The Left Wing Politics of Hurricanes Gustav and Katrina

Do hurricanes have political affiliations?  Is Hurricane Gustav a Democrat?

Some liberals clearly think so.

Take Michael Moore (PLEASE!!!):

“I was just thinking, this Gustav is proof that there is a God in heaven,” Moore said. “To just have it planned at the same time, that it would actually be on its way to New Orleans for Day One of the Republican convention, up in the Twin Cities, at the top of the Mississippi River.”

Michael Moore isn’t just some far-left loon celebrity like Barbara Streisand; liberals and Democrats throw good money away to hear what Moore says about the issues.

And it’s not just left-wing nutjob idiot propagandists.  Former Democratic National Committee Chairman (I think of current DNC chair Howard Dean and ask myself, ‘what do they put in these guys’ Kool-Aid?‘) Don Fowler thought he was ever so witty when he said:

The timing, at least as it appears now, is that it’ll be there on Monday. That just demonstrates God is on our side.”

He’s right that Hurricane Gustav will reach landfall Monday.  He’s probably wrong about every other thought he ever had in his life, but he’s right about that one.

Hurricane Katrina killed 1600 people.  Ha ha ha.  Pretty damn funny, guys.  You want another massive death toll just to put a damper on the Republican Convention, do you?

Both men apologized when they realized how evil they sounded, saying they sincerely hoped nobody got hurt.  They both failed to make note of the little detail of the $43.625 billion in damage Hurricane Katrina caused in 2005 – and the billions of dollars the storm cost taxpayers since.

Damn.  I hope the joke doesn’t sound so funny now.

You want to know the really despicable thing?  Throughout the Democratic National Convention (you know, that pile of hot air in Denver last week?), Hurricane Katrina was mentioned over and over and over again.

Natural disasters used to be viewed as, well, natural disasters.  But since the Democratic Party warped into the Demagogue Party, they have become political fodder for the herds of liberal swine to gluttonously gulp down.  The shrill, hysterical narrative: It was all Bush – and his terrible failure of leadership – that caused all this.

As usual, Democrats are either wrong, or lying, or wrong and lying.

First of all, as a Wall Street Journal article pointed out:

The primary responsibility for dealing with emergencies does not belong to the federal government. It belongs to local and state officials who are charged by law with the management of the crucial first response to disasters. First response should be carried out by local and state emergency personnel under the supervision of the state governor and his emergency operations center.

And what happened?  The Washington Times picks up the sordid aftermath:

The vultures of the venomous left are attacking on two fronts, first that the president didn’t do what the incompetent mayor of New Orleans and the pouty governor of Louisiana should have done, and didn’t, in the early hours after Katrina loosed the deluge on the city that care and good judgment forgot. Ray Nagin, the mayor, ordered a “mandatory” evacuation a day late, but kept the city’s 2,000 school buses parked and locked in neat rows when there was still time to take the refugees to higher ground. The bright-yellow buses sit ruined now in four feet of dirty water. Then the governor, Kathleen Blanco, resisted early pleas to declare martial law, and her dithering opened the way for looters, rapists and killers to make New Orleans an unholy hell. Gov. Haley Barbour did not hesitate in neighboring Mississippi, and looters, rapists and killers have not turned the streets of Gulfport and Biloxi into killing fields.

The drumbeat of partisan ingratitude continues even after the president flooded the city with National Guardsmen from a dozen states, paratroopers from Fort Bragg and Marines from the Atlantic and the Pacific. The flutter and chatter of the helicopters above the ghostly abandoned city, some of them from as far away as Singapore and averaging 240 missions a day, is eerily reminiscent of the last days of Saigon. Nevertheless, Sen. Mary Landrieu, who seems to think she’s cute when she’s mad, even threatened on national television to punch out the president — a felony, by the way, even as a threat. Mayor Nagin, who you might think would be looking for a place to hide, and Gov. Blanco, nursing a bigtime snit, can’t find the right word of thanks to a nation pouring out its heart and emptying its pockets. Maybe the senator should consider punching out the governor, only a misdemeanor.

