Y'know, I'm just a clown who does funny pictures
of the pretzeldent making an ass of himself. It's really easy work, actually...
However, IMHO, it is VERY important at this time
for the Democratic leadership, or what's left of it anyway, to show REAL
take-charge action-oriented response, while ALSO keeping the fires of outrage
at these unacceptable delays and horrible misjudgements by Butch and his
gang STOKED TO THE MAX... and the BEST way for Dems to do that is to get
off their asses and make VERY visible efforts to alleviate the suffering
of the trapped victims, while at the SAME TIME taking a break each time
they airlift another helicopter load of survivors to safety (are you listening,
Al?) to totally REAM Butch out for the shit job all his new and innovative
organizations are doing; to call attention to the stuff they're experiencing
first-hand on these missions of mercy, and to marvel openly at the fact
that the united states is acting with such incredibly shameful incompetence
that it doesn't even deserve to be capitalized anymore (haha, pretty subtle,
eh?)... then say, "Hate to cut this short, but I gotta go pick up another
load of desperate people the administration has left to drown like rats.
Stick around; I'm sure I'll have more horror stories when I return."
Then go out and do it again; rest and repeat as necessary.
Not all could get that deep in the trenches; but
some COULD work DIRECTLY with groups of the newly-released survivors, even
help to assemble pre-fab temporary housing and the like which they've found
ways to procure... and then they'd STILL have some first-hand experience,
and could relate the horror stories of those who were left in that Hell
pit for 5 and more days...
In THIS way, the people doing the criticizing would
wield a greater authority in their claims of Butchian incompetence and dereliction
of duty; if they themselves are on the front lines, doing the work neglected
by the neocon asshats, won't they present the STARKEST and most OBVIOUS
contrast of Dem's passionate and determined capability, vs. Republican casual
indifference, rather transparent racist tendencies and total cluelessness?
ONLY problem is: Some Dems have already come forward,
but most remain strangely silent. I have to assume that these are the Dems
who have been corrupted to the Dark Side, or who have awakened in their
beds absolutely SURROUNDED by severed horse heads, along with a polite anonymous
note asking how their daughter is doing these days at that small private
school in upstate New York, or those who are controlled by blackmail, probably
most of it sexual or dealing with knowledge of their own past mistakes or
corruptions, large or small... for even the smallest mistake can become
an impeachable offense, when the entire corrupt newsmedia stands behind
the ridiculous allegations and confabulations of disciplined Repubs smearing
those they wish to silence or render completely without credibility (just
In a way, the bought-and-paid-for MSM is perhaps
the greatest evil of all; were it not for their happy complicity, ButchCo
could NEVER have gotten away with even their first three attempts at subverting
and totally fucking up what America is all about... and we're on #77 or
so at this point...
HOWEVER... many of the newslackeys themselves are
proving not to have the strong stomach for wholesale slaughter that their
Dark Masters seem to enjoy... there HAS been a partial turnabout in terms
of news coverage, but look for those honest people to be dismissed, or reassigned
to cover Iceland, or suddenly quit (the Repubs have an immense supply of
severed horse heads on ice for such contingencies, I'm quite sure)... that
is, if we can't begin to turn things around RIGHT NOW! We may NEVER have
another chance like this; we CAN'T afford to let that heat and that outrage
flag and fade in memory...
Let those Dems who still serve democratic ideals
and values concentrate for now on helping, but taking every small break
and opportunity for face-time to blast out the msg that this was the biggest
relief-effort fuck-up in all human history. Let them point out that HALLIBURTON
was awarded the contract to do most of the cleanup--the same HALLIBURTON
that has been doing such a totally laughable job of rebuilding Iraq and
feeding and arming and outfitting our troops with the tools they need simply
to defend themselves in a foreign land. The Halliburton whose darn ol' computers
KEEPS accidentally overcharging by millions and millions... oops! OOPS!
