The Cult Of Perpetual Victimhood: Katrina Edition
Believe it or not, there are people whining that Bush didn’t mention New Orleans and Katrina in his State of the Union Speech:
Katie Couric: “In his State of the Union Address, President Bush took note of the unrest in Lebanon as well as the suffering in Darfur, but there was not one mention of Katrina, though the suffering and hardship continue. The federal government has spent $80 billion on recovery efforts in the Gulf region, but there are still 13,000 people living in FEMA trailers. And as chief investigative reporter Armen Keteyian reports, some who lost everything are asking, ‘What about us?'”
Armen Keteyian: “It sits on a flat gravel mud-soaked lot, the irony of the name [“Mt. Olive Gardens”] not lost on its residents. Seventeen months after Katrina, nearly 200 people uprooted by a hurricane still live in Mt. Olive Gardens, whole families packed into 200 square foot FEMA trailers they now call home.”
Chris Davis: “God can’t let this happen.”
Keteyian: “Chris Davis is one of the displaced from New Orleans now living near Baton Rouge. Like many here, he watched the President’s speech, his rage rising with every word.”
Davis: “At this time, I almost broke my TV and knocked it off the stand, you know?”
Keteyian: “A Vietnam vet, Davis lost a job as a ship builder to Katrina, now in a place where crime’s a constant worry, and children rarely venture outside. He’s long since lost hope.”
Davis: “It gets hopeless and more hopeless every day.”
…Governor Kathleen Blanco (D-LA): “The pains of the hurricane are yesterday’s news in Washington.”
Raymond Jetson, Louisiana Family Recovery Corps: “There’s been a lot said, very little done, and now we’ve evolved to the point where there’s even very little, if nothing, being said.”
Keteyian: “To a point where in places like Mt. Olive Gardens, words like ‘relief’ and ‘recovery’ now seem as empty to them as last night’s presidential address. Armen Keteyian, CBS News, Baton Rouge, Louisiana.”
Guess what, Kathleen Blanco? Hurricane Katrina is “yesterday’s news.” Not only did it happen in 2005, the federal government has spent more money on Katrina than any other disaster in U.S. history. It’s actually a little disturbing to find out that we’re still providing government-run trailers to people more than a year after Katrina. If your house burns down tomorrow, are they going to provide you with a new house? No. You’re expected to take care of yourself. So why in the world should we still be providing people with places to live more than a year after Katrina?
You know, in this country, we’ve got this cult of perpetual victimhood developing. You have the Jersey Girls, Cindy Sheehan, Michael J. Fox, Max Cleland, Chris Davis and his ilk up in New Orleans, you could go on and on with this. Something bad happened to them and instead of acting in accordance with the fine American tradition of sucking it up and getting on with their lives, they want to milk every single, last drop of sympathy from anyone they can find for their own personal profit and/or political advantage.
Don’t these people have any close friends who care about them enough to say, “Everybody has tragedy come into their life at some point. Bad things happen to good people, people you love die, you have terrible things happen to you. But, after you take a little while to recover from the blow the best you can, you get up off the ground, and you move on.”
As far as this story goes, yes, Katrina was a terrible event, but in my book, if you’re still living in a 200 ft. government trailer a year after Katrina and moaning about it, you’re a little pathetic and “sorry.” Granted, you’re not supposed to say something like that, because in politics you’re supposed to appear compassionate and show how much you care about everybody, but geeze, it needs to be said and there are some people who desperately need to get that message.