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Friday, September 02, 2005

Editor's Note: Open Letter To The President

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(This is a partial transcript from Truth, Lies, And Common Sense)

Mr. President,

As I write this I am listening to the voice of a brave nurse, named Jerrilyn, marooned in Charity Hospital in New Orleans. She and a number of other physician and nurse providers have volunteered to remain in the hospital to provide what services their limited resources permit. They are quickly running out of food and medical supplies.

What I suggest, Mr. President, is that Charity Hospital, which has been a beacon of hope to the poor in New Orleans for many decades, should be resurrected as exactly that: a beacon of hope. What better place for America to demonstrate her resolve to return and take back what nature and nihilists have taken from her?

Editor's Note: Hopefully the government can ease the suffering of the survivors of Hurricane Katrina. It is reported that the Coast Guard has arrived in New Orleans, which should go a long way in easing the suffering that these people have endured from one of America's worst natural disasters.

Although their are many pundits (on the left and the right) taking "pot shots" against opposing views, the focus should be on providing solutions like this blogger is doing as the blame game can be played later on (for the immature of coarse).

New Orleans is faced with a future of uncertainty and indeterminable outcome. Mr. President; I call on you to make that old institution of hope, Charity Hospital, the new Statue of Liberty for our beleagered southern sister. Make Charity Hospital our Normandy Beach against the forces of nature and the forces of nihilism, our commitment to take back that which has been taken from us and to restore the rule of law.

Editor's Note: This blogger couldn't agree more. This is a partial transcript by the way and I would encourage everyone to read it from the source*. Also, if anyone would like to contribute, Amazon has set up a link for donations towards the Red Cross (Hat Tip: Google Search Page) and Instapundit has a list of other organizations as well.

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While I agree that now is not the time to point fingers (with people stil dying in NO, not only is it unseemly to try and blame someone, it also, by distracting the authorities and forcing them to divert some of their attention to public relations, might endanger lives) I assume you are not saying that, once the situation is stabilized, that we should not assess the failings of our response and punish people as necessary?

You say that the blame game is "for the immature of coarse" which seems to imply that you think any attempt to determine if individuals were negligent, either in performing their duties or in planning for a disaster that was a well-known possibility years ago. While I understand the desire to protect the President - now facing the brunt of criticism, much of it unfair - let us not turn that desire into an acceptance of a whitewash. The potential for a catastrophic event like this in New Orleans has been known for a considerable period of time. If people failed to plan for this adequately, or if the response was hampered by incompetence, then someone needs to be held accountable. IMHO, of course. 

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