Many Americans have clearly lost their sense of shame.
I say that because the rhetoric from some of the MSM and hard left wackos has clearly gone far over the top. They are WORSE than the low-lifes who are in New Orleans right now breaking into stores and homes to steal valuables, TVs, computers, and whatever else they can get their hands on.
And just to clarify, I do not consider someone who goes into a store to get food and water a looter. They are trying to survive, and we all know and understand this.
But brainless wonders in New Orleans who are taking numerous items large and small from homes and shops all over the city are worthy only of our contempt. Do they even understand that they'll likely never get their loot out of the city? Stupid AND dishonest... A winning combination, don't you think?
But even lower are those partisans in the MSM and elsewhere who are joyfully using this horrible disaster to try and score points against the President. I thought I had seen the worst kinds of behaviour possible from these idiots, but they've clearly sunk to a new low, publishing some articles blaming the disaster on President Bush BEFORE the hurricane had even struck! Here are a few examples, brought to you by James Taranto of Opinionjournal.com, the online opinion section of the Wall Street Journal:
- Cindy Sheehan: "George is finished playing golf and telling his fables in San Diego, so he will be heading to Louisiana to see the devastation that his environmental policies and his killing policies have caused."
- Josh Marshall: "I know we're supposed to be observing an accountability free moment for the president. But there are just too many examples out there of the ways in which his policies have contributed to and accentuated this crisis. No more letting this man's failures become his own argument against accountability. It's always been a live-for-today presidency."
- Andrew Sullivan: "Blaming Bush and the war for the poor state of New Orleans' levees is a legitimate argument. And it could be a crushing one."
- Molly Ivins: "Does this mean we should blame President Bush for the fact that New Orleans is underwater? No, but it means we can blame Bush when a Category 3 or Category 2 hurricane puts New Orleans under."
- New York Times editorial: "George W. Bush gave one of the worst speeches of his life yesterday, especially given the level of national distress and the need for words of consolation and wisdom. In what seems to be a ritual in this administration, the president appeared a day later than he was needed. He then read an address of a quality more appropriate for an Arbor Day celebration: a long laundry list of pounds of ice, generators and blankets delivered to the stricken Gulf Coast. . . . Since this administration won't acknowledge that global warming exists, the chances of leadership seem minimal."
(The Alenda Lux blog has an excellent dissection of this editorial.)
Interestingly, Taranto goes on to mention that, last year, when hurricane Charley struck Florida, the same idiots who are complaining about the President's slow response now were complaining that he acted TOO FAST during that crisis.
'Even before the storm hit, the president declared four counties disaster areas to speed federal money to victims,' CBS News reported a year ago. 'But that quick response fueled suspicion that he is using disaster politics to help his campaign in one of the most critical battleground states.'
Yet another complaint heard today from Bush-haters was that the President should have flown in to visit and comfort victims there.