I don't really have much to say about the anniversary of Katrina that Jason hasn't already said. It is clear at this point that our government does not function. When it ceased to function and what caused this is anyone's guess. I would say it was irrelevant save for that if we ever do manage to establish a government truly worthy to govern it would be of use to know how it happened so as to avoid it. But apparently that's a lot more pattern recognition than is prevalent among the masses. The same brand of lies that were used to explain Iraq away were used to pass the buck here. And I draw a direct link between Bush landing on the aircraft carrier saying Mission Accomplished while troops were still in harm's way and his visit to the Gulf (against the wishes of the local government), during which rescue helicopters were ordered for security reasons to stand down instead of, you know, rescue people. But one man cannot alone shoulder the blame. And as members of a democracy we all hold a share of it, however small. If this is truly a government by the people, for the people, and of the people, then what does this say of us? Either that we are as thoughtless and crooked as our government or that we are so ignorant and spineless as to let it become such. Harsh indictments, both. And I fear that even the best possible outcomes in 06 and 08 will not serve to repair.
If there was a big red button that said RESET on it, and it didn't specify exactly what it did and it looked credible I would get a great temptation to press it.