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Trying to write about the indescribable-Hurricane Katrina

Separating natural from unnatural . . . where are the right words?

An e-mail to Andrew Sullivan says it all. Posted on Friday, September 2, this Conservative’s words cross over to all of us across the political spectrum, struggling to understand why we feel the way we do. I believe this writer’s words skillfully point out tne indignity he feels about what, to millions of us observers, was downright unnatural human behavior. We just do not abandon human beings in America. But we did!
Furious Maureen Dowd puts it unambiguously another way, several ways, as a matter of fact. Classic Maureen-Plus. She reminds us why it is not necessary to buy into the current administration’s “Blame Game” spin. This horriffying natural disaster need not have been exacerbated by downright unnatural treatment of those too poor to evacuate on their own. The unnatural level of unpreparedness, ineptitude, insensitivity and downright neglect of the Gulf Coast by the Federal government is inexcusable.
MRBFK writes poignantly about poverty, in Orwellian terms. This blogger “turned to Orwell solace.” After reading in Orwell’s How the Poor Die, fading into invisibility, he writes very effectively about how our most vulnerable people have fared in this tragedy. As citizens we need to be able to assume that, naturally, our communities have planned for all of us. It is positively unnatural to assume that the private sector can handle the event all by itself.
A TPM Cafe blogger talks about Al Gore and the airlift. This saga probably epitomizes in detail the disorganization, political intrigue, and mismanagement of good faith offers of assistance. The plane eventually prevailed, thank goodness.
Thank goodness, also, that FEMA’s Mike Brown has gone back to Washington. His failing presence at the helm, eventually had natural and logical consequences. Though, he still must be removed to make room for someone better suited to lead us through this monumental natural disaster.
Stay tuned.

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4 thoughts on “Trying to write about the indescribable-Hurricane Katrina

  1. Andrew Sullivan is, I hope, feeling like a lot of republicans after witnessing the Bush teams’ utter failure last week to respond to the pleading and suffering being broadcast from New O’rleans and the devastated Gulf Coast.

    Like in Iraq, the administrations’ incompetence and sheer arrogance have once again caused irreparable damage to the lives of thousands of innocent people and impressionable children. Not to mention causing the unecessary death and suffering of countless others.

    It would seem to me that truly compassionate conservatives now have an obligatiton to speak up and recognize that they have backed the wrong horse/s and need to clean out their stables.

    struggl4prgress

  2. Andrew Sullivan is, I hope, feeling like a lot of republicans after witnessing the Bush teams’ utter failure last week to respond to the pleading and suffering being broadcast from New O’rleans and the devastated Gulf Coast.

    Like in Iraq, the administrations’ incompetence and sheer arrogance have once again caused irreparable damage to the lives of thousands of innocent people and impressionable children. Not to mention causing the unecessary death and suffering of countless others.

    It would seem to me that truly compassionate conservatives now have an obligatiton to speak up and recognize that they have backed the wrong horse/s and need to clean out their stables.

    struggl4prgress

  3. anonymous, thanks for your insightful comment. Your willingness to articulate this issue is coherent and to the point.
    Our next task is to be compassionate towards those conservatives who will need to speak up. You have reminded me that to berate is easier than to support the truth. It is a subtle distinction.

  4. anonymous, thanks for your insightful comment. Your willingness to articulate this issue is coherent and to the point.
    Our next task is to be compassionate towards those conservatives who will need to speak up. You have reminded me that to berate is easier than to support the truth. It is a subtle distinction.

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