Home from work, I read the papers. Now try to sleep, but I can't. Instead I cry. Too much horror, too close to home. Too much sadness, death and loss. Too much worry for the future...of the economy
, that city, those people
And Doug was right.
It is clear that FEMA has been screwed for years
, that no one paid attention to the warnings. That no one who signed the checks gave a damn.
It is clear that the rich fled
while the poor, the black
, were left to God's mercy.
It is clear that aid has been slow to come
. Slower, by my memory, than in other disasters. But which other disasters? What, in our land, in our time, have we had that even compares to this? 9/11? No, that was relatively confined and did not leave so many desperate hordes. This is worse. Hundreds of thousands of people homeless. An entire city, not just city blocks, destroyed. Vast portions of our energy infrastructure lost or severely damaged
. One of our largest ports useless
The looters and armed gangs
? Ok, people are trying to provide for themselves and their families. But fuck you. Not like this. Where is the national guard? Screw that, where is the enlisted army and the insurrection act? Send them in, retake control of the city so that helicopters can land to drop off supplies
, instead of pushing the packages out from 50', and so hospital patients can be evacuated without sniper fire
. Do you blame those police for turning in their badges
? They aren't trained to handle complete chaos.
I am sorry. Sorry that this happened. Sorry that we've put to power those who could have preeempted some of this but didn't. Sorry that our society doesn't seem to give a damn about anything but the effect on gas prices, despite all that I've told myself. Sorry that I can't give more. Sorry that I can't be there in the breech, on my hands and knees in the mud, helping all that I can.
-Ben 09:08 EST |