Disaster Relief In A Shape-Shifting World

From the bowels of disbelief, where common sense seems to get vomited out.

My friends, it is time for a word from a rambling cynic about disaster relief. There are areas in the country that for one reason or another are more prone to natural disasters. In those areas, there are hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, or earthquake and fires. These are justifiably natural disasters.

Now understandably some people aren’t crazy about it, but there is room and need for federal responses to help in those horrific times. Sometimes there are warnings, even if short, and other times there are no warnings at all when people or towns are slammed by a disaster causing millions or billions in damages. It is nice to know federal government has a department that has come to specialize in disaster responses of all types.

After all it is a monumental task for towns or cities to respond often on no notice to a natural disaster that seemed to come out of nowhere, which almost stops the clock on daily routines or activities of the simplest kind — from getting groceries to schools and work, to local services. It throws lifestyle and lives into a frenzy. We know some of them by name and others by what they are, be it twisters or floods. They are catastrophic events when lives are on the line. We pray and have first-responders who turn into heroes on a moments notice.

We are thankful for those responders and yes, thankful also for the government who can step in at these times with the resources to help. That is the kind of help we need to stabilize a chaotic time and hopefully add more organization and aid to traumatic events. Some may wish it wasn’t necessary but often it is, and can make a big difference. Not everyone sits around with the equipment and resources to take on an emergency crisis out of nowhere. Often we don’t know ahead of time what will be needed. We can only predict but predictions fall short. So we can use or need the extra resource-power and help.

So what of it when this seems to be stood on its head? What about when the very process goes very wrong? What happens when the process is abused or reversed? I mean by that when government becomes the problem and not the solution. Yes, it is a real thing.

We have seen horrible films about the causes of all types of disasters, some natural and some man-made. I have been leading here up to a certain point. Some disasters do have causes, unlike purely natural disasters with weather and phenomena.

We don’t actually control the elements regardless what some would like us to believe. We aren’t going to stop a tornado. We can only prepare for them, should they occur. Blaming ice melt in the Arctic for a flood seems rather pointless when you think about it. A shark attack cannot simply be blamed on fishermen. Things can and do what they are going to do. However, preparedness may be a key to riding out a catastrophe. The cause and effect of many natural disasters is very scant. But prevention of them is a whole other matter.

So we know what natural disasters are, and we know what man-made catastrophes are. They both require a cleanup or response when they happen. And we often add to it that our response tends to bring people together. That is important too.

Now for the other hand. This one can be just as bad and horrific.

But now we have a new phenomena, more recent and tragic nonetheless. We have crises and disasters that are generated by government, then dispersed across the country. They are created for the most part by coastal elites in Washington that also think they know better than the rest of the country how we should live, work, or do any of the things we do with our lives. These diabolical maniacs of ego and power are usually not so connected to the people who suffer the effects. These creators of catastrophe live in safe areas and bubbles normally removed from the real effects. But there is trauma, heartbreak, pain (lots of it), and tragic effects in these disasters too.

With these government generated crises the first response is to deny they are happening; then claim they are only minor, and dismiss them as real problems. The latest strain of disasters are the intentional ones. They certainly don’t want to take responsibility for it.  They would rather try to blame us or our perception, and dismiss the cause altogether.

That is why I decided to call them Disaster Deniers. Not only do they deny the crises but they want to make sure you do not connect any of it with them. That seems to be their entire concern that they get any blame. So they look around for anything to point to as the cause — anything but them. One after another we see and feel the effects.

But when the people suffer “a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.”

Maybe we should  reread the Declaration of Independence before every election, then vote accordingly. Think of it as disaster protection insurance or disaster relief.

This is why I wrote another post on “The Prose of Election Politics.” We know how to deal with natural disasters. Do we know how to deal with man-made disasters, and those who deny them? I find it hard to believe most people in the country deny the crises in front of them or the cause.  The coastal elites are not even trying very hard to hide the cause anymore. They just think we have no capacity to deal with it, even if we are aware of it.

Take for instance Pennsylvania’s Senatorial election. They did elect Fetterman, as I begrudgingly predicted. So in the face of disasters and crises from Washington, how can you go and vote for more of it and for someone like Fetterman? Well, we know. They will absolutely vote for anyone who is put in front of them. Okay, but then just don’t act to the rest of us like it is doing something toward the problems by voting for him.

Now take a look at the county map of PA for a breakdown. NBC has a decent one. It shows a whole lot of red on it. In county after county, Fetterman had low numbers. There were counties where he had only 15% or 19%. But radical Dems ran up the numbers in Philly (82%). So there must be a lot of people in PA who are livid at the outcome. Why should their process and decision be hijacked by these uber radical areas? It’s another man-made, government-created disaster brought to you by the same disaster deniers.

Remember the words of Rahm Emanuel: “never let a crisis go to waste.” (even if and especially if you created it yourself)

That long train is only getting longer and longer. Who’s pretending the train doesn’t exist?

 

Right Ring | Bullright | 2022

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