pandemic—and differing viewpoints about Government overreach.

Many people are fearful of the coronavirus and afraid of our unknown future. The media hasn’t been helping since they stoke the fires and easily cause more panic. People are starting to trust the Government and news even less.

Approximately 90% of the tweet responses were from those with a conservative viewpoint who think that Federal, State, and local governments have been extremely overreaching in their control of citizens because of COVID-19.

People are frustrated that they had to stay at home for so long and couldn’t go to work to earn money for their family, buy food, and pay bills. Many people have been laid off from their jobs or furloughed for the unforeseen future.

They are worried that this Government overreach will expand in the future and those in power will take even more control over Americans.

Some people think this virus was spread on purpose.

One Trump supporter tweeted that he thought people should obey the Government during times of crisis. That is a differing viewpoint from most of the other Trump supporters who responded to my tweet.

About 10% of the responses were negative, calling me—and other conservatives—out for being ignorant people who only want our freedoms at the cost of the death of others who have contracted COVID-19.

I agree that COVID-19 is serious, and people have died.

However, shutting down our economy has made our country go even deeper into debt, caused hardship on families, and has the potential to be the catalyst for increased suicides, abuse, drug use, and depression. As President Trump said, “We can’t allow the cure to be worse than the crisis.”

There were some other tweets that contained more profanity and vulgarity, which I won’t include, but you get the point. People are tired. They are fed up with the Government taking away our freedoms.

Seeing things from both sides

I understand the point about protecting the most vulnerable and doing our part to keep people from dying. I get it. My father-in-law’s nursing home was on lockdown to protect the most vulnerable.

I know three people in our circle of friends and family who contracted COVID-19.

One was my husband’s cousin. He is in his mid-forties and suffered for about two weeks, but he got better without having to go to the hospital. My sister’s friend is a nurse and she contracted COVID-19 and pneumonia while working in the local hospital. She recovered from this health crisis. Another was a family friend who thankfully recovered.

However, I also know how this coronavirus pandemic messed with our family’s lives while dealing with my father-in-law’s death in mid-April.

You can read more about it in my article, Dealing with Loss During the Coronavirus Pandemic. Just know that it was extremely difficult not having my husband’s large extended Italian family be with our immediate family at the funeral home. Having to wear masks during the funeral was surreal.

I understand what President Trump, his administration, and coronavirus task force have been doing to try to slow the spread. I feel that they have all done a great job. However, I am afraid of how easy it was for everyone to give up their freedoms and abide by stay-at-home directives issued by Governors—and how we’re on a slippery slope when our freedoms are being taken away.

My husband works in pest control and was deemed an essential worker in Pennsylvania. So, he had work throughout this pandemic. However, they only did pest control outside and wore masks and gloves if they had to go inside to do pest control in customers’ homes for emergencies.

We live on a tight budget and I am thankful he still had work. I lost several of my freelance copywriting projects during this time. It has been difficult, but we are getting by.

My heart goes out to people who have lost their jobs and have no idea if they will be called back to work. This entire situation has caused so much hardship and loss. My heart breaks for the families who have lost loved ones due to COVID-19.

I continue to pray daily for our country that we will find a way back from this terrible situation and find ways to bring healing to our county—which will take an act of God. I am a Christian conservative, so my opinions are based on my Biblical beliefs. I understand that not everyone believes the same way.

I hope that somehow, we can come back from the deep division in our country and speak to each other with civility again. From my vantage point, that seems impossible—especially when you spend too much time on social media and watch the news and many people are inundated with liberal indoctrination from the mainstream media. It’s more and more difficult each day when you see video footage of cities on fire and both black and white people killed.

However, I’m believing in the American spirit of freedom and entrepreneurial vision. I hope that vision is still alive today and we can find a way to come back together as Americans—regardless of belief and political affiliation.

I’m praying for safety for people on all sides of this crisis in our country. I’m praying for the truth to get out and for people to realize that this is the most important election in our country’s history. We cannot stand by and let our country be fundamentally transformed by this Marxist revolution from the radical left.

We are Americans and I pray our country can find a way back from the division.

Previously published in Medium.

About the Author

Joanne Troppello at Mustard Seed Sentinel

Joanne Troppello is an author, writer, and poet. She is the publisher of the online Christian lifestyle magazine, Mustard Seed Sentinel.


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