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Left-wing venom exceeds Katrina's fury ("Democrats seem increasingly unhinged"...)
Toronto Sun ^ | Sep 10, 2005 | SALIM MANSUR

Posted on 09/10/2005 10:29:49 AM PDT by veronica

Hurricane Katrina was not quite the Asian tsunami from last December, yet the wreckage left behind where she landed in Louisiana and Mississippi was a reminder of how brittle the human condition is when nature unleashes its fury.

We forget -- perhaps forgetfulness saves us our sanity -- how fragile is our civility, which can readily snap when a mighty storm blows.

It snapped, just as the winds and water breached the levees protecting New Orleans, revealing for a brief passing moment the lurking beasts of looters and rapists beneath our tamed skins.

I was reminded of Shakespeare's Lear, the king unhinged by grief and exposed to the storm around him, who rages, "unaccommodated man is no more but such a poor, bare, forked animal as thou art."

Katrina exposed the human fragility of those in her path. But it also exposed the shamelessly crass politics of those who, form a safe distance, insisted on faulting someone, anyone, for nature's rage.

Katrina had barely made landfall when Robert Kennedy Jr., (a Democrat) launched the blame game by accusing Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour (a Republican) of responsibility, since he opposed the Kyoto Protocol and thereby contributed to global warming that caused the hurricane.

In recent American politics, the lib-left's venom exceeds Katrina's fury. It was unleashed against President George Bush for deliberately failing to provide New Orleans' citizens, mostly black and poor, with federal resources to move to shelter ahead of the hurricane.

Al Sharpton, the race-baiting Democrat from New York City, rose to his reputation as he slammed Bush on MSNBC: "I feel that, if it was in another area, with another economic strata and racial makeup, that President Bush would have run out of Crawford a lot quicker and FEMA would have found its way in a lot sooner."

Race and resentment lurk beneath the skin of American society for political charlatans to exploit in disregard of facts and circumstances. Katrina's wreckage was plainly evident, but the hyperbole of race-baiters exploiting the agony of victims exceeded even the boundaries of broken civility.

Randall Robinson, former president of Transafrica, reported in The Huffington Post online that "black hurricane victims in New Orleans have begun eating corpses to survive." He apparently did not reflect on his words and ask why only "black victims" would turn to cannibalism.

Resentment's toxin has so corrupted people who think like Robinson that they readily spit upon the weakest victims just to score points against Bush. When his statement could not be verified, he posted a retraction but no apology.

Since the 2000 cliffhanger presidential election, lib-left partisans in American politics have steadily gone berserk in their hatred for Bush.

There is no fury in politics like the spitefulness of sore losers. Republicans have won seven of the last 10 presidential elections, control both Houses of the U.S. Congress, and will soon have a commanding majority in the U.S. Supreme Court.

The mainstream left-leaning media have also contributed to the Democrats' disorder -- Dan Rather of CBS News, for instance, using documents about Bush's war record that turned out to have been forged (he apologized) -- making the party one that serious Americans are reluctant to take seriously.

While Katrina's fury was elemental, the Democrats seem increasingly unhinged by the politics of race and resentment. America's Gulf coast will certainly recover from Katrina. The same cannot be said of the once-formidable party of Franklin Roosevelt, Harry Truman and John Kennedy recovering soon from the lunacy of those who have made it a frat house of juvenile mudslingers.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Editorial; News/Current Events; Philosophy
KEYWORDS: angrydems; katrina; unhinged

1 posted on 09/10/2005 10:29:50 AM PDT by veronica
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To: veronica
Katrina exposed the human fragility of those in her path. But it also exposed the shamelessly crass politics of those who, form a safe distance, insisted on faulting someone, anyone, for nature's rage.

Amazing voice of reason from our neighbor to the north. Wish more Americans got this.

2 posted on 09/10/2005 10:31:18 AM PDT by MNJohnnie (Professional Journalism- the Buggy Whip makers of the 21st century)
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To: veronica
("Democrats seem increasingly unhinged"...)

Of course the are. This is the party of Howard Dean. And you will see no /sarcasm tag on this post.

3 posted on 09/10/2005 10:34:27 AM PDT by the invisib1e hand (we don't need no stinkin' tagline.)
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To: veronica

"Republicans have won seven of the last 10 presidential elections, control both Houses of the U.S. Congress, and will soon have a commanding majority in the U.S. Supreme Court."

