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Sunday, September 04, 2005

Hurricane Katrina: Break On Through To The Liberal Side!

Some people look at hurricane Katrina and think: "senseless tragedy". Others, like NY Times columnist, David Brooks thinks: "springboard for a liberal revolution!"

Here are some of his viewpoints from his article entitled, "The Bursting Point" (with my comment interspersed between his):

Last week in New Orleans, by contrast, nobody took control. Authority was diffuse and action was ineffective. The rich escaped while the poor were abandoned. Leaders spun while looters rampaged. Partisans squabbled while the nation was ashamed.

Partisans squabbled all right. Liberals have blamed Bush for not sending federal aid fast enough. [Never mind the fact that federal aid was sent as soon as the states requested the aid, for New Orleans, that request was made 4 days after the fact].

The Black Caucus, and liberals are playing the race card and accusing Bush’s slow reaction to send aid is because a majority of the victims are black.

Aside from the despicable violent behavior of some of the victims down in New Orleans, the liberals political blame game is definitely shaming the nation at a time when we should be all of one accord and focused on helping our fellow Americans who are victims of a such a terrible tragedy instead of focusing on the health and power of the Democratic Party.

The first rule of the social fabric - that in times of crisis you protect the vulnerable - was trampled. Leaving the poor in New Orleans was the moral equivalent of leaving the injured on the battlefield. No wonder confidence in civic institutions is plummeting.

Perhaps confidence in the civic institutions in New Orleans that let the city down is waning, but that doesn’t necessarily extend to other American civic institutions. I’m pretty sure no one has lost trust in the U.S. Post Office, for instance.

And the key fact to understanding why this is such a huge cultural moment is this: Last week's national humiliation comes at the end of a string of confidence-shaking institutional failures that have cumulatively changed the nation's psyche.

Over the past few years, we have seen intelligence failures in the inability to prevent Sept. 11 and find W.M.D.'s in Iraq. We have seen incompetent postwar planning. We have seen the collapse of Enron and corruption scandals on Wall Street. We have seen scandals at our leading magazines and newspapers, steroids in baseball, the horror of Abu Ghraib.

Our intelligence failures regarding 9/11 are indeed directly the blame of governmental institutions namely, the Clinton Administration. His failure to focus his efforts on the threat of Osama Bin Laden and al Qaeda, instead of his focus on covering up his adulterous affair with his young intern, and playing the semantics game (re: "definition of is is") has ensured that he doesn’t need to look for his Presidential Legacy anymore. 9/11 was it.

We haven’t found all of the WMDs that Hussein had in Iraq, but we have already found more than enough to lay to rest the issue of whether or not he possessed any or not, to a reasonable person’s satisfaction. But, then again, if you are a liberal Democrat, facts and proof that don’t support what you believe will be eternally dismissed.

Incompetent postwar planning? Unless you are so brainwashed by the left that you actually believe that the leftist media is showing the whole picture of what is happening in Iraq, and if you are ignorant of what U.S. soldiers faced in post WWII Germany and Japan, you know that there is nothing incompetent about how the U.S. military is proceeding in Iraq.

Public confidence has been shaken too by the steady rain of suicide bombings, the grisly horror of Beslan and the world's inability to do anything about rising oil prices.

I don’t know about the world’s ability or lack thereof, but America can do something about it here. We can tell the environmental whackos that their time is up. We have listened to their b.s. long enough. Now it’s time to ignore them, and regain our independence from the Middle East oil barons. We should open up the ANWR region in Alaska and start drilling. We should also build more refineries, and stop this nonsense of "special blends" of gas that is making the price of gasoline in this country too expensive.

We’ve allowed our selves to fall for the liberal environmental whackos' propaganda for far too long and all we’ve gotten out of it is the bogus "Global Warming Theory" and other "the sky is falling" bugaboos. It’s time for this country to take down the Greenpeace flag and press on. If the tree huggers don’t like it, perhaps they can transplant themselves down into the Rain Forest and strap themselves to trees in protest.

Each institutional failure and sign of helplessness is another blow to national morale. The sour mood builds on itself, the outraged and defensive reaction to one event serving as the emotional groundwork for the next.

The scrapbook of history accords but a few pages to each decade, and it is already clear that the pages devoted to this one will be grisly. There will be pictures of bodies falling from the twin towers, beheaded kidnapping victims in Iraq and corpses still floating in the waterways of New Orleans five days after the disaster that caused them.

The scrapbook of real history will also include all of the positive things in it as well. It will include the heroic efforts of the firemen and policemen of New York on that dark day. It will also include the heroic acts of Todd Beamer and his fellow passengers who said "no way" to the terrorists' intented mission and rushed the cockpit sacrificed the lives of everyone on board so that they could crash into an empty field as opposed to the White House, a neighborhood, or anywhere at the terrorists' choosing.

