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Rationally Speaking is a blog maintained by Prof. Massimo Pigliucci, a philosopher at the City University of New York. The blog reflects the Enlightenment figure Marquis de Condorcet's idea of what a public intellectual (yes, we know, that's such a bad word) ought to be: someone who devotes himself to "the tracking down of prejudices in the hiding places where priests, the schools, the government, and all long-established institutions had gathered and protected them." You're welcome. Please notice that the contents of this blog can be reprinted under the standard Creative Commons license.
Friday, September 02, 2005
Compassionate conservatism my ass
But it has taken four days to this compassionate conservative -- who is so darn proud of his "leadership" ability -- to finally make it to the disaster area in Lousiana. What was so pressing that kept our Commander in Chief and alleged moral leader so far from the action for so long? Possibly the same kind of ineptitude in the face of disaster that produced the now famous video of him standing still in a room full of children for several minutes after he was told of the 9/11 attacks.
There has been quite a bit of talk concerning whether the disaster could have been avoided, or at least its impact greatly diminished, had the Bush administration not diverted resources (both human and financial) to the silly war in Iraq. I don't know, it's hard to tell. But what is plain for everyone to see is the sluggishness of the federal response, and the total lack of human empathy in Bush-II.
Gosh, even not exactly a champion of compassion such as Newt Gingrich has come out criticizing Bush. According to a CNN report, Newt (who may have his eyes on the run for the White House in '08), said: "I think it puts into question all of the Homeland Security and Northern Command planning for the last four years, because if we can't respond faster than this to an event we saw coming across the Gulf for days, then why do we think we're prepared to respond to a nuclear or biological attack?"
Good point. Any answer, Mr. Bush?