A friend sent me an article and asked what I thought of it. It's writtern by Robert Tracinski, a journalist, who reveals his hypothesis about Hurricane Katrina revealing the real disaster--in his opinion of--get this--not the poor souls who perished because they were unable physically to leave or who could not afford to leave but the depravity of what he calls the "welfare state." Basically, he surmises that because of welfare, people in NOLA were somehow responsible for their fates, and he blamed the madness and chaos all on the "crime and squalor of the projects."
As he put it,
"There were many decent, innocent people trapped in
"The welfare state--and the brutish, uncivilized mentality it sustains and encourages--is the man-made disaster that explains the moral ugliness that has swamped
I won't further dignify his right-wing mania, but thought you might be interested in my reply:
What a pathetic bit of effluvia written by a White man who watches the BUSH-controlled propaganda-laden FOX News. Gimme a break. That, my dears, is ECONOMIC PREJUDICE at it’s ugliest. I am going to call that like I see it—the writer of that essay is a bigot. I have worked as the manager of a homeless shelter for years and seen plenty of economic prejudice in action, and that’s what it looks like.
Bush and his Neo-Conservative cronies are completely out of touch with reality—to say the least. Those thousands of AMERICANS in New Orleans died needlessly because the BUSH administration refused repeatedly to fund the completion of the levee project there—which the Army Corps of Engineers repeatedly—and I do mean REPEATEDLY—warned them about. Instead, 4 to 5 BILLION dollars
Those thousands of Americans in
Yes, the Media—which has been asleep for much of the Bush years—were TOLD to report the negative stuff. Karl Rove and his team of Spin Doctors instructed the media to dwell—not on the thousands of people who needed rescue and were DYING because of neglect—many of whom were elderly, sick, or children—and almost all of whom are POOR—they were instructed to keep the reporting on the few isolated incidences of some EXTREMELY frightened and dying people—to keep attention away from the ABOMINABLE and UNFORGIVEABLY LAX way the Bush administration responded to the disaster.
The Media have also been forbidden to take photographs of the dead since a couple of days ago. That’s right. So American citizens can disconnect from the physicality of the disaster if they don’t see its evidence. There is also no published body count. Doesn’t anyone want to know how many of our people died?
No, those poor people did not deserve to die. Their poverty and inability to get into a car and drive out of town when the Mayor ordered the evacuation of the city did not mean they should die. The fact that a few crazies raised a ruckus does not mean that those many thousands of innocent people deserved to die. Their deaths are by complete and horrendous negligence, and their blood is directly on the hands of the Bush administration.
I have cried and I have cried. We have donated to the Red Cross (www.redcross.org) and we have offered our guest bedroom to house a displaced family (www.hurricanehousing.org), if one can make it this far.