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  •  Reprint from similar diary yesterday (4.00)
    for info, not mojo :)

    "Their" Community

    Says it all.

    It never occurred for a moment to the good people of Gretna that they had any common cause whatsoever with the people on the other side of the river.

    In the absence of authority in the name of the wider commonwealth, the river became a border, and dwellers on opposite banks became opposing countries.

    At just like that, the circumstance went from firing live rounds over the heads of evacuees, to firing warning shots over the heads of invaders.

    And the good people of Gretna went home to congratulate themselves on their virtuous self-restraint. Surely, no one could gainsay their chivalry! What people, anywhere, ever treated its enemies with such courtesy?

    Yep. "Their" community says it all. That those people crossing from New Orleans were fellow Americans -- their own countrymen -- never occurred to them.

    This is what the entirety of America is headed towards, this is the beast slouching toward Bethlehem, swimming toward Gretna, just beneath the floodwaters, feeding on death and despair, growing stronger by the day...

    This is the watershed event. This is the place and time when status quo goes from unacceptable to unworkable. No one on either side of the discourse has missed the significance...and both camps are gathering their strength for the titanic struggle to come.

    That is why, again first blush, insensate ideological plays are being made in earnest, anything to gain an edge in reputation, position, resources.

    A dangerous choice for conflict is being made by many. For "their" community.

    Rebuilding New Orleans should have been a healing experience for the nation; perhaps it still can be.

    But too many Americans have staked their power on antagonizing other Americans to stop now. All of them must go, for America to be whole again.

    This is not a crime for which Republican leaders
    stand alone in the docket. Hardly, save one: It has always been in their power to unite, rather than divide, for it is they who currently hold power.

    It ends and begins with them. Perhaps the current leaders of America do not have to enjoy this observation, and perhaps do not like attention drawn to the consequence of power -- credit for its use, and oprobrium for its abuse. But it is so, regardless.

    Two things are required for a democracy to function -- leaders must accept responsibility, and voters must hold leaders responsible. If either fails, the system fails. If both checks fail, ruin is swift and sure.

    I find it most interesting that much attention is focused on what Mayor Ray Nagin failed to do; apparently, though his saving 80% of the city ahead of the storm is another 80% of the city that would have suffered, if left to the devices of the Bush administration.

    Nobody seems to think that far, short a distance as it is.

    It's only Nero-esque if the city is burning. :)

    by cskendrick on Sat Sep 10, 2005 at 12:26:33 PM PDT

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