Thursday, October 06, 2005
Our Newest Op Ed
- By Christian Hartsock
We certainly learned a lot last month. We learned more about God's readiness and willingness to pull the rug out from under man, thereby compelling him to swallow his pride and exposing him to the implacable uncertainty of his fate. We also learned more about what we can expect from liberals in a time of disaster. We, of course, already got a taste of it when liberals, after just a few weeks of cordiality, responded to the 9/11 attacks by putting the blame on the president. This time around, liberals held him accountable for the forces of nature.
The day Hurricane Katrina's effects on the Gulf Coast became apparent, August 29, President Bush immediately ordered in the Army Corps of Engineers to work on levee repair, and 300 Coast Guard helicopters to rescue people from rooftops. Later that week, he signed and pushed a $10.5 billion emergency aid package for the Gulf Coast through Congress.
MoveOn.org claimed that the federal effort was "too little, too late," claiming that the White House blamed the disaster on state and local officials "after they had begged for help."
Yeah, except, not really. In fact, two days before the hurricane struck the shores, President Bush made a call to Louisiana Governor Kathleen Blanco, begging her to order a mandatory evacuation. Blanco neglected to order an evacuation, as did New Orleans Mayor Ray Nadig. Furthermore, it might be noted that they New Orleans evacuation plan makes it a requirement for the city to provide transportation for the disabled as well as those without access to vehicles. Nadig ignored that responsibility as well. (But wait! Mayor Nadig is black! Let's be careful not to put any of the blame on him, so, God forbid, we don't come off as racists!) ...........
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