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Mon, Sep. 5th, 2005, 09:14 am
I never would have realised...

The american right has come up with the shortlist of excuses for the government's abysmal failure to deal with the New Orleans tragedy. These are paraphrases rather than quotes since the exact wording varies from place to place.

First off, some light humour - because its okay to have a laugh at the expense of thousands of dead or dying when you're on the right. "People are saying this disaster is Bush's fault, cos he obviously sunk New Orleans below sea level, haw haw" Feel free to mix in some reference to "the weight of the popular vote" if you feel the need.

Luckily though, thats only a joke because the actual blame lies with the city and state authorities. Not FEMA (who apparantly didn't even know about the thousands of people in the superdome who were without food and water). Not Bush and Rice (who were off doing some country singing and shoe shopping at the time). See, it seems that the city and state authorities didn't do their job to co-ordinate a proper mass evacuation and organise the immense relief effort at a couple of days' notice.

Then its the media's fault! - "that gosh durned liberal media (the one thats so fond of calling elections before the vote counting is done) isn't reporting on the positive side of the disaster!" Let that be a lesson to you media! report on the few people being evacuated instead of the babies being gnawed on by rats and the masses of corpses piled in corners.

Last but not least though is the real winner, the people who are most essentially at fault for the thousands of dead and dieing - the victims themselves! You see if they hadn't chosen to live in New Orleans (and by "chosen" we can include "were born there") and spend all their money on stupid luxuries like food and clothes they would have been able to either afford a car. There wouldn't even BE a disaster if people didn't live in New Orleans. Stupid people.

I'm not trying to make light of the disaster here, just the human debris that actually come out with this nonsense.
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Mon, Sep. 5th, 2005 05:25 pm (UTC)

Yes, I've been practically frothing at the mouth at the idiocy of the whole thing. And don't get me started on the so-called disaster plan of 'everybody, hop in your car and drive out of town' - I mean this is an agency that does have access to things like statistics on car ownership in the area, right?

Mon, Sep. 5th, 2005 09:42 am (UTC)

laying blame is always helpful in times of crisis. Fucking emergency managers. I work for one (as a volunteer) who is now feeling, I believe, just a weeeee bit queasy and starting to pretty much immediately re-evaluate the city's large-scale disaster plans.

allow me to quote from myself in another post I made elsewhere, regarding something that's been making me upset about the whole affair (besides the human suffering happening.. the part that eats away at me if i don't do my best to shut it off completely), regarding the goverment's media responses to this.

"Perhaps they're all going back to their nice houses and bawling for awhile before putting on a game face for the media. I want to believe that, very badly, I do. But man, pedal to the metal, you know? A key point, in my opinion, is to see that under Bush's command, thousands upon thousands of people suffered unneccessarily, and hundreds or thousands died that otherwise wouldn't have. I don't expect him to be psychic and have approved budgets differently or anything, but I expect more than a leader who seems to have frozen up and then said "uh, send some national guard, they'll take care of it".


Mon, Sep. 5th, 2005 11:41 pm (UTC)

Didn't you know? The blame game is all the media and politics are good for. Pointing fingers, however distracting it is from whoever's mistakes, doesn't change the current situation - a total clusterfuck.

What saddens me most is that a disaster like this would typically unite people together in times of trial, but instead has led to a total breakdown of functioning society - looting, rapes, and shooting at rescue workers (nevermind the blame that gets nowhere). Now, we're expending more time, energy, and personel on security for these problems than we are focusing on rescue and aid. How much sense does that make?