posted on Sep, 2 2005 @ 01:38 PM
America was devistated by an incredibly powerful hurrican this week. Hurricane Katrina ripped through Mississippi and decimated the levies in New
Orleans, essensially wiping the entire city off of the map. So many have been devistated by this disaster, and many others are losing their lives in
the aftermath. We have chaos, absloute chaos. Gangs roam the streets at night, looters steal televisions and similar things with impunity.
Yet America is coming together. I myself am trying to get several friends, one of which owns a Lake Michigan worthy speed boat, to come down to New
Orleans. Our plan is to hit the Mighty Mississippi just north of Lousiana and bring water to as many people as we can find. There's a hazard in this;
people may mob the boat trying to get to safety, and we may be shot and killed so one selfish individual can get all the water to themselves. These
risks do no concern me, though. These scumballs are the minority; the majority of people are just trying to survive.
I am not the only person making this effort. Millions across the country are coming together and putting funds and resources towards helping the
victims. These people desperatly need our help, and America is, once again, stepping up to the need. We can be some selfish, self-centered ^%$#s, but
when a need arises, the true character of the United States of America is seen. I, at least, will risk everything to bring as much as I can to these
people who have lost everything. Looking at the news these days, it appears the risk is very real.
America is stepping up to the plate, and we're about to hit a homer. (Dang, just got tears in my eyes writing that...)
Then I go online. I watch the news. I read the New York Times. People are using this terrible tragedy to make a political career for themselves!
People are pointing the finger, people are upset with foriegn aid, people are upset with the responsiveness, people are upset with the lack of
resources, and people are upset with gas prices. This is all understandable, but we're reacting to this in exactly the opposite manner we should be.
We have finger pointing going on right now. It's Carter's fault the resources aren't there to fix the problem. It's Bush's fault Katrina
developed. It's your fault, your fault, your fault.
So the F*** what? Now is not the time to be pointing fingers! We'll have plenty of time to be doing that after those people in need are relieved.
Right now, we need to focus on what can be done to help these people, not whose fault it is they're not being helped. You see they're not being
helped? GET OUT THERE AND DO SOMETHING! Don't sit from your easychair and give your opinion of how everyone is screwing up while doing nothing
yourself to contribute.
These uncompassionate political hacks are not the majority here in the US, though. Every friend I've called has been disgusted with their actions,
and many can't believe this is taking place while there is such a despirate need for help in the American South East. We have a crisis of epic
proportions, and the New York Times is reporting on how terrible Bush's speach was, and the fallout, at least with my friends and family, is
incredible. These people and media outlets politicizing this event are losing customers left and right because of that. Unfortunately, they're media
icons in many cases, and sources my foriegn friends read to find out more about what's going on in the ol' USA.
Do not be fooled, this is not the opinion of the majority. You're see the same response from people here at ATS. Absloute disgust at the politicizing
of this issue as it's taking place. They are the loud minority, we are the silent majority. I hope you don't think too harshly of America
because of this absloute garbage coming out of our media. It is not where we stand, it is where media outlets think they will get more money through
[edit on 9-2-2005 by junglejake]