I thank God and my fellow Americans for this every day. I am blessed that I've never had to utter the words, "President Gore" or "President Kerry." *SHIVER*

Now...let's start acting like it! :)


4 posted on 09/10/2005 10:34:45 AM PDT by Diana in Wisconsin (Save The Earth. It's The Only Planet With Chocolate.)
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To: veronica
"Democrats seem increasingly unhinged"

Kind of like a screen door in a Hurricane...

5 posted on 09/10/2005 10:39:09 AM PDT by skikvt
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To: veronica
Race and resentment lurk beneath the skin of American society for political charlatans to exploit in disregard of facts and circumstances. Katrina's wreckage was plainly evident, but the hyperbole of race-baiters exploiting the agony of victims exceeded even the boundaries of broken civility...Since the 2000 cliffhanger presidential election, lib-left partisans in American politics have steadily gone berserk in their hatred for Bush....There is no fury in politics like the spitefulness of sore losers. Republicans have won seven of the last 10 presidential elections, control both Houses of the U.S. Congress, and will soon have a commanding majority in the U.S. Supreme Court.

Thanks, for the post...threads like this warms the heart. :D

6 posted on 09/10/2005 10:40:10 AM PDT by skinkinthegrass (Just because you're paranoid, doesn't mean they aren't out to get you :^)
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To: veronica

Notice that you have to go to Toronto newspaper to find an intelligent analysis of what ails the Democrats. You won't find it in the New York Times.


7 posted on 09/10/2005 10:41:33 AM PDT by popdonnelly
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To: skikvt

I think all the recent disasters , wars and other tragedies of the last few years are Gods way of making people choose sides. What is happening is that peoples eyes are starting to open as the left reveals more and more of its base nature. Hatred. Racism. Pushing for immorality. All the things that for so long they were able to hide with the velvet tongue of doublespeak. Let the left keep talking. Eventually, all of their evil and venom will be revealed and they will shoot themselves in the foot by exposing their true nature. All we need to do is keep revealing ours and be patient. And help those in need


8 posted on 09/10/2005 10:42:31 AM PDT by humantech ("No one wants to live to see such evil times. Its what you do with the time you are given")
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To: MNJohnnie
But it also exposed the shamelessly crass politics of those who, form a safe distance, insisted on faulting someone, anyone, for nature's rage.

But it's still Bush's fault.

9 posted on 09/10/2005 10:42:32 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: veronica
The same cannot be said of the once-formidable party of Franklin Roosevelt, Harry Truman and John Kennedy recovering soon from the lunacy of those who have made it a frat house of juvenile mudslingers.

That is so good, could you pare that down to fit in a tag line slot?

Regards,
GtG

(DNP, the frat house of juvenile mudslingers!)

10 posted on 09/10/2005 10:43:46 AM PDT by Gandalf_The_Gray (I live in my own little world, but I like it 'cuz they know me here.)
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To: veronica

"While Katrina's fury was elemental, the Democrats seem increasingly unhinged by the politics of race and resentment. America's Gulf coast will certainly recover from Katrina. The same cannot be said of the once-formidable party of Franklin Roosevelt, Harry Truman and John Kennedy recovering soon from the lunacy of those who have made it a frat house of juvenile mudslingers."


Damn, anybody got an account over at the DU. They should know how Canadians are talking about them.


11 posted on 09/10/2005 10:44:08 AM PDT by cripplecreek (If you must obey your party, may your chains rest lightly upon your shoulders.)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

I am blessed that I've never had to utter the words, "President Gore" or "President Kerry.

Me too, D. Yet one can certainly imagine the headlines now.

President Kerry lauded by Lousiana Governer for prompt help
with hurricane aid only 11 days after storm hits.

President Gore institutes investigational tribunal
to examine Mississippi Governor Barbours
"criminal negligence", appoints Senator Clinton to head
panel.


12 posted on 09/10/2005 10:45:17 AM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: MNJohnnie

Hm.....if Canadians can understand what is really going on with the Democrats, maybe there is hope for the MSM only listeners. Surely they too will come to realize that they are considered so stupid that they will lap up the propaganda that as of now Bush is responsible for.....

9/11
Bin Laden's non-capture (inefficiency and going to Iraq)
Putting us in a non-essential war in Iraq
Global warming by not signing Kyota
Oil prices because of the gouging by his buddies
Katrina
The total destruction of New Orleans
The non-rescue of all blacks (although they are in cities all over the U.S.)
The blockage of Red Cross/Salvation Army people
The non-reaction to the catastrophe-although one week later 90% have been evacuated, brought into homes, put into apartments, supplied furnishings, clothes

That Bush hates blacks (although many of the top people in his administration are blacks and that the Lt.-Gen in charge of the rescue is a black.

