Have we really come far enough since America's "Great Mississippi Flood of 1927?" That year, those in power decided to save New Orleans from flooding, by blowing up an earthen levee, diverting water at 250,000 cubic feet per second to rural marshlands south of the city. 1000 poor folks, mostly Black, died. 700,000 more were displaced. Not holding or having luxury of high ground to go to, they lost everything. Very few were ever compensated by their Federal Government, as was promised.
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Then Commerce Secretary Herbert Hoover was the official who "signed off." He rode the wave of rising political support for his efforts to a victory in the next presidential election. Of course, those poor Black folks were unable to vote. Soon after this catastrophic event, migration to cities in the North by African-Americans, in mass, quickened.
Fast forward nearly 8 decades, to 2005. Are we, all of us, being served, yes served, with logic-inflected policies, by our elected leaders? I think not. Do they use 'real now' thinking, as is clearly required in these times? I don't think so. When push comes to shove, do our leaders serve us by making it happen right, worrying about explaining how and/or paying later? Are we not, each of us, worthy of such leadership?
If hundreds of billions of dollars can be spared to save folks around the globe from various despot regimes, should not all Americans, at the very least, be provided with secure, modernized levee systems, cutting edge schools, basic medical care, job training and work programs?
These are questions and opinions of one citizen. Freedom to ask/express them makes this grand experiment worth continuing, with critical updates realized. First, however, fresh ideas must be heard/recognized, conflicting the status quo. Then, putting them to practice is the next challenge. Verbiage is sometimes not enough. That's when it can get sporty, or else it's citizen vs. 39 tons of dynamite.
*Historical references and statistics from Pete Daniel's - "Deep'n As It Come: The 1927 Mississippi River Floods" and U.S. News and World Report
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2 Dec 2011