America needs a Leader
As I watch disgusted by what is going on in New Orleans and the rest of the Gulf Coast, and I see that there is apparently no one willing or able to take control of what is going on, it makes me sick. I know that America has the resources and the will to help these people, and I know that it is possible to do it more quickly than it is being done. At the same time, I'm reading about all the projects that were supposed to be done to help prevent such a tragedy, and how the federal funding for them was cut by the Bush administration, and most likely due to the war in Iraq. Just another reason for me to think that the war is a gigantic mistake. I keep hearing people make excuses for Bush and the administration that they can't prredict natural disasters and they can't control the weather, and that we still have plenty of troops to secure New Orleans, even if there are thousands of them in Iraq. These things may all be true, but the bottom line is that the things that need to be done are not getting done, and I find it hard to believe that all the money, manpower, and equipment being wasted in Iraq couldn't help out at this time. Particularly resources which were previously located in the areas affected. Anyone can make excuses for why this isn't Bush's fault, and isn't the administration's fault, and a lot of thoe excuses might be valid and might be true, but if you want to sit around making excuses for why you can't do anything, then why the fuck do you become the President of the United States in the first place? It's a job that requires action, not excuses. We heard a lot about this President's determination after September 11th, and what a strengh it was, well where the fuck is it now? Like I said before, I know that this country has the resources and the will to do everything that needs to be done, which makes me realize that the problem is poor planning (a familiar one) and poor leadership. Again, you can say that the Mayors and Governors and Congress all fucked up too, and there is plenty of blame to go around, but right now we need a leader, and it would be nice if there was one in the White House.
Whenever anyone criticizes the administration's lack of planning or response to this tragedy, I hear how we shouldn't politicize it, and now is not the time for finger pointing. Well, that's just bullshit. Now is the perfect time, because when it's over, the focus will be gone, and no one will be held accountable. I hear that now is the time for us all to come together to help the people affected, and that's true, but there's no reason I can't criticize the President and at the same time support any efforts he makes to help these people (if he ever makes any that are noticeable). And anyway, if you're demanding that people not criticize because you want the focus to be on the relief efforts, then why not demand that the President's focus be on relief efforts? After all, he has a lot more control over that than most people. And I also see people saying things to the effect of, instead of criticizing, why don't you do something to help instead? Well, it's not like if I wasn't wasting my time writing this post, I'd instead be pulling stranded people off their roofs. There's no reason people can't do more than one thing at a time. And it always amazes me that these "with us or against us" types seem to have such one track minds. And anyone, I could say the same thing about some of the blind devotion that people seem to have for this guy, if they would lose that, maybe we'd all be better off.
The bottom line here is that Bush has failed. And this isn't a failure that effects a handful of Americans who volunteered, and some faceless foreigners, this is affecting Americans in America, just trying to pick up what is left of their lives. And sure there are plenty of others who have failed these people too, but I'm pretty sure the buck stops with Bush. At a time like this, America needs a leader, and we simply don't have one.