I’m feeling very sad, hurt, frustrated and angry. I haven’t felt this bad since September of 2001.
Funny, that was the first September of Bush’s first term. And here we are in the first September of Bush’s second term. History does repeat itself, doesn’t it?
No, I’m not saying that the hurricane is Bush’s fault. However, I do blame his administration for at least part of the devastation that has occurred as a result. And for anyone who knows me and how I already felt about him before I started reading about the gutting of the New Orleans Corps of Engineer budget to help fund a war based on lies, I’m sure you can imagine how I feel towards the man now. Click here for more details
For those who don’t think now is the time to ‘politicize’ this you may be right, but considering the attention span of the everyday American, this might be the only time they’re going to pay attention to the disturbing facts coming forth now. There’s no rule that says people can’t be compasionate and learn something at the same time. Hell, it might help them become even more compasionate.
Listening to the reports of what is going on down there are very disturbing. Some people are behaving like animals – looting for looting’s sake (and not for essentials), shooting at rescue helicoptors, shooting each other, raping 10 year old girls in shelters. And the police are so overwhelmed and under-equipped that they can’t do much about it.
A reporter for the Netherlands covering this situation voiced his shock that a country as rich and powerful as the USA could let this happen. It’s been four days and some people have received no help whatsoever. We helped Tsunami victims faster than that, and that was in a different freakin’ country!
Aargh. I had hoped venting would help, but it’s just making me angrier.