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“We finally
cleaned up public housing in New Orleans. We couldn’t do it, but
God did.”

~
Rep. Richard Baker (R-LA) of Baton Rouge overheard talking to lobbyists

So
now we are told that the people caught in the flood waters of New
Orleans deserved what they got.  We hear that most of those
who stayed behind did so in order to pillage and loot.  

Regarding
the sort of Southern-GOP anti-black screed, let me say that the
political bias sticks out like a blonde in Botswana.  

Still,
I have learned from working the news that one must read widely.
  And some of the u201Cthey deserved to dieu201D commentators make
points of history and engineering which need to be further disseminated. 
Other u201Clet them drink sewageu201D commentators have made remarks about
the local political talent which might not be far off the mark.

As
these u201Cjudgmentalu201D commentators hit their seductive stride, they
offer intelligent and reasoned arguments for an appalling and monstrous
program.

It
is called Final Solution thinking.   

It
is not OK sit on our hands and let the floods waters take a group
of people because “all of them” are violent and bad.

Problem
with that “reasoning” is that it isn’t true: not all of the people
trapped in NO were bad and violent.  The other problem with
that reasoning is that it smacks of ethnic cleansing.

All
right, New Orleans was one fat, wicked city.  But, by the same
standard, Washington DC must rank lower than New Orleans…and if
something bad happened to DC, would I sit back and say, oh well,
lots of bad people there…ho hum.  Tempting, to be sure, but
immoral all the same.    

By
the distrustful and judgmental line of reasoning, we ought to be
plenty nervous when Congress cancels its recess to stay in Tron
to pass more laws legalizing government looting.  

Fact
is:  Unlike Washington DC when Congress is in session, New
Orleans was peopled by ordinary folks who did not stay in order
to loot, rape and do worse.  There were a whole bunch of black
and elderly folks stuck in that town because they were poor, had
no way to get out.

As
we analyze the causes of Katrina, what emerges is a “he said, she
said” script.  Democrats are eager to show how Republicans
are insensitive, racist and OTD [Old-Testament-Driven]; and Republicans
are shrill in their denunciation of the welfare state African-Americans
and the poor quality [read Democratic Party] leadership in the Katrina
ravaged states. 

As
well, there's a whole gang of folks who are eager to weave conspiracy
and pure, wicked cussedness into the mix.

I
look at the devastation of Katrina as a natural disaster the effects
of which were exacerbated by poverty, human error, concentration
of money & power in DC and the US Army Corps of Engineers. 
Yes, indeed, the well-meaning, tax payer-funded and property developer-serving
Corps….

I
do not “blame” George W. Bush as he is a hapless fool.

Bush
may not be “blamable.”  But, sure as heck, Bush is the one
who must be held accountable.   He has lost the connection
between high office and honor.

Bush
has been, and willingly remains the pawn of dark forces which forces
may be the undoing of us all.  Bush is a user who got used.

A
wise pundit might say that Bush is “inconsequential,” and in this
crisis he certainly has been: what a wuss.   Bush has no power. 
Whirl is King now.

September
10, 2005

Elizabeth
C. Gyllensvard [send her mail]
is the product of barbaric Swedish ancestry sharpened by two decades
in Washington DC. She has gone to earth in the foothills of Georgia.

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