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There’s a Reason Americans are Amazing in Disasters
The Revolutionary Act ^ | 9/14/17

Posted on 09/14/2017 9:48:17 AM PDT by Liberty7732

The United States continues to prove why it is simply the best nation in the world by virtually every measurement.

The latest example is the extraordinary resilience of Americans in Texas and Florida after devastating hurricanes within weeks of each other. After the Houston region’s long deluge and record flooding from Hurricane Harvey, that area’s rebound is underway and history suggests it will be stronger than ever.

We are long-term Floridians, but have never seen a hurricane that caused damage essentially through the entire state. From Miami up the Atlantic Ocean to Jacksonville and Tallahassee down the Gulf of Mexico to Naples and the Keys and all points in between, the state was crushed by Hurricane Irma’s direct hit and long path up the peninsula.

A few jaw-dropping numbers:

Peak wind gusts: 142 mph in Naples, 120 mph on Marco Island, 111 mph on Big Pine Key, 99 mph at Miami International Airport, 94 mph at Key West and 92 mph up at Cape Canaveral. That shows the breadth of the wind damage. But storm surge from Miami to Jacksonville turned downtown Jax eerily similar to Houston. The 15 million Floridians who lost power from the hurricane is three out of every four residents of the nation’s third largest state, plus another million in Georgia and South Carolina. That is more than twice the previous record. The Irma number is the equivalent of the fifth largest state in the Union losing 100 percent of power. Yet by the third day after the storm, the number was under 3 million. Initial damage estimates are more than $100 billion, but that will undoubtedly rise. With all this destruction, there are 19 dead so far in Florida. (Five more in Georgia and South Carolina.) That total may yet rise as Florida’s heat and humidity remain in summer mode and can be lethal, particularly for elderly people. When we consider the size and scope of this monstrous hurricane — 16 million without power in three states, and wind speeds more than 100 mph over vast swaths, the broad range of surge inundation and the amount of destruction and damage — there are 19 dead. Every death is a tragic loss, but that is an almost miraculously low number.

Granted, Florida has had more experience than any state with deadly hurricanes. But the planning and preparation by state and local governments — one of the few times you will hear us giving props to government, but it is due in this case — really has minimized the loss of life. But so has American helping American — before, during and after.

Virtually all power is expected to be restored within 10 days of most of the state losing it. That also is astonishing. That goes to preparation, but also the support of surrounding states’ power companies. Florida sent large crews to Houston as did other states and now states are sending large numbers to Florida. More than 20,000 Florida Power & Light trucks alone are working to restore power, not including the other utilities in the state.

So…why is America so good at dealing with disasters? Is there another nation in the world that could be hit with back-to-back record natural catastrophes and sustain such minimal loss of life and have the two separate regions back on their feet so rapidly?

I doubt it.

In fact, when other nations endure natural disasters, the United States is often one of the first on the scene and frequently offers the most help — more often than not through private charities, which are already handling the lion’s share of the need in Texas and Florida.

It’s important to understand why this is the case. It’s not a result of geography or stealing from others or dumb luck.

There’s a foundation in place undergirding this ability that exists at the base of no other country in the history of the world: The United States is a country built on an idea — not geography, not ethnicity, not through conquering other nations — but an idea.

And the idea is this: There is a supreme God and all people are created equal in His eyes and all are meant to be free. The rights of each man and woman are from God and are protected through the longest-standing Constitution in the world by limiting the scope of distant rulers in government. This is fundamental.

So religion, specifically Christianity and the rightly called Judeo-Christian ethic, are at the core and upon which is built the foundational rights of every citizen and a hardened vault of protection of those rights. Government’s existence is to protect those individual rights, including property and the exercise of capitalism in free markets. The wealth created by this system of individual liberty and reasonably unfettered capitalism is the primary reason we can afford the preparations and responses to such natural disasters.

From that foundational idea is the amazingly successful Republic that is still plowing forward. Let’s not forget our origins and foundations, or one day we will be unable to secure such safety in natural disasters — let alone man-made ones.

(Editor’s Note: For those interested, we rejoice that the Florida writers for The Revolutionary Act all survived Hurricane Irma with minimal damage.)

Rod Thomson is an author, TV talking head and former journalist, and is Founder of The Revolutionary Act.


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1 posted on 09/14/2017 9:48:17 AM PDT by Liberty7732
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To: Liberty7732

We do not wait for the government to come in and tell us what to do and the Cajun Navy is an example. We are guided by the Higher Power not political power.


2 posted on 09/14/2017 9:54:28 AM PDT by mountainlion (Live well for those that did not make it back.)
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To: Liberty7732
Maybe Israel would cope as well. Perhaps new countries are better than the old, played-out ones.

Also, Americans like living in places that are dangerous - because we have moxie and a good eye for beautiful places. All the most beautiful places in America have tempestuous weather and why New Jersey is rarely subject to these problems, lol.

3 posted on 09/14/2017 9:58:48 AM PDT by miss marmelstein
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To: Liberty7732

None of these relief efforts would have been possible without the spearheading efforts of Antifa, BLM, RCP and other progressives getting into the devastated areas and leading the rescue efforts!