The race hustlers waited for three days to inflame a tense situation, but then set to work with their usual dedication. The Revs. Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson, our self-appointed twin ambassadors of ill will, made the scene as soon as they could, taking up the coded cry that Katrina was the work of white folks, that a shortage of white looters and snipers made looting and sniping look like black crime, that calling the refugees “refugees” was an act of linguistic racism. A “civil rights activist” on Arianna Huffington’s celebrity blog even floated the rumor that the starving folks abandoned in New Orleans had been forced to eat their dead — after only four days. New Orleans has a reputation for its unusual cuisine, but this tale was so tall that nobody paid it much attention. Neither did anyone tell the tale-bearer to put a dirty sock in it.

One of the angriest of the “race hustlers” was also one of the guiltiest parties.  Mayor Ray Nagin, the guy who didn’t have a clue how to do his job, who allowed some 2,000 buses that could have saved thousands of lives to get ruined by dirty water because he waited to long to evacuate, went on TV night after night and blamed President Bush.  And the media was only too eager to broadcasts his tirade along with a hundred others.

Governor Blanco, another example of why Democrats shouldn’t be put in charge, failed to declare Louisiana a disaster area, which was a necessary precondition for any federal assistance or response.

That rat bastard Bush; how DARE he not realize how incompetent Democrats were and micromanage the disaster for them!  He’s GOT to be at fault!

Truth was secondary.  The media loved drama and outrage far more than facts and reality.  Wazzadem painstakingly documents a completely bogus story – if not a Democrat conspiracy – that was gobbled up by MSNBC and NBC.  A few paragraphs from the article read as follows:

In yesterday’s Chicago Sun-Times [9/12/05], Richard Roeper called Jefferson Parish, LA president Aaron Broussard’s tearful outburst, shown September 4th on Meet the Press, “One of the defining media moments of all the hurricane [Katrina] coverage.”

Aaron Broussard’s crocodile tears came at the tail-end of a tirade against FEMA, in response to a question from Tim Russert asking whether the mayor of New Orleans and the governor of Louisiana could have been “more forceful, much more effective and much more organized in evacuating the area.” Just before his “breakdown,” Broussard said:

“Sir, they were told like me, every single day, “The cavalry’s coming,” on a federal level, “The cavalry’s coming, the cavalry’s coming, the cavalry’s coming.””

Who is the “they” he’s referring to? It’s worth noting that, according to the State of Louisiana’s Emergency Preparedness Plan (PDF warning)local officials are responsible for evacuating residents of the various parishes before and during the early stages of the aftermath of a hurricane.

Was Broussard (a Democrat) trying to score political points (and possibly deflect blame away from local government officials) by blaming federal agencies for failing to respond in a timely manner when people’s lives were in danger?

Aaron Broussard’s story was demonstrated to be a forgery.  After the narrative was created and the ‘Blame Bush; Blame the Feds’ myth had been created and allowed to fester and develop.

But Democrats – who had their incompetent paws all over the disaster – somehow walked away to demonize and demagogue again.

Democrats used their convention to tell America how incompetent and terrible and mean President Bush and the Republican Party was in 2005 both during and after Hurricane Katrina.  Maybe a lot of Americans across the country believed them.

But you know who didn’t believe the huge load of bull poop?  Louisianans.  They voted most of the rat bastards out of office and voted in Republicans who got things done.  About the only holdover is New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin.  New Orleans is such an entrenched liberal bastion that they wouldn’t vote out the devil if he were a Democrat (in fact, being Beelzebub would probably be his primary campaign point).

Get this excerpt from National Public Radio:

Democrats Losing Ground In Louisiana

by Ron Elving

Morning Edition, August 18, 2008 · Democrats are improving their voter registration numbers in many states this year. But in Louisiana, where they’ve long been the registered majority, Democrats are losing ground while Republicans are gaining.

That’s a bit of a surprise, given all of the anger at the Bush administration’s response to Hurricane Katrina…

Bush’s Strong Approval Rating

Not far from that 14-lane crossroads is the new headquarters of the Louisiana Republican Party, part of the new Louisiana.

