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Monday, September 05, 2005

Michael Moore's letter to the President...And a Rebuttal

Michael Moore's open letter to President Bush:

Dear Mr. Bush:

Any idea where all our helicopters are? It's Day 5 of Hurricane Katrina and thousands remain stranded in New Orleans and need to be airlifted. Where on earth could you have misplaced all our military choppers? Do you need help finding them? I once lost my car in a Sears parking lot. Man, was that a drag.Also, any idea where all our national guard soldiers are? We could really use them right now for the type of thing they signed up to do like helping with national disasters. How come they weren't there to begin with?

Last Thursday I was in south Florida and sat outside while the eye of Hurricane Katrina passed over my head. It was only a Category 1 then but it was pretty nasty. Eleven people died and, as of today, there were still homes without power. That night the weatherman said this storm was on its way to New Orleans. That was Thursday! Did anybody tell you? I know you didn't want to interrupt your vacation and I know how you don't like to get bad news. Plus, you had fundraisers to go to and mothers of dead soldiers to ignore and smear. You sure showed her!

I especially like how, the day after the hurricane, instead of flying to Louisiana, you flew to San Diego to party with your business peeps. Don't let people criticize you for this -- after all, the hurricane was over and what the heck could you do, put your finger in the dike?And don't listen to those who, in the coming days, will reveal how you specifically reduced the Army Corps of Engineers' budget for New Orleans this summer for the third year in a row. You just tell them that even if you hadn't cut the money to fix those levees, there weren't going to be any Army engineers to fix them anyway because you had a much more important construction job for them -- BUILDING DEMOCRACY IN IRAQ!

On Day 3, when you finally left your vacation home, I have to say I was moved by how you had your Air Force One pilot descend from the clouds as you flew over New Orleans so you could catch a quick look of the disaster. Hey, I know you couldn't stop and grab a bullhorn and stand on some rubble and act like a commander in chief. Been there done that.There will be those who will try to politicize this tragedy and try to use it against you. Just have your people keep pointing that out. Respond to nothing.

Even those pesky scientists who predicted this would happen because the water in the Gulf of Mexico is getting hotter and hotter making a storm like this inevitable. Ignore them and all their global warming Chicken Littles. There is nothing unusual about a hurricane that was so wide it would be like having one F-4 tornado that stretched from New York to Cleveland.No, Mr. Bush, you just stay the course. It's not your fault that 30 percent of New Orleans lives in poverty or that tens of thousands had no transportation to get out of town. C'mon, they're black! I mean, it's not like this happened to Kennebunkport. Can you imagine leaving white people on their roofs for five days? Don't make me laugh! Race has nothing -- NOTHING -- to do with this!

You hang in there, Mr. Bush. Just try to find a few of our Army helicopters and send them there. Pretend the people of New Orleans and the Gulf Coast are near Tikrit.

Yours,Michael Moore

P.S. That annoying mother, Cindy Sheehan, is no longer at your ranch. She and dozens of other relatives of the Iraqi War dead are now driving across the country, stopping in many cities along the way. Maybe you can catch up with them before they get to DC on September 21st.Back to top

Dear Mr. Moore,

I appreciate you taking the time to write me regarding the situation in the Gulf Coast. I would like to correct a few facts that you, and your liberal friends, tend to obscure or even alter so that you may gain political advantage.

First of all, if you took the time to read the newspapers on the morning of Tuesday of August 30, you would have read headlines that said "New Orleans spared" or "New Orleans survives Katrina" It was later that day, when the levees gave way, that reulted in America's worst natural disaster. Within twenty-four hours I was in the Gulf Coast to observe the damage and within twenty-four hours of that, the troops were sent in as well as supplies and medicine. It can be tough driving through the only Interstate when it is completely submerged.

You also negelcted the fact, Mr. Moore, that I authorized state of emergencies in all the Gulf states days before Katrina hit. By doing this, the affected states would have easier and quicker access to emergency federal funding. It also mobilized the National Guard which were put on alert. I am sorry that the mayor of New Orleans and the governor of Louisiana did not familiarize themselves with the protocol of an emergency state, if so, they would have received federal help much more quickly. But, to be fair, they are both Democrats, and therefore are generally incompetant when it comes to national emergencies. I mean, could you imagine a President Al Gole during 9/11? I shudder when I think how close that reality almost was.

As for the levees, Mr. Moore, and the report you are referring to about it's risk and need to be upgraded, well, sir, if you check the dates, it was issued in 1993 when Bill Clinton was president. The levees are a state responsibility, not a Federal one, so you might want to talk to he Democratic governors since that report was issued as to why they neglected to deal with upgrading their levees.

One of the things I noticed while surveying the damage done to New Orleans is that all the buses used for public transit were sitting in their depots flooded out. I am troubled that the mayor of New Orleans didn't requisition the buses to evacuate his own citizens (although he did manage to evacuate preferred guests and tourists - ahead of his own citizens - from the Superdome). I'm assuming the mayor of New Orleans is not ignorant, but I can't understand why he did not take the poorest of the poor and desitute and put them on the now flooded buses and evacuate his people, his citizens.