(They are there helping, aren’t they??)


4 posted on 09/14/2017 10:02:54 AM PDT by 17th Miss Regt
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To: Liberty7732

We take overflow calls for several agencies. People calling in to file Ins claims on their home owners insurance are so nice, so calm. People on EBT are calling in screaming profanities, looking for extra benefits. Keep in mind, they all received their food stamps early. It’s crazy.


5 posted on 09/14/2017 10:03:59 AM PDT by Tx Angel (Insert witty tagline here)
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Don’t forget huge Antifa and BLM convoys racing down to supply aid and to Texas and Florida./S

Oh, wait. I think it was “Clingers” who did most of that.


6 posted on 09/14/2017 10:05:41 AM PDT by laplata (Liberals/Progressives have diseased minds.)
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To: Liberty7732

Our churches are a large part of the emergency network. We can field huge numbers of volunteers.


7 posted on 09/14/2017 10:06:59 AM PDT by buffaloguy (Bond arms Cowbot)
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To: Liberty7732; NautiNurse; dirtboy

Ping


8 posted on 09/14/2017 10:16:06 AM PDT by metmom ( ...fixing our eyes on Jesus, the Author and Perfecter of our faith..)
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To: mountainlion

Watching the Cajun Navy and the many other volunteers help in these disasters has tweaked my own behavior. I don’t get involved with anything that doesn’t concern me...maybe send some $ to FR and a couple of charities, but that’s it.

This morning at the pharmacy while picking up some meds, I overheard an Hispanic gentleman getting jerked around on his phone by his healthcare company. He was coming from Mass which was across the street and he is covered for Uber, etc. to take him to his Heart Doctor.

They wouldn’t get him. While I’d never seen this man before in my life, and his doctor was 5 miles out of my way, I offered to drive him which he appreciatively accepted. It felt good...and probably would never happened if I hadn’t seen fellow citizens helping others. I hope this same behavior isn’t fleeting.


9 posted on 09/14/2017 10:23:19 AM PDT by sanjuanbob
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To: Liberty7732

Waffle House
Home Depot
Kroger
CVS

Freedom works wonders when constrained within the rule of law. Other religions and no religion can also prosper within that system. Even though I am strong J-C ideologue, I am not crediting it for all things great and good when it comes to government.


10 posted on 09/14/2017 10:26:22 AM PDT by FreedomNotSafety
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To: Liberty7732

I’m convinced that inside most Americans there is a SeaBee type of person begging to be turned loose. I saw it in the massive Mississippi flood in my area in ‘93.


11 posted on 09/14/2017 10:37:13 AM PDT by CrazyIvan (Fidel and Che are together again, and it ain't on a t-shirt.)
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To: Liberty7732

What about Japan? Would they just sit on their ass?


12 posted on 09/14/2017 10:41:13 AM PDT by brianr10
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It is not just Christian ethics that come forward at disasters. It is Christians, those who hold those ethics. As Society drives Cheistians and their ethics down, so Society goes rouge.

In the end of this era, America will get to see how life is without Chritians as it suffers disasters without grace. It will be quite a lesson, as liberals really do not comprehend just how much they ride on Christian coat tails.


13 posted on 09/14/2017 11:01:44 AM PDT by American in Israel (A wise man's heart directs him to the right, but the foolish mans heart directs him toward the left.)
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To: Tx Angel

Well the EBT types are understandibly upset because their early delivery food stamps can’t be cashed in the local stores because they were all looted.


14 posted on 09/14/2017 11:07:02 AM PDT by American in Israel (A wise man's heart directs him to the right, but the foolish mans heart directs him toward the left.)
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To: Liberty7732

Good article !

Bookmarking...


15 posted on 09/14/2017 11:37:33 AM PDT by WildHighlander57 ((WildHighlander57, returning after lurking since 2000)
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To: miss marmelstein

Wow! Lol! Knocked that one out of the park M.M.


16 posted on 09/14/2017 11:54:32 AM PDT by KC_Lion (If you want on First Lady Melania's, Ivanka Trump's or Sarah Palin's Ping Lists, just let me know.)
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To: laplata
Oh, wait. I think it was “Clingers” who did most of that.

How deplorable of them. Some people are simply irredeemable.

-PJ

17 posted on 09/14/2017 12:02:44 PM PDT by Political Junkie Too (The 1st Amendment gives the People the right to a free press, not CNN the right to the 1st question.)
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Thank you, KC!!


18 posted on 09/14/2017 1:14:03 PM PDT by miss marmelstein
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To: Political Junkie Too

Toxic males did it all, don’t forget that!!!


19 posted on 09/14/2017 1:19:27 PM PDT by miss marmelstein
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To: Political Junkie Too

Oh, wait. I think it was “Clingers” who did most of that.

How deplorable of them. Some people are simply irredeemable.
-PJ

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Thank God. :)


20 posted on 09/14/2017 1:40:03 PM PDT by laplata (Liberals/Progressives have diseased minds.)
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