January 16, 2006

I Rebuke Thee II

I await the Bush Administration's public rebuking of New Orleans's mayor Ray Nagin. After all, a precident has been set.

    Mayor Ray Nagin suggested Monday that Hurricanes Katrina and Rita and other storms were a sign that "God is mad at America" and at black communities, too, for tearing themselves apart with violence and political infighting.

    "Surely God is mad at America. He sent us hurricane after hurricane after hurricane, and it's destroyed and put stress on this country," Nagin, who is black, said as he and other city leaders marked Martin Luther King Day.

    "Surely he doesn't approve of us being in Iraq under false pretenses. But surely he is upset at black America also. We're not taking care of ourselves.

Shortly after the official political rebuking, I would expect groups like the ACLU and People for the American Way to do the same.

At the time, the most powerful man in the blogosphere, JK, commented...

    Republicans are held accountable for the craziest of their membership; Democrats are not even held responsible for the head of the Party.

We may have to add "teller of futures" to his resume. ;)

More realistically, we'll hear the following from the Democrats...

Philosophy Posted by AlexC at January 16, 2006 8:51 PM

Now how can you get angry at a man who just wants to remodel a town after Willy Wonka's Chocolate Factory!?

Posted by: mdmhvonpa at January 17, 2006 11:24 AM

Tucker Carlson asked NAACP leader Julian Bond last night what he would have thought if a white mayor had suggested that his city will be a white city.

Bond, BTW, was eerily deft and refused to agree with Mayor Nagin or rebuke him.

Posted by: jk at January 17, 2006 11:42 AM

mdmhvonpa, no! not Willy Wonka.
Hershey Pa. I was there this summer.
The street lights are actually Hershey's Kisses and the town really smells like chocolate!
Main street is called Chocolate Ave and it intersects Cocoa Ave at City Hall!

I understand that Bourbon Street will be renamed Godiva Chocolate Liqueur Blvd.

Posted by: AlexC at January 17, 2006 12:13 PM

So which are we to believe?

That Hizzoner is merely manipulating, for political advantage, the arcane notion of a vengeful God exacting punishment for acts that displease him?

Or, that he really believes this crap?

Either way, proof positive of the corrosive power of belief in the Almighty.

Posted by: johngalt at January 17, 2006 3:31 PM

I'm pretty sure you can be an idiot demogouge AND atheist too, johngalt.

Posted by: AlexC at January 18, 2006 8:36 AM

I would never accuse mayor Ray Nagin of being an atheist. That would be rude, unjustified, and just downright mean.

But he is absolutely an idiot demagogue.

Posted by: johngalt at January 18, 2006 3:09 PM | What do you think? [6]