Skip to comments.An Open Letter
Posted on 09/03/2005 3:15:51 PM PDT by Petruchio
An Open Letter to Congressman Danny Davis and the Congressional Black Caucus.
I am ashamed that you are my Representative in Congress. I am an independent, and there are a lot of things I disagree with the current Administration over. But, Hurricane Relief is not one of them. The efforts of the Congressional Black Caucus and the Democrat Party to spin relief efforts into political gain is deplorable.
Lets look at the facts and all possible relief senerios, shall we? There are only five possible ways for Federal intervention in a disaster.
1- The President could have walked out on the waters of the Gulf and commanded Hurricane Katrina to turn back into the open sea. If he had, the Democrat Party would have rushed to the microphones to accuse Bush of grandstanding for political gain! I guess we can scratch this one off the list.
2- The President could have just marched in and taken over. This is illegal and would have resulted in demands for his impeachment along with his head on a platter. Scratch two.
3- The President could have declared that the State and Local Governments no longer exist in any meaningful way and that FEMA had to take over in order to protect the citizens. Yeah, right. As if the Congressional Black Caucus would let him get away with that! Scratch three.
4- The President could have declared War on the State of Louisiana. This was tried once. A little over 140 years ago a Republican declared War on the Southern States. As I remember from school, a whole lot of folks got in a snit over that one. Scratch four.
5- The Mayor of New Orleans informs the Governor of Louisiana that aid is needed, and the Governor calls the President and asks for help. This finally happened four days after the fact.
Think about it. On Saturday, two days before the storm, The Director of the Hurricane Center called Mayer Nagin and Gov.. Blanco pleading with them to evacuate. Nothing. The President personally called and strongly urged Mayor Nagin and Gov. Blanco to order evacuations. Finally, on Sunday, less than one day before the storm hit, evacuations were called for.
However, The Mayor and the Governor failed to provide any form of transportation for the poor and the needy. There are hundreds of school buses in the New Orleans Metro area that could have been put into use. Instead those buses sit under water, destroyed. And the good citizens of New Orleans were left to fend for themselves while the Mayor hid in another city.
After the storm passed, Mayor Nagin was clueless as to what was happening in New Orleans. Why? Because he was sitting in Baton Rouge, not in New Orleans where he should have been. You cannot lead disaster recovery from out of town. From the time the storm left the area on Monday night until Thursday afternoon, Mayor Nagin stood in another City and complained that he was not getting any assistance when he never asked for it in the first place! Once Mayor Nagin and Gov. Blanco asked for Federal Assistance, that assistance was set in motion within an hour.
FEMA had pre-positioned equipment and personnel before the storm hit. FEMA could not legally act without being asked. The majority of the Gulf Coast was devastated by Hurricane Katrina. Gulfport and Biloxi are cleaning up. Emergency Services are being restored. The difference between Gulfport and Biloxi and New Orleans is that the Mayors and the Governor of Mississippi reacted properly and asked for aid right away. In New Orleans, the elected Officials failed to act in the Public Interest, before, during, and after the storm.
You can't blame the Federal Government for the failures of the Local and State elected Officials. There is no excuse for Gov. Blanco not ordering the LA NG into the afflicted areas on Monday evening to provide aid and security. That responsibility falls on the Governor's shoulders and no where else. The failure to mobilize the school buses to evacuate those without transportation falls on Mayor Nagin and nowhere else.
Congressman Davis, it is not your fault that Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast. Nor is it President Bush's fault. Storms happen. Cleanup, Rebuild, and move on. Don't whine and cry.
Perhaps I should blame you for the high price of gasoline. After all, you did not sponsor a Bill mandating that before a refinery can close, a new refinery with greater capacity must be built to replace it. If you had pushed through such a Bill we would not have shortages now.
with copies submitted as a LTE to: Chicago Tribune
It's a great letter - pity that it's wasted on the Dims. They would rather attack President Bush than save human lives.
