Yes, I am feeling better and sleeping better. Seeing the rescue of those people trapped in the Superdome, the NO Convention Center, and in lots of damaged homes throughout the hurricane ravaged area, plus seeing the pouring out of generosity by fellow Americans, did a great deal to remove the heaviness on my heart. Also going to church on Sunday and learning what the Boise Vineyard is doing (training Red Cross volunteers before they head south, planning for shelter and housing for evacuees who come to SW Idaho, raising money, and more) let me feel that there are ways for me to participate in helping those in need.
That said, I am sickened by the hatemongers who have crawled out of their holes to spew words of racism into this tragedy. I have no doubt that mistakes were made at the city, state, and federal levels, but I agree with Condoleezza Rice in response to those who try to make this about race. And the majority of Americans will never let it be about that either. They will pour out love and compassion and aid no matter their race and no matter the race of those who will receive the aid.
And because there are some who like to blame President Bush for everything, I share this with you:
Get Off His Back by Ben Stein
A few truths, for those who have ears and eyes and care to know the truth:
The hurricane that hit New Orleans and Mississippi and Alabama was an astonishing tragedy. The suffering and loss of life and peace of mind of the residents of those areas is acutely horrifying.
George Bush did not cause the hurricane. Hurricanes have been happening for eons. George Bush did not create them or unleash this one.
George Bush did not make this one worse than others. There have been far worse hurricanes than this before George Bush was born.
4.) There is no overwhelming evidence that global warming exists as a man-made phenomenon….
Read the rest here.