Saturday, September 10, 2005

Point of View from a Safe Distance

This was originally written as a comment on vjack's blog to his entry titled, Bush calls for national day of prayer His reply to an earlier comment prompted me to write this. I don’t often post the same material in two places, but this bears repeating and I am curious to see what comments it might bring.


I think you have identified the problem. Unfortunately, there is a very rich and powerful group of morally bankrupt elitists that know how to wrap themselves in the mantle of Mother Church, and push people's buttons in general. It is very difficult to combat this well-organized, well-funded, and self-serving machine. One thing that we can do is to resist every effort made to sanitize this tragedy.

Religion is one of their most powerful tools because it teaches subservience and the opposite of self-reliance. Add that chemistry to the loss of decent-salaried, manufacturing jobs, and you have a formula for chronic poverty and the creation of a servant caste. Service Economy... and who are the ultimate "servees"? The new aristocracy of course. This is why all the "God" sound bites come out when a faith-shaking event like this takes place; damage control.

Fortunately, there are still many people, religious or not, that are smart enough to run for the fire extinguisher when they see flames and not stand around and wait for the man with the clip board to tell them what to do.

The best way I can describe the Federal response is to call it a deadly cluster-fuck. I guess it is too much to ask to expect the incompetent to take responsibility for the deaths their incompetence caused and resign. The last time I suggested that, someone said, "but that would create a leadership vacuum, and create more hardship!" Crap. These people are incompetent. Their replacements could hardly be worse.

Vjack, thanks for your posts. I have donated to Oxfam America, and I found out about their involvement in this tragedy thanks to the link your blog provided to the American Atheists site. If there is anything I can do for you directly, please don't hesitate to ask.


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I want to secede from the world after this latest government fuck up. Where do I sign up?

At 7:43 AM, Blogger Kalanchoe542 said...

"but that would create a leadership vacuum, and create more hardship"

The part of this reasoning that has always rankled is the assumption that someone has to appoint a leader. Have you ever observed group dynamics where there is no appointed leader? Given a fairly brief span of time, someone with the drive and vision to get the job done always rises to the challenge. I am sure there are dozens of bright, capable individuals within these government organization who are being held down in "their place" by politics and have been given no chance to be effective. If the good old boys who "know what is best" for everyone else would step aside and allow nature to take it's course, the cream would rise to the top. Homogenization works with milk, not people. Mediocre leadership produces mediocre results. You cannot appoint greatness. Greatness reveals itself in trying times such as these. Why do you think disaster films are so popular? They show the brave and valorous stepping up to the challenge and giving their all to vanquish the enemy, in whatever form the enemy takes.

When I was younger I used to fear anarchy. In my later years, I find myself embracing it for the possibilities it presents. It could be better than being ruled by a gaggle of honking geese, a hoard of idiots.

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