Friday, September 23, 2005

Sucking up to George Bush, Canadian style.


Available through subscription only from the Ottawa Citizen, the following recent piece by David Warren proves that you don't need to be an American to bend over for the Bush administration.

George Bush, the man
Sunday, Sept 11, 2005

There's plenty wrong with America, since you asked. I'm tempted to say that the only difference from Canada is that they have a few things right. That would be unfair, of course -- I am often pleased to discover things we still get right.

But one of them would not be disaster preparation. If something happened up here, on the scale of Katrina, we wouldn't even have the resources to arrive late. We would be waiting for the Americans to come save us, the same way the government in Louisiana just waved and pointed at Washington, D.C. The theory being that, when you're in real trouble, that's where the adults live.

And that isn't an exaggeration. Almost everything that has worked in the recovery operation along the U.S. Gulf Coast has been military and National Guard. Within a few days, under several commands, finally consolidated under the remarkable Lt.-Gen. Russell Honore, it was once again the U.S. military efficiently cobbling together a recovery operation on a scale beyond the capacity of any other earthly institution.

We hardly have a military up here. We have elected one feckless government after another that has cut corners until there is nothing substantial left. We don't have the ability even to transport and equip our few soldiers. Should disaster strike at home, on a big scale, we become a Third World country. At which point, our national smugness is of no avail.

From Democrats and the American Left -- the U.S. equivalent to the people who run Canada -- we are still hearing that the disaster in New Orleans showed that a heartless, white Republican America had abandoned its underclass.

This is garbage. The great majority of those not evacuated lived in assisted housing and receive food stamps, prescription medicine and government support through many other programs. Many have, all their lives, expected someone to lift them to safety, without input from themselves. And the demagogic mayor they elected left, quite literally, hundreds of transit and school buses that could have driven them out of town parked in rows, to be lost in the flood.

Yes, that was insensitive. But it is also the truth; and sooner or later we must acknowledge that welfare dependency creates exactly the sort of haplessness and social degeneration we saw on display, as the floodwaters rose. Many suffered terribly, and many died, and one's heart goes out. But already the survivors are being put up in new accommodations, and their various entitlements have been directed to new locations.

The scale of private charity has also been unprecedented. There are yet no statistics, but I'll wager the most generous state in the union will prove to have been arch-Republican Texas and that, nationally, contributions in cash and kind are coming disproportionately from people who vote Republican. For the world divides into "the mouths" and "the wallets."

The Bush-bashing, both down there and up here, has so far lost touch with reality, as to raise questions about the bashers' state of mind.

Consult any authoritative source on how government works in the United States and you will learn that the U.S. federal government's legal, constitutional, and institutional responsibility for first response to Katrina, as to any natural disaster, was zero.

Notwithstanding, President Bush took the prescient step of declaring a disaster, in order to begin deploying FEMA and other federal assets, two full days in advance of the storm fall. In the little time since, he has managed to co-ordinate an immense recovery operation -- the largest in human history -- without invoking martial powers. He has been sufficiently presidential to
respond, not even once, to the extraordinarily mendacious and childish blame-throwing.

One thinks of Kipling's poem If, which I learned to recite as a lad, and mention now in the full knowledge that it drives postmodern leftoids and gliberals to apoplexy -- as anything that is good, beautiful, or true:

If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you;
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too;
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or being lied about, don't deal in lies,
Or being hated, don't give way to hating,
And yet don't look too good, nor talk too wise .

Unlike his critics, Bush is a man, in the full sense presented by these verses. A fallible man, like all the rest, but a man.

Where to begin, dear Lord, where to even begin? Take it away, readers.

8 comments:

Mike said...

David Warren is a Christaliban apologist who wishes he was C.S. Lewis. The only thing more shocking than the malinformed, hatefilled drivel he writes is the fact that the Citizen publishes this clown 3 times per week.

Yeah, there is SOOO much "liberal bias" in the media...

I don;t even know where to start either...

Doug Mc. said...

Fine. If he wants to quote Kipling because he thinks "it drives postmodern leftoids and gliberals to apoplexy", I can prove him wrong.

