Sunday, September 4, 2005

The Blame Game

In the aftermath of the worst disaster in the history of our country, you at first have tears in your eyes for the victims. Then comes the blame game, namely, finger pointing at President Bush. I have somewhat been involved in disaster preparedness and from my point of view; the state of Louisiana let these people down. The mayor who should have seen to it they had some type of disaster plan played the blame game when he himself is to blame.

Let's look at all the blame. Let's start at the top where most say all the blame lies. Bush may have waited longer to act than I would have. Yet, how do we know when he acted? Could he have sent in federal troops sooner, maybe, but at what cost? I heard reporters screaming for troops to come in and restore order. If Bush had done that he would have been arrested for one of the most horrendous acts a president can make. He would have violated the Posse Comitatus Act. No federal soldier in this country can act as police force without martial law being initiated. I doubt anyone wanted that to happen in New Orleans. 

Friday, August 5, 2005

The Sea of Immigration

Far out in the ocean, farther than one can see, the water swells unnoticed. This swell moves according to the winds and currents. Even the fishermen in their boats barely notice this swell. This swell begins to move toward land and as the depth lessens, the swell rises in the water trying to maintain its energy. Suddenly, the water is too shallow for the swell to maintain itself and begins to roll violently toward the shore.

That is pretty much the life cycle of a wave. I find that life is not dissimilar. Let's take immigration for instance. Many of us, as well as talk radio, have been talking about illegal immigration. This is the swell far out from land, basically unnoticed.

We often wondered why the mainstream media did not take this problem and give reports . Instead, from the mainstream media we only saw the plight of immigrant workers, illegal or otherwise. They wanted it to appear that anyone who was unhappy with the lack of immigration policies was racist and insensitive. This is the swell that went unnoticed by the fishermen.