As the first major hurricane to hit the US in years prepared to make landfall right on top of me, it amazed me how people could so easily forget or ignore the human factor. Sorry attempts to claim Hurricane Harvey was caused by man-made climate change, despite there being fewer tropical storms in the last decade than any time in the last hundred years were predictable. Then you had those who didn’t want to pray for Texas because we vote red. Let me tell you something, if you base whether or not you’ll pray for someone based on their political beliefs, I don’t want the help of whoever it is you’re praying to, because it’s not God.
Meanwhile, where things were actually happening, friends from just down the road in Houston reported to me amazing stories of ordinary citizens helping rescue their fellow citizens from the rising flood waters that were overtaking the city. The state and local authorities received more than 2000 calls for rescue. When calls couldn’t get through, pleas for help went out on social media, and everyone chipped in to help get the word out.
The Cajun Navy has arrived in Houston from Louisiana to help. Governor Abbott and his team gave these experienced but unofficial rescuers permission to enter the area and help Texans make it to safety.
There was a minimum of looting. The looting that did occur was quickly stopped by the police, and lucky for the looters it was. I doubt ordinary citizens would have been nearly as tolerant of that stupidity.
It will take a long time for Houston to recover, but recover it will. People bound together to help one another, in spite of the incompetence of the local political leadership, but that is a story for another article, another time. People will put their lives back together, and the ones who have lost everything they’ve worked their entire lives for will work for it again. Families wi help families. Neighbors will help neighbors.
The ones who have never worked for anything in their lives will expect to have it all handed back to them on a silver platter again, I’m sure, but hard working Americans look at those with scorn.
The Federal response has been perfect according to Governor Abbott, but it seems to me to be largely unnecessary. State officials have a great plan and are executing it flawlessly. That’s the way it’s supposed to work. The Federal response is supposed to work smoothly with the state response, and only as needed. Those thinking President Trump needs special recognition can just keep that to themselves, and those that want to condemn him and Texas because we’re largely “climate deniers” can shove it.
I’ve never been so proud to be a Texan as I am right now. People working together, and it doesn’t matter what color your skin is, or by what name you call God. It should be a great time for everyone to be proud to be an American, but in times like these, when the best is brought out in so many of us, it seems that the worst is brought out in so many others.
No FEMA director, no NOAA director and no head of DHS. Plus an administration filled with cronies and climate change deniers. Going great! https://t.co/jWL0GU3TAm
— Joy Reid (@JoyAnnReid) August 27, 2017
Sorry Joy, this isn’t even close to true, and hurricanes have been happening since long before the Industrial Age, so you can take your Communist propaganda shove it. Joy later acknowledged there was a FEMA director, but refused to take the tweet down because she loves pushing her climate change narrative.
Correction: there IS a FEMA director. Thanks to all the tweeps who corrected me on this! Keeping the tweet to salvage the replies. Thx.
— Joy Reid (@JoyAnnReid) August 27, 2017
(Note the enormous disparity in the number of retweets and likes between the original and the correction.)
The best and worst. That’s what disaster brings out in people. I wonder what the Left would say if we decided not to help when Hurricane Sandy hit during the Obama years. Should we have said “Oh, they elected Obama, so they’re getting what they deserve?” Yeah, I know people who did that, and I was just as disgusted by them as I am by the liberals who do that about Texas.
Everyone needs to try to retain their humanity, and remember there are real people whose lives have been destroyed by a NATURAL disaster, the kind that has been around for as long as recorded history. How about everyone stops trying to push a political agenda for 3 minutes? Is that really so hard? Apparently it is for the likes of Joy Reid.
Frankly, that’s fine. People like that are miserable no matter what. Texans will keep on helping one another, and we don’t need or want the input of people like that. Much of the country has this same spirit. The coasts don’t know about it because it’s in what they call “flyover country.” The heart of America doesn’t whine and cry about the FEMA response, we do it ourselves.
God bless Texas.