Excellent letter! I hope it is printed, and spread widely. I will die of shock if Davis responds.
Good for you!!!!!!!!!!
To:(name your favorite MSM "journalists)
I am just curious is any of you "objective" journalists have bother to note that the City of New Orleans is responsible for the evacuation plan. You can read it on their website. You know, the city being run by the Democrat Mayor who is current screaming loudest. Couldn't be he is screaming so loud because he dropped the ball and knows it? Maybe you "journalists" might want to look into the reasons why the City of New Orleans plan failed so dramatically. Why doesn't the City of New Orleans have pre-positions stockpiles of food and water to get people over the 3 day hump that the Dept of Homeland Security tells them it will take for the Feds to ride to the rescue? Democrat leaders who are zealous to make a race issue out of this might want to consider what is going to happen when the American People start to ask themselves "Just what did all those millions of Homeland Security dollars given to cities like New Orleans in the aftermath of 9-11 BUY us? This has a very real potential to turn right around and bite the Democrat leadership very hard in a very sensitive place.
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Most excellent, Petruchio.
But why tell him that? [grin]
How wretched these liberals are for turning this horror into a political and racial episode.
I was pleased that at tonight's vigil mass the priest said, among other things, that he did not agree with people saying the slow response to the flood was motivated by racism. "It was just the magnitude of the disaster." I'm glad someone gets it.
Any response or publication I will note on this thread.
I agree, I doubt he will say anything.
I just heard an official from one of the Parrishes stating that everyone is so busy playing the race card that the parrishes are being forgotten. White neighborhoods need help also and none is available to them. He said we will be seeing many dead white people on rooftops waiting for help that never came.
I knew that !!!
It does add a little extra to the letter .
Stupendous letter. Will you let us know if he responds??
How in the world can you tell people to go to a dome or convention center when it would be widely known that electricity would be nonexistant. Then how would water be pumped to fountains and toilets. This was simply short sited. Potable water needed to be on site and dispensed. Porta Johns should have been plentiful. Rations should have been shipped in before the storm hit. National Guards and Federal troops along with their equipment should have been waiting on the northern borders of those soon to be affected states ready to roll. Local law enforcement officials should have necessary fuel, water and rations. Hospitals should have been set up with back up generators for the back up generators. It was widely known this was going to be a very severe storm. 24-48 hours before it hit the Gulf Coast it was reported to be a cat 5 storm.
New Orleans is a zoo even on the best of days. The people who live on the margin everyday were given a situation that would have made even the most level headed to fall apart. Throw 10,000 Freepers in such a situation for almost a week without food or water and watch them turn on each other. Just watch how we sometimes treat other on threads, then throw us together without food and water and then add the heat and humidity of New Orleans and not knowing what, where or when things would get better.
Excellent letter. I saw a representative from the Congressional Black Caucus (and, just as an aside, how many people would go absolutely nuts if there were a "Congressional White Caucus"?) whining and moaning about the "slowness" of the federal response. What about state and local response? Where were they? It's all just whining.
Good points. Let us know if it gets published.
Very good job.
I was astounded the Black Caucus did not take to the microphones to request calm and condemn the shooting by gangsters of relief workers.
Throw 10,000 Freepers in such a situation for almost a week without food or water
Sorry joesbucks, but 10,000 FReepers would have been heading North when Katrinia was a CAT 3 and 200 miles South of NO.
There would have been no need for all that equipment. FReepers are resourceful, self sufficient and not stupid.
Be sure to send a copy of this to the Congressional White Caucus.............wait.. never mind.
So, find out where the Governor and Mayor were! Hmm, would that be in some meeting with lawyers and consultants figuring out how to cover their individual arses.
I swear that I did not see your post before I posted. I swear!
THIS TELLS IT ALL...
