Member Reaction to the Disaster
As I watch CBS Sunday Morning, I'm on an emotional rollercoaster. For years, I've been ashamed to be a US citizen. Seeing how in a matter of hours the tsunami victims were attended to...in third world nations, i.e. supplies, contact information, pictures of the missing. Yet, Katrina's survivors are wondering around looking for food, shelter and loved ones five/six days later. The fact that the US is considering accepting aid from Russia, Cuba and Indonesia while they are spending billions of dollars in Iraq is an obscenity. We are blatantly showing the world our priorities...this coming from mainstream media. Is this the compassion George Bush is talking about? I find it revealing that he was willing to go to Iraq, a war zone, and yet felt unsafe to show up in New Orleans. Watching him hug two women of color was more that I could stand...an obvious photo op and evoking memories of him in a flack suit on a ship's deck stating the war is over. To me, he's giving the "terrorist" justification, exposing the US government for what it is...a protector of capitalism and the rich on the backs of disenfranchised people.
And now that Rehnquist has died, one can only speculate what's next for this nation.
As the Buddhist say, "May you live in interesting times". This is certainly an interesting time.