Saturday, 3 September 2005
|0811 - The Left's hunt for blame for Katrina|
I've been watching the rising tide of blame-calling from the Bush-hating Left with as much distress as I watched the rising waters of Lake Pontchartrain. While the latter destroyed much of New Orleans, the former can have much more corrosive and long-lasting effects on the country as a whole.
Folks, we're dealing with a natural disaster here. Nobody's to blame for the hurricane, and it's impossible to fix blame on one person or one group for its effects. Unfortunately, the Left is trying its damnedest to pin blame on the President for decisions made 40 years ago, and for decisions over which he had no control, and they're lying their heads off to do it.
Folks like the ones at Power Line have been refuting every moonbatty accusation the Left dreams up, and yet they keep spouting more. The National Guard is very much available to help out. The levees would have failed even if they were completely constructed - they were only designed to handle a Category 3 storm - and one that was completed failed. Global warming has nothing to do with Katrina's power - the most destructive storms before that happened in 1900 and 1935, for crying out loud. On and on, the Left slings mud, trying to seize what they see as a political opportunity, heedless of the actual facts.
I'm sickened and disgusted. This is not the time for it, people!
current mood: nauseated
I'm not "the Left," and I think it's self-evidence that Brown is completely incompetent. He should never have been appointed, much less confirmed, and every incomptent action or lack thereof that he has been responsible for is the direct fault of those who appointed and confirmed him.
I am not a fan of Bush... but I agree with you.
I have a favorite statement... "$#!t happens." Sometimes it's in the Emergency room and someone dies. Sometimes it's at the workplace and someone dies. Sometimes it's an entire town, and lots of people die. But the reality is that unless we had the foresight of God, we wouldn't be able to stop any of them. And it irritates the heck out of me that I can't have the medical treatment I want for fear of a Malpractice suit. And that people are actually wasting their time and energy trying to blame someone for this rather than just saying, "Help now, fix for the future."
What are we... 2 year old who were caught with our hands in the cookie bowl and are trying to pin it on the baby on the floor????
*sigh* Just letting you know, you don't have to like Bush or Right policies to be a fricking adult and realize the difference between negligence with intent, and $#!t happening.
Re: In this case, it's negligence with intent.
Notorious Liberal? Newt Gingrich?
Oh, I see! This a joke, right?
Re: In this case, it's negligence with intent.
Hmm. Let's see.
The man's at best incompetent. He appoints someone to a position.
Congress approves the appointment of that person, appointed by someone who is at best incompetent.
And Congress shares no responsibility for that person's abysmal job performance?
Not the time? Yeesh! To sufferers of Bush Derangement Syndrome it is ALWAYS the time.
This is not the time to turn this into blame the left for our problems! They spin it to look as if it's just unjustified ramblings from a bunch of kooky liberals out to score some political points!
Frankly the fact that Republicans are just dismissing the relief issues and the critiquing of those relief issues, goes to show that Republicans just don't get it! And I think they never will get it!
Republicans like to exert their effort on investigating the sexual activities of a president (Clinton). They viewed his activity as a great, great evil! They exerted three or four years and millions of tax dollars on investigating this, because it was so important!
Republicans like to act like homosexuals are the biggest threat to civilization. They'll spend tons of effort and money to pass amendments and laws to stop them. I agree, that being gay isn't right, but to exert so much effort on it?
Republicans like to make it sound like the post war activities of a man named Kerry is what really matters. They spent tons of money and time trying to demonize Kerry for what he did after returning home from the war.
Republicans like to spend time investigating land deals like White Water that happened 20+ years ago. They like publishing books on Clinton's private marriage. The right loves attacking individual citizens like Cindy Sheehan and loves making it sound like she is the problem with America!
What does all this have to do with hurricane relief! It has everything to do with it! Republicans spend time, investigating Clinton's underwear, making homosexuality the prime evil of our day, demonizing war heroes who disagree with them, investigating land deals that happened 20 years ago, and denominzing private citizens like Sheehan! This is what they exert their effort on!
