It’s the lack of empathy, stupid.

Forget “red plague” and “blue plague” or liberty vs. public health.

For decades, America has drawn down its strategic national stockpile of something even more important than ventilators and PPE, and now we’re fresh out: empathy.

Empathy is not pity or charity. It is not looking out and down from a position of safety and comfort at those who are suffering, and responding…