“We are the party of change in Louisiana, no doubt about it,” says party spokesman Aaron Baer. “In Louisiana, Republicans are the candidates who want to change the system that isn’t working for the people. That may not be a case Republicans are able to sell nationwide, but we can do that message here.”

Roger Villere, a florist and the chairman of the Louisiana GOP, says the Republican Party is growing and blooming in Louisiana.

“So we went from zero statewide elected officials to now having five out of seven, and having a Republican governor,” Villere says. “And we’re really excited about that.”

Gov. Bobby Jindal, 37, has been mentioned as a vice presidential prospect after just seven months in office. He’s riding high in local polls now.

But what’s more striking is President Bush’s approval rating in Louisiana. It’s still up around 50 percent in the state, roughly 20 points higher than the national average.

Villere says it’s because most people don’t hold Bush responsible for the post-Katrina disaster.

“You have to remember George Bush is president of the U.S.,” Villere says. “He wasn’t mayor of New Orleans or governor of Louisiana. … Those were all Democrats, they weren’t Republicans.”

The wisdom of Louisianans is being rewarded in Republican Governor Bobby Jindal.  This incredibly competent leader is on the ball and genuinely getting things done (kind of like Governor Sarah Palin over in Alaska, by the way), and his efforts have turned a state that was a disaster waiting for a disaster into a well-governed machine that is capable of protecting its citizens.

One of the truly pathetic aspects to the Democrat’s approach to Hurricane Katrina (Screw everything up through incompetence, waste, and graft, then point at the closest Republican for blame) is that – in their one-dimensional narrative to demonize, they ignored real heroism from men and women who should have received credit, but didn’t.

Jack Harrison, a spokesman for the National Guard Bureau in Arlington, Virginia, cited “10,244 sorties flown, 88,181 passengers moved, 18,834 cargo tons hauled, 17,411 saves” by air. Unlike the politicians, they had a working chain of command that commandeered more relief aid from other Guard units outside the state. From day one.

There were problems, true: FEMA melted down. Political leaders, from the Mayor to Governor to the White House, showed “A Failure of Initiative”, as a recent House report put it. That report, along with sharply critical studies by the White House and the Senate, delve into the myriad of breakdowns, shortages and miscommunications that hampered relief efforts.

Still, by focusing on the part of the glass that was half-empty, the national media imposed a near total blackout on the nerve center of what may have been the largest, most successful aerial search and rescue operation in history.

“The Coast Guard, the National Guard, the military in general performed heroically,” said Sen. Robert Barham, R-Oak Ridge, who monitored the Superdome operation from Baton Rouge as head of the Louisiana State Senate’s Homeland Security Committee. His opposite number in the Louisiana House, Rep. Francis Thompson, D-Delhi, said, “They (the Guard) did a yeoman’s job.” Both said they were getting very different pictures from TV than they got from the Guardsmen at the Dome, and the state fish and wildlife department, another key player in the rescue operation.

“TV of the Superdome was perplexing to most folks,” Thompson said. “You had them playing the tapes of the same incidents over and over, it tends to bias your thinking some, you tend to think it’s worse than it really is.” Official estimates at this point suggest the Guard, working from the Dome, saved 17,000 by air and uncounted thousands more by boat.

Let’s try that again: The cavalry wasn’t late. It didn’t arrive on Thursday smoking a cigar and cussing. It was there all along.

But Democrats aren’t about heroes.  They’re all about anger and blame.

The Republican Party is essentially canceling the first night of its all-important convention, rather than risk being seen as joyful and celebrating while people are suffering.  And here you’ve got Democrats – cheering not only for the Republicans’ bad fortune, but for the Hurricane itself.

How many languages can you say “pathetic” in?

I pray that neither of these two hurricanes incoming will take any lives, or do serious damage to those who have already suffered enough.  And I trust that millions of Americans of both political parties are joining with me in that sincere petition to God.

As Abraham Lincoln told us, we should not be too quick to claim that God is on our side; rather we need to remember to pray humbly that we are moved to be on God’s side.

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