Tuesday, September 06, 2005

Recognizing a Failure

"Our government failed those people."

That's what Bill Clinton said about the Katrina victims on Labor Day. Apparently he had not heard that 46% of people (margin of error 4% - so could be 42% or could be 50%) approve of how this has been handled. He said, "I take it now there is no dispute about it. 100% of the people recognize that it was a failure."

I know, that's what all thinking, reasonable, kind people would believe.

But the surveys tell a different story. You know how that works - surveys where people can say what they REALLY think/feel without having to defend it. Nor surprisingly, it's right down party lines.

Conservatives think everything went fine - no problems - A-OK - ship shape. It's OK to leave victims of a hurricane without food or water for five days - as long as they're people who CHOSE to stay behind because they chose to be poor. Let them live in squalid conditions at the SuperDome, drown in their homes, be without medication and die from exposure. It's all fine. The administration did a great job.

Honest to God, I truly don't know what kind of cruel,heartless, cold people I'm living with in this country. All I know is there are more of them than there are of me and I'm scared. Very scared.

Anyone who's not one of them should be. And - yes - it is an us/them thing. Gone are the days when it was just a disagreement about how to solve our problems. They don't think there ARE any problems.

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