Let our good Dems stand in bloodied shirts from
helping to lift and carry wounded people, and keep repeating "WHY FIVE
DAYS? WHY DIDN'T THEY AIRDROP WATER AND FOOD AND BASIC MEDICINES IN RIGHT
AWAY? WHY DIDN'T FEMA KNOW THERE WERE 20,000 PEOPLE TRAPPED IN THE SUPERDOME
UNTIL 3 DAYS AFTER EVERYONE ELSE KNEW? IS THIS THEIR IDEA OF SMART AND EFFICIENT
LEADERSHIP? WHY WOULDN'T THEY LET THE STARVING PEOPLE SIMPLY WALK OUT ON
WEDNESDAY AND GO TO WHERE FOOD AND FRESH WATER WAS? HOW CAN ANYONE FEEL
SAFE WITH THESE INCOMPETENTS IN CHARGE?"
Then, AFTER the MAJOR crisis is over in a week
or so, they can begin to present the EVIDENCE: timelines, lists of all the
national and international help that was denied by the Feds, the fake relief
effort photo-ops and the ringers Butch embraced and the trumped-up stories
of violence that bred paranoia and ridiculous over-caution in approaching
the rescue effort, and the choice audio and video stuff from Geraldo and
Mayor Nagin, and ALL the films and pics of the worst of it, some of which
may not yet have emerged... and in this next week, while we are still waiting
for the relief effort to move forward, WE here at DU can ALL be instrumental
in assembling that documentation, then media-blasting it everywhere; we
can provide our elected officials ready-made documents to back up their
questioning of the WH and fema responses... and then let the brave Dems
out there REALLY crank up that criticism, while WE find ways to blog the
info out to, AMAZINGLY, the STILL-sleeping masses out there who may otherwise
miss out on ALL the details...
And we'll have to encourage and support those brave
Dems too, and to hammer any others we think may be swayed now...
Unique opportunities lie ahead in the coming weeks;
MANY of those who have up til now fallen in line with Butch and his boys
may just find the cajones to speak up and turn on him, if we show them enough
To be perfectly honest, I hate politics. I hate
writing politicians and asking them "Will you PLEASE do your motherfucking
But that's what we're gonna hafta do.
And it wouldn't hurt either, for our leaders to
point out that the neocons seem to be using this whole thing to foment racist
tensions. From where I'm sitting, as a white American in suburbia, it's
my opinion that the fires are certainly beginning to smolder and burn in
amongst black communities... but what's more disturbing is the sadly racist
reactions from uninformed white Americans who seem to think that there is
no such thing as racism in America, and also (oddly enough) that this whole
thing is going to be a tremendous windfall for poor blacks, another opportunity
for them lazy critters to "ride they system"...
THAT'S where the REAL fomenting is taking place;
I'll bet many whites are already angrier than blacks OUGHT to be--because
the very act of suggesting that there are racist elements to this horrifying
spectacle brings out the ugly defensiveness of the common white racist.
I'm white, and I can tell you from experience that white racism is an inherently
latent trait; proud idiots that they are, their denial of their obvious
prejudice is usually extreme, and they tend to become so angered by being
called out for it that they immediately begin to find ways to turn it around
and blame the victim, while secretly reveling in the suffering of those
they profess to hold no hatred for at all.
Racism is actually an entirely human trait; it
resides in the agressive, territorial limbic brain, the R-complex, also
known as the reptile brain. All the fully autonomic functions like heartbeat
and breathing. Fight or flight. Desire and procreation. Pure survival, actually.
It is the core brain of every human being; within it resides our own most
base and prehistoric instincts for survival.
Throughout history, people of the same culture
have always had a hard enough time trusting one another; add some minor
but obvious difference such as race or religion, and the tendency for mistrust
and suspicion is multiplied tenfold. It's a subtle fucking game these neo-nazis
are playing, manipulating us at our very basest levels. Sex will ALWAYS
sell, as will fear, and the violence it begets.
We have to be smarter than that. We the people,
we diverse peoples, have to stand strong together, shoulder to shoulder...
we have to. NOW.
New Orleans changes everything.
So... we cannot AFFORD to wait. We must both help
and support, AND keep blasting away.
There is NO reason I can think of that we can't
walk and chew bubblegum at the same time, keep the fires good and hot...
and when the work is done, TURN on the true culprits of this clusterfuck
and go after 'em with everything we've got.
Should be an interesting time in DC come the 24th.