Ok. I’ve finally had enough.
Over this post about Chief Justice Rehnquist by JTN I’ve finally given up and have dropped him from my friends list. There’s simply no excuse for the comment, and with so little regard for other people’s opinions, I can stop wasting my time reading his comfortable posts about the gourmet food and easy life of the “haves” of this world.
I’m done. Now here’s why.
I’ve been flipping back through the last week’s worth of blog postings. I’m suffering from a case of “incensed” and I need to get it out of my system before I’ll be worth anything to anybody.
First, though, some blogs worth mentioning: …and are all keeping readers up to date on what the media, and our current administration have done during this man-made crisis. In addition to her other posts, is also handling the weather updates.
There has been a nearly universal outcry in my corner of the web sphere. Most of the people who are on my f-list have noted that they feel, as I do, that our government has fallen short in its responsibility to protect the people of our country.
The feeling of wanting to comment, to say something meaningful, to fix blame has spilled over into our mailing lists. Several of the lists I’m on have shut down conversations on the topic because the potential for flame wars is enormous.
Here, for what it’s worth, is my own personal view on the subject. You may take it or leave it, as you see fit, because this is my space and here I am entitled to my opinion.
Four years ago, almost to the day, New York City suffered an attack. It wasn’t driven by the uncontrollable winds and weather patterns of this world. It was formulated by men, as an attack against men.
We grieved. We raged. We planned and stewed and went to war over this action. And we are still at war today, four years later, with no end in sight and no recognizable value except as a means for “liberating” a people who die daily because of other men’s actions against their “liberators” or their proponents. And we are still no closer to catching the actual perpetrator of the crime for which we went to war in the first place.
We are in this war because of the actions of one man and his administration – President George W. Bush. No nicknames, no beating around the… well…you know what I mean. We would not now be sending our valuable National Guard resources there were it not for the Draw Down initiated by Bush Senior and soon to be continued by Junior. And we would have more resources in every way to fight the natural disaster that is New Orleans. No terrorists were at work here, except for Bush, who can find the time to appear for photo opportunities while still wondering at the inability of the local infrastructure to handle the crisis.
You should be asking yourself why.
Why did it take so long for the military to move south to handle the hundreds of thousands of homeless people (of all economic levels)?
Why didn’t the money go to supporting our homeland infrastructure instead of the wrong-headed Homeland Security or, worse, the war based on fiction and hearsay?
Why are we on the brink of seating a judge who found there was nothing wrong with the way our prisoners of war were handled because, after all, they’re terrorists, aren’t they?
And we should be asking what as well.
What are we going to do with all the people made homeless, displaced by the storm and its aftermath?
What makes the President think we’re simply going to smile and forget the diverting of funds from our home to the war?
What on earth could our President have been thinking, bouncing into the war zone that is now New Orleans, simply for a photo opportunity?
And what made his mother, wife of Bush Senior, say:
“What I’m hearing which is sort of scary is they all want to stay in Texas. Everyone is so overwhelmed by the hospitality.
“And so many of the people in the arena here, you know, were underprivileged anyway, so this–this (she chuckles slightly) is working very well for them.”
How dare she. Someone caused the riff raff to be shipped to her backyard, and they might not want to leave. Oh the horror.
A month ago or so, I ranted about the press, in regard to their treatment of the London Bombings. I got lots of support and some denigration from our boy who I mentioned above. Well, it seems the BBC has noticed what I was talking about. Here’s what they have to say now, in the wake of Katrina: (Thanks, for bringing it to my attention):
“As President Bush scurries back to the Gulf Coast, it is clear that this is the greatest challenge to politics-as-usual in America since the fall of Richard Nixon in the 1970s.”
Viewpoint: Has Katrina saved US media? By Matt Wells
And as if that wasn’t enough, you should read this article as well. Of all the nerve…
White House Enacts a Plan to Ease Political Damage
By ADAM NAGOURNEY and ANNE E. KORNBLUT
We, in this area, live in privilege. Most of us (at least the ones I hang out with most) can afford to leave if we have to, and with much of what we care about still intact. There are so many people who were caught in the storm but who couldn’t leave because they couldn’t afford the escape routes and who now choose not to abandon what little they have, that it’s simply mind boggling. They were talking on NPR this morning of 10,000 dead. We have here our own tsunami, and yet the federal government waits until the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court dies to announce that flags should remain at half mast. And they are more concerned about controlling the political damage than they are about fixing the actual infrastructure of our country. And in the meantime, people are still heading over to Iraq and they are still dying because the war was more important to this administration than maintaining our own country.
These are your tax dollars at work, folks. You have paid for the situation we are in. And if you voted for this current administration, everything that is happening in New Orleans is as much your fault as anyone’s in high office.
One day, the history books will look back at George W. Bush’s reign and consider it to be another coming of Hitler. [Then came Trump. 16 years of perspective. Sigh.] His actions are as evil, as founded in wrong-wrongheadedness, as anything the Third Reich could possibly have done. Sure. His target is not motivated by the hate of a religious population. Far worse, it is the poor and destitute who are his targets. And when the body count has finally been calculated from his 8 year reign, the numbers will run high.
One more statistic, and I’ll let this go for now:
Poverty Rate Continues To Climb
2004 Census Data Show Labor Market Is Still Struggling
By Jonathan Weisman and Ceci Connolly, Washington Post Staff Writers
Can’t happen in America, huh?
Where will you be on September 24? I know where I’ll be.
I will have space in my car for at least one adult (depending on my ability to find babysitting for the girls). More if I choose to drive the van (assuming we haven’t sold it by then). We will be going to the metro and riding down to the mall from there. More details will be available soon at this space. Folks who might entertain coming in from out of town, and who need crash space, are completely welcome to our house. We’ve already got one futon in use, but there’s two, plus floor space and another pull-out bed and maybe one more bed space.
Make your voice heard. Hold this administration accountable.