Monday, May 22, 2006

Get used to this.

For those out there who think NOLA/Louisiana bloggers have become "so negative", try Instapundit and Malkin or Bendan Loy today (Be sure to check out the warm and fuzy comments on Loy's post). This is what a good portion -- perhaps a majority -- of the rest of the country thinks of New Orleans. It started with yammering nobodies like Bay Buchanan, but they're the point people: they say the outrageous first, and when no voices rise in protest, the mainstream feels free to lay on. This is just the beginning. You have have a thousand high school students volunteering during vacation, but you can bet that the rest of the country is about to move on. Is that negative? Expcting a solution? I don't have one here in my hat, but I'll tell you what: if New Orleans takes on too much of a Sigh-well-let's-make-the-best-of-it attitude and lets the rest of America turn away, there won't be many more busloads of high schoolers coming down, or phony Pat Robertson charities dumping minnows in the swimming pools, and there won't be many checks in the mail, either. There's a difference between negative and angry. Negative is "Oh to hell with it -- New Orleans is doomed." Angry is refusing to accept any reason -- ANY reason -- given to lessen or abnegate the responsibility of the federal government to help rebuild after this disaster, or to somehow sadly accept that Nagin's reelection proves that we're not fit to govern ourselves or to get federal help or whatEVER. Jesus Christ now I'm all worked up. Part of the goddamned solution is to refuse to let people forget, to refuse to let feet be removed from the fire, to consistently and constantly remind everyone within reach that the needs are not being met and that people are still suffering. Part of the solution is to keep tabs on the political process and demand accountability like it's never been demanded before. Part of the solution is to continue to raise political issues in the public discourse so that people can vote based on reason rather than race or gut feelings or paybacks. Sorry if this is all too negative sounding; I'm sure there's good news coming out of NOLA (not much coming out of Cameron, though) and maybe the good news can be the beat of the new Positive Bloggers' Guild while the Negative Nelly Bund can continue to point out that the levees are unsafe and the rebuilding is stalled. But hey -- a debate team from Mystic, Connecticut carried moldy furniture out of a ninth-ward ruin and didn't even ask for lemonade! LOOK OUT, AMERICA! Boy, I'm in a bad mood.

5 Comments:

Blogger Sean said...

Has there been another US President who just let a major american city die? Like, ever?

5/22/2006 10:08:00 AM  
Anonymous dangerblond said...

Detroit

5/22/2006 10:43:00 AM  
Blogger Suspect Device said...

Yeah, but Detroit was slow, like letting your senile grandmother die in a home. NOLA is more like stepping over someone who was hit by a car & spitting at them for being in the way.

5/22/2006 11:12:00 AM  
Blogger TravelingMermaid said...

Bad mood --- hello????

"Is that negative? Expcting a solution? I don't have one here in my hat, but I'll tell you what: if New Orleans takes on too much of a Sigh-well-let's-make-the-best-of-it attitude and lets the rest of America turn away, there won't be many more busloads of high schoolers coming down...."
And trying to be positive is "letting" America turn away???
I'll tell you what negative is - it's whining/ranting with no offer of substantive solutions. Anger? Yes, anger CAN be good when it facilitates resolve and determination for change.
Constant ranting and anger will only alientate the rest of the country. The time has come for us to HELP OURSELVES - meaning yes, hold the government to the fire and demand the best levee protection this rich country can afford. Yes, demand Mayor Nagin work for the people and hold him accountable. But, be realistic in knowing the average guy in Peoria is so over Katrina. Hell, people in Texas, Arkansas and north Mississippi are sick of it. You can rant about how they have no idea of what being sick of Katrina is but they just don't get it and never will. Those who don't care have plugged their ears and closed their eyes. Those who do will continue to offer help and support. That is reality. Ranting will only drive away those who are still willing to help.
That is all.

5/22/2006 08:32:00 PM  
Blogger Dangle 24-7 said...

