Military Take-Over Of New Orleans A Harbinger Of The Future?
By Chuck Baldwin
Food For Thought From The Chuck Wagon
September 13, 2005
The blame game has been in full swing ever since Hurricane
Katrina crashed into the Louisiana and Mississippi Gulf Coast.
Democrats want to use the disaster as a means to criticize the Bush
administration. Republicans blame the Mayor of New Orleans and
the Governor of Louisiana, both Democrats. However, one theme
seems constant: the call for more involvement by the federal
For example, a Washington Post report dated Friday, September 9,
2005 begins, "The breakdown of local and state agencies that tried
to respond to Hurricane Katrina has spurred fresh debate about
whether disasters of such magnitude ought to be turned over to the
U.S. military and other federal authorities to manage at the outset."
The Post quotes Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld as saying,
"The would-be first responders at the state and local level were
themselves victims in very large numbers." The Post further
reported Rumsfeld as saying, "the [federal] government would
likely address again the question of 'lead responsibility' for the
Defense Department in disaster response." The Post article also
said, "He [Rumsfeld] noted that the issue was critical not only in
responding to a natural catastrophe but also to a terrorist attack."
The Post story continued by saying, "Some homeland defense
specialists have argued since Katrina struck that national plans
must be revised to provide for a bigger and faster federalized
effort, particularly in large-scale disasters."
The Post is not alone in highlighting the call for more federal
involvement in America's domestic problems. The same day the
Post report ran, the most influential newspaper in the U.S., The
New York Times, also ran a major story on the subject.
Furthermore, most every television and radio news outlet in the
country has echoed the identical sentiment. One could even say
that the media is clamoring for a federal government take-over of
all domestic emergencies.
That the major media would demand more federal involvement in
America's domestic affairs should not surprise us. After all, the
vast majority of the media elite is composed of liberals who
intrinsically believe that more government is always better no
matter what the problem! What is disturbing (and somewhat new)
is the fact that even conservatives have jumped on the "more
federal government" bandwagon.
Instead of addressing the real weaknesses and needs of our nation,
conservatives have abandoned their traditional principles of less
government and more personal responsibility and have become
nothing more than liberals in conservatives' clothing.
The lessons of New Orleans should be as obvious as the nose on
one's face: 1) The total lack of foresight by city and state officials
to address the engineering concerns of the levees surrounding the
city, concerns that had been often expressed for many years; 2) that
New Orleans (and even the state of Louisiana) has had more than
its share of political corruption; 3) the absolute breakdown of
morality and decency in the city of New Orleans, a breakdown that
was encouraged by leaders at every level of the city; 4) the need of
individuals to be self-reliant and personally prepared for
unexpected emergencies. As with a host of America's major cities,
many people within the city of New Orleans know only how to live
day to day off the government teat and commonly demonstrate
little appreciation for personal responsibility; 5) the refusal of the
city of New Orleans to effectively deal with crime and criminals.
All of the above contributed greatly to the tragic aftermath of
Hurricane Katrina. Instead of addressing any of the salient issues,
however, the only thing that anyone seems to come up with is,
"We need more involvement from the federal government." But
before we go to seed on giving the federal government carte
blanche to solve our domestic problems, we need to consider
carefully what we would be getting.
Do we really want the U.S. military taking over domestic law
enforcement responsibilities? Are we prepared for martial law?
Are we prepared to surrender our freedoms and liberties under the
rubric of "national emergency?" Are we willing to allow military
forces to go house to house confiscating firearms (which they are
doing in New Orleans)? In short, are we ready to discard
constitutional government and turn America into a police state?
The answer to the above questions will determine what kind of
nation will evolve in the near future, because you can be sure that
there are more "national emergencies" lurking around the corner
for our country. And if we are not careful, the sight of military
forces going house to house confiscating firearms will be seen in
every city in America, not just in New Orleans!
© Chuck Baldwin
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