on second thought....
On 9/11, the federal government failed the people; last week, local and state government failed the people. On 9/11, they stuck to the 30-year-old plan; last week, they didn't bother implementing the state-of-the-art 21st-century plan. Why argue about which level of bureaucracy you prefer to be let down by?
What he said.
I just realized how naive that post below is, how idealist, written by someone who lives in this fairy tale world where people are willing to drop pretenses and biases to work together toward a common goal, the goal in this case being helping the people hit by Hurricane Katrina to recover.
The energy spent digging up stories and dirt, parsing words, arguing semantics, pointing out slip-of-tongues, pointing in general and playing a game of my side is better than yours could probably fuel this nation for all time. I simply can not get over the sheer amount of newspaper articles, editorials, blog posts and sound bites from people turning a hurricane into a Republican/Democrat war of blame.
I'm not saying blame shouldn't be placed and people should not be held accountable for what went wrong. But to use this whole tragedy for political gain, to take up the mantle as cheerleader for your party in the wake of thousands of deaths, to have this attitude that this must be drawn along party lines, this must be an us v. them issue, that this is a call to arms, to gather your weapon of words and stand blindly and loyally behind your R or D and get ready to sling the bows and arrows until one of you is declared the winner by virtue of being blamed the least - that's just reprehensible. And it flies in the face of everything I wrote below. I'm an idiot to think that people would put down their badges of loyalty to make things better, to figure out what went wrong and where it went wrong, to help, to do something other than playing Encyclopedia Brown, Hurricane Detective, finding clues as to who said the worst thing and when they said it and how it charts their party on the Better Than You leaderboard. The teams are right now tied for blame but..what's this? He called Louisiana a city instead of a state? Score! The Democrats take the lead in the I'm Better Than You SuperBowl!
I think I prefer to remain naive in my little fairy tale world where everyone works together to make things right, rather than separately to widen the gulf between us.