You’re So Vain: You Probably Think This Storm is About You
Today, Harvey gets political. Sure, there have been jack wagons here and there popping off politically that Houston (the Energy Capital of the World) brought this on itself and Mother Nature was wreaking her Climate Change revenge on the city. Others have finger pointed that Mayor Sylvester Turner should have ordered evacuations before the storm. But, that is child’s play compared to the politicization that will happen when Donald J. Trump, the most polarizing figure in American life (other than Taylor Swift) comes to Texas today.
Always a showman, the President has promoted the storm as being one of the greatest in American history. This is true. Yet, at the time of the writing the death toll is at fifteen. Early in the storm, the President tweeted that all levels of government were doing a great job. Indeed, federal agencies involved like the Army Corps of Engineers and Coast Guard are doing their part. State, county and city officials, law enforcement officers, firemen, physicians, National Guard and others have done heroic work.
But ordinary Texans (and friendly neighbors like the Cajun Navy — God Bless Them!) have been fending for ourselves pretty well. We have improvised rescues. We have given refuge to neighbors. We have provided assistance.
I am not making the case the President should not come. But, once he is here, the political hacks in the media will make this story of human suffering and immense courage into a story about Donald J. Trump. Mice measure all things by cheese. The media measures everything by Presidential approval polls.
Don’t get sucked into that noise. This is not the time to debate climate change, finger point about who did or did not give evacuation orders, or view this tragedy as a milestone in the Trump Presidency.
Texans throughout the Southeast still need help. Instead of watching the Presidential news coverage, take a few minutes to make a donation here to the Red Cross.
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