Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Marlin, Sep 6, 2005.

  1. Marlin

    Marlin *TFF Admin Staff Chief Counselor*

    Mar 27, 2003
    At SouthernMoss' side forever!
    96Harley posted this from the Intellectual Activist on Mauser and I felt it important for us to read. It makes a lot of sence to me. How about you?????

    You'll NEVER see this anywhere on or in the mainstream media.....


    Rebuilding New Orleans

    An Unnatural Disaster: A Hurricane Exposes the Man-Made Disaster of the Welfare State

    Sep 02, 2005

    by Robert Tracinski

    It has taken four long days for state and federal officials to figure out how to deal with the disaster in New Orleans. I can't blame them, because it
    has also taken me four long days to figure out what is going on there. The
    reason is that the events there make no sense if you think that we are
    confronting a natural disaster.

    If this is just a natural disaster, the response for public officials is
    obvious: you bring in food, water, and doctors; you send transportation to
    evacuate refugees to temporary shelters; you send engineers to stop the
    flooding and rebuild the city's infrastructure. For journalists, natural
    disasters also have a familiar pattern: the heroism of ordinary people
    pulling together to survive; the hard work and dedication of doctors,
    nurses, and rescue workers; the steps being taken to clean up and rebuild.

    Public officials did not expect that the first thing they would have to do
    is to send thousands of armed troops in armored vehicle, as if they are
    suppressing an enemy insurgency. And journalists--myself included--did not expect that the story would not be about rain, wind, and flooding, but about rape, murder, and looting.

    But this is not a natural disaster. It is a man-made disaster.

    The man-made disaster is not an inadequate or incompetent response by
    federal relief agencies, and it was not directly caused by Hurricane
    Katrina. This is where just about every newspaper and
    television channel has gotten the story wrong.

    The man-made disaster we are now witnessing in New Orleans did not happen over the past four days. It happened over the past four decades. Hurricane Katrina merely exposed it to public view.

    The man-made disaster is the welfare state.

    For the past few days, I have found the news from New Orleans to be
    confusing. People were not behaving as you would expect them to behave in an emergency--indeed, they were not behaving as they have behaved in other emergencies. That is what has shocked so many people: they have been saying that this is not what we expect from America. In fact, it is not even what we expect from a Third World country.

    When confronted with a disaster, people usually rise to the occasion. They
    work together to rescue people in danger, and they spontaneously organize to keep order and solve problems. This is especially true in America. We are an enterprising people, used to relying on our own initiative rather than waiting around for the government to take care of us.

    I have seen this a hundred times, in small examples (a small town whose main traffic light had gone out, causing ordinary citizens to get out of their
    cars and serve as impromptu traffic cops, directing cars through the
    intersection) and large ones (the spontaneous response of New Yorkers to
    September 11).

    So what explains the chaos in New Orleans?

    To give you an idea of the magnitude of what is going on, here is a
    description from a Washington Times story: "Storm victims are raped and
    beaten; fights erupt with flying fists, knives and guns; fires are breaking
    out; corpses litter the streets; and police and rescue helicopters are
    repeatedly fired on. "The plea from Mayor C. Ray Nagin came even as National Guardsmen poured in to restore order and stop the looting, carjackings and gunfire....

    "Last night, Gov. Kathleen Babineaux Blanco said 300 Iraq-hardened Arkansas National Guard members were inside New Orleans with shoot-to-kill orders. 'These troops are...under my orders to restore order in the streets,' she said. 'They have M-16s, and they are locked and loaded. These troops know how to shoot and kill and they are more than willing to do so if necessary and I expect they will.'

    The reference to Iraq is eerie. The photo that accompanies this article
    shows National Guard troops, with rifles and armored vests, riding on an
    armored vehicle through trash-strewn streets lined by a rabble of squalid,
    listless people, one of whom appears to be yelling at them. It looks exactly
    like a scene from Sadr City in Baghdad.

    What explains bands of thugs using a natural disaster as an excuse for an
    orgy of looting, armed robbery, and rape? What causes unruly mobs to storm the very buses that have arrived to evacuate them, causing the drivers to drive away, frightened for their lives? What causes people to attack the doctors trying to treat patients at the Super Dome? Why are people responding to natural destruction by causing further destruction? Why are they attacking the people who are trying to help them?

    My wife, Sherri, figured it out first, and she figured it out on a
    sense-of-life level. While watching the coverage last night on Fox News
    Channel, she told me that she was getting a familiar feeling. She studied
    architecture at the Illinois Institute of Chicago, which is located in the
    South Side of Chicago just blocks away from the Robert Taylor Homes, one of the largest high-rise public housing projects in America. "The projects," as they were known, were infamous for uncontrollable crime and irremediable squalor. (They have since, mercifully, been demolished.)

