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Friday, September 02, 2005

Give!

I don't have the time at the moment or the energy to form my own clear thoughts about the situation in New Orleans and other areas of the south that have been devastated and ripped apart by the hurricane but I do know that the efforts to help from our government have seemed inadequate at best. Just read this on a post on NY Times online - "Give til it hurts". It's so simple and true. Donate your money to help people who have nothing. Give up your morning latte if you have to (I will!) and your new pair of fall shoes... Even if it's only 10 bucks. Give. I know I am!

Here's a letter from Michael Moore. A bit of bitter levity I suppose:

Friday, September 2nd, 2005

Dear Mr. Bush:

Any idea where all our helicopters are? It's Day 5 of Hurricane Katrina and thousands remain stranded in New Orleans and need to be airlifted. Where on earth could you have misplaced all our military choppers? Do you need help finding them? I once lost my car in a Sears parking lot. Man, was that a drag.

Also, any idea where all our national guard soldiers are? We could really use them right now for the type of thing they signed up to do like helping with national disasters. How come they weren't there to begin with?

Last Thursday I was in south Florida and sat outside while the eye of Hurricane Katrina passed over my head. It was only a Category 1 then but it was pretty nasty. Eleven people died and, as of today, there were still homes without power. That night the weatherman said this storm was on its way to New Orleans. That was Thursday! Did anybody tell you? I know you didn't want to interrupt your vacation and I know how you don't like to get bad news. Plus, you had fundraisers to go to and mothers of dead soldiers to ignore and smear. You sure showed her!

I especially like how, the day after the hurricane, instead of flying to Louisiana, you flew to San Diego to party with your business peeps. Don't let people criticize you for this -- after all, the hurricane was over and what the heck could you do, put your finger in the dike?

And don't listen to those who, in the coming days, will reveal how you specifically reduced the Army Corps of Engineers' budget for New Orleans this summer for the third year in a row. You just tell them that even if you hadn't cut the money to fix those levees, there weren't going to be any Army engineers to fix them anyway because you had a much more important construction job for them -- BUILDING DEMOCRACY IN IRAQ!

On Day 3, when you finally left your vacation home, I have to say I was moved by how you had your Air Force One pilot descend from the clouds as you flew over New Orleans so you could catch a quick look of the disaster. Hey, I know you couldn't stop and grab a bullhorn and stand on some rubble and act like a commander in chief. Been there done that.

There will be those who will try to politicize this tragedy and try to use it against you. Just have your people keep pointing that out. Respond to nothing. Even those pesky scientists who predicted this would happen because the water in the Gulf of Mexico is getting hotter and hotter making a storm like this inevitable. Ignore them and all their global warming Chicken Littles. There is nothing unusual about a hurricane that was so wide it would be like having one F-4 tornado that stretched from New York to Cleveland.

No, Mr. Bush, you just stay the course. It's not your fault that 30 percent of New Orleans lives in poverty or that tens of thousands had no transportation to get out of town. C'mon, they're black! I mean, it's not like this happened to Kennebunkport. Can you imagine leaving white people on their roofs for five days? Don't make me laugh! Race has nothing -- NOTHING -- to do with this!

You hang in there, Mr. Bush. Just try to find a few of our Army helicopters and send them there. Pretend the people of New Orleans and the Gulf Coast are near Tikrit.

Yours,

Michael Moore
MMFlint@aol.com
www.MichaelMoore.com

P.S. That annoying mother, Cindy Sheehan, is no longer at your ranch. She and dozens of other relatives of the Iraqi War dead are now driving across the country, stopping in many cities along the way. Maybe you can catch up with them before they get to DC on September 21st.

4 Comments:

At 4:38 PM, Blogger Eliza said...

Thanks for posting the Michael Moore letter. I hadn't yet seen it & his irony never ceases to drive points home.
I just emailed my husband & told him we need to donate to the relief effort.

 
At 11:55 PM, Anonymous No Moore said...

Well, at least you don't believe in censoring peoples honest opinions.

 
At 3:31 PM, Anonymous eric j. said...

What a great letter. You might also enjoy this great op-ed piece that was in the NY Times a few days ago called "United States of Shame".

http://www.nytimes.com/2005/09/03/opinion/03dowd.html?ex=1126756800&en=e12ad2e4ff512fbc&ei=5070&emc=eta1

This whole thing is just nausiating. I really not on board with the whole notion that the Bush administration are a bunch of racists, but I do think there were serious blunders made by Bush and his administration, including FEMA (the director was a show horse judge for christ's sake!) and Homeland Security at the expense of hundreds of thousands of Americans who had to endure and continue to endure inhumane conditions.

 
At 9:43 AM, Blogger Kyra said...

Thanks, Eric!

 

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