Friday, April 9, 2010

GOP Ignores Hurricane Katrina While Visiting New Orleans, Amnesty International Condemns Government For Disaster Relief Programs

Ben Smith wrote for Politico that conservatives gathered at the Southern Republican Leadership Conference recently to praise the city of New Orleans, but their speeches all failed to recognize one important event in the city's past - Hurricane Katrina.
Matalin, Louisiana Party Republican Party Chairman Roger Villere, Liz Cheney, Former Rep. J.C. Watts, and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich all spoke, and their speeches suggested that the Obama Administration is in the process of vindicating conservative ideals and his predecessor.
The former vice president's daughter, Liz Cheney, stated that "nothing makes people more convinced of the rightness of conservative causes than seeing the alternative in action." I laughed at this statement because while scanning The Huffington Post this morning, I noticed another article involving New Orleans and Hurricane Katrina, and it didn't seem to whitewash the previous administration's actions during the natural disaster.
Amnesty International says the U.S. government and Gulf Coast states have consistently violated the human rights of hurricane victims since Hurricane Katrina killed about 1,800 people and caused widespread devastation after striking in August 2005.
Wait for it. Wait for the cries from the right that Amnesty International is a leftist organization, promoting a Marxist agenda to take down conservatism.

"History’s going to be kind to George W. Bush," said Former Rep. J.C. Watts. If they believe history, as well as this current administration, will vindicate the last, then why fail to mention hurricane Katrina?

As a side thought, I am curious if Senator John McCain will come out against Obama for what happened in Louisiana five years ago, considering his propensity to flip flop since he has been challenged by a right wing primary candidate. I only mention McCain because he seems to take every opportunity to know attack the president to keep up his conservative credentials while maintaining he still would have been the better choice. Here is a nice little Mother Jones article about McCain and Katrina to put things into perspective.

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