02 September 2005

Tragedy shows True Colors

The axiom that says hindsight is 20/20 is certainly applicable to the New Orleans tragedy. Today it is easy to point to obvious oversights that the federal, state and local governments either ignored or refused to deal with. New York's response to their 9/11 attack was much different than the response that we're seeing from the leaders within the states of Louisiana and Mississippi.

When NY was attacked you could see that city went into an organized mode of recovery. There were press conferences, emergency plans were enacted and help poured into Manhattan from all quarters. Mayor Guiliani was calm, hopeful and reassuring. His presence was a rock amidst the confusion and anger over this vicious attack.

Contrast this with the vitriole being slung by New Orleans mayor Nagin.

"Nagin is angry, and wants people to flood the offices of the president and the governor with letters calling for help. He thinks not enough is being done to help the evacuees. He said that federal officials "don't have a clue what's going on."

"Get off your asses and let's do something and let's fix the biggest goddamn crisis in the history of this country," Nagin said. "People are dying. They don't have homes, they don't have jobs. The city of New Orleans will never be the same. And it's time."

The mayor said he needs troops and hundreds of buses to get evacuees

He said that it was laughable that some officials had mentioned possibly having school bus drivers brought to New Orleans to help with the evacuation.

"I'm like, 'You have got to be kidding me.' This is a national disaster, get every doggone Greyhound bus line in the country and get their asses to New Orleans," he said. "This is a major, major, major deal."

Nagin accused state and federal officials of "playing games" and "spinning for the cameras." He said he keeps hearing that help is coming, but "there's no beef."

He called for a moratorium on press conferences. He said he doesn't want any more press conferences there until there is actual manpower
on the ground helping his city. He said that he is tired of hearing that thousands of troops are on their way because they are just
not there.

Earlier, he issued a "desperate SOS" on behalf of the thousands who are stranded at the convention center. He also gave the go-ahead for them to march across a bridge to a dry area of the city and look for whatever relief they could find."

- Houston News Source

Mayor Nagin has brought his own core beliefs in to play. It is obvious from his comments that his assumptions are as follows:

1. "We are Victims and we must be resued because we have no control over our own lives."
The city government has had its head buried in the sand for decades about the threat of flooding that the gulf region faced. Recent reports show that the point on the levee which failed was recently shored up by the US Army Corps of Engineers. Alerts went out 48 hours before the storm hit and complete evacuation was called for. Obviously many didn't listen and now they're "refugees." This is another example of people who don't exercise their common sense and now the Government has to bail them out.

2. "The majority of victims were black so the response is poor due to institutionalized racism."
The mayor's tone is that he feels the government is not doing enough. Maybe the blame should be placed where it belongs - at the feet of the "unwashed" masses who ignored the government's warnings, chose to stay in the path of a hurricane, didn't prepare for an emergency, had no plan in place to deal with basic survival, and just didn't care enough to help themselves (ie. take responsibility). This is a bad situation for all and the mayor's ranting and raving is not a constructive response to the tragedy. Playing the blame game and wagging their fingers is not helping anyone.

3. "Someone must be blamed - and it ain't us!"
The mayor has adopted the Black Left's all-too-typical platform of "it's not our fault." I can almost hear the lyrical chanting of "We didn't land on Plymouth rock, Plymouth rock landed on us!" in the background. It is sad that someone who is supposedly a leader doesn't have the basic sense to understand that blaming other people for your own life situation is not helping anyone.

While Mayor Nagin hides in another part of his state, his constituents continue to rob, steal, rape and pillage. Where is his "righteous indignation" about that? I guess he just expects his people to behave that way and that is the sadest thing of all.


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