Lets put aside Bush's lie that "no one expected the levees to break" when IT WAS PREDICTED! The Times Picayune of New Orleans won awards for PREDICTING IT. But Bush will lie whenever he can, which is why Republicans want a new guy in charge...
Fear not, Republicans, the call for another disgraced Republican is on, and that man, of course, is their favorite bragole (brah-zhole) Rudolph Giuliani.
Rep. John Sweeney, R-N.Y., urged President Bush to appoint former New York City mayor Rudolph Giuliani or two former military officials to run the ground response in the Gulf Coast, saying local authorities are not up to the task.Lets look at our candidates here.
Sweeney suggested Giuliani or retired generals Colin Powell and Tommy Franks could take charge of the much-criticized hurricane relief efforts.
"We owe it to the American people to have America's best leaders with experience on the ground running this," said Sweeney. "It's been painfully obvious over the last four or five days that the circumstances and challenges coming at us are new, are nothing that had ever been anticipated."
First, we have Rudy, who has ZERO CONNECTION to New Orleans, and yet, he's the leader we need. If ignoring the concerns of black people is what you're looking for then Rudy is DEFINITELY the guy. Maybe, similar to what he did as mayor, he'll have all the police head into the Superdome and start issuing tickets to anyone with an outstanding warrant. Or, if we're luckier, he'll blame the black guy who gets shot for taking out his wallet.
Oh, that Rudy, a legacy created in a day.
Gotta appreciate Sweeney's efforts to get Rudy some positive press after his little downfall.
Then we have Colin Powell. Afterall, he can sympathize with so many of the "refugees." REFUGEES! That's what they're called! Powell, who is almost black, is a perfect person for the Republicans to go down there and show their other stripe. Would he take the gig? Hmmm...not sure. I mean, there were rumors of Presidential aspirations, but I'm not sure he wants to get his hands dirty with a mess that is really beyond fixable, at least for now.
Finally, Tommy Franks. You remember the amazing job he did in Iraq! Maybe he'll donate some of the funds he made from the sale of his recent book. That should go a long way...
Now lets focus on the real issue here, and that's racism.
I keep hearing, "If these people were white they would have been airlifted out in 5 minutes...they'd have all the food they need...Bush would have been here already..."
I'm not sure I believe any of that. Plus, I can't remember a time when I saw white people even in a situation like this. Do you know why you don't see it? Because white people generally don't live in shanty towns in New Orleans and Africa for this country makes sure that doesn't happen.
Ahhh, now we're getting somewhere. Of course, there were white people mixed in with the black folks, representatively similar to the white specks you see when you stare really closely at pepper, but those people are pretty much black too, at least in the way they're treated in life.
So why couldn't these people get out of New Orleans, a city with 30% unemployment? Well, there's your answer! These people have no jobs, money, education, know how, cars, houses with doors, windows, anything. These people don't have a chance to escape, and I don't just mean the storm. I'm talking about their overall plight, period.
Where were they going to go? Did they have enough money to squeeze multiple people into a car, and head to a hotel outside the city somewhere? Stay for days? No! So they stayed at home, waiting for a storm they never thought would be this bad. Could life actually deal them cards worse than they're playing? Yes, life could, and did.
All of this gets back to the fact that this country doesn't do anything to truly make a difference in the lives of the poor. I'm not even going to get back into the predicted environmental impact issues related to the levees, and the lack of funds for the Corps of Engineers, FEMA, and anything related to environmental issues.
This is all about education and opportunity! When Kanye West says, "Bush don't care about black people..." he's not saying it solely in response to this event. He's saying it because he sees suffering in every major city across the country, and conservatives like Bush aren't willing to do anything to change that. This is just a day when folks like West know it's a chance to point out the racist reality in this country.
How can we let this happen to people in America?!?!? That's the big question. How can the richest country allow this to happen? I ask, "Allow what to happen?" Are you wondering why we allow people to be so poor, with little chance for opportunity? Is that what you're wondering? Are you wondering why we don't fund education ten-fold so people can have the chance to live better lives, and not have to be put in situations like this to begin with? I've been wondering the same thing!
Hey, if these were white people, do I think Bush would have been there faster? Well, if Karl Rove told him these were white people in areas that vote Bush, then certainly. If these were extremely poor white people, not so sure. He may have asked Karl if this is an issue he needs to deal with a bit quicker. His party doesn't care about anyone who's poor, it just so happens so many blacks are.
You can rest assured when the environmentally concerned start discussing Global Warming in two weeks, when the media is begging for more angles, you'll hear the "don't politicize this" crowd loud and clear, and they'll be conservatives. When you start hearing the questions about Bush and blacks, you'll hear it again. You'll hear it again, and again, and again, the same way US policy has nothing to do with what happened on September 11, 2001. The same way the Bush family has nothing to do with the Saudi Royal Family. The real issues will be swept under the wrong, and nothing will change.
More creedence will be given to the fact that "New Orleans was built in a bad area...it never should have been built..." That'll be a good party line.