British Columbia, Canada
I know I live up here in Canada and should stay out of this but I have an opinion as well, so hold the stones please Ö
I have been glued to a television since before the hurricane hit. On the phone with friends pleading for them to leave, etc. and that's the absolute truth, as I have so many American friends. One reason for that is I met a lot of them through this site. The other and most important is, I have always loved the loyalty you have for your country, flag, military, and your leadership, and right now itís important to keep setting that example to us outsiders.
The first thing I look for crossing the border is that flag of yours, and I smile!
I know there are always going to be people that complain about what isn't being done, or how its done, that just life, but in a major disaster like this one, it is better to talk about what is being done. Itís better really to try to do something positive about what is not being done in your own small way to change it for the better if you can if you want to help at all. The fact of the matter is that there is poverty everywhere, and with that comes the shoes they must walk in. The people left behind (no matter what their color) didn't have the means, "wheels or money," to escape and it was strictly a social class issue there, nothing more that held them to home base. Were I in their shoes, I too would sit my butt down and wait to see who was coming and get me, what else could they do? I realize the lowlife looters, that stayed behind on purpose had their own agenda too though. The fact is this, these are entire states we are talking about, not townships, and the numbers are staggering.
I donít think they were ready for this period! This is the first major disaster like this in American history, and were they ready, probably not, but I can't for a second think that the American people are not demanding all that can be done, and will get all that your government can give, that is the American way. This is all they can do right now, and they are doing it!
I think what has to be said here or anywhere right now is words of the the positive work being done, these people have had a major change in their lives, entire townships are obliterated, and not only in New Orleans but the entire Gulf Coast as we all know. It's easy to sit in a comfy chair watching t.v. or a computer and criticize, but like anything in life, if you want it changed, do something to change it! Make a small difference.
Listen, I would love a chance to dig Bush, but this time, I would not to walk in his shoes for anything. Am I disappointed things were not handled better, faster, quicker, sure - but in this situation, I do truly believe they are doing all that they possibly can do and were not expecting what they now face, nor were they ready for it.
I say if they save anyone, they are heroes in my book.
I don't want you to take this as a criticism against anyone, but I always think it is better to search out and send positive vibes and go on those, as you create a certain rush of calm not chaos that is catchy.
New Orleans especially is a landmark in this world, and the people that first built it had stamina, strength, conviction, integrity and honor. I have faith in the American people and know this city will be re-built and better than ever, eventually. It is my intention to go down there as a working type holiday as soon as there is clearance to do that, and there is something others might want to consider?
We know only a handful of people this is effecting but think of the thousands, that may be reading these threads, and let's send them all the positive energy we can.
Who said this? If you are not part of the solution, then you are part of problem or something?
Sorry I saw this and got carried away, because we could all be doing so much good with spare time, dollars, etc. than critizing. There will be time enough after all this to put the blame where it goes, and make those responsible for their part in a bad recovery wear the hat.
For now - God Bless America and all it stands for.