Monday, June 13, 2011

Joplin, Missouri vs New Orleans, Louisanna

Joplin, Missouri was hit by a severe storm a short time ago. The storm spawned several tornadoes, including at least 1 EF5, which hit Joplin. At least 200 people unaccounted for, with at least 125 confirmed dead, and at least 900 injured. The entire town is basically gone. Yet despite all of this, people are already rebuilding. Everyone is pitching in to help, and some have already started rebuilding. It is an inspiring view of what America should be.

Let's contrast this with the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans a few years ago. Everything was Bush's fault. FEMA somehow caused all of the problems, and the government didn''t just come in and fix things. People basically sat around waiting for mommy government to come and kiss it all better or something, and when that couldn't happen, the result was anger and helplessness, not self sufficiency, or personal responsibility.

Let's view some basic differences:
First a nicely illustrative picture of the attitudes in New Orleans.

Now some comments from Joplin:

Now one could argue that it is simply biased reporting, but I've heard nothing about how the government failed Joplin, only New Orleans. I've also heard nothing about FEMA coming in to take care of things in Joplin. What I hear about are people coming together to get things done.

Now a lot would call this racist, but it isn't.  It has nothing to do with race, and everything to do with ideology.   Everywhere a socialistic/progressive viewpoint prevails, helplessness prevails, not only are people unwilling to help each other, they are unwilling to help themselves.  They sit and wait for someone else to take care of it for them.

In areas where people have a sense of individuality, not only do they help themselves, they help each other.  It is a truism, that if you can't help yourself, you can't help others.  As we can see, in areas where people are willing to own their misfortune, things are getting better.  In areas where progressivism reigns everyone sits around waiting for someone else to take action.  The worst part is that in these areas, if someone does stand up to try to help, no one else stands up with him.  He is crucified in the court of public opinion for not helping more.

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