Previous presidents, whether you agreed with them or not, all operated within the normal range of American political discourse. Maybe some tested that range, but they still had the ability to be civil and comforting when the country needed it. You know what needs to be “great again”? The American President. ... See MoreSee Less
You can’t connect any single weather event directly to climate change, but you can point to trends. And a climate change trend scientists are predicting is more severe and extreme weather events, and stronger more devastating hurricanes (a “new normal”). But why should we name these hurricanes using innocuous names like Andrew, Sandy, Ivan, and Katrina when there are much more suitable and deserving names to choose from. We should name hurricanes after prominent climate change deniers like Marco Rubio, Michele Bachmann, John Boehner, and Rick Perry.
In the wake of all the destruction left by Hurricane Irene we find that it did have at least one positive effect. Irene shines a light on the fact that we are all in this together. If we recognize that simple fact then we must also recognize that we need an entity – that represents ALL people – to lend assistance when disasters occur. That entity isn’t a charity or a private company. That entity is government. Yes, I know it’s so easy to hate on government but that is the easy path to take. It feels good to vent towards a large – and at times – abstract entity but it’s not exactly intellectually stimulating and quite frankly it accomplishes nothing. Government can work if we don’t give up on it. It’s because government actually does work really well in many areas that some find it so easy to assume they can do without it. Would it be a good idea to do away with the National Weather Service? Should we abolish FEMA as Ron Paul suggests? Nobody thinks it would be a good idea to get rid of the police, the fire departments and all other first responders. It might be a good idea to – at least occasionally – extend that sentiment towards other government agencies tasked to promote the general welfare of the nation.