November literally can't get here fast enough, and that's the problem
On March 19, 1945, faced with the all-but-certain defeat of his vaunted “Thousand-year Reich,” Adolf Hitler issued what has since become known as the “Nero Decree,” named for the Roman Emperor Nero, who purportedly set Rome ablaze in 64 A.D. This final, desperate order by Hitler demanded the complete destruction of Germany’s infrastructure, its industries, military supply sources, communications networks, crops, stores of food, bridges, dams, and anything else of value in order to deny the victorious Allies any benefit from their victory.
Responsibility for carrying out this wanton act of self-destruction fell to Albert Speer, at that time Hitler’s minister of war and armaments. Speer recognized that carrying out the order would inflict enormous suffering on the German people after the war’s inevitable end, and ultimately did not carry out his Fuhrer’s wishes. He even informed Hitler of his refusal to carry out the decree in a final visit to Hitler’s bunker just prior to the end of the war. By that time Hitler had moved on to other self-delusions in the face of the ongoing Russian advance into Berlin, and apparently did not express any anger towards Speer. A few days later, Hitler ended his life in his bunker and the war came to a swift end.
Donald Trump, like other megalomaniacs of the same stripe, is solely concerned with his own personal interests, and like Hitler, he has a grossly distorted concept of his own worth and importance. Unlike the infamous Nazi dictator, however, Trump has a real immediate family including several children, and an entire web of business ventures to protect after he leaves office. It is doubtful, for all the pique and betrayal towards Americans he may feel when he loses the election to Joe Biden in less than four months (as seems likely), that he would resort to the same nihilistic attempt to physically bring the country down with him, as Hitler had obviously intended. Yet Trump has seemingly settled on his own version of the Nero Decree in his mindless insistence that America’s schools and businesses reopen, no matter what the cost in lives or damage to the U.S. economy that would likely ensue.