Whatever your political persuasion, there is a villain for you to blame in the Hurricane Katrina aftermath.
Are you a liberal? Then by all means, make your selection – the bunglingly stupid, evil genius mastermind President Bush or the underlings FEMA director Michael Brown and Department of Homeland Security chief Michael Chertoff.
Are you a conservative? You can choose from the CIA assassination squad targeted New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin or possibly the incompetent, unorganized Louisiana Governor Kathleen Blanco. You can even blame Sean Penn and his leaky bass boat full of personal assistants.
Everybody on the right and left has tons of “evidence” and “facts” as to why their side isn’t to blame, but the other side is at fault. I can find dozens of links to this site or that site to back up whatever claim I would like to make and prove my villain du jour is alone responsible. But I have an idea – WHO CARES?!? (at least for the time being.)
Why do we see the need to politicize one of, if not the, biggest natural disaster our nation has ever seen? Why can we not decide to leave politics out of it, at least until we can restore some order to the chaos?
I can already hear the refrain rising up like my three-year-old son, “but they started it!” Yes, it probably was liberals who struck the first blow with the global warming cry. Yes, the mainstream media dutifully decried the lack of (insert your own adjective) by the Bush administration. But, that does not mean we have to return fire in kind and find some Democrat to blame.
Mistakes were made at the local, state and federal levels. Now what? Does that solve anything right now? Does the knowledge that politicians and elected officials did not handle a situation in the best possible manner allow the victims any reprieve from the devastation?
I hate to sound like Bill Clinton (“No attack ever fed a hungry child.”), but now is not the time. Let the water go down, the living be found and the dead be buried, before we start make political pronouncements.
There will be plenty of time to decide who should have done what in this disaster, but right now we already have plenty to do in the rescue and recovery efforts.