Shit happens. It can happen where YOU live.
I live in the San Francisco Bay Area. We’re due for a major earthquake. Los Angeles is also due for a major quake. (I was in downtown Santa Cruz when the 1989 earthquake struck.)
Maybe you live where tornadoes can strike. Maybe a massive forest fire can engulf your town. Maybe the avian flu, currently killing half of those infected will mutate into a form that can pass from person to person like a cold. Maybe terrorists will blow up a nuclear or chemical plant upwind from your city.
At one point Friday, the evacuation was interrupted briefly when school buses pulled up so some 700 guests and employees from the Hyatt Hotel could move to the head of the evacuation line — much to the amazement of those who had been crammed in the Superdome since last Sunday. … The National Guard blocked him as other guardsmen helped the well-dressed guests with their luggage.
The 700 had been trapped in the hotel, near the Superdome, but conditions were considerably cleaner, even without running water, than the unsanitary crush inside the dome.
THIS is the conservative vision for government. THIS is “personal responsibility.” If you have money you are moved to the front of the line. If you are in the wrong place at the wrong time you don’t even get food or water.
THIS is the message of the “conservative” response to Katrina: you are on your own.
YOUR city or state is next. You’re next. Think about what kind of government you want to have in place when shit happens. Do you want one in which we take care of each other, or one where we are all on our own?
(Cross-posted as a Kos diary.)