I Dare You

Gustav is bearing down on the Gulf Coast as Republicans travel to Minnesota.

There is talk of postponing the convention. Talk of turning events into a day of service to help victims. Talk of Senator John McCain delivering his acceptance speech from a disaster zone.

My emotions are rising.

Want to be let in on the talk I hear?

People are remembering Katrina.

People are remembering the inaction of an administration.

People are reminded of their loss

People are reminded of the scene.

The chaos.

The racism.

The Bush Administration.

The government.

The failure.

I can think of nothing more powerful to get millions of undecided voters angrily and passionately to the polls in November- government, a hurricane, the gulf coast.

From Mother Jones:

But McCain’s record on Hurricane Katrina suggests that he was part of the problem, not the solution. McCain was on Face the Nation on August 28, 2005, as Katrina gathered in the Gulf Coast. He said nothing about it. One day later, when Katrina made landfall in Louisiana, McCain was on a tarmac at Luke Air Force Base in Arizona, greeting President Bush with a cake in celebration of McCain’s 69th birthday. Three days later, with the levees already breached and New Orleans filling with water, McCain’s office released a three-sentence statement urging Americans to support the victims of the hurricane.

Though McCain issued a statement the next week calling on Congress to make sacrifices in order to fund recovery efforts, he was quoted in The New Leader on September 1 cautioning against over-spending in support of Katrina’s victims. “We also have to be concerned about future generations of Americans,” he said. “We’re going to end up with the highest deficit, probably, in the history of this country.”

That attitude was borne out in McCain’s actions and votes. Forty Senators and 100 members of Congress visited New Orleans before he did; he finally got there in March 2006. He voted against establishing a Congressional commission to examine the Federal, State, and local responses to Katrina in med-September 2005. He repeated that vote in 2006. He voted against allowing up to 52 weeks of unemployment benefits to people affected by the hurricane, and in 2006 voted against appropriating $109 billion in supplemental emergency funding, including $28 billion for hurricane relief.

Shortly after the disaster in New Orleans, McCain did introduce a bill that sought to improve communications mechanisms for first-responders and authorities. The bill failed to go anywhere, and McCain later voted against other bills that had similar provisions.

McCain may talk sympathetically about New Orleans’ recovery this week, but the record shows that when it mattered most, McCain failed to act. His passion for fiscal conservatism blinded him to a city and a region in need, and his Time for Action is simply too late.

Yeah, go ahead and give your speech from a hurricane ravaged area or have our favorite GOP Congressmembers filling sand bags.

It will serve as one hell of a reminder of an abomination I want never repeated in this country, and of my still raw emotions. A reminder on why, among many other reasons, I’ll be voting Obama.

May everyone on the Gulf Coast and those affected by this storm be safe and well.


  1. To me, there is only one word that sums up Sen. McCain: Opportunistic.

    First he saw an opportunity to capitalize on disgruntled Hillary voters by choosing a candidate that would stay out of his way and hopefully bring the women vote– so he took it.

    Now he sees an opportunity to be the hero with Gustav, to make the GOP the “party that cares,” which is simply another PR stunt.

    Im glad you’ve used hard facts to show McCain doesn’t care, but he’ll manipulate anything he can (war in Georgia, national disasters) to his advantage.


  2. Just what the people of the Gulf Coast need, another white guy standing around with his thumb up his ass.

  3. I can’t thank you enough for always finding the right words and facts to support the cause. You are right on the money!

    Keep it up. I’ll keep coming back, and sending any skeptics I know your way too!

  4. If they carry on it will be viewed as callous and if they help with the relief it will be seen as nothing more than an attempt to garner voter sympathy.

    I don’t think an appropriate course of actions exists that won’t tick off some.

  5. To me, there is only one word that sums up Sen. McCain: Opportunistic.

    Ditto. To be honest, though, it’s kind a damned if he does, damned if he doesn’t situation regarding the GOP convention.

  6. Queen of Spain says:

    I agree they are kinda screwed either way. But to NOT make us all think of the GOP and Katrina might be a better way to head….

  7. Well, let me give a little something to lift your spirits …

    Did you happen to catch all the hype before the DNC? Coming from Focus on the Family? Give it a google: “Dobson pray for rain” or something to that effect.


    Veeeeeeeery interesting. My God has SUCH a sense of humor!

  8. If you don’t want somthing like Katrina to happen again, then tell all of your friends in New Orleans to NOT biuld their houses on flood planes! Doh!

  9. I was loving the idea that they were going to do a telethon did you hear that one?

    I was wondering who they were gonna get to perform?

    I would’ve never turned that train wreck off….

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