Sunday, July 01, 2007
The Only Flag That Matters
Until the central government not only admits its culpability for the destruction of New Orleans, but steps forward to make everyone here whole again, builds the levees we were always promised and restores the coastal zone brutally raped by the American oil industry over the last half century, this is the only flag that will fly from my house: this Fouth and every and any other day. I have and owe no other loyalty: New Orleans above all.
Where can I get a physical form of this flag. (don't get out too much, and I haven't seen one lately.)
I've only been "flying" our flag digitally, but I need to prepare for when we get back into the house.
Mark, thanks for dropping by yesterday. I can't believe I forgot to ask about my buddy Matt. Shame on me...
This attitude is not shared elsewhere- even in places as close to you as Biloxi and all those places that were destroyed.
I think as long as you insist on blaming the federal government for everything and depending on it for everything, the apathy will remain.
I know many, many people that donated money and living space for displaced families. I traveled to New Orleans with my church to help clean up. I spent 4 weeks living with you, eating with you, helping you.
And while you were nice to me there, never do any of the NOLA blogs talk about all the outside help that has come in. All you seem to talk about is how you've been screwed by the government.
The flag you mock and dismiss is not just the flag of the government you blame for your ills. It is the flag of those of us who spent time and money helping to rebuild New Orleans. It is the flag of those who you've been begging to come back and contribute to your economy.
I admit, you carry the trump card in this game. You're there and I'm not. I don't know how it feels to have my life washed away.
But think about what you have. In which other country would the citizens hold countless concerts and fund raisers in your behalf? What other country's citizens would flock to your ravaged city to help you rebuild?
If you lived in any other country, you would be screwed for real. No insurance at all. No FEMA trailers at all. No sympathy. I have traveled to other countries for my church to help out in war or other natural disaster. Believe me, you have it pretty good here.
So go ahead and placate yourselves by blaming your country. But keep this attitude, and don't be surprised when less and less volunteers show up the next time a hurricane blows in.
Road Home is, in my view, nothing more than a downpayment on what is owed, up to and including Cat 5 levees and 50% of offshore oil revenue.
Again, if you read here enough you will know that I note over and over again that the only real help we have gotten from outside is from the volunteers for whom we are very grateful.
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