The vitality of American life is dying everywhere. The nectar is drying up, the adventure evaporating, soil turning to sand. A slow strangulation, culture grinding to a halt. I keep thinking of a line from a recent Rick Wilson piece about a coming “wave of financial despair that will make people crave the tender mercies of the Great Depression.”

Important: 3% of Republicans polled by USA Today believe that Trump acted too quickly in responding to the COVID plague.

From “Trump the Narcissistic Authoritarian Statist Declares He Has ‘Total’ Authority,” posted by Rick Wilson on 4.15.20:

From “How This Ends: America was supposed to be prepared. It wasn’t. So what now?” by Caroline Mimbs Nice, 3.25.20: