don't blame the victims, help them....

Discussion in 'Random Thoughts' started by mariecstasy, Sep 7, 2005.

  1. mariecstasy

    mariecstasy Enchanted

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    President Bush and Republican leaders are trying to shift blame for the poor rescue and relief effort to the victims of Hurricane Katrina including state and local officials. Don't let them get away with that.

    Sign a petition today demanding the president stop the blame-shifting and get to work helping Hurricane victims. Petition delivery will start tomorrow in Washington, D.C.





    Dear MoveOn member,

    It has been a week since Hurricane Katrina devastated the Gulf Coast, leveled New Orleans and left hundreds of thousands of Americans homeless. We saw the best of America during that time—millions of people stepped forward to offer help. Meanwhile, the Bush administration failed at their most important job: keeping America safe. The federal effort was too little, too late and it is now becoming obvious that hundreds or even thousands of people died as a result.

    Then, starting Friday, in a Karl Rove-led campaign, the White House started to blame state and local officials and even the victims who were stranded without transportation when the Hurricane arrived. Sign our petition demanding that the Bush administration stop blaming victims, including state and local officials, and focus on helping them.

    http://political.moveon.org/helpvictims/?id=5965-2497283-gaFPPMfuASzBNP7JW9A82A&t=3

    We'll begin to deliver the earliest signatures to the White House tomorrow, Thursday, when a delegation of MoveOn members from New Orleans, who are now homeless and will come to Washington and join other MoveOn members outside the White House at a petition delivery and protest. The petition is one important way to demonstrate that the public wants more action to help hurricane victims and is getting angry about this blame-shifting game the Bush administration is playing.

    It is important that the Bush administration not get away with shifting their responsibility to local officials. Here is what actually happened.

    Timeline

    Friday, Aug. 26: Gov. Kathleen Blanco declares a state of emergency in Louisiana and requests troop assistance.


    Saturday, Aug. 27: Gov. Blanco asks for federal state of emergency. A federal emergency is declared giving federal officials the authority to get involved.


    Sunday, Aug. 28: Mayor Ray Nagin orders mandatory evacuation of New Orleans. President Bush warned of Levee failure by National Hurricane Center. National Weather Service predicts area will be "uninhabitable" after Hurricane arrives. First reports of water toppling over the levee appear in local paper.

    Monday, Aug. 29: Levee breaches and New Orleans begins to fill with water, Bush travels to Arizona and California to discuss Medicare. FEMA chief finally responds to federal emergency, dispatching employees but giving them two days to arrive on site.


    Tuesday, Aug. 30: Mass looting reported, security shortage cited in New Orleans. Pentagon says that local authorities have adequate National Guard units to handle hurricane needs despite governor's earlier request. Bush returns to Crawford for final day of vacation. TV coverage is around-the-clock Hurricane news.

    Wednesday, Aug. 31: Tens of thousands trapped in New Orleans including at Convention Center and Superdome in "medieval" conditions. President Bush finally returns to Washington to establish a task force to coordinate federal response. Local authorities run out of food and water supplies.

    Thursday, Sept. 1: New Orleans descends into anarchy. New Orleans Mayor issues a "Desperate SOS" to federal government. Bush claims nobody predicted the breach of the levees despite multiple warnings and his earlier briefing.

    Friday, Sept. 2: Karl Rove begins Bush administration campaign to blame state and local officials—despite their repeated requests for help. Bush stages a photo-op—diverting Coast Guard helicopters and crew to act as backdrop for cameras. Levee repair work orchestrated for president's visit and White House press corps.

    Saturday, Sept. 3: Bush blames state and local officials. Senior administration official (possibly Rove) caught in a lie claiming Gov. Blanco had not declared a state of emergency or asked for help.

    Monday, Sept. 5: New Orleans officials begin to collect their dead.

    (Adapted from: Katrina Timeline, http://thinkprogress.org/katrina-timeline/ )

    Those are the facts. State and local officials BEGGED for help as people in their city suffered. The Bush administration didn't get the job done and when their failure became an embarrassment they attacked those asking for help.

    The New York Times reported on Friday that Karl Rove and White House communications director Dan Bartlett "rolled out a plan...to contain the political damage from the administration's response to Hurricane Katrina." The core of the strategy is "to shift the blame away from the White House and toward officials of New Orleans and Louisiana."

    This is the same pattern of smearing that the Bush political machine has used for a decade. John McCain and John Kerry had their war records smeared. The CIA cover of Ambassador Joseph Wilson's wife was blown after he criticized the Bush Iraq policy. Now, Hurricane victims are attacked when the Bush administration failed to do their duty to help them.

    It isn't just the Bush administration. Republican Senator Rick Santorum blamed victims in a TV interview and House Speaker Dennis Hastert suggested New Orleans should not be rebuilt.

