This is new territory.
My fellow Americans, we are pioneering a new frontier for our worldwide community. The Boomer generation and our children have never really been tested before. The fact is the wars in Vietnam and Korea, the attack on the World Trade Centers and the Great Recession were nothing compared to the 1918 Spanish Flu epidemic, the Great Depression, or World War II.
What we are experiencing during this pandemic is something our successors will be studying in the future. They will either be impressed or depressed by how we end up dealing with this international challenge.
Did we act as a unified species in defense of our existence or did we act as tribal adversaries in a way that selfishly diminished our ability to survive on Earth?
I have written about the fact that my generation and those behind the Boomers are unprepared for cultural upheaval and social chaos. I still believe that, but no one was prepared for what turned out to be a battle for the future of civilization that was World War II.
But Americans stepped up and led the way, and I believe Americans will do that again. If we get behind our quarterback and play as a team we have the people and resources to defeat this threat.
I believe Team America is the beacon of freedom, humility and humanity in the world today, and we will rise to the occasion again. The world is looking to us for leadership, as they always have. It may not be easy or pretty, and we may violate some privacy rights or hurt some feelings, but at this point we have to make some big plays before the clock runs out.