Thursday, September 08, 2005

The greatest nation on earth

In this great country of ours I have seen an outpouring of love and brotherhood that makes my heart swell with pride. In my last post I called out for all who can help to do so. I have watched people load huge trucks with water and clothing and others take strangers into their homes. I am proud to be an American.

In this great country we are also free to speak our minds, no matter how low our IQ. On every news channel there are a small vocal few who blame racism, the government, and God for this disaster. They say the response was too slow and had this been a predominantly white community they would have been helped more quickly. New Orleans is a bowl, up to 15 feet below sea level. The City should have prepared itself for this. The federal government has done an exceptional job considering the scope of this disaster. The City Government on the other hand has whined and bitched the whole way. Why was there not a mass mandatory evacuation before the storm? Why did the city not shore up the levy? Why are they expecting everyone else to move faster when they could have staved off some of this through their own preparedness? I know I am barely coherent in this but damn this pisses me off.

I hate that these morons have to point their fingers and say stupid things. But I thank God I live in a country where they have the right to say it and I have the right to call them freaking idiots.

1 comment:

JC said...

I am inclined to agree with you, I felt at first that the whole blame the president thing was a little contrived this time, I mean its a hurricane, what could anybody do about that?

The local authorities could have done more to evacuate. But I don't believe the head of FEMA being picked from a list of GOP donors was the best way to go either.

The guy ran a horse association. Arabian horses and hurricanes are different animals.

Thousands that could have been saved are dead now, and it is a tragedy. It is not all the fault of the head of FEMA, the governor of Louisiana, the president, or the mayor of N.O. It's our fault, which is why we are all so mad about it.

Locally, the levees in N.O. are each individually overseen by a particular committee- that's the required system according to the Louisiana constistution. If you have ever been to any kind of town meeting anywhere in America, you know exactly what you can expect out of a cockeyed system like that. Nothing new.

That's what democracy gets you. If we were in China, everybody would have been evacuated before the storm. Anybody not willing to go, well, we don't really know what happened to them. Probably abandoned or forced out at gunpoint.

Here, we have freedom, and we pay the price. we pay with slow-moving government, even in a crisis. We pay because we can't force people to evacuate an area. We are not allowed to do it without some sort of suspension of civil rights by a governor or the president; I have never heard of such a thing happening here, and I doubt it would go over well.

So what do we get? We get the press hammering the administration over a storm that nobody could have prevented. These are the same people that never asked any tough questions before we invaded another country.

That's something that could have been prevented, it was a decision made by the president. Forget the rightness or wrongness of the decision itself, it wasn't adequately questioned by these same windbags who are either blaming this mayor or that beaurocrat or what have you, I just can't follow their thinking. That's what freedom of speech gets you, I suppose.

The whole freedom thing is a mess, but I haven't heard anybody say they'd rather live in China.