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Sharpening our wits on the grindstone of Life

Wednesday, September 07, 2005

The New Re-smug-licans

One thing that has emerged in this disaster is a new term. The Re-smug-licans. These are the people who believe that there should be no fault in this disaster attributed to the federal government, , i.e. the Bush administration. They feel that it was solely the fault of the Mayor of New Orleans to not coordinate and administrate the warning, evacuation and rescue of the people of New Orleans, and of the poor of the city for not heeding the warnings. "They should have evacuated when they were told" is their battle cry.

More and more we're hearing about those who feel that the federal government had no culpability in the delayed response that cost thousands of lives from dehydration, starvation and neglect due to almost a week of inaction by FEMA and the rest of the federal government.

There is plenty of blame to go around, from the Mayor, to the Governor, to the President. But as long as everyone is pointing fingers, no one is making changes.

They say that the first stage of healing is denial. Apparently this is true, as denial is playing a major part in America's reaction to the worst disaster in recorded history. Let's just hope that we can move beyond this stage, and can continue the healing process toward's understanding of the failings that caused this disaster, and begin the process that rectifies the conditions that caused it, so that it never happens again.

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