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Do the Aftermath Math

‘Done’ by the Government

Bad Bench Marks

Flag Fuss Revisited

Do the Aftermath Math

Katrina woke up the American people. They saw that Bush was unable to lead, that his great boasting of homeland security was in reality only a sound bite designed to appeal to the fears everyone had after 9/11. Like the Wizard of Oz after the curtain was pulled aside, all we saw after Katrina hit was a worried little man sitting in front of the controls of a huge machine. A machine incapable of performing well enough to save thousands of lives.

So what did he do? Nothing!

For five days we watched in horror as people begged for their lives, for food and water, and shelter. Bush abandoned us all that night because we knew then our president was not a leader who loved us. He was not a leader that knew how to protect us.

It also revealed that in times of crisis our own government can become our enemy. The people who submitted to the request to go to the Superdome and the Convention Center were often worse off than the independent survivors who banded together outside those places.

Now we are seeing a steady stream of hyperbole about helping the poor. (Wake up, Bush. They are everywhere.)

Lavishing each person affected by the storm without assessing their needs—giving them child care, Section 8 housing, and all the material things people are donating to them—will only incense the working poor. Doesn’t Bush realize many middle-class families can’t afford childcare, education or home-ownership anymore either? If all the money is spent helping only the poor who happened to be in Katrina’s path, that would be very unfair. In every city and town in America there are people as poor as those in New Orleans. Don’t they also deserve our attention?

But Bush doesn’t care. He won’t end his tax breaks to corporations. He won’t bring our troops home or stop the ghastly and futile war he started under false pretenses. Instead, he will break into our grandchildren’s piggy bank once again. He will even borrow from foreign countries—countries who might someday become our enemies.

Saddam gassed the Kurds. Bush just stopped feeding his people. He left them to cook in the Superdome without any police protection or help. He wouldn’t even let them leave.

Both these men are heartless tyrants in my book. They never deserved to be in power in the first place.

Carole Borges


‘Done’ by the Government

Before I knew it, I was listening to yet another sermon about what the U.S. government should have done, has not done and should not have done in response to Katrina. From what I heard of the lyrics, I believe the singer failed to mention that thousands of good-hearted folks without government jobs have done and continue to do plenty to alleviate the pain and suffering of our dear Louisiana brothers and sisters.

Many of the club’s patrons showed with hollers and applause that their views were sympathetic with the singer’s, but I had to wonder if any of these folks had sent any money themselves, or actually headed down to Louisiana for some hands-on help. As far as I’m concerned, the less the government gets involved in the process, the better.

A friend of mine was instrumental in helping to coordinate a huge relief effort for flood victims in the mid-’90s in Kentucky. When the “official” relief finally arrived, they mostly got in the way, and ultimately decided to leave the work in the hands of the locals. The United States is supposed to be a government of the people. Why do we persist in looking to the government to cure all our woes and inundate us with handouts?

We should continue to look to each other, where the help doesn’t come with strings attached. When we let the government do for us, the government does us—and won’t respect us in the morning, either.

John Thomas Oaks


Bad Bench Marks

In Men in Black: How the Supreme Court is Destroying America, Mark Levin identifies a litany of cases in which laws have been written and rewritten by state and federal courts in direct violation of their basic duties under their respective constitutions. As the nations final arbiter, the U.S. Supreme Court has become the most egregious violator of its charge under the U.S. Constitution.

Unfortunately, American people have been enduring this unconstitutional situation for more than two centuries! It has become entrenched in our government and politics.

Groups and individuals with narrow interests use the courts for conveniently and quickly making laws. Getting a law written, rewritten, or nullified by courts is much easier, faster, and less costly than lobbying numerous state legislatures or the U.S. Congress, which is what they should be doing under state and federal constitutions. These narrow interests simply go to courts, then to appellate courts, and eventually to the U.S. Supreme Court to have their way on the American people, thereby circumventing the state legislatures, governors, the Congress and presidents who are supposed to pass and sign legislation.

Our elected officials play the game by passing and signing questionable legislation popular with news media and pollsters, then letting the courts strike down their lousy legislation. This shirking of official responsibility emboldens the courts to create laws themselves. Then those elected officials allow legislating from benches by meekly accepting whatever decisions the courts issue.

Misguided by the news media, the public accepts laws unconstitutionally created by the courts as though the process were proper. 

This charade has led to the twisted practice of stacking the courts with liberals or conservatives who will decide cases in accordance with their biases. The resultant circus of lobbying, filibustering, and personal destruction that our justice-appointment process has become is just another television drama that most Americans tune in or tune out as though it had no impact on annoys lives.

Legislating from the bench in defiance of the Constitution will not change as long as office holders, the news media, and we the people continue serving as the courts’ enablers by playing the game and passively accepting the courts’ illegal decisions regardless of their propriety under the Constitution. 

Bill Stack


Flag Fuss Revisited

Without getting too deep into causes of the war, defenders of the flag do not feel it is a symbol of slavery itself. It certainly has no more connection to racism and slavery than Old Glory. One might note that the oft-made claim that the Confederate flag is the banner of racist groups is false. It has been used by some racists, but the official flag of groups such as the KKK is that of the United States. Even schools named after founders and framers have come under attack in recent years. Why don’t we just change the name of everything every few years to make sure we aren’t too dated, or offending anyone?

Ryan McKenzie

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