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Tuesday, September 06, 2005

They Will Have to Pay For This

My mind still has trouble registering the reality of this disaster and can't even fathom the long range effects it will have on the people.  We can't let the anger go away or die down.  The American people have shown in the past that they can really get angry - but after awhile they just let it go and go back to life as usual because they have a life to live and they have to worry about their own problems.  After all, they still have to figure out how they are going to keep gas in their car.

But this is the first time that something as bad as this has happened on our own soil.  Not even 9-11 can compare.  I'm not trying to downplay what happened to New York, but it didn't completely ruin the entire city and then have to evacuate all the residents.  Every single person didn't lose their home, their job or their business.  And our government watched for days as this was about to happen and then happened and then tried to pass the buck about who didn't do their job.  They didn't have to watch people die on the street and then have no one come to take them away.  The people in New Orleans just had to let their dead lay in the street.  Do you understand?  Even all our American children had to see that.  How do you think that will affect them for the rest of their lives?  To bad Bush can't order that these photos can't be shown on our TV sets.  And no longer can he say that Americans can't withstand the shock of seeing the dead in Iraq or even our own military's coffins.  He can't cover this up.  I can't even imagine how this will turn out except to know that it will take much longer than they think it will.  Bush says he will walk down the streets of a new city in two years.  I don't think so.

I am so disgusted watching the smug look on his face - hoping that somehow Rove will be able to spin this so it will look like he knows what he is doing.  But the bottom line is that he has a lot of deaths on his head.  What the hell was he doing while everyone else was watching as Katrina got closer and closer to land?  What was he doing the next day?  What was he thinking when he decided to go on with his stop to push his Medicare lies - and his stop for his photo op playing a guitar?  How can make that photo go away when it proves that he was out having a good time while people were dying?  Nothing can take the fact away that Rice was in New York enjoying a Broadyway play and shopping for $2000 shoes.  She can't make anyone believe that she cares.  And Cheney doesn't even come back from his vacation until Thursday???  It makes me sick.

All night long I can't stop thinking about these things.  It just goes round and round inside my head.  It would be interesting to see a timeline - of what happened each day from the day before Katrina hit until now.  On one line it would be the known facts about New Orleans and the physical destruction of the city.  Another line would be what our government did and didn't do.  Include in that what FEMA did and didn't do. Add into that what people and companies tried to do to help and were turned away.  On a third line tell what happened to the people and how they died as they waited for help.  How they and they children and eldery and sick suffered while waiting for our government to come off vacation and get their thumbs out of their asses.

I sincerely hope this administration goes down.  This president, while campaigning the first time around prided himself on being a man who could handle a national disaster - that he could actually juggle two balls at one time.  Now that the media has shown that it still has a bit of life left - that it can be shocked at the reality of what wasn't done - I hope it doesn't back down.  The media asked for answers.  Will it back pedal now and try to say what a wonderful job our president is doing?  Will they say that they didn't mean Bush when they were accusing the powers that be of not doing their jobs?  I guess we'll have to wait and see.

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