For all the enormity of the destruction and the lingering uncertainty about how many years it will take to "rebuild the great city of New Orleans," as Mr. Bush said in his remarks on Saturday, some Republicans suggested that the impact could prove fleeting in this age of fast-moving events, and that Mr. Bush's visit to the region on Friday had helped some in addressing concerns about his response.
"Next Tuesday the Roberts hearings start, and that's going to occupy a significant part of the daily coverage," said Richard N. Bond, a former Republican chairman, referring to the Supreme Court confirmation hearings of Judge John G. Roberts Jr."
I believe at this point, no one in the world, be they Republican, Democrat, Independent, or from a foreign country puts the disastrous relief efforts to date anywhere but square at the feet of Bush. While New Orleans has finally been evacuated, the rest of Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama are in desperate need of assistance. The slow response by the Federal government will be counted in thousands of human lives when this is all said and done, not in billions of dollars as you read in the paper.
George Bush has been slow to respond to this disaster and now he and his cabinet are in full damage control mode. They are seeking to minimize the political losses in Washington and nothing less, but what I want to focus on is the above quoted portion of an article.
The Bush administration is banking on the fact that we will all be typical Americans. This may be a hard pill for some of you to swallow, but it is the truth. They expect us to get burnt out on the media coverage and that the media itself will move to another story to distract us, the masses and then this firestorm will pass.
You see, it is not the American people that are important to this administration. This should be glaringly obvious by now. I have heard some make it out to be a racial issue, it is not. It is a human issue. Humans versus dollars. In this administration, humans are second to dollars. In the first days of hurricane Katrina's aftermath, Bush was doing fund raisers, garnering support for the war in Iraq, and then most ridiculously, telling us that we need to stay the course in Iraq to keep the oil there safe from terrorists.
It was not until this last statement exploded like Hiroshima in his face that the administration set about to do something about the seething masses and this silly Katrina thing.
My question is this: Will we (and by we I mean Republicans, Democrats, and Independents) simply get distracted by other news stories and simply chalk up Katrina as being a $100 billion natural disaster or will we hold Bush and his administration responsible for the thousands of lives that have perished through their lack of direction and leadership in a time of national crisis? These days mark the testing of our nation as a people; are we up to the challenge? Bush and his administration have been tested, and their mettle has been found lacking. It is my fear that as a nation, we will be found similarly lacking as well. Please, prove me wrong.