Katrina Observations

Dennis Putnam dap1 at BELLSOUTH.NET
Sat Sep 3 04:28:29 MDT 2005

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I was watching some of the coverage of the terrible plight that New Orleans 
residents are facing at the Superdome. There was a vent by a woman who was 
understandably frustrated, demoralized and angry. What caught my attention 
was who she blamed. Bush of course. Now I don't know how much media 
coverage she had access to but I doubt it was much. So I asked myself where 
did she get the idea that Bush was to blame? She didn't blame the idiot 
mayor nor did she blame the completely inept governor of LA, certainly not 
herself, but she blamed Bush. I also note that NO ONE is blaming clinton or 
Democrats for cutting the defense budget (real cuts not cuts in the size of 
increases) so that the Army Corps of Engineers has only been able to 
minimally improve the levees (interestingly the part of the levee that did 
breach was one that was improved during clinton's cuts). Is it a known fact 
that the levees were only built to withstand a cat 3 hurricane. It has also 
been a discussion (typical Democrat strategy) for 2 decades that the levees 
were inadequate but all of a sudden it is Bush's fault. Then it occurred to 
me that this is a perfect example of the success of liberal indoctrination, 
particularly of poor black Americans. This woman has clearly been 
indoctrinated to think as a liberal and instinctively thought that every 
problem is caused by Republicans and every problem can/must be fixed by the 
federal government. Complete dependence on government in general and the 
federal government in particular. The liberals have a victory in that woman.

There is no question that people knew NO was in trouble days before Katrina 
hit. The hurricane was predicted to reach a strong cat 5 by landfall near 
NO. It is a known fact that the levees can only withstand a cat 3. 
Evacuation was ordered days in advance. NO is built 10 feet below sea 
level. What the hell did people expect to happen? Here is where I blame the 
mayor and governor. Why were the hospitals not evacuated immediately? Why 
were hundreds of busses not sent into the streets by the mayor and/or 
governor to begin transporting people out of the city? I confess that I 
actually though this was being done, along with tent cities being erected 
inland, when the evacuation order was given (it never even occurred to me 
that it might not be). What surprised me the most was that nothing was done 
other then giving the order itself and that so many people stayed in the 
city (many stayed specifically to loot and commit crimes, they should be 
hung). Are the mayor and governor so stupid that they did not know there 
were thousands that could not leave because they had no transportation or 
were indigent? I think the answer is yes. This is not 20/20 hindsight. 
Nothing that happened was unpredictable (except perhaps the magnitude of 
criminal activity by people exploiting the tragedy of their neighbors and 
adding to it). I find it hard to believe that even at the Superdome with 
all that misery, there are scum raping, stealing and sniping (maybe I am 
naive but this sounds like something terrorists would do, not Americans to 
fellow Americans in such trouble). Now there are Iraq and Afghanistan 
hardened NG units in NO. I hope the order was given to shoot looters and 
snipers on sight.

Although there has been a lot already, as time goes by the left will use 
this tragedy for maximum political advantage. The mayor of Atlanta has 
already embarrassed the city and Georgia by playing the race card. She said 
that the reason federal response was so slow (it was not slow just 
inadequate for such an unprecedented magnitude of destruction) is because 
NO is mostly black. Never mind that this disaster is of historical even 
Biblical proportions. A magnitude of which is completely unprecedented. 
When in US history has a natural disaster been of such magnitude that it 
destroyed an entire city the size of New Orleans? Of course the response 
was initially inadequate. No one has ever dealt with something of this 
magnitude. It was like getting hit in the head with a 2 X 4. At first one 
is stunned, human reaction is one of disbelief. Reaction time goes to zero 
until one recovers one's senses. However, the response to this disaster, 
which could not have been different by anyone (even Hillery), will be 
exploited by the left to diminish Bush and in turn Republicans for the sole 
purpose of regaining political power. It will become a Bush-bashing-fest as 
time passes. This is a make or break time for Republicans. Will they come 
out of this like Rudy Gulianni's or will they come out like Kofi Anon's? 
Will Americans come out of this like Americans or like Frenchmen?

"No arsenal or no weapon in the arsenals of the world is so formidable as 
the will and moral courage of free men and women ... [Solving our problems 
requires] our willingness to believe in ourselves and to believe in our 
capacity to perform great deeds, to believe that together with God's help 
we can and will resolve the problems which will now confront us. And after 
all, why shouldn't we believe that? We are Americans." Ronaldus Magnus

Ah, Dutch, how we miss ye.

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