The scrapbook will show the story of the Taliban being stripped of their oppressive power in Afghanistan and the beginning of Osama Bin Laden’s life on the run. The scrapbook will show the world’s next Hitler, Saddam Hussein flee from his position of control in luxurious palaces, to crouching in fear in a spider hole, to his ultimate capture and subsequent turn over for trail to his victims, the Iraqi citizens, as well as the death of his two murderous, rapist sons -all compliments of the U.S. military.

The scrapbook will show a grateful new Iraq as it writes its own Constitution and begins its life as a free nation, free to fulfill the potential that it once had in ancient civilization.

The scrapbook will show the countless of acts of kindness that the good men and women of America perform as they step forward and donate their time, money and ears to help and listen to the victims of hurricane Katrina.

As a result, it is beginning to feel a bit like the 1970's, another decade in which people lost faith in their institutions and lost a sense of confidence about the future.

The people of the 1970’s were skillfully manipulated throughout the 60’s by both the media and the communist counter-culture movement to distrust their government. In 2005, Americans aren’t so gullible. The counter-culture hippy protesters of today are more of an entertaining nuisance than they once were and public trust in the media is waning.

Americans in 2005 are not quite in that bad a shape, since the fundamental realities of everyday life are good. The economy and the moral culture are strong. But there is a loss of confidence in institutions. In case after case there has been a failure of administration, of sheer competence. Hence, polls show a widespread feeling the country is headed in the wrong direction.

Thanks to the liberal movement in this great country, our moral culture has actually become weaker, not stronger.

We have learned to tolerate the murder of our unborn, and unbridled sex among our young (condoms, free compliments of "Planned Parenthood") has become commonplace. Little children are exposed to such liberal ideas as "Sally Has Two Mommies" classes to promote the "normalcy of homosexual families".

We have a strong Moral Culture?

The nuclear family has become rare more and more in this country. The 60’s counter-culture’s mottos of: "free love", and "if it feels good do it" have made divorce commonplace in this country.

We have a strong Moral Culture?

The left has been making it their mission to throw God out of the public square. The same leftists who tout moral relativity as the gospel truth out of one side of their mouth, demand political correctness from us out of the other side of their mouth.

We have a strong Moral Culture?

I’m sorry, but as hard as I try, I just can’t see any strong moral culture here. Our moral culture is sick and dying, thanks to the liberal agenda. Thanks to the "progressives", our country is definately headed in the wrong direction!

Katrina means that the political culture, already sour and bloody-minded in many quarters, will shift. There will be a reaction. There will be more impatience for something new. There is going to be some sort of big bang as people respond to the cumulative blows of bad events and try to fundamentally change the way things are.

Reaganite conservatism was the response to the pessimism and feebleness of the 1970's. Maybe this time there will be a progressive resurgence. Maybe we are entering an age of hardheaded law and order. (Rudy Giuliani, an unlikely G.O.P. nominee a few months ago, could now win in a walk.) Maybe there will be call for McCainist patriotism and nonpartisan independence. All we can be sure of is that the political culture is about to undergo some big change.

We're not really at a tipping point as much as a bursting point. People are mad as hell, unwilling to take it anymore.

Mr. Brooks may just be right. The American people may indeed be as mad as hell and unwilling to take it anymore. We may be, in fact, at the brink of a bursting point. But, not in the direction that Mr. Brooks and many other liberals hope for. Instead, the democrats may soon find out that their love affair with the communist/socialist leftists among their ranks has been an act of treason against the Constitution and the citizens they are suppose to represent. And the American citizen knows it.

The Democratic Party has allowed the extreme left free reign in speaking for the party. As a result, every time the party opens its mouth, it reaffirms the image of its mascot- the Jackass.

The Democrats have become nothing more than a bunch cry babies. They have allowed their reputation to be cemented as a party of sore losers. They have become nothing more than a bunch of uncouth loudmouths who can’t stop making ludicrous and controversial accusations. They have become the "Bush is Hitler", "Bush is Satan" ad nauseum party. They have become the anti-God party, the abortion on demand party. They have become the anti-military party and the anti-American party.

The American voter will eventually have enough of this nonsense, and vote every one of these vermin out of office.

If the Democrat party is to survive, it needs to divorce itself of the communist/socialist, anti-American, athiestic left. Let them form their own political party and go back to being the Gus Hall losers that they will be without a major party to hide in.

In case, Mr. Brooks happens to be right – that America is tired of following the Constitution and being a Democratic Republic, and will express their frustration by voting the Democrats back into power, God help us.

Because, in just a little amount of time, we will cease to be the United States of America. We will eventally become the United Communist/Socialist States of America [a satellite state of the Communist/Socialist European Union] if the "progressives" finally get their way.


Anonymous Denny Gard said...

are you serious?

9:27 AM  
Blogger Clay said...

Dead serious.

10:54 AM  

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