Because I, as a lefty-type, have always had a great appreciation for Kipling (Imperialist though he was), and I think the left can (and should) take encouragement from the second stanza of "If" (hey, if he can partially quote a poem, then so can I!):

"If you can dream--and not make dreams your master,
If you can think--and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same;
If you can bear to hear the truth you've spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
And stoop and build 'em up with worn-out tools"

Aweb said...

Since most of this article ranges from lie to lie, almost at random, I'll just start with one or two things:

How about the claim that this is the biggest recovery operation in human history? Now, I don't actually know what would be the biggest, but I'd guess the following would be bigger:

Europe, post WW1 and WW2
Any Japanese city destroyed (nuclear or not) in WW2
Current Iraq "Post-war" (sure has been more expensive)
Korean peninsula, after korean War
Vietnam, post-war
Tsunami (last year...remember that one Mr. Warren?)
Turkey Earthquakes, 1999
1976 Tangshan earthquake in China
etc...

Declan said...

You wrote this yourself and are submitting it to the Onion, aren't you? Subscription only? You know nobody would subscribe to the Citizen, so nobody could call you on this. C'mon CC, fess up.

The tile alone is a dead giveaway. Still, you had me going that it was a real article for a couple of paragraphs, but the jig was up when you said that Canada would become a third world country if we were hit by a disaster. That was a bridge too far my friend. Still, nice try.

Anonymous said...

Let's see - Warren's article is so formula wannabe republican it's nauseating:

1) Standard Ploy #1: Blame the victims for their plight.

2) Standard Ploy #2: Canada's Military is a joke? Odd - for a joke, we've got some of the best trained disaster response teams out there - we had ships being loaded with relief supplies within a day of New Orleans flooding out when the levees crumbled. (This isn't to say our military couldn't do with an infusion of capital)

3) Standard Ploy #3: Poor people won't do anything to help themselves. Bullfeathers - I know more working poor than I care to count. It's not for a lack of trying - it's just a reality for them.

4) Standard Ploy #4: When people criticise your favorite leader's response to a disaster, you point the finger elsewhere. In this case, buy calling the critics "leftys" and "Bush bashers". Ah - so the critics are now irrelevant because the crisis has passed?

5) Standard Ploy #5: Lookee here - Bush declared an emergency in advance of Rita hitting Texas. Brilliant deflection of the issue. He FLEW OVER New Orleans when that disaster struck - he didn't have have the cojones to set down in the stricken city! Houston is pretty much Bush's "home town" - and much wealthier than N.O. was. (Therefore with more clout in the Republican party, no doubt)

6) Standard Ploy #7: Look how great private charity has been! Yeah - right. News Flash pal - nobody's talking about private charity - the issue is the ineptitude of the Bush administrations response - from the cabinet on down through FEMA.

While I'm less than thrilled with the play of the "racism" card WRT N.O., BushCo need to stand up and be accountable for what happened in N.O. Pointing the finger at local and state officials is a monumental crock of manure. One that smells of a lame attempt to deflect blame for incompetence. David Warren's attempt to play apologist for the ineptitude of BushCo. is pathetic.

pretty shaved ape said...

oh gracious me cc, you do realize that jeffie and richard from the canuckistan chronicles will have to wash their keyboards after reading this load of bush fellating tripe.

teseract said...

Lt.-Gen. Russell Honore does kick ass.

maple moonbat said...

What a lot of self-serving tripe. We all know the type. Here he is, patting W all the the back and fanny for a colossal disaster that would have him screaming for revolution if it happened in Canada. All the trite phraseology about spoonfeeding the unfortunates would cut no ice with this guy if the mouths were north of the Great Lakes.

Warren is, of course, mistaken from the get-go about responsibility. The Mississippi is a federal waterway. The Army Corps of Engineers has been planning since 1965 to upgrade the levees to withstand at least category 4 hurricanes, but was never funded fully. Bush, in fact, cut their funding, and even Congress only added relative pennies. The man is, while not alone, more immediately responsible for this than any other human being on planet Earth.

If this guy still believes, after what we've just seen, that Washington is "where the adults live", then we better figure out where the Children's Aid Society's hanging out. There are an awful lot of orphans in New Orleans.