Making the worst of a bad situation

It was to be expected that President Bush would be blamed for the hurricane that obliterated New Orleans and cut a murderous swath through 3 states. As if proving once again that everything in this country passes through a political sieve, opportunists were blustering with bitter condemnation of every move made by the feds, while conveniently refusing to criticize Louisiana Governor Kathleen Blanco, and New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin, both Democrats.

The city and the state were always aware of the perilous position of New Orleans below sea level. But the lack of preparation for such a cataclysmic event, was not blamed on them, but directed at Bush. This is tantamount to an admission that individual states have no responsibility for their own destiny in the worldview of the Bush—bashers. It also proves that every negative occurrence in America will inevitably be laid at the steps of the White House, at least until the next Democrat moves in. While liberal politicians and commentators were filling their quills with poisonous arrows and putting a bulls—eye on Bush, the victims of Katrina were just as dead, just as hungry, just as homeless and just as destitute as they would have been no matter who the Chief Executive was.

To suggest that a President Clinton, or Gore, or Kerry, could have done more is to use a national tragedy as a political football, and should be met with the same contempt shown to those who would loot jewelry stores during such a disaster. One New York Times editor, speaking on ABC News, insinuated sarcastically that presidential advisor, Karl Rove was probably making the decisions for the rescue effort. Sadly, these Bush haters are so filled with bile they can't conjure up a thought that isn't predicated on building a platform for the next liberal to occupy the Oval Office.

With Cindy Sheehan and her anti—war diatribe knocked out of the headlines, what else could the leftist, anti—America mob do except find another excuse to bash Bush? Not to be left out of the finger pointing orgy, celebrities wasted no time in getting their jabs in. Singer, Celine Dion, waxed hysterical on the Larry King Show with a tear—filled display of emotion, mixed with her vast experience in military and disaster—related strategy. 'If Bush can send thousands of troops to kill people and take over an entire country in Iraq, why can't he save lives right here in New Orleans,' shrieked the bird—brained canary.

All of which should make us feel very grateful that these screwballs are not making policy for this country; otherwise, we'd all be floating around in the sewage.

Of course, one can't leave the subject of political opportunity without mentioning that Jesse Jackson, America's extortionist in chief, was on the airwaves fulminating about the 'Quite evident lack of interest this administration has in helping stranded black folks.' The 'reverend' went on to say the president visited New York the day after the 9/11 tragedy but, waited 4 days to visit the devastation in Louisiana. Describing the scene in New Orleans as resembling 'the hull of a slave ship,' Jackson took to the podium in typical demagogic fashion, working assiduously to keep segregation alive. For, without conflict between the races, charlatans like Jackson would have to get a real job. Undoubtedly, if the fast—talking hustler could blame this hurricane on a major corporation he would again be able to line his pockets with a portion of their assets by threatening to charge them with racism unless they made significant 'donations' to his favorite charity, Rainbow/Push Coalition, aka, Jesse Jackson Inc.

Bob Weir is a former detective sergeant in the New York City Police Department. He is the editor of The News Connection in Highland Village, Texas. BobWeir777@aol.com

It was to be expected that President Bush would be blamed for the hurricane that obliterated New Orleans and cut a murderous swath through 3 states. As if proving once again that everything in this country passes through a political sieve, opportunists were blustering with bitter condemnation of every move made by the feds, while conveniently refusing to criticize Louisiana Governor Kathleen Blanco, and New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin, both Democrats.

The city and the state were always aware of the perilous position of New Orleans below sea level. But the lack of preparation for such a cataclysmic event, was not blamed on them, but directed at Bush. This is tantamount to an admission that individual states have no responsibility for their own destiny in the worldview of the Bush—bashers. It also proves that every negative occurrence in America will inevitably be laid at the steps of the White House, at least until the next Democrat moves in. While liberal politicians and commentators were filling their quills with poisonous arrows and putting a bulls—eye on Bush, the victims of Katrina were just as dead, just as hungry, just as homeless and just as destitute as they would have been no matter who the Chief Executive was.

To suggest that a President Clinton, or Gore, or Kerry, could have done more is to use a national tragedy as a political football, and should be met with the same contempt shown to those who would loot jewelry stores during such a disaster. One New York Times editor, speaking on ABC News, insinuated sarcastically that presidential advisor, Karl Rove was probably making the decisions for the rescue effort. Sadly, these Bush haters are so filled with bile they can't conjure up a thought that isn't predicated on building a platform for the next liberal to occupy the Oval Office.

With Cindy Sheehan and her anti—war diatribe knocked out of the headlines, what else could the leftist, anti—America mob do except find another excuse to bash Bush? Not to be left out of the finger pointing orgy, celebrities wasted no time in getting their jabs in. Singer, Celine Dion, waxed hysterical on the Larry King Show with a tear—filled display of emotion, mixed with her vast experience in military and disaster—related strategy. 'If Bush can send thousands of troops to kill people and take over an entire country in Iraq, why can't he save lives right here in New Orleans,' shrieked the bird—brained canary.

All of which should make us feel very grateful that these screwballs are not making policy for this country; otherwise, we'd all be floating around in the sewage.

Of course, one can't leave the subject of political opportunity without mentioning that Jesse Jackson, America's extortionist in chief, was on the airwaves fulminating about the 'Quite evident lack of interest this administration has in helping stranded black folks.' The 'reverend' went on to say the president visited New York the day after the 9/11 tragedy but, waited 4 days to visit the devastation in Louisiana. Describing the scene in New Orleans as resembling 'the hull of a slave ship,' Jackson took to the podium in typical demagogic fashion, working assiduously to keep segregation alive. For, without conflict between the races, charlatans like Jackson would have to get a real job. Undoubtedly, if the fast—talking hustler could blame this hurricane on a major corporation he would again be able to line his pockets with a portion of their assets by threatening to charge them with racism unless they made significant 'donations' to his favorite charity, Rainbow/Push Coalition, aka, Jesse Jackson Inc.

Bob Weir is a former detective sergeant in the New York City Police Department. He is the editor of The News Connection in Highland Village, Texas. BobWeir777@aol.com