Skip to comments.Politicizing Katrina: As Loathsome as it Gets
Posted on 09/01/2005 10:03:44 AM PDT by DARCPRYNCE
I don't think I have to point out to anyone just how horrendous the situation down in Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama is today. Hurricane Katrina has proved to be the worst natural disaster to strike the United States since the San Francisco earthquake of 1906, and the effects of this unprecedented catastrophe will surely be felt in this country for many months, and perhaps years to come.
(Excerpt) Read more at chronwatch.com ...
As rescue workers from all over the country converge on the gulf coast states, millions of other Americans are donating much needed aid dollars to the relief effort, and community leaders from Birmingham to Baton Rouge are working day and night to save the lives of untold numbers of flood victims.
Average citizens around our nation are doing their best to stay focussed on the task at hand, and avoid complaining about the comparatively minor inconvenience of having to pay higher gas prices in the near future.
For now, most of our citizens seem united in the task of helping the many hundreds of thousands of people directly effected by the brutal assault of Katrina. Their calm resolve, and determination to carry on in the face of such a horrible event is typical of the way Americans deal with disasters, and of that we can all be proud.
That having been said, there are, unfortunately, a few people in this country who have decided to focus on something else entirely... petty political agendas. Indeed, even before the true scope of the devastation has been fully assessed, and the bodies of the dead can be recovered and laid to rest, liberal activists are already cranking up their collective spin machine in a pathetic attempt to blame their political enemies for the disaster.
I know it's difficult for most people to believe, but it appears that the left's capacity for shameless exploitation, unsubstantiated rhetoric, and blatant hypocrisy knows absolutely no bounds.
Among the more reprehensible remarks made over the past couple of days regarding the supposed Republican-caused disaster, are the following which I read in an article published on the News Max website.
"As Hurricane Katrina dismantles Mississippi's Gulf Coast, it's worth recalling the central role that Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour played in derailing the Kyoto Protocol and kiboshing President Bush's iron-clad campaign promise to regulate CO2."
That statement was attributed to Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., and a more loathsome one I had not previously encountered. Then again, I had yet to read his next quote, which was even more despicable than the first.
"Perhaps it was Barbour's memo [to President Bush concerning CO2 emissions] that caused Katrina, at the last moment, to spare New Orleans and save its worst flailings for the Mississippi coast."
How anyone could spew such tripe, especially at this particular time in history, is beyond my ability to conceive. It's as if the man were utterly devoid of both sound judgment and common decency. His complete lack of propriety is stunning, and the inanity of his argument has left me wondering if, perhaps, he has not suffered some sort of mental breakdown of late.
Of course, such drivel is not exclusive to American extremists. Germany's Minister of the Environment, Juergen Trittin, recently proclaimed that "The American president is closing his eyes to the economic and human costs his land and the world economy are suffering under natural catastrophes like Katrina and because of neglected environmental policies."
All I have to say about this ridiculous indictment is, with friends like this, who needs Al-Qaeda? And while I could easily rebut Herr Trittin's arguments, as well as those of Bobby Jr., and every other demented amateur global warming theorist who's decided to crawl out of the woodwork lately, I won't bother. Now is not the time for such debates. Now is the time for all good Americans to come to the aid of their fellow countrymen and women who are in desperate need of assistance.
It's too bad that some folks just can't bring themselves to set aside their political agendas for even a few days while their own country attempts to deal with the loss of, as yet, uncounted innocent lives. RFK Jr. and his ilk should be ashamed of themselves for trying to turn a national tragedy into a campaign talking point, and foreign officials like Juergen Trittin would do well to keep their big traps shut altogether. I don't see any of them offering to lend a hand with the massive undertaking before us, and until they do, they can all go straight to hell.
Edward L. Daley is the owner of the Daley Times-Post http://www.times-post.com
Doesn't long term cocaine use have residual side effects, even years after "getting clean?"
The left thoroughly disgusts me.
The deepest pits of hell are reserved for such as these. Eternity is not long enough for them to pay for their sins.
I thought this point was settled after 9/11.
If they can pull it off, they are going to try to arrange things so that the GOP gets blamed for bad weather, epidemics, forest fires, and even earthquakes.
In the third world there are literally billions of people who believe that colonialism and "the west" are behind every one of their miseries. That dynamic is in place here, although I doubt it will reach anything like critical mass.
The utilization of mass ignorance is nothing new. It's an old game being played on a wider scale today.
check this out
Americans Are Doing Their Part, Time for Bush's Oil Cronies to Do Their Part, Says DNC (Barf alert)
Selma staging area for relief supplies CLANTON - Selma will serve as the staging area for federal disaster relief supplies for Hurricane Katrina victims in Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana, Gov. Bob Riley said Sunday. Supplies also are stockpiled at Maxwell Air Force Base in Montgomery, he said. "I've spoken with President Bush and Homeland Security Secretary Chertoff, both of whom have assured me they will offer any assistance we may need to recover from this devastating storm," Riley said in a statement released by the Emergency Management Agency at its Clanton headquarters. Alabama also has positioned supplies, sent National Guard troops to Mobile and Baldwin counties, and opened storm shelters. Riley said the state has 290,000 bags of ice, more than 250,000 gallons of water, 652,000 meals ready to eat and 110,000 tarps measuring 20 feet by 25 feet. State EMA Director Bruce Baughman said 14 rescue teams are on standby and 26 emergency shelters, including three for people with special medical needs, are open across the state.
Just thought y'all might like some actual evidence for those that continue to want to politicize this event. Of course had we approved the Kyoto Protocols. . .
Some idiot lib reporter asked at the White House morning briefing whether there was any talk about bringing back National Guard troops from Iraq to deal with the security in NO. They will try everything and anything to get us to surrender to the terrorists.
every fr thread on this topic politicizes the topic. it's a tad hypocritical for us to talk about how loathsome the left is when we ourselves have ample evidence of it happening right here on this site.
just to be thorough, though, I link this thread for your viewing pleasure:
Only fools don't recognize the fantastic mental illness that is the Left. Even our ancestors knew it.
[Middle English sinistre, unfavorable, from Old French, from Latin sinister, on the left, unlucky.]
"Listening to her you'd think that had Kerry been elected not a single person would have been inconvenienced by this tragedy."
Unfortunately, even if Kerry had been elected, they still would have found some way to blame President Bush. It is never the fault of the RATs, doncha know?!
And the LEFT continue to wonder why they are losing elections.
P.S. Hey Lefties, throwing in some prayer rallys like in Crawford and vigils like at Walter Reed won't help you. It's not sincere and people know it.
I thought this point was settled after 9/11.
I thought it was settled after every schoolyard shooting that was blamed on honest gun owners. Or perhaps it was settled after every heatwave blamed on global warming. No, it might have been settled after every anniversary of Hiroshima where Americans are coerced into feeling guilty about ending a despotic regime.
Need I go on?
Henceforth, I consider those trying to score political points off of this disaster to be the moral equivalent of the looters.
Don't you know the difference between people politicizing an issue and the politicians? Name one Republican elected official that is politicizing this! You can't. But you can find many, many examples on the left.
The difference is that our side has some decency and honor.
Think before you type.
sorry - don't agree with you...
The party out of power always politicizes those things that can give the party in power a black eye.
Think before you type.
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