Saturday, September 03, 2005

Outrage Isn't Strong Enough

I encourage all of you who don't already to read Something Requisitely Witty and Urbane" for an excellent round up of the Administration's lack of a response to the disaster in the Gulf states. We as a people form a government instead of living in utter anarachy, each man or family for himself precisely because we have entrusted the government to take care of things like this that are bigger than the people affected. Our goverment has failed at the most basic level to do so. As so many have already said, this was not an unexpected event. We've had years and years to plan for and refine the plans for this very eventuality. Where are those plans now?


At 11:05 PM , Blogger Queen PLC said...

Another thing that's been irking me is the people who criticize the ones who stayed behind in New Orleans, "that it's their fault and they can't blame anyone else for their suffering."

EXCUSE ME?! How in the hell can people be so UNcompassionate?! I can't fathom not having the resources to evacuate and I'm lucky/grateful that I've never had to face something like that. The reality is that the ones left behind was mainly composed of the poor, the sick, the elderly and the young - all without the resources to flee at a moment's notice.

In fact, the Superdome was specifically designated as an "evacuation" center for those who couldn't actually leave the city, but at least it got them out of their homes and also off the streets (the homeless population).

No one anticipated the breaking of the levees and the subsequent flooding of the city. The actual hurricane knocked out power and whatnot, but without the city being under water, the situation would not have escalated to the dire emergency that it became.

Sorry for this rant, but I am LIVID that anyone can think and say something like that. They A. need to SHUT THE HELL UP and B. you know they have never been in a situation like this and/or have never been without resources to evacuate.

I hope karma bites them in the ass...

At 11:19 PM , Blogger Dylan said...

Thanks very much for the link!

I've gotten some flack for "politicizing" the hurricane, but I just don't think it is politicizing to point out just how agregious the missteps were, how insensitive the President and his staff's actions have been, and how apathetic the initial response was.


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