That Bush wastes time on a vacation although no president is ever on vacation and that all other Americans get vacations.

That he is stupid
That he was not elected
That he is in a war without global support
That he is the reason that America is hated
That he is in a war for his oil buddies to get richer

And on and on and on and on................


13 posted on 09/10/2005 10:46:11 AM PDT by ClancyJ (Life is a God-given inalienable right to all Americans - not just the chosen ones.)
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To: humantech

Brilliantly said.


14 posted on 09/10/2005 10:46:32 AM PDT by skikvt
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To: veronica

Thanks. Great post!


15 posted on 09/10/2005 10:48:02 AM PDT by aworldtrader
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To: skikvt

Well...Pelosi sure is screeching like one of her
constituent homeless wino shopping cart ladys....
one wonders how long it will be before she starts
absentmindedly scratchimng at the fleas on her
butt in public


16 posted on 09/10/2005 10:51:55 AM PDT by NickatNite2003
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To: Gandalf_The_Gray
"The once-formidable party of FDR, Truman and JFK is now a frat house of juvenile mudslingers."

There ya' go. :)

17 posted on 09/10/2005 10:53:31 AM PDT by veronica ("America has been killing people on this continent since it was started." - Mother Sheehan)
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To: veronica
There is no fury in politics like the spitefulness of sore losers.

You have no idea. Great article. We have a friend in Toronto.

18 posted on 09/10/2005 10:54:42 AM PDT by manwiththehands
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To: tet68

I can imagine the headlines as well. I said on another thread that had the President been a dem and the LA officials repubs can you imagine the outcry from the media to tar and feather the local officials while praising the "efforts" of the President?


19 posted on 09/10/2005 10:55:51 AM PDT by ihaveboys
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To: veronica
Seen this story? Wish the Americn Left got it like they do

Iraqi Soldiers Donate to Katrina Victims Iraqi soldiers collected 1,000,000 Iraqi dinars for victims of Hurricane Katrina. By Multinational Security Transition Command-Iraq TAJI, Iraq, Sept. 9, 2005 — Iraqi soldiers serving at Taji military base collected 1,000,000 Iraqi dinars for victims of Hurricane Katrina. Iraqi Col. Abbas Fadhil, Iraqi base commander, presented the money to U.S. Col. Paul D. Linkenhoker, Taji Coalition base commander, at a Sept. 5 staff meeting. "We are all brothers. When one suffers tragedy, we all suffer their pain." Iraqi Col. Abbas Fadhil “We are all brothers,” said Abbas. “When one suffers tragedy, we all suffer their pain.” The amount of money is small in American dollars - roughly $680 - but it represents a huge act of compassion from Iraqi soldiers to their American counterparts, said U.S. Army Maj. Michael Goyne. “I was overwhelmed by the amount of their generosity,” Goyne said. “I was proud and happy to know Col. Abbas, his officers, NCOs and fellow soldiers. That amount represents a month’s salary for most of those soldiers.” Abbas read a letter he wrote after giving the envelope to Linkenhoker. "I am Colonel Abbas Fadhil; Tadji Military Base Commander,” Abbas wrote. “On behalf of myself and all the People of Tadji Military Base; I would like to console the American People and Government for getting this horrible disaster. So we would like to donate 1.000.000 Iraqi Dinars to help the government and the People also I would like to console all the ASTs who helped us rebuilding our country and our Army. We appreciate the American's help and support. Thank you."

20 posted on 09/10/2005 10:55:58 AM PDT by MNJohnnie (Professional Journalism- the Buggy Whip makers of the 21st century)
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To: veronica

21 posted on 09/10/2005 10:57:09 AM PDT by Lady Jag (The Goat-Vendor of Hamelin, and Expounder of Troll Logic)
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To: veronica
In recent American politics, the lib-left's venom exceeds Katrina's fury.

Great column. Bookmarked. Thank you.

22 posted on 09/10/2005 10:58:01 AM PDT by syriacus (I THINK WE CAN GET [the levee] STABILIZED IN A FEW HOURS - T Ebbert, NOLA Dpt.Hmlnd.Sec. Aug/2005)
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To: veronica; All
The mainstream left-leaning media have also contributed to the Democrats' disorder ...
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After the 2002 election, I wrote, “Remind me never to complain about ‘liberal media bias’ again. Right now, liberal media bias is conspiring to assist the Democrats to sleepwalk over the cliff.”

