OR Lessons That Should Have Been Learned From Katrina....
Everyone saw it coming.... Some stay - Some Leave.
Those that left had it rough, paid out of pocket, some lost everything and some started back from scratch.
Those that stayed had a nightmare - NO ONE IS DISPUTING THAT. But there were 2 kinds of stayers. There were the stayers who stayed in their home - toughed it out without electricity, running water, protected their home. There were the stayers who waited for the government to rescue them....
When people were finally rescued from the New Orleans and sent to Houston and elsewhere - how well did the Government do? IT SUCKED! There isnt anyone around that will point to how Katrina went as a shining star for the Government. How did Charity, Churches and Private Citizens do? THEY WERE AMAZING. Churches and Charities had people on the ground with supplies almost faster than the Government. Private Citizens took strangers into their homes without thinking and kept them for extended periods of time. This was a SHINING STAR moment for these entities. Private Charities SPRANG up almost overnight to begin building homes (Katrina Cottages) and established Charities such as Habitat for Humanity went into overdrive.
There are still people living in those trailers provided by FEMA - YEARS LATER....What are they waiting for? Are they waiting for the Government to become a Home Makeover Show and give everyone a new McMansion? GET A GRIP PEOPLE... I have no sympathy for people still in these trailers. There needs to be some personal responsibility for where they find themselves.
Katrina should serve as a lesson for the rest of America as well as where we are heading.
There is no shame is being knocked down in life. Crap happens and it happens to us all. Shame should come when you CHOOSE to stay knocked down. AND YES I SAID CHOOSE....I do not believe that people cannot improve their situations. It may not be easy, it may not be pretty and it may not be fast - but people CAN IMPROVE THEIR LIVES. As opposed to Illegal Immigration as I am, I am not sure I would risk my life and my children's' lives to cross desert, to cross river, to live the way they do for a CHANCE to improve. And you tell me that someone speaking the language, someone who knows the system, cant get themselves out of a FEMA trailer in a couple of years? NO WAY....They are still in that trailer by CHOICE.
The American People are not heartless - we are not cold and we do not want our neighbors to fail. We are generous to a fault - that fault being that wanting to take care of our fellow man gave us the system of crap we have now.
But nothing is taken better care of than that which we WORK FOR - things that are not EARNED are easily tossed aside.
Such contempt for our Government is seen by those that were "rescued", given debit cards, given trailers, given cash....it just wasnt enough.
We will not rise as a country until we cut the CHAINS of slavery put on us by a Government in the name of Social Security, Medicare, Income Tax, Death Tax. When personal responsibility is cherished right along with love for our fellow man, our Nation will again lead this world by example as well as in philanthropy.
PREPARE people - PREPARE to take care of your needs and the needs of those you love - PREPARE to give when giving requires faith of future needs being met.
Because what we have now is FASCISM (click the link for the REAL definition). Realize that this is the Government we have now - Germany didnt wake up over night and have Hitler....it was a slow slide....It was one little change after another in the name of SAFETY - in the name of SECURITY - in the name of FAIRNESS - in the name of EQUALITY. Great words, but dont forget the AMERICAN PROMISE...
Life - YOU GET TO LIVE....
Liberty - YOU GET TO BE FREE....
PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS - YOU GET TO TRY TO LIVE YOUR DREAM...Whether you reach it or not is up to you - NOT up to the Government to GIVE it to you.
Nothing is guaranteed but I would put my fate in my hands as well as my neighbors' hands any day of the week over my Government.
Fascism cannot stand long. Its suppression eventually breaks those over which it rules and it isnt pretty and it isnt easy - BUT, EASY is what got us here.....Personal Responsibility will get us back to where we should have stayed.
Pray, Praise, Prepare - and today......PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY