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.