The media and the Democrats sustain each other's make-believe land. Dan Rather tells his staff, “Kerry's told me there's nothing to this Swiftvet thing.” Kerry tells his, “Rather's assured me this Swiftvet story's going nowhere.”

George W. Bush ought to wake up every morning and thank the Lord the media aren't on his side.

-- Mark Steyn.


23 posted on 09/10/2005 10:59:12 AM PDT by dighton
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To: Darth Reagan

ping


24 posted on 09/10/2005 11:00:19 AM PDT by marblehead17 (I love it when a plan comes together.)
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To: veronica

I remember the Clinton years where the Right was disparaged as mean-spirited "Clinton-haters". Amazing how much the Left looks like mean-spirited Bush-haters now. Only the Left has no media buffers to challenge their hatred. They freely spout their venom without ever being called on it.


25 posted on 09/10/2005 11:08:26 AM PDT by Tall_Texan (RIP New Orleans 1718-2005)
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To: veronica

Even the Canadians say that the Dems are over the top. That's pretty bad.


26 posted on 09/10/2005 11:15:53 AM PDT by Brilliant
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To: veronica

Conservative do, liberals blame.


27 posted on 09/10/2005 11:21:01 AM PDT by Exton1
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To: NickatNite2003
"Well...Pelosi sure is screeching like one of her constituent homeless wino shopping cart ladys.... one wonders how long it will be before she starts absentmindedly scratchimng at the fleas on her butt in public"

ROFLMAO

28 posted on 09/10/2005 11:48:44 AM PDT by ncountylee (Dead terrorists smell like victory)
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To: veronica
Randall Robinson, former president of Transafrica, reported in The Huffington Post online that "black hurricane victims in New Orleans have begun eating corpses to survive." He apparently did not reflect on his words and ask why only "black victims" would turn to cannibalism.

Resentment's toxin has so corrupted people who think like Robinson that they readily spit upon the weakest victims just to score points against Bush. When his statement could not be verified, he posted a retraction but no apology.

The wacky left screams made-up stupidity like this at full volume, then can't figure out why they're losing.

Unbelievable!

29 posted on 09/10/2005 12:09:00 PM PDT by RJL
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To: ncountylee
one wonders how long it will be before she starts absentmindedly scratching at the fleas on her butt in public"

LOL... As tight as Pelosi's skin is pulled, she may be scratching her bum now, we just don't know it.

30 posted on 09/10/2005 12:12:13 PM PDT by RJL
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To: veronica

Very good article and nice to see it is from one of 'us'. Sometimes it seems like rational voices in the print and broadcast media are all too rare in Canada and the US. Most are caught up in this blame-Bush hatred. How can sane people blame him for the hurricane, for example? It makes absolutely no sense.


31 posted on 09/10/2005 12:28:11 PM PDT by plushaye (President Bush: W-2-4-4!! God Bless him and his administration.)
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To: plushaye

Liberals: Repeat after me: I Am We Tall Did


32 posted on 09/10/2005 2:29:50 PM PDT by samadams2000 (Pitchforks and Lanterns..with a smiley face!)
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To: veronica
It snapped, just as the winds and water breached the levees protecting New Orleans, revealing for a brief passing moment the lurking beasts of looters and rapists beneath our tamed skins.

The only reason such animals are "beneath our tamed skins" is because the Democrats who have been running New Orleans and Louisiana for generations can't bear the thought of throwing them in jail where they belong, lest they lose their right to vote.

33 posted on 09/10/2005 7:04:21 PM PDT by mvpel (Michael Pelletier)
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To: veronica

Speaking of unhinged....

"Now, for people who are saying, 'Well, stop pointing fingers at the president, uh, the left-wing media's being too hard': No. Shut up. No. This is inarguably -- INARGUABLY -- a failure of leadership from the top of the federal government.....And I will say this: Hurricane Katrina is George Bush's Monica Lewinsky. The only difference is this: That tens of thousands of people weren't stranded in Monica Lewinsky's vagina."
Jon Stewart, "The Daily Show"


34 posted on 09/10/2005 8:31:57 PM PDT by silverleaf (Fasten your seat belts- it's going to be a BUMPY ride.)
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To: veronica
the Democrats seem increasingly unhinged by the politics of race and resentment. America's Gulf coast will certainly recover from Katrina. The same cannot be said of the once-formidable party of Franklin Roosevelt, Harry Truman and John Kennedy recovering soon from the lunacy of those who have made it a frat house of juvenile mudslingers.

Whatthe Dem party needs is a major house cleaning! Maybe their unhinging will provide it.

35 posted on 09/10/2005 8:45:02 PM PDT by SuziQ
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