Liberty Just in Case

A Dialogue for the September 12th World

The Left’s Attempt to Politicize Katrina

Posted by Mark on September 1, 2005

The drumbeat begins, from Robert F. Kennedy’s attack on the Governor of Alabama, to CNN Commentator Cafferty’s snide remarks yesterday about President Bush.
Just check out the headlines on today’s Huffington Post.
At a time when the nation should be coming together, the Left can’t overcome it’s hatred of Bush and Conservatives. It’s truly disgusting.
Update: 12:15 PM
What in the world is Dean and the Democrats thinking?!?!

To: National Desk

Contact: Josh Earnest of the Democratic National Committee, 202-863-8148

WASHINGTON, Sept. 1 /U.S. Newswire/ — The following was released today by the Democratic National Committee:

This morning, President Bush told Diane Sawyer on ABC’s Good Morning America that to ease skyrocketing gas prices Americans “oughtta conserve more and I would hope Americans conserve if given the choice.”(ABC, Good Morning America, 9/1/05)

Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean issued the following statement reminding President Bush that in case he hadn’t noticed, ordinary Americans have been doing their part. They have been making sacrifices, they have been suffering. Meanwhile President Bush has failed to rein in skyrocketing gas prices. Now, in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, as Americans pull together to do their part, and gas prices again explode, Chairman Dean suggested that perhaps it’s time for President Bush to finally use whatever influence he may have to call on his friends and campaign contributors in the oil and gas industry to bear their fair share of the burden:

“Under the Bush Presidency over the past five years we’ve seen skyrocketing gas prices and oil companies reaping record profits, while ordinary Americans struggle to pay their bills — yet the President has seemingly looked the other way. Americans are always willing to shoulder their fair share of the burden, and they have been. Now it’s time for the President to step up and put the needs of the American people ahead of profits for his pals in Big Oil. So while he’s asking ordinary Americans to do more, he ought to show some real leadership, and call on his friends in Big Oil to join in the sacrifice and stop gouging American families at the gas pump.”

Paid for and authorized by the Democratic National Committee, http://www.democrats.org. This communication is not authorized by any candidate or candidate’s committee.

At a time when they are a pulling hundreds, if not thousands of bodies from attics across the Gulf, Dean and the Democrats release this. At a time when this nation most needs unity in the midst of a disaster, they choose division and hatred. How can anyone want these people in office?

And, let’s not forget the Democrat paper of record:

Waiting for a Leader

George W. Bush gave one of the worst speeches of his life yesterday, especially given the level of national distress and the need for words of consolation and wisdom. In what seems to be a ritual in this administration, the president appeared a day later than he was needed. He then read an address of a quality more appropriate for an Arbor Day celebration: a long laundry list of pounds of ice, generators and blankets delivered to the stricken Gulf Coast. He advised the public that anybody who wanted to help should send cash, grinned, and promised that everything would work out in the end.

We will, of course, endure, and the city of New Orleans must come back. But looking at the pictures on television yesterday of a place abandoned to the forces of flood, fire and looting, it was hard not to wonder exactly how that is going to come to pass. Right now, hundreds of thousands of American refugees need our national concern and care. Thousands of people still need to be rescued from imminent peril. Public health threats must be controlled in New Orleans and throughout southern Mississippi. Drivers must be given confidence that gasoline will be available, and profiteering must be brought under control at a moment when television has been showing long lines at some pumps and spot prices approaching $4 a gallon have been reported.

Sacrifices may be necessary to make sure that all these things happen in an orderly, efficient way. But this administration has never been one to counsel sacrifice. And nothing about the president’s demeanor yesterday – which seemed casual to the point of carelessness – suggested that he understood the depth of the current crisis.

While our attention must now be on the Gulf Coast’s most immediate needs, the nation will soon ask why New Orleans’s levees remained so inadequate. Publications from the local newspaper to National Geographic have fulminated about the bad state of flood protection in this beloved city, which is below sea level. Why were developers permitted to destroy wetlands and barrier islands that could have held back the hurricane’s surge? Why was Congress, before it wandered off to vacation, engaged in slashing the budget for correcting some of the gaping holes in the area’s flood protection?

It would be some comfort to think that, as Mr. Bush cheerily announced, America “will be a stronger place” for enduring this crisis. Complacency will no longer suffice, especially if experts are right in warning that global warming may increase the intensity of future hurricanes. But since this administration won’t acknowledge that global warming exists, the chances of leadership seem minimal.

The Bush hatred of the Left outweighs any compassion for the suffering in New Orleans, Biloxi, and a thousand smaller towns and villages. Waiting For a Leader, the New York Times says. It’s the only true statement in the whole peice., as the Democrat Party waits for a leader with some vestige of morality and love of country. Looks like it may be a long wait.

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