Thursday, September 01 2005

I’m enraged. My body is near shaking with the anger I have over the lack of response our current administration is giving the situation in New Orleans. This CNN report is harrowing – truly harrowing. How is it that as a nation with enough military might to surgically flatten a foreign city in a day can’t get people in our own damn country the aid they need?

As if the CNN story above wasn’t soul crushing enough, things are getting worse in the Superdome. I’m rarely political on my blog, but I have to say, I’d be remiss if I didn’t express my utter and complete disgust over how Bush is handling this. Scott McLellan was on television, and when asked what the people in the Superdome area could do, said “they have ways of getting help”. I nearly vomited.

Clearly if camera crews are able to get in and send video back to the network, people can get into the fray and help those in need. If I were close enough, I’d be spending my own money on whatever I could fit in my truck, and be driving it down as deep as I could get it until I couldn’t do it anymore. It’s simply insane that armies of people haven’t been deployed to go in and help those in need. If getting materials is too difficult by vehicle, get enough people down there to hike it in, to do whatever it takes. Fly cargo planes over the place and drop food and water and temporary shelter.

The lack of response certainly can’t be because we’re afraid of a few idiots with guns reveling in the havoc – we put our troops into worse situations overseas, surely they’d be able to handle it. I’m baffled, nearly out of my mind.

The mark of a good leader is often evident in those who serve beneath him. Dennis Hastert, speaker of the House, has this to say about New Orleans:

“It looks like a lot of that place could be bulldozed,” and “It makes no sense to spend billions of dollars to rebuild a city that’s seven feet under sea level”.

Sure, both are valid arguments to make. Maybe six months from now genius! I think that choice quotes like this are prime evidence of the lack of understanding or sense of urgency to fix a serious problem that our administration has. If our president were the Mother Theresa, and acted like Bush is acting now, I’d have just as much venom for her as I do for Bush. We can drop Pop Tarts from the sky into the rugged mountains of Afghanistan, but we still can’t get water to people within our own borders.