    We can't let them get away with this. Please sign our petition today and do your part.

    http://political.moveon.org/helpvictims/?id=5965-2497283-gaFPPMfuASzBNP7JW9A82A&t=4

    This is just the first step. We need to continue to help those in need directly and make sure our government does their job. There will be a time to figure out who specifically to blame and what to change. In the meantime, the Bush administration needs to get to work helping those in need.

    Thanks for all you do,

    –Tom, Tanya, Joan, Jennifer and the MoveOn.org Political Action Team
    Wednesday, September 7th, 2005
     
  2. Lodui

    Lodui One Man Orgy

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    There were failures all over the response to this situation. This whole thing leaves a bad taste in my mouth.
     
  3. mariecstasy

    mariecstasy Enchanted

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    i agree....
     
  4. mynameiskc

    mynameiskc way to go noogs!

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    i'm all for offloading some blame on state and local officials. i'm really glad they're getting their fair share of the blame, because THEY need to be re-elected or ousted. but at any rate, these people just plain need help.
     
  5. Lodui

    Lodui One Man Orgy

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    I never thought the country would fall apart this bad, but I always kinda hoped.

    The discourse of this country kinda reminds me of that part in The mexican where Julia Roberts is throwing Brad Pitts stuff at him. "Oh, so now you're blameshifting?"

    I say we just throw everyone out in '06 and start over.
     
  6. mynameiskc

    mynameiskc way to go noogs!

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    now that sounds like a plan.
     
  7. interval_illusion

    interval_illusion Deceased

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    hmmmm yeah i got that same thing in my email.
     
  8. honeyhannah

    honeyhannah herbuhslovuh

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    ridiculousness
     
  9. Colours

    Colours Senior Member

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    how bout we stop throwing blame around like a big ol' peice of poo and just move on and try to fix this?
     
  10. madcrappie

    madcrappie crazy fish

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    you know, thats stupid......

    so your electors can fuck around and get away with causing atrocities to american citizens without getting chastized for it?
     
  11. Lodog

    Lodog ¿

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    I'm glad the public is on high alert while Bush has the opportunity to put two new supreme court justices in office. The more eyes on the administration the better.
     
  12. Colours

    Colours Senior Member

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    well call me niave (mostly cause i am :) ) but i dont see what bush has to do with sending in and managing rescue efforts?
     
  13. Lodui

    Lodui One Man Orgy

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    Very little, the power of the President to manage the national guard is non existant until the states give the feds power to manage it, and the presidents role in disaster is mainly fundraising and support.

    He's suffering mainly because he gave an awkward response at the begging of the tragedy.
     
  14. madcrappie

    madcrappie crazy fish

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    he has nothing to do with that, but he needs to be a leader, which I have seen nothing of. do you think a president should be sitting on his ranch while america is getting hit with the worst hurricane in recent history>?
     
  15. Lodui

    Lodui One Man Orgy

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    He also did hire someone pretty incompetent to run FEMA, and he does kinda have a smug look through this all that pisses people off.

    Personally, I don't care that much about his reputation, but I think some of the things said are mildly unfair. And at the same time, I only care so little.

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/4216508.stm
     
  16. madcrappie

    madcrappie crazy fish

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    yeah I totally agree about his smug look...... and the way he was just laughing when the media was asking him questions...... I mean, this is a serious matter. and that whole deal with him hugging those two black women down in mississippi was just so damn fake..... I wonder how much screening they went through before they brought those two ladies to him? come on.
     
  17. sylvanlightning

    sylvanlightning Prismatic Essence

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  18. matthew

    matthew Almost sexy

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    Just because you have a poor view of Mr Bush.. why do you try and take away something those two people felt , trying to implicate it was orchestrated.. Sure he could have orchestrated being in that place for PR.. but it looked prety genuine to me [those ladies i mean].



    This timeline however skewed/biased as it may or may not be.. is what i have been looking for.. thanks sylvanlightning or should that be Marie...whoever thanks.


    I have purposely avoided the BBC coverage of this [though i catch a brief bit on Breakast..as they are bastards of the manipulation game... i witnessed that after the shooting in London..



    I can almost feel myself becoming a Bush loving right wing nutter.. too many distortive manipulated views i think.. no real perspective from people that don't hate the ground Bush walks on..

     
  19. mynameiskc

    mynameiskc way to go noogs!

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    i saw a clip of an interview where some guy was saying that he called the red cross to see why they didn't have food and water to deliver to the stadium where the people were waiting for it. the red cross replied that they were up to their necks in ready to deliver food and water, and they were told by the LA homeland security (run by the governor, not the president) that the didn't want the stuff delivered, because they didn't want more people to show up there.
     

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