I’m shocked watching the news about everything that’s happening in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. It saddens me that there could be so much devastation and so many people killed. But it maddens me to see that the response hasn’t been enough, that it’s too little, too late.
Sheesh, this is America.
Why is it so hard to mobilize a relief effort? We put a man on the moon 40 years ago, but we can’t stop the chaos after a hurricane.
I understand that we were unprepared and the storm was bigger than we thought. It happens, move on. But three days later why are we still having so many problems? Why are refugees starving and shooting and looting? Why are they dying?
If this is such a crisis, which I believe it is, why can’t this great country rally to do something about it?
Buses are in short supply to ship people out. Greyhound was shipping in 67 buses tonight. Great, but that hardly sounds like enough. How about sending every bus within 500 miles?
Food and water are running out. OK, let’s ship more in. Drop it by the truckload all over the place and organize some distribution.
If we have refugees with no place to go, send a bus load to every church or community center or elementary school within 500 miles. Mobilize teams of volunteers to man those refugee centers. Ship supplies to those refugee centers.
I can’t understand why there are any obstacles in the way of helping these people. We should have the ingenuity, the money, the manpower–whatever is necessary to deal with this. The President, the Governor, the FEMA people, the Red Cross people–whoever, they need to think big and empower the American people to help in huge ways. Don’t sit there and tell us help is coming while we watch people die on the news.
The fact that we can’t deal with this is a sad, sad commentary.