“For those out there who think NOLA/Louisiana bloggers have become "so negative", try Instapundit and Malkin or Bendan Loy today (Be sure to check out the warm and fuzzy comments on Loy's post). This is what a good portion -- perhaps a majority -- of the rest of the country thinks of New Orleans."

The first two examples; Instapundit and Malkin were not worth mentioning. Bendon Loy I thought was fairly positive. He appears just the type of person who would respond to civil and reasonable people. His closing words of his post are:

“Whether he (Nagin) succeeds or fails from this point forward has no bearing on my unalterable opinion that his re-election was a mistake (because I believe accountability should matter), but it has a great deal of bearing on the future of New Orleans, so I’ll be rooting for him.”

I read the comments. I found nothing offensive nor did I see a stampede of abandonment. What I saw was concern; the usual uninformed nut cases but more support than your posting led me to believe I would see; especially by the blogger.

As for the rest of the country moving on, well yeah…what do you expect? Cancellation of little league ball games, the closing of swimming pools this summer, hunger strikes, vacations canceled or people pulling their money out of the bank accounts and hiding their stash in their freezers? Perhaps a national day of mourning once a week?

However, we continue to receive extensive press coverage from NBC, CBS, ABC and the cable news outlets nine months after the fact. I see and hear a lot of positive comments regarding concerns for New Orleans.

You state: “Is that negative? Expecting a solution? I don't have one here in my hat,…….”

Well the problem was Landrieu didn’t have a solution either. As I recall, his platform was for not reducing the “footprint”. And yeah; the fine print wasn’t fine enough. After hearing the double talk, it was a ten year deal but that was not his downfall.

What I did hear Landrieu say was the solution to eradicating the growth of poverty that plagued New Orleans prior to Katrina was to develop low income housing in all areas of the city. Well, I am sure the folks rebuilding in Lakeview, Lake Vista and Lake Terrace were thrilled to hear that idea. Less than a 2 ½ % swing in the vote would have put Landrieu in City Hall. Think about it.

As for pre-Katrina; in point of fact, the footprint of New Orleans was never large enough to disperse the city’s immense poverty ridden population created over the last forty years and began under a local and state liberal governing body. In fact, it rose under a liberal Federal Government and was maintained and in fact grew under the recent eight years of the Clinton administration.

Now what we have are our working poor who were displaced and in some cases living in conservatives cities run by white conservatives. Their comments? The schools are so much better, the jobs pay so much better, I feel safe in my neighborhood, there is not as much crime and—I AM NOT COMING BACK!

Are there those who want to come back? Yes. Should they? I really don’t know.

Another quote from your post: “Angry is refusing to accept any reason -- ANY reason -- given to lessen or abnegate the responsibility of the federal government to help rebuild after this disaster.”

I am in full agreement with that statement. However, the manner in which the anger is channeled is what can be destructive and counterproductive. In addition and most importantly, we need more than Federal help to remain standing. We need economic development. But after less than 24 hours after the election, Ray Nagin makes the comment that if businesses leave because of his re-election, he will send them a postcard. What do you expect the reaction to be? Saying things that will turn people against us, whether you are a Blogger or a Mayor is just senseless.

Your condescending depiction of so called “Positive Bloggers” as being allegedly oblivious to the problems point out how your messages are spun to hurt, disenfranchise and alienate. And if sincere, it also shows a bit of ignorance. The constant use of profanity is offensive but is protected by the First Amendment. You lost your shock value long ago from over usage. What you need to understand is the First Amendment applies to all and there is no law against being an ass.

I just believe there are better ways to get things done, especially when considering who controls the money. This approach isn’t rocket science and if we were in fact to be screwed, I assure you I have a "Plan "B" on the backburner. I am assuming you are as much action as you are talk and will be standing by my side.

After reading your last line: “But hey -- a debate team from Mystic, Connecticut carried moldy furniture out of a ninth-ward ruin and didn't even ask for lemonade! LOOK OUT, AMERICA!”

That is the cruelest, most insensitive thing I have seen in print on any blog.

5/23/2006 09:52:00 AM  

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