Wednesday, August 23, 2006

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.

Daily Kos:

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!

Tags: | | | | | | Bush is a moron | Impeach Bush | George W Bush | Bush | Worst President Ever | | Katrina Dissidents | Failure Is Not An Option


At 8/23/2006 10:23:00 AM, Anonymous Sophmom said...

Well, I'll be day-umed. Kos has found religion. Maybe he's figuring out that Katrina dissidents might be a meaningful force? The digby post was quite powerful, particularly the pictures.

At 8/23/2006 02:28:00 PM, Blogger Schroeder said...

I haven't read much off of Kos lately - mostly just tired of all the other non-new Orleans news -- but he's been scarce lately, hasen't he?

At 8/23/2006 04:41:00 PM, Anonymous Sophmom said...

Last I heard he was dissing LA and NO because of the new abortion legislation. I think I'm remembering right.

At 8/26/2006 07:31:00 PM, Blogger Zihuatanejo said...

That is why I decided to check out the Progresive party. This was not easy for someone who was raised as a Democrat.
I know the Progressives would welcome you with open arms.

Sometimes people ask me, "How could you turn your back on your Democratic roots?" It's a good question.

I have nothing against Democrats. As you now know, I used to be one. Most Democrats are good, hard-working, well-intentioned people. In many cases, including in mine and my wife's, it has been a family tradition to vote for Democrats. Our parents and grandparents voted for Democrats for reasons that were good and noble ... in the past.

THE CURRENT wave of favoritism and corruption is not due to something being wrong with people like us raised as Democrats, but to one group and one party's having had absolute control for too many years.

Too many officials and city appointees did not have to work hard to get where they are now. They consider public service their right, not a privilege. Without the checks and balances of another point of view, they have become arrogant, self-serving and corrupt.

Single-party rule is now just a big problem here. We need to think about reviewing laws and policies to ensure that local whistle-blowers are fully protected and that potential corruption is identified early. Let's provide anonymous counsel to those unsure if superiors are asking them to bend the law. And lets eliminate any loophole that inadvertently protects wrongdoers.

History teaches that "power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely." The current abuse of power in Somerville is not random. It is the predictable result of one-party or gourp domination. We need competition in the political arena, and we need it now.
MY WIFE'S grandfather was a member of the a Regimental Combat Team and lifelong member of a local Union.

Now, her grandmother is embarrassed by government corruption. She cannot understand how the behavior of so many public officials -- all Democrats -- can be so at odds with her beliefs and core values, which she always assumed were those of a Democrat.

You don't have to be a member of any particular political party to want honesty in government, a stronger economy, better schools, a great public transportation system and a healthy environment. These are everybody's goals.

Republicans, Porgressives, and Democrats may differ over how best to reach them, but we all want the best for New Orleans.


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