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September 07, 2005

I Am Hard Core

How can I blog on Katrina when I can't think of a single unbitchy way to do it?

Why does it have to be so complicated? So partisan? So myopic? So fucking whiny?

It's really VERY simple. This is what WE get for becoming a squishy-wishy, government dependent people with an inflated, if not false, sense of security.

Big mistake.

Think. For. Yourselves.

Live in the flood plain? Love it? Goooood. Insure yo butt, or build on stilts. Be prepared to evacuate at a moment's notice. And have a nestegg saved up. And bottled water.

Don't want to prepare? No prob. Just depend on the government. When has it ever failed you?

Ahhhh, my point. Love your country, but ask not what it can do for you. You have streets, parks and freedom, none of which were built in 48 hours.

We have ourselves. We have each other. We need to know that going in, and hold back (via the good vote) as many tax dollars as possible for privatized charity. Let THEM compete for our dough. They ain't runnin' for office. And they got there first.

When FEMA does arrive on the scene? Well, they can be the gravy. If the federal government is our "meat," we have a problem that is MUCH bigger than this petty ass blame game. Though I'll admit, as long as I AM paying for it, I wouldn't mind a little boogie in their woogie. But you won't see me betting my life on it.

As far as DIRECTING the people on the local level...well, that didn't go so well either. As much as I hate it, only some people think for themselves, and the rest need to be herded. My guess is that the local "shepherds" panicked after realizing that they couldn't simply grease Katrina's palm and make her go away.

Natural disaster happens. Disease happens. It is horrible, but we have really gotten arrogant if we think we are above acts of God. And I used that phrase on purpose. The Maker is not all about rainbows and silver linings. And when He delivers a wake up call, He does not do so with a flip phone.

We are angry, and we are bitter, and we want someone's head to roll! Monday morning quarterback! Brow beat the weary! We all want to...

Or we can mourn our dead. Send relief to the living. Encourage self sufficiency and independent thinking in future generations. Learn. Rebuild.

Personally, I HATE that I am not in a position to take off for a couple of months, go down there, tough it out, help out. And if I weren't nine years into an 18 year commitment, I'd be there.

I braved squalid conditions for a good cause before my daughter was born, and I'll likely do the same when she's off to college. Not because I owe anyone, not because they are entitled, but because they are suffering, children who could not make the call or save the money to evacuate are suffering.

It is our duty to help each other. After all, I believe those of us who survived it without a scratch outnumber the injured and the displaced, I'm guessing as much as a thousand to one. Imagine the possibilities.

Atlanta COULD have done as much as Houston, right? So where does the blame end, really?

posted by Key on 04:40 PM | Comments (14) | TrackBack (3)
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I LOVE this post of yours regarding Katrina. Especially this part..."Or we can mourn our dead. Send relief to the living. Encourage self sufficiency and independent thinking in future generations. Learn. Rebuild." Your blog is always a joy to read...always a first read on my list.

Posted by: Beth at September 7, 2005 09:54 PM

It is our duty to help each other...

You've got that right....

Well said my friend!!!

Posted by: Yabu at September 8, 2005 12:05 AM

Exactly, I couldn't of said it better.

Posted by: BeeBee at September 8, 2005 05:47 AM

wow, key...are we related? i love what you said about the arrogance towards acts of god..i tried to get there, but you did it much better..and yeah, you're right, it's all atlanta's fault..bastards!!

Posted by: shoe at September 8, 2005 08:21 AM

Yea, the whining and finger pointing has to stop. I was going to post on this as well but then decided that everything that can be said has been said, right or wrong.

Posted by: Dishonorable Schoolboy at September 8, 2005 09:55 AM

Well said!

Posted by: Kelly at September 8, 2005 10:07 AM

Fantastic, Key!!!

Posted by: zonker at September 8, 2005 02:02 PM

My sentiments exactly. You hit the nail on the head...

Excellent post, Key. Just dynamic.

Posted by: Dana at September 8, 2005 07:43 PM

Ah, Key, you speak of backbone, spine, spleen. Those characteristics that used to make us uniquely American. And which used to make Europeans envious of us, and yet proud of their offspring child. From de Toqueville to Churchill. Now they are merely jealous, as they have allowed their own cultures to deteriorate, sadly.

We are not the weak. We merely see the weak on display on the idiot box. The true stories of heroism and giving and sacrifice will come out after the zombies are slain. I guarantee.

Posted by: Velociman at September 8, 2005 10:34 PM

I stand in awe!

Posted by: denny at September 8, 2005 11:09 PM

Yes! Key, you make so much sense. Why won't other people see this logic?

Posted by: De at September 9, 2005 04:13 PM

Unique, yet common to the blogosphere . . .

Write something regarding a catastrophe about which you admittedly will do nothing in and of yourself, and the doing nothing is becomes a laudatory act.


Posted by: jb at September 10, 2005 03:05 PM

I linked this piece for sun Sep 11
Thank you

Posted by: GrampaPinhead at September 11, 2005 01:37 AM

Take a flyin' fuck at a rollin' doughnut JB. Put your "pithy" finger right up your own ass and experience what it feels like for somebody to help you out. Not somebody "else", but somebody.

I agree with Key. There's people in this country that feel and wish they could help the folk, but just can't do it because of other commitments. Hey man, if you don't have any commitments, it's easy to poke fun at those that do.

I'm just sayin', bloggin' 'bout it ain't gonna hurt a damned thing, and wishin' the best for those folks ain't gonna hurt a damend thing. Bein' a country dividin' asshole about it will.

Jesse, and Al, need to step the fuck back... until they want to contribute, and not accuse, or blame. Then, I say to both, bring what you got and let's help these unfortunate folk's out of the shitty mess they're in. We all can bitch about it later.

Posted by: RedNeck at September 11, 2005 07:26 PM
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