I cannot believe that Nagin was wearing that d*amn DESIRE (restaurant) T- shirt to meet the President. If he was trying to make it appear that he was as desperate as the residents of New Orleans - it sure didn't work
GREAT LETTER!Iam sick of this nitwits.
exactly, Peach. The black Caucus should have been out quickly calling for calm and trying to find ways to help the people rather than criticizing the President. And, perhaps, before criticizing the President for a slow response, they should explain why they only came out on Thursday...and, then, only to criticize not to help.
The Mayor of New Orleans was on CNN a few hours ago and says the CIA may take him out because he's criticized the federal government.
The guy is either a crackhead or has had a nervous breakdown.
Turning into a strange, macabre show now. Blame continues, spiraling out of control. Sad. It even raised CNN's eyebrows a bit.(5:57 p.m. Eastern/4:57 p.m. Central)
And they would not be relying on VOODOO to get them out!
In a situation such as this, especially when they were told to go to certain areas, maybe not as bad, but Freepers would have been eating their own.
So the feds had to be asked. Excuse me. Your house is burning but the fire truck driving by has to wait for the truck assigned to that community to respond first and ask for help. Yep, I know their are laws, but when human life of that magnatude is on the line the feds can and have intervened in the past. This was poorly coordinated from all political levels.
Great minds and all!
"FReepers are resourceful, self sufficient and not stupid."
And the one thing FReepers would NOT do is sit around sucking their thumbs and waiting for the government to "rescue" them!
Excellent! However, a major point regarding item #4. The seceeding states declared war on the United States of America
by firing upon Ft Sumpter. The item makes it appear that a
Republican president initiated the war. This is simply not true.
if the dummocraps can spin everything, why can't I?
That is an awesome letter!
The Republicans have enough problems as it is these days
without adding more crap to the Lie-berals bags of hatrid.
Great letter. Where did you get the information about when Blanco officially asked for FEMA help?
Oh, so now you want to toss out the Constitution? The Posse Comitatus act.
You are advocating establishing a police state just because a big city mayor and a governor couldn't figure out how to make the system work. These were the duly elected leaders of their people, why shouldn't their decision making be respected and years of emergency management process be followed? I believe the last time that the Federal government used the military 'when lives were on the line' was at Waco.
To me it looks like President Bush did approach the limits of Federal power by declaring a disaster before the Governor (I remember wondering what was going on when he did that). The governor also admitted that Presdent Bush was imploring them to evacuate.
When was the last time the Feds entered a state with military force without an invite by the state? The Civil War? During the Civil Rights movement?
"5- The Mayor of New Orleans informs the Governor of Louisiana that aid is needed, and the Governor calls the President and asks for help. This finally happened four days after the fact."
I'm debating a liberal based on the information you gave, and he came up with a letter posted on the State of Louisina's website written by the governor requesting FEMA's help. It's dated August 28, well before the mayor had his breakdown. So I'm confused.
At the risk of sounding stupid, please clarify what kind of help was requested four days after the fact. And where is your source.
. . . and the governor declared war on looters who have made the city a menacing landscape of disorder and fear.
"They have M-16s and they're locked and loaded," Gov. Kathleen Blanco said of 300 National Guard troops who landed in New Orleans fresh from duty in Iraq. "These troops know how to shoot and kill, and they are more than willing to do so, and I expect they will."
There are other threads, search in the 9-11 dates, late afternoon. Before this time all the Gov. was doing is complain, not issue orders.
Not as you describe, however, the office does have certain emergency powers that could have expedited action.
Source is FR threads.
LA NG is under the Governor's command. LA NG was not sent in until Thursday late afternoon. Before this point in the timeline all the Governor did was whine and complain. After this point on the timeline it was like flipping on a lightswitch. Suddenly the Guard was sent with orders to shoot.
And there are specific emergency planning actions that should have been taken by the mayor and the governor. And there are specific intra-governmental emergency procedures that have been followed during other natural disasters.
If its the Federal government's fault, why didn't the same failures appear last year when four hurricaned devastated Florida? -- Because local authorities did things right.
More to the point:
If it was a Federal failure, why is it only New Orleans and not any of the other cities?
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