Hey Deer, I know your right about backing up my voice with documentation...oh, and thanks so much for the boost of consideration for a sometimes very passionate, over emotional woman...hugs...anyway...as you and many others here, do back up what you say with articles from many highly acclaimed journalists...well, my point is this...I've seen and read the wall street journal make some very false front page accusations & claims, which directly affected me and my job, only later to hide their apologies, deep within on page 13 in very diminutive print...instead of the apology making front page news, after the damage was done...so, as many of you do cut and paste newspaper quotes, respectfully I offer argue, that they are not always accurate, along with accusations, opinions and news casts presented by the media. We all know, they do cut out what they don’t want you to know or exaggerate, working on the emotions of the public, you know, manipulative stories…to swing people over to their point of view….but…
Deer, I followed the news of this hurricane from the start of the warnings on the news, and as the hurricane came and went...flipping from CNN to the Weather Channel, to FOX...back and forth all during the first 2 & 3 days...and quite frankly reminding you that...that as the days went by, with still no relief for these people, man, did I take this very personal, screaming over and over, Where IS Our Government and why aren’t they deploying help?
When I address a situation, in my thoughts, I always think, what would I do and, if I were President (and you all can thank you lucky stars I’m not president )...Upon the first reports of the monster hurricane Katrina hitting the gulf coast, forecasted to hit New Orleans and surrounding areas, I would have immediately phoned the Governor & Mayors setting up conference calls between us and said, "hey guys, this one looks bad!" What are you doing to evacuate"? "Do you know how many people have no means of transportation as of yet"? "I don’t care the repercussions we need to evacuate everyone we can, don't you agree, even if this thing doesn’t hit by some grace of God, for now, take any vehicles you can get your hands on and have all residents report to designated areas where buses will transport them out, and if you need more transportation, now’s the time to ask for help from surrounding areas…even if this hurricane by some unseen force of God, does not do the damage we expect, it’s better to be safe then sorry…we can always rebuild, but we can’t bring back lost lives"! "Lets keep the communication lines opens, report back to me when ever necessary, every hour, if necessary, this must be quick and efficent". "Presently our mission has to be, to get as many people out of those areas, as possible. Adding, we have plenty of warning so this can be expedited effectively, don't you think, any ideas or counter ideas?"
After the fact, while watching the news…my first thought was, OMG, what if that super dome doesn’t hold? All those people will be crushed?
Then came the aftermath and for two days, while watching the news, which I’m certain, 80% of the rest of the country was doing, I kept screaming inside, where is help, where is FEMA, where is the Red Cross, where is Bush? Why isn’t someone taking initiative, taking charge and deploying army equipment in there to get people out...I was shocked and even people at work looked at me like I was invisible and had nothing important to add to the conversation when I asked these same questions?
I mean, how long is it supposed to take to move…not talk about it, but make a call and do whatever necessary?
It was a take charge situation…and yet, I believe what happened, and this is an assumption…everyone was so afraid of making decision, worried about the repercussions of stepping in and doing something without someone from a higher level, telling them what to do?
I mean, what could the President have been thinking in those 2-3 first and most crucial days…at that point in time, the mayors or the governors, certainly did not have the resources (privy to army & navy equipment, let alone medical supplies, food and water?) to get in there are start a rescue mission immediately.
What I’ve tried to stress in other forums…leaders need to take a position…make decisions that are not always popular, but are the good for the majority of the people…just like in war…you don’t want a general who is unable to make quick decisions…yanno?
In this case, and I say this again, everyone who should have been moving promptly without hesitation, was standing around waiting, waiting for what?
Then, there were reports of New Orleans police, who lost everything, still on the job, with no communication to each other, just simply out there trying to keep doing his job.
One news man interviewed a police officer…he was in shock, frightened, saying…”I lost my house, everything, but I’m just out here doing what I’m supposed to be doing, trying to help the best I can with no means for communication to anyone, people are looting, breaking into gun stores, liquor stores, this is a recipe for disaster”
That would have been all I needed to hear…immediately I would have deployed the national guards, the army, navy medical ships, amphibians, helicopter rescue teams…setting up mash medical tents….I mean, everyone knew this was a catastrophic event…why does the President have to wait for approval to deploy this rescue, when common sense tells you, everyone down there was under water with no means of communication...and now, asking even more so, What Plan do you have in place if this coutry goes under attack. I can invision his face now...just like the day he was sitting in elementary school reading a book to the children, and someone came in and whispered in his ear, "We're under attack", God, he just sat there with this dumb grin on his face in a state of shock, not able to move, didn't know what to do, again the man whispered in his ear...and finally our learder got up and was escourted out????
Again, if I were President, without regard for any law, I would have deployed army, navy, coast guard, and issued a state of emergency on T.V. asking everyone is surrounding states to offer whatever they could in the way of shelters and gotten those people out of that stadium.
