Sep 4, 2005

the cruelest of wake up calls

america is imploding. years of desperately, hopelessly short sighted environmental policies and crippling defence budgets mean the country finally seems to be reaping what they have been sowing for a while now (longer than just the last 5 years). or at least, those people who have already effectively been abandoned along the way are finally being shown quite how devastatingly little respect they have in the eyes of those leaders who still drape themselves in trappings of liberty and equality.

there is no better example of this than the actions of their president (the tip of an all too large iceberg).

as NOLA collapses into shocking anarchy, it would be hoped that the man who was ushered back into office on the back of his strong-man theatrics (as is well pointed out by bookdrunk) would be (as his office convinced the country he was back in 2001 and again in election) the first down at ground zero, the standard bearer, leading his people out of danger.

instead mr bush had these words for his people.

"We've got a lot of rebuilding to do. First, we're going to save lives and stabilize the situation. And then we're going to help these communities rebuild. The good news is -- and it's hard for some to see it now -- that out of this chaos is going to come a fantastic Gulf Coast, like it was before. Out of the rubbles of Trent Lott's house -- he's lost his entire house -- there's going to be a fantastic house. And I'm looking forward to sitting on the porch. (Laughter.)" (via boingboing)


this is of course the same trent lott who wikipedia reminds us was involved in:

Tremendous political controversy [...] following remarks Lott made on Dec. 5, 2002 at Strom Thurmond's 100th birthday party. Thurmond ran for President of the United States in 1948 on the Dixiecrat (or States' Rights) ticket, whose primary campaign issue was the perpetuation of racial segregation in the United States. Lott said:

"I want to say this about my state: When Strom Thurmond ran for president, we voted for him. We're proud of it. And if the rest of the country had followed our lead, we wouldn't have had all these problems over all these years, either."

so George W's ivory towered reassurance to the people (the poor, black people) being shot and raped and starved in the civic centres and superdomes of new orleans is that a rich white segragationist is going to have a fantastic new house.


it can only be hoped that from such a quagmire of indifference some sea change can be affected, whether it comes from an ineffectual left stung into action or from the people themselves, finally confronted with the illusory nature of Bush's patriotic hegemony.

the right would have america believe that to oppose the policies that Bush has introduced is unamerican, that to not support one's troops, or question homeland security, or disagree with any number of other policies is somehow damaging to america. this spell is all too brutely broken however, when it is made apparent that the people with the most disdain for the american people, the real america haters, are those that have the greatest responsibility to protect them.

2 comments:

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Devil's Kitchen said...

Hmmm, hold it, Andy; you're making a couple of dangerous assumptions here. Firstly, this whole global warming thing has to be taken with a bucket of salt (I'll expand this theme later on when I blog it), and hurricane Katrina is well within normal limits. (OT, but remember that the US has come to its own agreement on global warming, in conjunction with Australia and Southern Asia. They intend to use technology (including Zinc Oxide powerstations) to cut CO2 emissions, rather than using the Kyoto agreement. Also remember, when demonising the US on enviromental grounds, that not one single signatory of the Kyoto agreement - signed a good few years ago now - has actually met their agreed targets for emissions reduction.)

As for the lack of organised response, have a look at George's post on the subject at EU Rota.

so George W's ivory towered reassurance to the people (the poor, black people) being shot and raped and starved in the civic centres and superdomes of new orleans is that a rich white segragationist is going to have a fantastic new house.

Uh, now hang on. Who is actually doing the shooting and raping? Is it white segregationists, or is it the vaunted "poor, black people"? People are responsible for their own actions; this is a fundamental tenet of, I admit, conservative (small "c") thinking. So, if poor, black people are being shot and raped, someone is doing it to them. It is slightly disingenuous to use the passive tense here.

DK