Tuesday, September 06, 2005

Why the Conservative Approach Won't Work

I'm sure by now, we've all seen the Republican talking points blaming the victims of the hurricane for not listening to the mandatory evacuation order (which contradicts their other talking points relating to how no one knew it would be so bad, but ignore that for now), and in the black and white world that Republicans seem to live in, that may even be true to some extent. If people didn't want to get killed by the storm, they should have left, that seems pretty simple. However, here in reality, where the rest of us live, we realize that things aren't that simple. As a matter of fact, even if everyone was able to leave New Orleans, even if the Mayor had personally sent a car to pick up each and every resident, the reality is that there would still be people that would not have left. So, here's where the problem occurs, even if we can all agree that everyone should have left (which seeing the conditons now, obviously leaving would have been preferable in most cases), and even if we could agree that everyone was able to leave (something which clearly isn't true, but ignore that for now), and even if we could all agree that the people who stayed got what was coming to them (and I don't think even a lot of the most cold hearted Republicans would go that far), then we still have the survivors there on the rooftops, waiting to be rescued. Either we're going to rescue or we're going to ignore them to death. And I don't think anyone is ready to just let people die in the streets because they are less fortunate, or even because they made a bad decision. So, if you're not ready to do that, you will have people to rescue, and if you know that, then you need to be prepared for it, and you're still responsible for it. The government should be there to protect people who can't protect themselves, even if that means in some cases, you're also protecting people who should have been able to protect themselves but chose not to. Ideally, everyone would always do whatever is in their best interests (nevermind that people can't see the future and sometimes make the wrong decision even when they are honestly trying to make the right one), but in reality, that's just not going to happen. We need to be ready to help those people, whether it's during a natural disaster or not. Or we can just let them suffer, tell ourselves that someone else will help them, and take comfort in the fact that it's their own fault that they are suffering.

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sumo said...

Well...that was a maze of reasoning...I wonder if your resident "troll" will have anything to say. Right now he's busy looking for his favorite deli...I hope he doesn't choke or anything.

John Howard said...

Well, I'm all for logic and reason. I don't consider anyone a troll, though, even if they're wrong all the time.

Robert Bayn said...
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Robert Bayn said...

I don't think it's conservatives in general. I respect most decent conservatives, who i may have a diffrent opinion than they do. But what you see being the loudest, is the whacky insane ultra right wing conservatives, that rather than be responsiable and admit mistakes made by all branches of government (federal, state and local) they rather blame the poorest and weakest amoung us. The unthinkable thing is almost all of them claim to be a christian, yet it seems christianity seems to be missing from them in this situation.


As far as the "Troll" goes. I been arguing with him for months, common sence and decency is not one of his strong suits, best i can offer sumo, is just ignore him, like a rat in the sewer he goes away after awhile. Your not the first to have incrediable distain for this guy, and you problly won't be the last, he is really not worth all the time and energy, as i found out several months back.



PS: i hate typos, is why i re-did this post, which will probally have about a million more, so whatever...lol

peppermd said...

They should have gotten the fuck out of there imo. I mean, it's a cat 5 hurricane comin at your 6 feet under the sea ass and your just gonna sit it out? You might be thinking, oh, but I didn't see any buses lined up to take them away before the hurricane? You know why? Because all those buses are under water now in a flooded parking lot. WTF. Even Aquaman would have bailed on that city.

The people who were clammoring to get on a bus after the disasters are the asshats that should have got on the damn bus in the first place. And now the NAACP wants the government to pay for these idiots? What about the people who went through the hurricanes last year and lost their homes? Man this country fucking sucks. It's all fucked up and backwards and spoiled and fat and stupid and lazy and greedy and ugh...I'm outta here; gotta go home and eat chicken wings and watch more Rome stuff on the History Channel. I'm starting to think we'd be better off if Nero ran this country and just the whole motherfucker burn.

John Howard said...

I'm starting to think we'd be better off if Nero ran this country and just the whole motherfucker burn.

Well, we're pretty close to that, anyway.

sumo said...

My thoughts exactly.