I woke up this morning completely embarrassed by the comments and complaints by some of my fellow Americans regarding the media coverage and government response to hurricane Irene. Instead of gratitude for the tireless efforts of government employees and officials we hear complaints that the hurricane was over-hyped and that the response was over-done. Instead of recognition that the intense media coverage created an awareness that most likely saved lives there are complaints of sensationalism. How is it that we have become so careless and self centered in our view of national disasters? How is it that these complainers do not understand that they have created no win scenario for our elected officials? If these officials prepare to aggressively and warn too much there will be a backlash. However, if they do not properly prepare then the backlash will be just as great if not greater. The only acceptable answer to something like a hurricane for these complainers would be a perfect understanding, in advance, of where, when, and how the hurricane will strike and a response that is not too much or too little so as to not inconvenience the life of any one individual. How pathetic have we become? As for me, I would like to express my gratitude for those who have made it their business to warn, protect, and rescue those who are in need.
I have always believed that the single benefit of any crisis is that for a brief time we tend to give up those things that separate us as a people, such as race, religion, and political affiliation. During these times, for a few moments, we stand as Americans or just human beings fighting for our mutual survival. Perhaps we have become so self absorbed that even in the most harrowing times we cannot break free of the love of self, and thus, we have become consumed with distrust for the person that caused us even the slightest inconvenience in the name of protecting us. To these complainers I would caution to be careful what you wish for because in the near future you may truly be left to stand alone in your time of need. Who will you complain to then?