1.20.2007

Republican Moral Clarity - NOLA EDITION

Republicans use the term moral clarity to justify activities like the Iraq War and domestic eavesdropping. This position affords the Bush/Cheney regime the freedom to do whatever they want, because they are defending God and Country. Basically, it's OK to break a lot of eggs when you're making a Freedom Omelette.

So, this leads us to a little bit of domestic moral clarity with regard to the ineptitude displayed by the Administration after Hurricane Katrina struck the Gulf Coast. The Administration that loves to wrap itself in the Flag and the Bible didn't think a white Democrat woman like Kathleen Blanco could handle the situation in Louisiana, whereas a white Republican male like Haley Barbour could handle Mississippi. From Michael 'Heckuva Job' Brown:
Brown, speaking at the Metropolitan College of New York, said he had recommended to President Bush that all 90,000 square miles along the Gulf Coast affected by the devastating hurricane be federalized — a term Brown explained as placing the federal government in charge of all agencies responding to the disaster.

"Unbeknownst to me, certain people in the White House were thinking, 'We had to federalize Louisiana because she's a white, female Democratic governor, and we have a chance to rub her nose in it,'" he said, without naming names. "'We can't do it to Haley (Barbour) because Haley's a white male Republican governor. And we can't do a thing to him. So we're just gonna federalize Louisiana.'"

Brown, 52, declined to say who in the White House had argued for federalizing the response only in Louisiana. He said that he'd later learned of the machinations through Blanco's office and from federal officials.

Blanco reacted sharply to Brown's remarks.

"This is exactly what we were living but could not bring ourselves to believe. Karl Rove was playing politics while our people were dying," Blanco said through a spokeswoman, referring to Bush's top political strategist. "The federal effort was delayed, and now the public knows why. It's disgusting."

Eryn Witcher, a White House spokeswoman, denied Brown's claims.

Of course, the White House will deny this, but it hardly comes as a surprise to the reasonable observer. A person of true moral clarity would have cast aside these temporary flippant issues and would have sent all possible help IMMEDIATELY to the Gulf Coast following landfall. This administration wanted to create a political issue out of a nightmarish natural disaster, because that is the way they work. If they can't triangulate a wedge between all involved parties, then they don't want to play. It's as simple as that.

It's no wonder they American people no longer trust this Administration with regard to Iraq and the Middle East.

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