More ravings from Laurie
One reader of this blog objected to my use of the word ‘e2’80’9crefugee’e2’80’9d in the last post. I did not use the less loaded term ‘e2’80’9cevacuee’e2’80’9d precisely because I wanted the emotional punch of the word. It is a shameful thing, to have tens of thousands of homeless and abandoned citizens at loose in the country, dependent on the good will of individuals and organizations because the government has failed and abandoned them.
Why else is the federal government there, but to step in and oversee a situation too big for local government? It is one area in which I am Republican rather than Democrat, in my grudging recognition that there are some things that can’e2’80’99t be left to local authority.
But when a man with clearly inadequate training is chosen to head a demanding federal program–when any number of unprepared men (and yes, a few women) are chosen to head equally demanding programs–apparently on the basis of friendship with the chief executive, the situation is ripe for disaster, and it’e2’80’99s just blown up in their faces.
Unfortunately, it’e2’80’99s also blown up in the faces of the men, women, and children caught in the path of Hurricane Katrina.
Simply put, these public office holders did not do the jobs we paid them to do. And when they failed, they were blithe and glib about the consequences, reminiscing before the cameras about wild student days and anticipating the prospect of sitting on the rebuilt porches of friends’e2’80’99 houses, while a few miles away, old people and infants were dying for lack of food and water.
Why the hell are there no angry Democrats rising out of the muck? Why can the Democratic party not manage to gather up the righteous fury of the nation and give it one clear voice? I want to see someone stand up and say, Enough. I want a clear moral vision to shine out of the filth and humiliation. I want those stinking waters of New Orleans to be used to grow a crop of politicians who care. I want to have a country I can be proud of again.
I want a Jeremiah.