Friday, September 02, 2005

That's easy for YOU to say, Mr. Brown

Victims bear some responsibility for being placed into HELL according to Mr. "I've Never Gone Hungry" FEMA Chief Brown.

You know, Mr. Brown - I've spent the better part of the last two days in complete anguish and disbelief over what is going on in my country. I've seen what the networks feel is appropriate to show and know that the horrors these people are enduring are far, far worse than the worst they can show on CNN. I listen to my neighbors, comfortable in their dry homes, their only inconvenience being the folks at the McD's drive-thru can't get their breakfast sandwich right, complain about gas going to over $3 a gallon and clicking their tongues in disapproval over the deplorable looting and violence in post-Katrina New Orleans.

I think you're all missing the point here.

Do you have a car Mr. Brown? I'm sure it's a nice one that gets you where you want to go. Do you have money for gas to drive a few hundred miles? Yes, I'm sure that as FEMA Chief you're making above minimum wage. How about credit cards, sir? Are you able to get a hotel reservation?

Now listen up, you sanctimonious prick. Most of the people remaining in the areas of the gulf coast did so because they had no choice. Sure, there are a few yahoos that stayed behind because they didn't believe the storm would be that bad or because they'd rather stay with their precious stuff. Those aren't the folks who are dying at the New Orleans Convention Center. These are the poor of our nation - the people that those of your ilk would like to pretend don't exist.

Mr. Brown, I have some more questions for you. If it was that important for them to evacuate, why wasn't there adequate transportation to get them out of the city? Why wasn't shelter arranged out of the storm zone to keep these folks safe? Why weren't adequate provisions put together in the days before the storm to keep these people taken care of? Why didn't your agency give these people a choice?

It's so easy in the aftermath of something like this to go public and say, "Sure, these people are suffering but they are partially to blame!" from your nice, comfy, DRY office far removed from the torture that these people are suffering through. You folks dropped the ball on this one. This is what EMERGENCY management is all about, Mr. Brown. Look it up.

1 comment:

Shag said...

Thank you for voicing my opinion so eloquently. If so many literate people have the mental capicity to point out these hypocrosies, why have our "leaders" been silent?

I can barely make ends meet each month and I still probably make double what these poor souls make. To blame those without means about their misfortunes due to an "act of God" is beyond reprehensible.

The question we should be asking is not why did these people stay (try uprooting your family and what little meager posessions you have without any money or transport), that's pretty obvious to most with common sense. The question we should be asking is why did the federal government, it's vacationing leader, and FEMA not have a contingency plan for what seemed like an obviously predictable aftermath to a forecasted hurricane.

To blame the lack of forsight on the part of federal agencies on hapless victims of a natural disaster.........

Fact: New Orleans is below sea level

Fact: Hurricanes produce rain, lots of rain

Fact: Levees break

Fact: Evacuees need something in which to be evacuated