I read The Rational Review News Digest every day, except weekends and holidays when the editors take a break. Other than that, I don’t generally read much of the “news,” since my appetite for having my intelligence insulted and being lied to is definitely limited. But sometimes I brace myself and peek at “Fox” and “Drudge” just to see what I might be missing.
Therefore, since I won’t see much, if any coverage at RRND about the Texas hurricane until Monday, I looked at some of it yesterday and today. What a mess.
The thing that strikes me is how seriously so much of the “news,” and the attitude of the people, treats this weather phenomenon as if it were something unique, as if it had never happened before!
We’ve been talking about history lately, and the no brainer is that these storms and various other disasters – and lots of little inconvenient incidents in between – come along with monotonous regularity. The storms and floods and winds and tornadoes should not be any real surprise to anyone these days. Even people like me, who don’t watch the news, can look out their windows, talk to their neighbors, and at least get a clue when storms and such are coming.
But why in the world do so many of them wait until the last minute to go to the store, for heaven’s sake? The idea of hundreds of people fighting in the store aisles over bottled water and at the Home Depot over sheets of plywood is nuts. The bottled water can be purchased any time, and so can the plywood. If funds are a bit short, maybe fewer cigarettes and cases of beer for a week would make up the difference. I don’t know… but it would seem that people who cared about being safe and fed in a storm could figure that out.
You don’t have to be rich to accumulate some food, water, camping equipment (lots of that available at most thrift stores), and figure out what you can do to keep yourself and family relatively safe when things go pear shaped.
And so, when I read about pleas for “help” and rescue, I’m less than tearfully moved to do anything at all. Why do these folks always, every single time, need everyone else to take care of them? Knowing the history of these things, they’ve had enough incentive to make plans and prepare for years. Many, of course, expect the government to bail them out each time, but I suspect that time is drawing to a close as most levels of government get more and more behind the 8 ball, and bankrupt.
I do feel very bad for the children, the truly innocent in all this. But for all those who could have prepared to meet this storm, and could even have managed to help those children and innocents, but did nothing but fight at the grocery store and clog the roads – now begging for “help”… I have very little sympathy for you at all.