Now, a debate may be offered of, oh well, no one could get in there????
We have in our midst resources that can get us in anywhere, anytime, anyhow, so how much different did a few days make, when the news reporters and volunteers got in right away and were helping. And that I had proof of and saw with my own eyes.
This whole thing in my opinion was botched…which brings another awareness to me….I believe we’ve become a society that is compromising the value of life, from fear of just going in there and getting things done to the best of our ability when it is a life and death situation.
Some of this mentality may be due to law suits and public opinions, not to mention, is there presently in the near future a political agenda, like an election, brother, elections, do get politicians moving then.
Deer, I know some of you are very brilliant people, with college education...your engineers, song writers, perhaps psychologists, attorneys, with degrees out the gazoo
I cannot express myself with words in writing nearly as astute & intellectually as some of you do, and believe me, sometimes you all leave me awe struck at the blessings you do possess...but also feel, my input sometimes may be foolish, and spoken with emotion, but othertimes, perhaps a tad wise spoken through experience.
nor do I possess the time to research newspaper articles or cut and paste to back up my statements and/or theories.
I’m certainly not always right….but what I do possess is some common sense, and not to be a wise guy, sarcastic or lead you to believe I may be over inflated cuz I don’t believe I am...simply put, I do possess confidence and the ability to know, it doesn’t take an educated monkey to understand the importance of life and to immediately deploy help and get things moving in the blink of an eye.
I am presently an administrative assistant (secretary) but at one time in my life, I was an office manager for a heavy & highway construction company in Pennsylvania; an office manager in charge of building roads (2 and 4 lanes), up to 100 men, heavy equipment, payroll, state codes, union codes, daily job documentation, testing concrete, finishing concrete, running people to the hospital, calling police, emergency medical teams, etc...and making certain, all materials were on the job and ready to disperse each and every day.
So I know the valuable asset of time & cost effective planning...and time was certainly of the essence, in the case of this monster, Katrina! But to no avail, no one moved, everyone simply froze and watched, and watched, while those people down there were screaming, while babies, children and adults were dying, not to mention the rapes!
For 3 days...everyone was afraid to make a decision…to lead, to accomplish saving lives, even if only 10 lives, or 1 life could have been spared, the move to deploy whatever means necessary would have been worth it.
Lives were lost here people, which is no small matter that can be justifiably excused with smaking someone's hand. And to me, there is no excuse for anyone in a take charge position as these men were, to abandon the truth or make excuses for.
If our leaders are not strong, and willing to put his/her life on the line for others, make decision without fear of what the public will think, then all those under him will be the same way as well.
And so, I state my argument, strictly from what little common sense I own, not to mention, staying abreast with the situation as best I can…
This country has way to many people in leadership positions who should not be there. Not to mention, everyone today is afraid to say, “Your not doing the job, we need to replace you, nothing personal, but your just not the right person for the position”
Instead, our government, our corporations, are not only hiring consultants which costs millions of dollars, to tell them how to do their jobs, but rewarding bad decisions, bad behavior and unethical actions with excuses, until these people in these positions actually believe and I mean this, they actually believe and delude themselves that they are doing right, when in fact, they are robbing their cohorts, and their companies, the country blind.…and believe me, I do know what I’m talking about.
So people, I rest my case, you have seen, in my opinion, first hand, the results of what happens when people are in positions they know nothing about...adding a warning, this has become a culture throughout America...
The media for months ahead, will go back and forth with this…not to mention those of us who voted for Bush, we feel an obligation to support him, regardless if he was wrong...b/c if we say he was wrong, we admit we ourselves may have been wrong in our choice of leadership. Why? Because we voted for him...so, in the long run, no body wins, everyone looses, saving face is more important then an admition we are wrong...
It’s so very hard for people to do that today…so what do we do…do we support bad behavior or do we say, yanno, we expected you guys to do your jobs, that’s what your getting paid for, and are drawing a pension for...
We’re not talking about dollar signs here, we’re talking about life...and lives and the ripple effect decisions have made.
What really disgraces me, is, we don’t fire anyone anymore? There is no fear of loosing your job, anything goes, and if they botch things up, the worst that can happen is, they are given a severance package and sent off with a letter of resignation or retirement.
No one today has the guts anymore, to say, YOUR FIRED, except Donald Trump…and maybe that’s the funny story or insult to the integrity of the people of this country, behind these so called reality TV shows? It is reality, or has society retreated to their each and own fantasy of which the wolves have taken advantage of? I dunno?
Thank you for the opportunity to add to this thread.
And Deer, I think your a pretty awesome guy so, no insult intended to you or anyone else...just venting...I could be wrong, yanno
Respectfully and sincerely
[This message has been edited by LeeJ (09-08-2005 10:15 AM).]