In My Right Mind

"We all do no end of feeling, and we mistake it for thinking." - Mark Twain

My Photo
Location: Universal City, Texas, United States

"A government big enough to give you everything you want, is strong enough to take away everything you have." - Thomas Jefferson

Saturday, September 03, 2005

New Orleans: Grateful Victims, Murderers, Rapists & Thugs, and the Ungrateful Mr. Levy

As we still are trying to recover from the nasty blow that hurricane Katrina has dealt this nation, we have witnessed the terrible death and destruction that she left in her wake. Thousand upon thousands of people have lost their homes. It will probably take months and months to restore the city of New Orleans. The same goes for the affected areas of Mississippi, and Alabama. As rescue workers continue to search the flooded areas, we could possible have thousands of dead when it is all said and done.

We have seen the usual looting that goes on after natural disasters and during riots, but we also feel a sense of shame when we learn that some hurricane victim shot a police officer in the head in cold blood. We scratch our heads and wonder why there were hurricane victims shooting at the helicopters who were there trying to provide medical evacuation services. Still others went about raping women and killing other hurricane victims who were being sheltered in the Super Dome.

But, we have also witnessed the innate goodness in the masses of Americans who have reached deep into their pocketbooks and wallets to provide the necessary food and aid for their fellow Americans who have suffered such a terrible loss. Some have also donated their time to work shift work in the various relief centers and shelters. Neighboring cities and states like Texas have demonstrated their abundance of generosity by providing shelter space for victims to come and stay in to be fed and cared for.

You can bet that during this 3 day weekend, there will be some Americans who won’t be home grilling hot dogs, hamburgers and steaks on the grill and spending time with their own families. They will instead be donating their time off to work in the various shelters and other aid centers to help the victims of Katrina’s destruction.

And then you have Americans like this:

But there was also anger and profane catcalls.

"Hell no, I'm not glad to see them. They should have been here days ago. I ain't glad to see 'em. I'll be glad when 100 buses show up," said 46-year-old Michael Levy, whose words were echoed by those around him yelling, "Hell, yeah! Hell yeah!"

"We've been sleeping on the ... ground like rats," Levy said. "I say burn this whole ... city down."

Mr. Levy is aiming his bitter vitriol at the National Guardsmen who have begun arriving in New Orleans to bring food, restore law and order, and help with the evacuation procedures. You can read more about this here.

Perhaps, Mr. Levy wouldn’t have been "sleeping on the ground like rats" had he evacuated the area ahead of time, like he was warned. Or, maybe the irony of his sleeping arrangements, (with the rats) is lost on him. Either way, if Mr. Levy doesn’t appreciate what the National Guard have to offer, then I say let his share of food and supplies, that they have brought, be given to some one who will appreciate it! Also, someone should let the National Guard know that they can scratch him off of their evacuation list. He can find those 100 buses he’s waiting for on his own. In fact, he, along with the rest of the malcontents, can form up a little parade and march along together in search of those buses.

That way they can get out of the way and make it easier for the National Guard to accomplish their mission to help the rest of the victims of this tragedy.

My sympathy abounds for the victims of Katrina. But, I have no sympathy for ungrateful losers like Mr. Levy and anyone else who shares his lousy attitude.

Should the National Guard have been there sooner? You bet. Even the President has stated that he isn’t happy with way federal aid has been going so far. But, Mr. Levy should be grateful that he comes from a country that has its own resources to help its citizens and doesn’t need to wait for other nations to help out.

Otherwise, he wouldn't be presented with help in just the mere four days after the hurricane, that he now has. Instead he would have had to wait a much longer time for international aid.


Blogger James said...

Let's not forget who is responsible for the slow response of the La. Guard. Many are trying to blame President Bush for all the problems (surprise!) but the Guard is under state control. What was Blanco waiting for? And why didn't Mayor Nagin of NO move every bus in the city north till Katrina hit so they could be brought back for survivors rather than being flooded?

James @ Right Face!

8:05 PM  

Post a Comment

<< Home