Don't Pet a Republican (a Timely Warning from Norm)
I’ve heard it said, “If you pet a dog you end up with a full time job.” The same sort of behavior can be expected when you agree with a Republican. I suppose that I agree with Democrats about 80% of the time. That does not mean that I agree with Republicans 20% of the time. There are other ideology’s around and issues involved.
I don’t usually mention when I agree with the Republican position or oppose a Democrat position because they (Republicans) get so hopeful that they will claim that I’m turning Republican. They even get excited and may think there is a conversion about to happen. Hell, even a stopped clock is right twice a day. And as an old Marine Gunney Sgt. Told me, “Doc, be careful, even a bad shot will hit a target once in a while.
The Republican spin these days is that the fault of the destruction of New Orleans lies with the Democrat Mayor and Democrat Governor of Louisiana and not with the President. Let’s say that for the purpose of argument that I agree that there is a considerable amount of responsibility for the condition of safety, evacuation, poverty and overall planning by the City of New Orleans and by the State Government. Such a position on my part does not relieve the Federal government of it’s responsibility to the people of the Gulf Coast. The Fed’s responded slowly and with to few people and to little resources.
Even though it was a Democrat idea, I was opposed to the creation of Homeland Security. And it did come into being during the first term of the Bush Administration. I felt at the time that the Bush Administration wanted this because President Bush was overwhelmed by the responsibility for making decisions regarding domestic affairs and a tragedy such as 9-11. I also felt the Republican Party thought this was an opportunity to get a better handled on the politics of the bureaucracies.
It seems my thinking has been right all along. The neo-con’s have infiltrated every bureaucracy with imbedded political hacks. Reports I’ve received and my observations reveal it was the Defense Department that first felt the old Soviet technique of putting a civilian political officer with all of our ranking military officers. It’s been a very noticeable act--whenever one of the military officers appears on television there is a civilian political officer with him/her. Now they are at every level of the Federal Government. I think it’s time to review the old “spoils system.”
The condition of New Orleans was well known to the Federal Government. For many years the domestic situation regarding crime, corruption, poverty, poor education, and topography were well known by the Federal Government. Now that this “wart on the nose” of our nation is exposed to the world some of our “Right-Wing Pundits are trying to lay the blame on the Democrat government of New Orleans and Louisiana. This is ridiculous! They are blaming the poor under-educated people of the city of New Orleans for it’s lack of preparedness for this natural disaster. How dumb do they think the rest of us are?
How about the destruction of the rest of the coastal area? Is that the fault of some welfare state? I don’t think so. How about the damage done to adjoining Plaquemin Parish and Jefferson Parish where the majority of the population is white, educated, and affluent? Is this destruction to be laid at the feet of liberal local government? Come on--this is silly.
I will agree that there could have been much better planning on the part of local governments. That doesn’t mean that I agree with Republican pundits. By the way, how long have Republicans been in charge in Washington? There--think about that.
Norm. aka CROSS-EYED TURKEY
IT’S ALL IN HOW YOU LOOK AT THINGS.