New Orleans was top-of-mind for more than 100,000
peace advocates in Washington who delivered a clear and unified
message, protesting the Bush Administration's war in Iraq and its
callous indifference to the victims of the Gulf Coast hurricanes.
New Orleans was not an unpredictable disaster--it was
a model for the incompetence of the Bush Administration. And when the
next disaster comes, we will all be under water.
As the waters rise, how about a sea chantey for the
The waning political power of the Bush Administration
poses a huge opportunity for Democrats to revitalize the party and
challenge the President's flawed vision of hurricane recovery and
continuing involvement in Iraq.
Perhaps Bush is beginning to regret picking a horse expert to heard FEMA.
The only bright spot in this man-made disaster has been the wave of public outrage at the Administration's failure to provide aid to the most vulnerable.
William Rehnquist showed little regard for the social
consequences that followed his unrelenting application of conservative
FEMA enjoyed bipartisan praise during the 1990s under
President Clinton. By the time Hurricane Katrina roared into the Gulf,
the Bush Administration had dismantled it.
The incompetence revealed by the response to Hurricane
Katrina can be traced to a twenty-five-year project, begun in the
Reagan era, of discrediting government.
Bush may crow about a new constitution, but he can't deny that autocrats, theocrats and terrorists are clearly in control.