Katrina This, Katrina That

by blue midget

There’s no escaping it – everyone in North America will be talking about Katrina for a long, long time. I’ve been wracking my brain for something a little lighter, something more entertaining that I could soothe the tension with, but there’s no point because all there is right now is Katrina and the fury of politics surrounding the disaster.

In fact, the politics are screaming out so loudly now that it’s hard to hear anything of value regarding the matter, like trying to locate children or get people some clean underwear. Earlier in the week, I mentioned the media frenzy that’s come out surrounding Kayne West’s anti-Bush comments during a fund raiser being held for those stricken by Hurricane Katrina. In fact, everyone has been talking about it, and I have to say, I actually feel sorry for the guy. From what I’ve been reading, it sounds like he realizes that the media responses to his comments have now been overshadowing the more important issues such as relief efforts, and he seems to be genuinely sorry. Not sorry for his anti-Bush comments, but sorry because he really could have chosen a better time and place to make a statement. And he’s right; he should have picked a different time to spew his venom because those comments hurt more than they helped.

Unfortunately, Kayne West’s comments have fueled more Democrat criticism about FEMA Director Michael Brown. Allegedly, (I heard this on Fox News, I didn’t actually see this myself so I use the word “allegedly”) there was an email or website that polled people on how they felt about the FEMA Director, and whether or not they thought he should be removed from his position. If a person voted to remove him from the Director position, a window would pop up asking for donations to the Democratic Party. And of course when the criticism poured in about the Democrats trying to profit off of a tragic situation, the Democrats were very embarrassed, removing the site immediately. Poor Democrats. They just really, really suck at this whole politics thing.

At any rate, it seems that the Democrats have gotten their wish: Michael Brown, who was heading up the federal hurricane relief from Baton Rouge, has been sent packing to Washington. Hooray? I can’t help but guess that Brown has become the fall guy for the criticism President Bush’s Administration has received for slow reaction to the disaster – in the first couple of days after Katrina, President Bush was vacationing and Condi Rice was seen shoe shopping and now all the liberals are aflutter with Republican hate. Comparisons have been flying around, showing that Bush, like his father, has always shown a horribly slow start in disaster relief, but always finishes strong.

I’ve read the articles, felt the backlash from the liberal world and I must ask the question: What more could Bush have done? Now that the “racial” criticism has been set aside, one has remained. George Bush didn’t fly down to a New Orleans and, with his super-strength, hold back the floodwaters of Katrina by the power of Greyskull. You’re right – let’s impeach the bastard. Many people are angry that George and the bunch didn’t head on down there a week before the disaster hit to get people evacuated.

I submit this: Ever heard of public transportation? If you’re handicapped or old, you can use that. Everyone else, ever heard of getting off your lazy ass and walking to safety? Very few believed that we were in for such a catastrophe – many residents of New Orleans included. It’s not up to the news or to the government to convince people that they’re in danger – “You’re in danger, get the hell out of there” can only be said so many times. And if people really felt that their lives were in danger, they would have gotten their asses out on the streets and walked out a couple of days before the disaster hit. Now that it’s passed and everyone is devastated, it’s somehow totally acceptable to blame the government for our own stupidity.

That said, I’m really sorry that we’ve lost lives and families are separated. On the other hand, don’t blame other people because you were too dumb or lazy to get to safety. The human spirit has a strong instinct to survive. When it comes down to life or death, we’ve done some crazy, desperate things in order to survive. So all these people who just sat back in their homes and let it happen just doesn’t make sense to me. Next time, take government orders a little more seriously and get your ass to safety.