    What Sherri was getting from last night's television coverage was a whiff of the sense of life of "the projects." Then the "crawl"--the informational
    phrases flashed at the bottom of the screen on most news channels--gave some vital statistics to confirm this sense: 75% of the residents of New Orleans had already evacuated before the hurricane, and of the 300,000 or so who remained, a large number were from the city's public housing projects.

    Jack Wakeland then gave me an additional, crucial fact: Early reports from
    CNN and Fox indicated that the city had no plan for evacuating all of the
    prisoners in the city's jails--so they just let many of them loose. There is
    no doubt a significant overlap between these two populations--that is, a
    large number of people in the jails used to live in the housing projects,
    and vice versa.

    There were many decent, innocent people trapped in New Orleans when the deluge hit--but they were trapped alongside large numbers of people from two groups: criminals--and wards of the welfare state, people selected, over decades, for their lack of initiative and self-induced helplessness. The welfare wards were a mass of sheep--on whom the incompetent administration of New Orleans unleashed a pack of wolves.

    All of this is related, incidentally, to the apparent incompetence of the
    city government, which failed to plan for a total evacuation of the city,
    despite the knowledge that this might be

    But in a city corrupted by the welfare state, the job of city officials is
    to ensure the flow of handouts to welfare recipients and patronage to
    political supporters--not to ensure a lawful, orderly evacuation in case of

    No one has really reported this story, as far as I can tell. In fact, some
    are already actively distorting it, blaming President Bush, for example, for
    failing to personally ensure that the Mayor of New Orleans had drafted an
    adequate evacuation plan. The worst example is an execrable piece from the Toronto Globe and Mail, by a supercilious Canadian who blames the chaos on American "individualism."

    But the truth is precisely the opposite:

    The chaos was caused by a system that was the exact opposite of individualism. What Hurricane Katrina exposed was the psychological consequences of the welfare state. What we consider "normal" behavior in an emergency is behavior that is normal for people who have values and take the responsibility to pursue and protect them. People with values respond to a disaster by fighting against it and doing whatever it takes to overcome the difficulties they face. They don't sit around and complain that the government hasn't taken care of them. They don't use the chaos of a disaster as an opportunity to prey on their fellow men.

    But what about criminals and welfare parasites? Do they worry about saving their houses and property? They don't, because they don't own anything. Do they worry about what is going to happen to their businesses or how they are going to make a living? They never worried about those
    things before. Do they worry about crime and looting? But living off of
    stolen wealth is a way of life for them.

    The welfare state--and the brutish, uncivilized mentality it sustains and
    encourages--is the man-made disaster that explains the moral ugliness that has swamped New Orleans. And that is the story that no one is reporting.
  2. satellite66

    satellite66 New Member

    Oct 6, 2004
    Central NJ
    The legacy of the nanny state mentality.

  3. Deputy Dawg

    Deputy Dawg Active Member

    Aug 11, 2005
    Central Texas Gulf Coast
    Some how some way the system needs to be done away with.Welfare state creates people with out any pride, just the mentality that society owes them.
  4. Carl S

    Carl S New Member

    Feb 3, 2004
    Bunnell, FL
    This should be required reading in all schools and in Congress!!!
  5. glocknut

    glocknut Active Member

    Dec 14, 2003
    For insidious reasons there are those who want things this way. And I'm sure they would defend the "status quo" (sp)?

    Changing things might be a bit harder than you think. Just a mere tax on soft drinks will bring elements out of the woodwork both pro and con to battle it out feverishly...
    Now just imagine a change in the tax system, or social security...or welfare.

    I think i will make what i can, and retire to some 3rd world shitthole like the domican republic or someother place where 20k will last me the rest of my life...

  6. glocknut

    glocknut Active Member

    Dec 14, 2003

    I remember some democrap claiming that Clinton had ended Welfare when he was Pres.... Huh, go figure. :rolleyes:

  7. exexpat93

    exexpat93 New Member

    Sep 3, 2005
    The Feds were staged but were not called by State Officials until it was too late.

    The Mayor was out of State during the worst part of the turmoil and returned late. Then his vulgar tirads and racial accusations when he finally returned.

    The news reported right after the Hurricane that things were not so bad and New Orlenes had been spared the worst from the storm.

    The whole mess is a cluster. Looting, Rape, Sickness, and Murder.

    Man Made Disaster is right.

    Most US cities would have responded differently, most states would have reacted differently - but Louisanna, ... it happened in one of the poorest, most corrupt, and worst managed States in the nation.

    A mayor demanding that "refugees" (and that is what they are, if I had lost my home under the same circumstances - guess what, I WOULD BE A REFUGEE) be housed in Vegas because they have nice hotels.

    Police standing around while looting took place or handing in their badges on the spot.

    People demanding trucked to "Nice" states and refusing the charity of states and people willing to stick their necks out for them.

    There are victims - but I'm not seeing many of them on the TV. I just see the worst of what we have to offer and they are killing my charitable spirit.

    This is not the Muro Building or 9/11 - this is sick.
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