(Ok, maybe not at all.)
I've read a lot this morning about what's going on with Katrina, with Bush, with all of that. The more I read, the more disgusted I get. It's really hard to look at this, to hear the stories of the dead and dying and suffering and to read about all of the bureaucratic bullshit being tossed around by the administration to excuse themselves for their gross incompetence and negligence, and not to be. How can you not be disgusted by this? How can they live with themselves? Jesus Christ.
I'm not just
talking about Bush, mind you, I'm talking about all of his incompetent and/or uncaring cohorts, his legion of fuckups, most appointed directly or indirectly by him (indirectly meaning he appointed the person who appointed the person). The worst of the bunch appears to be Michael Brown
, head of FEMA
, but he's only one of many. I am ashamed by this, to see this happen and to see the administration's glib write-off of it. Oh, Trent Lott will get a new house. Great! (He actually blasts FEMA himself here
.) Here's another money quote from GW's mother:"And so many of the people in the arena here, you know, were underprivileged anyway, so this --this is working very well for them."
I bet it's working out just peachy, Mrs. Bush. Just fucking peachy.
Of course, it's not just the Feds that fucked up - there's plenty of evidence of local governments (at the city and state level in New Orleans and Louisiana) fucking up, too. I'd argue they didn't fuck up quite as dramatically - not to mention that the whole point of Federal organizations like FEMA is specifically because
local governments aren't equipped, prepared, trained, etc. to handle this level of catastrophe - but regardless, the response on so many levels has been pathetic.
(For a pretty accurate timeline, check this out: http://rightwingnuthouse.com/archives/2005/09/04/katrina-response-timeline/
The only thing we can keep our hopes up about are the common people - the volunteers, the donators, all of the people who have given of themselves to help the victims. People have been working 24/7, giving money and supplies and time and effort and blood and sweat and tears, all out of their own generosity (or guilt, even, but at least they feel something). There are people looting, too, but from what I've heard most
(not all) of those cases are of people "looting" to survive - food, clothes, equipment, things like that. (Of course, there are also the cases of policemen stealing tv's, too.)
The following is a letter that was sent to Andrew Sullivan, conservative gay journalist (in addition to his blog he also writes articles for several magazines and papers and has made numerous television appearances). Note that Sullivan is in favor of the war, supported Bush the first time around, even despite being gay, etc. He did support Kerry the second time around, but only because it's hard not to come to your senses eventually.( Collapse )
From here:permanent link
Anyways. I'm tired, and I have my own personal responsibilities to take care of. I'm off.Update:
One more link for the road... I love what Sullivan wrote here:http://www.andrewsullivan.com/index.php?dish_inc=archives/2005_09_04_dish_archive.html#112602004345808771"As an immigrant, the one thing that has always struck me very forcefully about Americans is their willingness to volunteer and their readiness to lend a hand to others in need. Most Americans don't realize how striking this is.
I think part of the collective shame is that this didn't happen this time in America itself - at least quickly enough. It violated a core American value. This is the second basic American value this administration has violated. The other is humane treatment of enemy prisoners in wartime. Perhaps the reason people feel more than simple frustration with Bush - the reason it amounts to anger - is not "Bush-hatred" (although that irrationality exists), but this president's squandering of so much of what is best about America and his pandering to so much that is worst. I don't fully understand it. I don't think it's malevolence. I think it's a mixture of arrogance and incompetence. But the damage it is doing to some of the core meaning of America - that this is a country that rescues people who are in dire straits, and never, ever abuses prisoners in its military custody - is deeply distressing. And it will take time to restore that kind of reputation and, yes, honor."
I quoted a bit more than I originally meant to, but I felt it was worth posting.