Katrina, Leviathan, and Human Stupidity
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1. This isn’t an isolated historical event; wasn’t anyone paying attention? Only someone from another planet or the brain-dead attached to a life support system could possibly imagine that hurricanes of category three and above are a remote possibility along the
2. I’m still searching in vain for the constitutional clause delegating to Leviathan all of this power to provide humanitarian aid. Actually I think my biggest concern isn’t so much the flagrant lawlessness of Leviathan’s response to the crisis, but rather the breathtaking ineptitude of its execution that will probably kill more people than Katrina ever would have. Watching the TV news coverage that shows most of the Gulf Coast under six-plus feet of toxic water, people being housed in emergency shelters without electricity, running water, or sanitation; poor refugees having their civil rights violated while trying to seek shelter, and looters running rampant throughout the region in full view of the State’s armed enforcers who’ve suddenly grown cold feet in the face of others armed as they are, I can’t help but believe that the Founders were more prescient than we give them credit for. Surely Jefferson,
While we’re on the subject of Leviathan’s trampling of the Constitution here, let me ask the question that is on many libertarian minds right now, one that I wish to God some prominent spineless media toady would ask Il Duce Americano, point-blank: When will National Guard troops be called back from the
3. When are Americans going to grow brains and stop building permanent structures on coastal flood plains? I wonder if anyone has ever stopped to wonder why civilizations far older than ours, particularly in the Asia/Pacific region that are subject to equally severe seasonal weather, didn’t and still for the most part don’t build cities along coastal regions at or below sea level. While there are some exceptions (Bangladesh being the most prominent), you will no doubt notice that most coastal cities in the Asia/Pacific portion of the globe are built either on hills or plateaus several hundred feet above sea level or are sufficiently far inland as to not be located directly in the tidal path of coastal flood patterns. While last September’s tsunami caused unprecedented damage to
There have been ample lessons to be learned about the inhabitability of coastal regions and the damage that is done to them at certain clearly identifiable times of the year. One of the factors preventing Americans from exercising common sense is that among its other extra-constitutional depredations, Leviathan offers what amounts to premium-free flood insurance to those who exercise recklessly poor judgment, subsidized by you and me. While the feds claim, year after year, that they are going to slap severe restrictions on or eliminate compensation to those who choose to deliberately build on flood plains, such legislation mysteriously never seems to make its way out of congressional committees staffed by politicos whose own summer vacation homes are often built on these very same flood plains. Indeed, only a fool would believe that these people who can’t be responsible enough to balance their own personal checkbooks (let alone the nation’s) are ever going to assume fiduciary responsibility for their own lives and property.
So for those who live in areas subject to hurricanes, floods, tornadoes, and other natural disasters, I offer the following free advice: pay attention and be prepared. Keep emergency supplies on hand, including a few extra gallons of gas to be used in the event that you have to make a quick exit from your home to some remote location, and be sure to designate a vehicle, if you own more than one, that is to be used for emergency getaways. Beginning in June, pack up an emergency travel bag full of extra clothes and supplies that you can grab at the spur of the moment in the event of a storm warning or evacuation order. Consider alternate locations, either in some other part of your home state or out of state to where you can relocate in time of emergency. Do you have friends or relatives on whom you can impose yourself for a few days or weeks? If so, ask them if they can be prepared to host you in an emergency for a few days or weeks. Offer to compensate them for food or other expenses incurred by your presence. Are you dependant on life-saving medication such as insulin or heart medicine? Ask your doctor about ways to keep emergency supplies on hand for contingency situations or if there are ways to extend prescriptions if you can’t get contact the doctor under emergency conditions. Finally, always –ALWAYS—keep a plentiful supply of bottled potable water at home, to be used only in case of emergency.
It’s just common sense, folks; the kind that seemed to sustain our self-reliant ancestors during the early years of the Republic when technology and population disbursal patterns gave little warning of impending natural disasters. If they could ensure their own survival, we certainly have no excuse today to not do so. It's time to get past the "somebody else is responsible for my well-being" attitude and start taking charge of your own life and safety, particularly given the State's abominable track record in this area.