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Thursday, September 08, 2005

Bush Is "The Worst President Ever" Because He Refused To Be A Dictator And Take Over New Orleans

Well so much for the blame Bush argument’s validity. An ABC News story found here demonstrates that the blame belongs squarely on the city of New Orleans’ Mayor, and his failure to follow his city's own emergency evacuation plan.

Here are some highlights from the article:

In New Orleans, those in peril and those in power have pointed the finger squarely at the federal government for the delayed relief effort.

But experts say when natural disasters strike, it is the primary responsibility of state and local governments — not the federal government — to respond.

New Orleans' own comprehensive emergency plan raises the specter of "having large numbers of people … stranded" and promises "the city … will utilize all available resources to quickly and safely evacuate threatened areas."

"Special arrangements will be made to evacuate persons unable to transport themselves," the plan states.

When Hurricane Katrina hit, however, that plan was not followed completely.

Instead of sending city buses to evacuate those who could not make it out on their own, people in New Orleans were told to go to the Superdome and the Convention Center, where no one provided sufficient sustenance or security.

There's no question the federal government plays a major role in disaster relief. But federal officials say in order to get involved, they must first be asked to do so by state officials.

As one FEMA official told ABC News, Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Blanco failed to submit a request for help in a timely manner.

Shortly before Katrina hit, she sent President Bush a request asking for shelter and provisions, but didn't specifically ask for help with evacuations. One aide to the governor told ABC News today Blanco thought city officials were taking care of the evacuation.

"If the city and the state are stumbling or in over their head, then it's FEMA's [Federal Emergency Management Agency's] responsibility to show some leadership," said Jerry Hauer, director of public health preparedness at the Department of Health and Human Services.

The next level of blame can be properly leveled at Gov. Blanco, who “thought the city was handling it”. She also failed to request help from the federal government, in fact delayed requesting it until after the violence and chaos was already out of hand.

She had the authority and responsibility to send her state National Guard troops down to help salvage the mess that New Orleans' Mayor, through his ineptness managed to create. Instead she waited and waited.

The media has aimed the lion’s share of its Katrina news focus on New Orleans. But, New Orleans wasn't the only area affected by Katrina's destruction. In answer to the ludicrous charge of racism on Bush’s part, what about the other poor black people in Mississippi and Alabama who lost their homes too?

Let’s see, their state governors promptly requested federal aid and got it. So, there isn’t any racism to be found there. Bush responded as soon as asked. In fact, the governors of both these states are white. It’s pretty hard to accuse them of a racist agenda.

Even though, the governor of Louisiana is white, the immediate point of failure is the blundering actions of New Orleans’ mayor. He's black and so are several other members of the local city government. So, there is definitely no racism to be found there. That is, unless someone wants to make the ludicrous accusation of black against black racism. That makes less sense than racism itself does.

The Bush administrated responded when asked. That Gov. Blanco waited so long to finally ask for federal assistance is her fault. The left seem to want to play a two-faced game with the American public. First, they accuse Bush of being a totalitarian dictator along the lines of Adolph Hitler. The worst President ever they cry. Now, they are all beside themselves almost to the point of jumping up and down hopping mad because Bush didn’t act like a dictator, push Gov Blanco and Mayor Nagin aside and take over the city of New Orleans.

Well it looks like the “worst President ever” committed the crime of respecting the federal government’s limits as dictated by the Constitution and respected the States own autonomous authority with respect to how they would respond to hurricane Katrina and her aftermath.

For the liberals, whose ultimate goal is the ousting of the Constitution and its replacement with a communist/socialist document, Bush’s respect for the Constitution is unforgivable.

Of course, even if Bush had disregarded the Constitutional limits upon his authority and bullied his way in, he still would have fared no better with the left. They would have used that to cry, “See! We told you Bush is a dictator! Impeach him, impeach him!!!!”

When you take into consideration that liberals base their agenda on feelings and not facts it really isn’t any surprise that they flip flop all over any given issue and are prone to constantly contradict themselves.


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