Crime and punishment

Hurricanes aren’t God’s punishment for the U.S. because there’s black-on-black crime, or any other failing by any one individual or group of individuals. No, our punishment for our failings is to live with the consequences. The punishment for a shitty school system is a stupid population. The punishment for corrupt and/or completely incompetent politicians is ineffective leadership in times of crisis. The punishment for high crime levels is an increased level of fear.

Our punishments are self-imposed. We need to stop blaming vengeful magic sky people and realize that if things suck, it’s because we allow them to suck. If we don’t want a high crime rate, then we need to not kill each other, and we need to be hard-asses to the people who kill each other. If we want effective leadership, then we need to vote for real leaders, not just those whose daddy or brother or husband was in politics once upon a time. If we want an educated populace or effective levees, then we need to build school and levee systems that aren’t controlled by morons that are incapable of doing the job we elected them to do.

In Hartford, Hereford, and Hampshire, hurricanes hardly happen. But they damn sure happen here. If they’re a tragedy, it’s only because we care so little about ourselves that we allow them to be.

7 Comments so far

  1. roux (unregistered) on January 16th, 2006 @ 8:48 pm

    Apparently Nagin is doing his Pat Robertson impression.

    I think he has completely lost it.


  2. John (unregistered) on January 17th, 2006 @ 7:59 am

    Nagin’s comments are just the result of the malaise infecting our society. Hey! This is America in the 2000s! We don’t take responsibility for our own actions – you gotta blame somebody else! Why not blame God?


  3. Lonewolf (unregistered) on January 18th, 2006 @ 12:24 am

    I think he should asked god why he hit the hi populated blacks and not the whites….Seems god is doing some house cleaning and flushed the toilet on crime,drugs,murders and an curuption of there local and state government starting with Mr. Ray Nagin. Thank you god now do it to the rest of the country and we will be alright.


  4. Maitri (unregistered) on January 18th, 2006 @ 9:56 am

    why he hit the hi populated blacks

    Are you for real? Newsflash: New Orleans is a majority non-white city. Also, Lakeview and St. Bernard Parish, which were BADLY hit, aren’t what I would refer to as “hi populated black” neighborhoods/communities.

    If you want to flush the corruption, crime, etc., I would start top down. ;-)


  5. sue (unregistered) on January 18th, 2006 @ 4:50 pm

    I’m white and I lost everything. My girlfriend who is white and lives next door lost everything. The Muslim family up the street lost everything. The Hispanic woman behind me lost everything. The Afro-American family across from me lost everything. The Vietnamese church was ruined. I am so sick of the news media, the comments…..that only black people were flooded out. THIS IS NOT TRUE. I was there. And not only that, everyone along the coast EAST of New Orleans was hit, Missisippi, Alabama, remember them?


  6. sue (unregistered) on January 18th, 2006 @ 4:51 pm

    I’m white and I lost everything. My girlfriend who is white and lives next door lost everything. The Muslim family up the street lost everything. The Hispanic woman behind me lost everything. The Afro-American family across from me lost everything. The Vietnamese church was ruined. I am so sick of the news media, the comments…..that only black people were flooded out. THIS IS NOT TRUE. I was there. And not only that, everyone along the coast EAST of New Orleans was hit, Missisippi, Alabama, remember them?


  7. mike martin (unregistered) on January 20th, 2006 @ 10:56 am

    as some one from san antonio would say to nagin
    “look at the color of volunteers here in san antonio who took in the evacuees from N.O. We didnt see color here when 10, 000 people need help. we just all, hispanic and white, chipped in and did what we could.
    how sad he chooses to make comments about hispanics and the fact that n.o should be all chocolate. we dont have that biggoted mentality here in san antonio….. have a nice day ya’ll



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