Friday, September 02, 2005

My $0.02

Tourist Debbie Durso of Washington, Mich., said she asked a police officer for assistance and his response was, "Go to hell – it's every man for himself.''

This about sums it up doesn't it? If you are unprepared to take care of yourself, don't expect anyone else to step up.
I cannot say that this was unexpected, if you expect the government, in any form, to help you.....you are living in a dream world. This is the most blantant example of this type of mentality.
Nothing that has occured in New Orleans was unexpected, even the levey collapse. There have been so many documentaries on this subject! Many that I have seen on PBS and other venues. Yet they did nothing.

They knew that the levies were only rated for a Catagory 3 hurricane, Katrina was a Catagory 5 when it was headed that way. Wouldn't it have made sense to bolster the levey system in advance of this storm? Yet they did nothing.

It was well known that the city sits below sea level, it was known that the storm was headed that way, it was known what could and would happen. Yet they did nothing.

Advising people to go to the Superdome was ludicrous! It is known that the power will go out, and that the Superdome sits near both the river and the lake. This advice was remenicent of herding people toward the shower rooms in the concentration camps.

People should be allowed to make their own choices, however they are also responsible for the concequences of those choices and should not expect anyone to show up and "save" them from themselves!

It is pitifully obvious that most people expect to do whatever they please, but then also expect not to held responsible.

The handwriting was engraved long ago on the wall, but the mentality of " it won't happen to me", " it won't happen here", coupled with " the government will take of it" sealed the fate of this disaster.

6 Comments:

Anonymous Candie said...

Pretty much sums it all up...and I do feel sorry for the poor children caught up in it all...the image that I saw on the news last night of a father holding up his newborn baby asking why they aren't getting food or water, and that his baby was dying...I had to change the channel.

Friday, September 02, 2005 7:57:00 PM  
Blogger Gunner said...

Most of the "poor people" left there of course did not know what to do. They have never been weened(?) from the government teet.

A culture of welfare and handouts have made a population that will stay in a burning building until they get permission or orders to leave.

Maybe their anger will teach them a lesson that they have to do it themselves. But the second the next check shows up they are hooked again.

A generation of cattle.

Saturday, September 03, 2005 12:01:00 PM  
Blogger Jim Paulson said...

Hi Cherie,

I agree with you. Learn how to take care of yourself and your own. Don't depend on others "bailing you out" because - what if they never show up?!

I do believe that we need to reach out to the children, elderly and others incapable of fending for themselves, however.

I also believe that once some order is restored, the immediate medical, feeding, clothing, must-do repairing, etc. is accomplished, the rest should be left to highly supported and sustained charity groups. Once the imminent danger subsides, the government should back out.

What bothers me most is the brass balls and total lack of humanity of the looters who stole NOT essential items for survival but rather new shoes, radios, etc. just because they could. I'm not a death penalty advocate but as long as the anarchy continued, shooting them would not have been out of the question.

Saturday, September 03, 2005 1:36:00 PM  
Blogger cherie said...

The very old, the very young and the infirm do indeed need help. They should have been evacuated before not after the hurricane. This should have been done by family members first, if they did not have the resources themselves, some type of contingincy plan should have been in place.

It was no surprise what would happen if a storm of this magnitute were to hit. My point is, they knew what would happen and still did nothing.

A person still needs to be responsible for themselves and those that rely upon them.

Saturday, September 03, 2005 4:31:00 PM  
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