Skip to comments.Politicizing Tragedy
Posted on 10/30/2012 6:01:15 PM PDT by markomalley
As Americans woke this morning, they were met with news of the destruction left by Hurricane Sandy across the East; that is if they have any power. Over 7 million homes are without power in the wake of the storm. As it raged through the night, a hospital was forced to evacuate when their backup generator failed, water poured into the subways in New York City, a nuclear power plant was forced to shut down and flooding was seen from state to state. 16 people have been confirmed dead so far. Bloomberg estimates the damage to exceed $20 billion and the stock market is closed for the second day in row, this being the first time weather has forced its closure since 1888. A storm of this magnitude will no doubt take time to recover from, yet even before many could fully get a handle on the situation, some were already capitalizing on it for political gain.
As the storm approached yesterday, the Romney camp withdrew from campaigning, going dark through at least today. President Obama was forced off the campaign trail as well and flew back to D.C. to keep a close eye on the situation. The President, however, called on former President Bill Clinton to cover previously scheduled campaign events he couldnt attend. Clinton, seeing the hurricane as a new opportunity to sway voters, then used his position to compare Obamas political opponent to the massive, deadly storm that was approaching.
Were coming down to the 11th hour. Were facing a violent storm. Its nothing compared to the storm well face if you dont make the right decision in this election.
Taking their cue, the New York Times hopped on board later yesterday evening. In the midst of the storm ravaging the coast, a pro-Obama post went up on the Times website. A Big Storm Requires Big Government, sought to explain to the masses that if it werent for President Obama saving the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), that Republican ideology would leave those in Hurricane Sandys path paying for emergency water.
The obvious politicization of our nations latest tragedy is not anything new, but its a far cry from President Obamas speech following the shooting in Tucson, AZ last year, in which 18 people were shot at a political event; including Representative Gabrielle Giffords, who barely survived, and nine-year old Christina-Taylor Green, who was murdered. In his speech, the President urged for the current political dialogue to be conducted in a more civil manner. Said the President:
But at a time when our discourse has become so sharply polarized, at a time when we are far too eager to lay the blame for all that ails the world at the feet of those who happen to think differently than we do, its important for us to pause for a moment and make sure that were talking with each other in a way that that heals, not in a way that wounds. Scripture tells us that there is evil in the world and that terrible things happen for reasons that defy human understanding.
President Obama went on to say:
But what we cannot do is use this tragedy as one more occasion to turn on each other Lets make sure its not on the usual plane of politics and point-scoring and pettiness that drifts away in the next news cycle.
The President ended his speech by claiming that he believed we could be better. Unfortunately for the President and the nation, it appears Obamas supporters will not be better; instead choosing to, once again, use todays hardships for tomorrows talking points.
If that means, as it increasingly does, behaving like raging hypocrites without a shred of integrity then thats exactly what they'll do.
And Romney, who is actually doing something constructive, gets static from Adminstration Press operatives.
20 billion in damage? Someone is looking to make a killing off the taxpayers
In my red county, mostly white, "flyover country" neck of the woods we waited over a year for FEMA money to repair a county bridge undermined by Tropical Storm Lee (9/2011).
Still waiting for the repairs.
If that is "Federal assistance" we'd be better without it.
FEMA is a MAJOR scam. All they do is collect data. They mess up the paperwork and send agents who change the facts. Homeowner then has to prove the agent is wrong. Then another group shows up “project Hope” which claims to help people with their FEMA paperwork. Then more organizations become involved. It becomes chaotic.
It’s all about paperwork and creating false jobs.