Are we ready for the next 8/29 or 9/11?
What are the lessons of 9/11 and Hurricane Katrina? How should we remember their anniversaries?
Recall that there were no bullhorn moments for Bush after Hurricane Katrina.
Imagine if, instead of Bush standing on a pile of rubble with a bullhorn in his hand, he had simply flown over the smoldering wreckage of the World Trade Center in Air Force One like he did after Hurricane Katrina?
Does anyone doubt that he would have been universally trounced then as the worst president ever?
Why should it be any different given his response to Hurricane Katrina? If we had a president who wanted progress to be made here, it would happen.
The real lesson is that we're all residents of the state of Louisiana because when the next disaster hits, y'all be just as vulnerable to it as we were, even now, five years after 9/11.
So go ahead and bang the drum slowly, Republicans. Enjoy the dirge. As for the rest of us, it is time to rise up and throw the rascals out because if we don't, we're just sitting ducks, waiting for the next disaster.
See the Digby post for a graphic example of the distinct difference in Bush's reaction.
We need a real leader, not a poseur, to stand on top of a New Orleans' levee and declare that New Orleans will never flood again.
We need a real president, not a pretender, to stand before the world and proclaim that New Orleans is a vital economic and cultural engine of the United States which deserves to be rebuilt, and then back up that proclamation with real and tangible progress.
We need a real commander, not a stooge, to stand up for New Orleans by committing to a bold new infrastructure initiative to build Category 5 storm protection which will be the envy of the world, and to restore Louisiana's critical coastal marshes.
We need a true compassionate conservative, not a boneless chickenhawk, to defend future generations from new environmental threats which may be introduced to other cities in this, the dawn of a global warming era.
Failure is not an option!
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