September 7th, 2005

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I love Ben Stein!

By Ben Stein

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Published 9/2/2005 11:59:59 PM


***UPDATED: Sunday, Sept. 4, 2005, 2:13 p.m.***

A few truths, for those who have ears and eyes and care to know the truth:

1.)
The hurricane that hit New Orleans and Mississippi and Alabama was an
astonishing tragedy. The suffering and loss of life and peace of mind
of the residents of those areas is acutely horrifying.

2.)
George Bush did not cause the hurricane. Hurricanes have been happening
for eons. George Bush did not create them or unleash this one.

3.)
George Bush did not make this one worse than others. There have been
far worse hurricanes than this before George Bush was born.

4.)
There is no overwhelming evidence that global warming exists as a
man-made phenomenon. There is no clear-cut evidence that global warming
even exists. There is no clear evidence that if it does exist it makes
hurricanes more powerful or makes them aim at cities with large numbers
of poor people. If global warming is a real phenomenon, which it may
well be, it started long before George Bush was inaugurated, and would
not have been affected at all by the Kyoto treaty, considering that
Kyoto does not cover the world's worst polluters -- China, India, and
Brazil. In a word, George Bush had zero to do with causing this
hurricane. To speculate otherwise is belief in sorcery.

5.)
George Bush had nothing to do with the hurricane contingency plans for
New Orleans. Those are drawn up by New Orleans and Louisiana. In any
event, the plans were perfectly good: mandatory evacuation. It is in no
way at all George Bush's fault that about 20 percent of New Orleans
neglected to follow the plan. It is not his fault that many persons in
New Orleans were too confused to realize how dangerous the hurricane
would be. They were certainly warned. It's not George Bush's fault that
there were sick people and old people and people without cars in New
Orleans. His job description does not include making sure every adult
in America has a car, is in good health, has good sense, and is mobile.

6.)
George Bush did not cause gangsters to shoot at rescue helicopters
taking people from rooftops, did not make gang bangers rape young girls
in the Superdome, did not make looters steal hundreds of weapons, in
short make New Orleans into a living hell.

7.) George Bush is
the least racist President in mind and soul there has ever been and
this is shown in his appointments over and over. To say otherwise is
scandalously untrue.

8.) George Bush is rushing every bit of
help he can to New Orleans and Mississippi and Alabama as soon as he
can. He is not a magician. It takes time to organize huge convoys of
food and now they are starting to arrive. That they get in at all
considering the lawlessness of the city is a miracle of bravery and
organization.

9.) There is not the slightest evidence at all
that the war in Iraq has diminished the response of the government to
the emergency. To say otherwise is pure slander.

10.) If the
energy the news media puts into blaming Bush for an Act of God worsened
by stupendous incompetence by the New Orleans city authorities and the
malevolence of the criminals of the city were directed to helping the
morale of the nation, we would all be a lot better off.

11.) New
Orleans is a great city with many great people. It will recover and be
greater than ever. Sticking pins into an effigy of George Bush that
does not resemble him in the slightest will not speed the process by
one day.

12.) The entire episode is a dramatic lesson in the
breathtaking callousness of government officials at the ground level.
Imagine if Hillary Clinton had gotten her way and they were in charge
of your health care.

God bless all of those dear people who are suffering so much, and God bless those helping them, starting with George Bush.

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UPDATE: Sunday, Sept. 4, 2005, 2:13 p.m.:

More Mysteries of Katrina:

Why
is it that the snipers who shot at emergency rescuers trying to save
people in hospitals and shelters are never mentioned except in passing,
and Mr. Bush, who is turning over heaven and earth to rescue the
victims of the storm, is endlessly vilified?

What church does
Rev. Al Sharpton belong to that believes in passing blame and singling
out people by race for opprobrium and hate?

What special
abilities does the media have for deciding how much blame goes to the
federal government as opposed to the city government of New Orleans for
the aftereffects of Katrina?

If able-bodied people refuse to
obey a mandatory evacuation order for a city, have they not assumed the
risk that ill effects will happen to them?

When the city
government simply ignores its own sick and hospitalized and elderly
people in its evacuation order, is Mr. Bush to blame for that?

Is
there any problem in the world that is not Mr. Bush's fault, or have we
reverted to a belief in a sort of witchcraft where we credit a mortal
man with the ability to create terrifying storms and every other kind
of ill wind?

Where did the idea come from that salvation comes from hatred and criticism and mockery instead of love and co-operation?


Ben
Stein is a writer, actor, economist, and lawyer living in Beverly Hills
and Malibu. He also writes "Ben Stein's Diary" in every issue of
The American Spectator. Please click here to subscribe.


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