But you dare even question why there are dead bodies floating in a major city of America, and you dare even wonder why they can air lift food to Tsunami victims in two days, but it takes four to five days to even get relief to New Orleans, well you even dare question important things like this: The Republicans go nuts!
This shows Republicans just don't get it! They are allowed to spend tax payer money to investigate Clinton's underwear, yet they get irate if you question why it takes so so long to help out our own citizens who are dying on the streets in the south! Well that's just kooky!
And folks, that's just what we're dealing with here: Is a bunch of kooks! Their main efforts are spent investigating Clinton's underwear, demonizing war heroes, demonizing mom's of war heroes, getting upset because boys like other boys and holding minor personal problems over peoples heads as a means to vilify them!
When a party rather investigates a guys underwear or demonize the mother of a war hero, when they rather exert their heart and soul into investigating that, and not invest it into investigating why relief supplies took so long to get to the victims, it just blatantly shows how wrong their priorities are!
This whole thing about being upset about the relief effort isn't just some kooky thing those wacko liberals are doing to score political points! They are doing this because we have dead bodies floating in the streets of America, and an American government that appears to be dragging it's feet at a time the citizens need it most!
So to those on the right, you need to quit making the left look bad, just so you can cover your own butts! And that's what this really is about. You figure if you can demonize the left, then you can get away with your leader's own mistakes. If you can shift the debate from being about how you guys really screwed up, to being about those weird leftists, well then you've effectively covered your own butts.
And really if you think about it, anytime the right exerts efforts on things that don't matter, ie Clinton's affair, they are really doing it to distract us from the mistakes and errors Republicans are making!
If they can convince us that something insignificant is now significant, they can shift our focus onto that, while they get away with murder. As our collective gaze is focussed on insignificant issues, they can do harmful things to our country that really does matter!
"While the latter destroyed much of New Orleans, the former can have much more corrosive and long-lasting effects on the country as a whole."
You think the left's attack on the relief efforts are more long lasting than the effects of the hurricane? Oh come on!
This is just what i talked about in my previous reply! You take an insignificant thing like "dissenting debate" and vilify it, as you take a significant thing like a "hurricane", and downplay it! You hope to distract our attention from the significant hurricane and the blunders of our leadership, to the rantings of those who just don't agree with you!
You on the right just don't get it!
The blame game is obnoxious but expected. What's truly disgusting to me is the attempt on the left to fan the flames, and play the race card. Speaking of which, here
's snopes.com on the "newspapers call people 'looters' if they're black, refer to them as 'finding' things if they're white" claim.
(This is from the point-of-view of a complete outsider, I'm from .at, mind, and LJ's my main source of information apart from our evening news)
Seems to me that Bush, and/or the administration he's head of, has made at least the following grave mistakes:
- not readying the army, and that means the regular one, not just the militia you call the "National Guard", in time. I mean, even I was aware of that the hurricane might hit New Orleans and surroundings about 2 weeks ago. Why the fuck didn't 30k troops stand by at just-about-safe distance?
- the political mistakes of not breaking off from holiday in time. "In time" in that case means "at least 3 days before"
- draining the funds for an overseas war, plus draining the standing army for same
To put that in perspective for you, we here in .at had two events qualifying for "disaster" in recent years (large-scale floodings), and our army, which is about the second-worst in the world, has responded within 3 hours, and has had a major part of the troops right fucking there helping in under 8 hours (it helps that it's not very far). You USians brag of having the very best army on the whole planet, and I ask: what for, if they can't help you?
hmmm well if we aren't prepared for a hurricane that gave us a minimum of 30 hours notice, how prepared are we going to be when a wide scale terrorist attack happens?
I'm not the left. I'm a thinking person who knows the difference between right and wrong. I don't play for a team. I call it how I see it.
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