In the end, Mr. Moore, what happened in the Gulf was a catastrophe of biblical proportions. That you would find the time to write me such a sobering, sarcastic letter shows me where your heart truly lies and it is not with the suffering people of the Gulf states. No, it seems that your heart lies in the ugly state of opportunitism of the worst kind: To push your agenda at the expense of those who are hurting. But, since the 1970's, that has been the Democratic Party's M.O.


PS Do you realize that the rate of number of hurricanes per year has decreased while I've been in office? Do you really want to insist on continuing your silly and contrived environmental arguments?

Do you also realize that no new oil refineries have been built since 1973? Do you know that it is because of legislation by leftist enviros to prohibit constructing new refineries that has made the price at the pump so high? Of course you knew that!!! It has been your plan all along - to make gasoline so expensive that the best alternative is to stop producing it, regardless that your "enviro" war most affects the people like those we have seen on television this past week.

Your "compassion" does not impress me.

Saturday, September 03, 2005

What Took You So Long?

As to why it took the federal government so long to help out New Orleans, one, the levee broke after Katrina hit, exasperating and multiplying the catastrophe. Secondly, because America is a nation of rights - a beuruacratic chain must be followed in order to protect individual state's rights.

It was up to first, the mayor of New Orleans to request help from the state, and then for the state, if need be, to request help from the federal gov't. In both instances, protocol was not followed due to the magnitude of the flooding, simply not being prepared for a worst-case scenario and incompetance by the mayor and governor.

One last reason is that the broadcast networks of ABC, NBC, CBS and FOX did not deem the tragedy significant enough to warrant round-the-clock coverage, thus telling Americans that what was happening in the Gulf was not important. I am still finding it odd to sit through silly commercials that are yelling at us to buy this or that, while displaced Americans are still suffering.

I guess all those liberal elites who run the broadcast media are less liberal, when it comes to the almighty dollar, then they thought they were...9/11 did not get the short shrift when it came to covering that debacle, but, then again, 9/11 is where the media elite are headquartered.
I can just imagine network execs in their meeting/strategy rooms telling each other, "Well, it's too bad about those 'po' black folk' down there in the Gulf, but it's not like they were attacked - like we were!!! What time do we have Tommy Lee on tonight?"

America, We Have A Problem

“There are two things which cannot be attacked in front: ignorance and narrow-mindedness. They can only be shaken by the simple development of the contrary qualities. They will not bear discussion."

“When a poor man becomes destitute, it is a moral evil, teeming with consequences and injurious to society and morality."

– Lord Acton

America, we have a problem. During NBC’s "A Concert for Hurricane Relief" last night, a telecast where the purpose was to encourage citizen donations to help the victims of Hurricane Katrina as well as bring the country together in a time of severe crisis, Rap star and producer, Kanye West, decided to take this time to express his opinion about the situation in the Gulf Coast by stating on-air, next to an extremely uncomfortable Mike Myers, that "George Bush doesn't care about black people" and said America is set up "to help the poor, the black people, the less well-off as slow as possible."

This statement was Mr. West’s attempt, in hip-hop parlance, to “keep it real.” I am inclined to give Mr. West, to a small degree, some slack. He is a young, black man who was acting on his emotions during a trying time, much like the other young black men who turned into looters, rapists and killers in the aftermath of Katrina. I am sure Mr. West’s comments are not uncommon feelings in most black urban communities.

How could such animosity ever take hold in a “Free” society like ours? Because America is not totally free. It has become a “nanny” state in which some citizens rely on the government for their basic needs. In other words, socialism has taken hold in America. Programs sponsored by the government always mean well because because America has a big heart - witness the current level of donations coming into various relief organizations - who value its citizens and immigrants.

Written on the base of The Statue of Liberty are the following words written by Emma Lazarus:

"Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore,
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!"

These words remind us who we are and what we stand for as Americans. These are also words fading fast from the memory of the American psyche. Thrust into a socialist throe by well-meaning legislation and turned into an ongoing business by the likes of black national leaders Je$$e Jack$on, Al $harpeton, and the Democratic leaders who crave power, even if in the end, like Richard III, their “kingdom” will be reduced to the value of a horse. America is slowly and most assuredly churning towards implosion from within. It is being preyed upon by opportunists who strike with both subtlety and bluntness. Once the subtlety is gone, the revolution will have begun. We are close to the end of subtlety.

Throughout world history, societies are built, destroyed and rebuilt again. America has, itself, undergone such extreme cycles three times in its short history. The first was the Revolution, the second was the Civil War, and the third was the social/cultural revolution of the 1960’s. The horrible reports and video of crime run rampant in New Orleans in the aftermath of Katrina is a preview, dear reader, of a fourth revolution to come.

If these words sound extreme or even daft, you need to re-read Mr. West’s statement above once more. He is speaking for an entire group of people who have been lied to by their leaders and who will willingly, not to mention blindly, follow them into anarchy.

"Liberty is not a means to a higher political end. It is itself the highest political end...liberty is the only object which benefits all alike, and provokes no sincere opposition...The danger is not that a particular class is unfit to govern. Every class is unfit to govern...Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely." -- Lord Acton