Those Tea Party/right-wingers have been bashing government for the longest time, haven’t they? Mindless, robotic statements about how bad government is and how it ought to be shrunk down so that it becomes invisible. The right-wing is quick to make mindless statements that are as useful as the charred wire left over from the momentary glitter of a sparkler. Sparkler-heads. All glow, no substance.
Hurricane Irene is headed up the east coast this weekend and many residents from North Carolina to New York may be in her path. Some are calling it the ‘hurricane of the century.’ Damage will be done; lives will be lost and property will be washed out to sea.
One of the right-wing bloggers whom I visit is worried that his area is in the path of this hurricane. His blogging gang posted comments about his safety and wished him well if the storm passed his way. One said that he’d pray for him. I posted a comment that neither prayers or good luck would have any effect on the outcome and that using his brain to either get out or batten down the hatches would be better that prayers or good luck. He deleted my comment. Oh well.
Now, here’s where The Government comes into play- the same government that this gang denigrates in comment after comment. Yet, the Government is the only lifeline that this fellow has that may save his bacon. Yes, that government.
First, it is the government weather service that is monitoring the storm from the government satellites. And it is the government that sends aircraft into the eye of the storm to check its intensity. Further the government is alerting the citizens all throughout the area of the dangers posed by this storm. The government will be first on the scene after the storm hits, helping to rescue the victims. And it will be the government that takes the stranded and homeless to shelters. The government will secure the area from looters and the government will organize the cleanup efforts. The government may send in FEMA trailers as well as doctors and nurses. Finally, you can bet that the governors of the affected states will ask the government to declare parts of their states as disaster areas so that the government money can be used for the rebuilding process.
The fellow referenced, the anti-government, anti-tax zealot will discover just how important a fully-functioning government can be. I doubt, however, that he will recognize any of this and will soon be blogging the usual tripe against the government.