by Fatherflot (thanks, Mom)
Thu Sep 1st, 2005 at 06:26:33 PDT
As I watch the situation in New Orleans and the surrounding area descend
into hell on earth, I can't help but note how utterly and completely this
disaster refutes the policies and vision of society that has ruled the
Republican party and the US for the past decade.
This is Darfur and the Dustbowl and the San Francisco Fire and the storming
of the Bastille all rolled into one, and it will force the citizens of the
US to wake up to the insanity of GOP policies.
The role of government: The GOP gospel of low-taxes, low services, let the
rich hide behind gated communities maintained by private security, etc. is
blown to bits.
The concerns over the environment: Overdevelopment, loss of wetlands,
global warming, etc. These issues can NEVER be allowed to be laughed at
Crumbling infrastructure. The role of levees, and bridges and highways and
other things can never be allowed to become invisible again.
The Iraq disaster. The national guard used as a private army for a foreign
boondoggle. They aren't here to do what they were created to do---nor is
much of their equipment.
Disenfranchisement of poor people, especially poor black people. The anger
we are hearing from the victims of this disaster is already completely
POLITICAL. They've been shut out of the process and they know this had led
directly to their being sacrificed to the disaster.
The petrochemical industry. Both our dependence on it and its danger to our
health. Every time Bill O'Reilly goes after "big oil" we need to scream
about who "big oil" supported for President and Congress, where their
lobbying money goes and what concrete policies have resulted.
US healthcare system. Overwhelmed, underfunded, unable to cope.
Banking, insurance, etc. The unfairness of the new bankruptcy legislation
will be revealed when tens of thousands of people will default on car loans,
Gun Control. The widespread and easy availabiliy of guns from Walmart and
sporting goods stores now has to be seen as a threat to national security.
They had to stop the evacuation because shots are being fired at Army
helicopters, for christ's sake!
Capital over people. Officials on the ground have now officially chosen
property over people by taking police off search-and-resuce missions to go
The utter joke that is "Homeland Security". All that money, all that
propaganda, all the efforts to curtail our civil liberties in the name of
homeland security and THIS is how the system responds to an "attack" on a
major American city??
And perhaps most of all: BUSH HIMSELF. His cowardice, laziness, utter,
pathological lack of empathy. His refusal to face reality. His golfing and
playing guitar and comparing himself to Roosevelt during a photo-op as the
disaster unfolded. His canned, peeved-sounding responses. His utter lack of
interest in a situation that is not part of the hustle.