Proud to be An American

"The liberal blogosphere is focusing its energy on relief for the victims of Hurricane Katrina."
--Sean Hannity Show caller, September 1

While the caller quoted above had a bit of a competitive spirit, I'm happy to support my fellow bloggers wherever they fall on the political spectrum. Yesterday, liberal and conservative bloggers alike made the same proposition to the American people: give. Give till it hurts. Because it won't hurt us as much as the victims are suffering in the midst of this tragedy.

It saddens me that it often requires such grave circumstances to bring the two sides of the aisle together. We saw it after 9/11. We saw it after the Southeast Asian Tsunami. We see it now. Unfortunately, it doesn't last. And, in this case, it seemed to last as long as a New York minute.

I've been amazed at how political a natural disaster has become. I didn't realize that a president whose intelligence and leadership has been eternally questioned by his opponents is now credited by those same opponents with responsibility for this disaster. Huh.

There is plenty of time to investigate and to place blame, if and where appropriate. Now is not that time. It's not the time to point the finger, to criticize.

We may not be able to do much about the politicians and pundits who are behaving in such a manner. But, I charge everyone of us--liberal, conservative, Christian and Hindu--to stand firm as Americans on behalf of our fellow Americans.

People are hurting and in trouble right now. THAT is all that matters.

God bless you. And, God bless America!

p.s. on a personal note, my brother is getting married this weekend. i'm so happy for a wonderful celebration after a very sad week. (that's also the reason for this short and very quickly written post. thanks for understanding.)


At 9/02/2005 06:14:00 PM, Anonymous Jets said...

The thing about the quote is that if you read any liberal blog yesterday they were talking like only the liberals were doing anything to raise funds and many I saw were connecting through an ad link on their blogs. This effort was only supporting one charity, the Red Cross, and not any of the others, especially the faith based charities. So I'm not sure I can fully agree with the statement about the sides coming together since it seems the liberal once again want to claim sole credit so they can prove how much they care.

Good luck and congradulations to your brother.

At 9/02/2005 06:50:00 PM, Blogger The WordSmith from Nantucket said...

Congratulations on your brother's wedding, Lores.

At 9/02/2005 07:24:00 PM, Blogger Jamie Dawn said...

Congrats to your brother! Have a happy weekend of celebration.

I'm so sick of the blaming that's going on.
Anyone doing it has lost my respect regardless of what party they belong to.
Any future presidential candidate that engages in it can kiss my vote goodbye.
I support those who are doing what it takes to help.

At 9/03/2005 02:33:00 AM, Blogger William said...

I find it rather disheartening that even at the wake of this atrocity, the mainstream media (liberal and conservative), have found it necessary to subtly force their agenda upon their audience. Instead of simply reporting the anguish, and the hurt, and even the hope that has come from the situation, we find reporters continuously asking the question: "How is the federal government faring in this situation?" The Liberals answer one way, and the Conservatives another. Can we ever lay our political agendas aside in order to bring the assistance and the compassion necessary for stability in an uncertain situation? It appears that we cannot....

At 9/03/2005 04:38:00 AM, Blogger Mark said...

"The liberal blogosphere is focusing its energy on relief for the victims of Hurricane Katrina."

Lores. I have not seem very many Liberal blogs talking about helping. I have seen several that blame Bush and one in particular who says he will not donate cause he hates Bush. Really. I answered him and others of his ilk in my blog. A very long post. I had a lot to say.

At 9/03/2005 02:26:00 PM, Blogger Doug said...

Well, everyone I know, including me, has given money.

Maybe this report, from your hallowed Fox News (or has it become part of the liberal media, ipso facto?) will enlighten.

Question: Who is responsible for this since landfall? Not for the hurricane, not for not shoring up NO -- for the response to something on the order of a terror attack, nearly 4 years after 9/11?

At 9/03/2005 02:29:00 PM, Blogger Doug said...

Does personal responsibility extend to our administration, whom we, as a nation elected, or not? Or is it just for the poorest of the poor who couldn't afford to get out of New Orleans?

One of my "liberal" friends gave a week's salary, after taxes. That's in the thousands. I gave $500. My fiancee will be giving an equal amount today. We're financing our own wedding in three weeks (congrats, Lores, btw!) -- that's how it is.

My other "liberal" friends have begun a "Day without Pay" campaign amongst ourselves (virally, via e-mail to everyone we know). We've all given a day's worth of pay.

So much for your obsession, Mark.

At 9/03/2005 04:44:00 PM, Blogger Jamie Dawn said...

Why were there tens of thousands of people still there after all the warnings?
There should have been a forced evac and those who could not leave on their own should have been bused out of there.
Then, those who were bused to the superdome and the convetion center woud have been the ONLY ones needing rescue. Can you imagine those two places being the only places where help was needed in New Orleans?
Whose responsibility was it to see that all of New Orleans was evacuated? I don't even know the answer to that. I want to know though.
As for Biloxi, MS and the rest of the coast that was hit, Why were any of them still there? Whose responsiblility was it to get those people away from the coast?
I have a ton of questions regarding this whole terrible thing.
I'm not ready to place blame on any certain people yet. I will after I see how things took place in each region. Right now, it is just impossible to know all that occurred.

At 9/03/2005 10:00:00 PM, Blogger Mark said...

"So much for your obsession, Mark."

The only things I am obsessed about, Doug, are
1. People who are spending all their time looking to assign blame for Katrina, and
2. People who give to charity and then brag about it so people will pat them on the back.
"...verily, they have their reward..." Matt. 6:1-4

Thanks for your contribution. Don't break your arm patting yourself on the back and go here:
http://acepilots.com/mt/2005/09/01/bloggers-on-hurricane-katrina/ and then come back and tell me how much the libs care.

At 9/03/2005 10:02:00 PM, Blogger Mark said...

Sorry Lores, but that guy really struck a nerve.

At 9/03/2005 11:14:00 PM, Blogger Doug said...

I'm not bragging -- you were saying liberals (whatever you actually mean by that) were not giving. You are wrong; that's why I put up numbers. Normally, I wouldn't.

I'm not spending all my time looking for blame, but thousands of people have and will die because of this. Yeah, this requires some accountability. Jeez -- from the "personal responsibility" folks, you'd think that'd be a reasonable conclusion.

I looked at the link -- thanks! May I point out that donations to the victims and criticism of the Hallowed Leader can coexist? The evidence of the latter is not evidence of the absence of the former, to paraphrase Rumsfeld.

You might want to check out the long string on Thornblog -- you know, the one where you announced that global warming doesn't exist, and if it did, it'd have a supernatural "explanation" -- and even on evil cyberpols to see a little more of what's going on.

Btw, I agree with Hastert that we shouldn't rebuild NO on that "ground." Geologically and ecologically infeasible. He was shouted down; he is right. I don't care if he's Republican or not.

How's that for ideological bias on my part? LOL


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