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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.

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*Historical references and statistics from Pete Daniel's - "Deep'n As It Come: The 1927 Mississippi River Floods" and U.S. News and World Report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

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The following comments are for "Citizen Vs. 39 Tons Of Dynamite"
by Bobby7L

I'd heard of the flood before, and Hoover's diversion, but didn't know any of the rest of it. I feel like I've learned something today. Sadly, it's something consistent with my general perception of human beings (Damn it, give me disconfirmation!).

Good work!

One suggestion, though: Lose the "scare quotes". They communicate sarcasm and contempt unless you're quoting someone.

( Posted by: Viper9 [Member] On: September 13, 2005 )

Bobby's Flood
When folks began to criticize Bush and the Feds about the current New Orleans disaster, I looked up the Johnstown Flood of 1889. Those people have quite an instructive story to tell. (the ones that lived) They were warned for years that the dam above them would break someday. They were pretty well to do steelworkers, welsh and German, I think. No minorites that I could find.(unless you considerWelsh and Germans minorities.) Anyway, they would not leave and built up the land right up to and into the river, so that they could further commerce.(Greed.) Carnegie and Mellon(not the college) built a hunting lodge on the lake behind the dam. They repaired the dam, making it higher and shoring it up.(Greed) When the rains came, the dam gave way and kiled at least 2500 hundred people-- by drowning, crushing, and oddly enough, by fire. The point is, is that the poor people south of New Orleans were spared or would have been spared drowning by Hurricane. We can all agree that the gov't sucks most of the time when they want something. But nothing forces people in this country to live anywhere they don't want to.(except prison folk.) I live 35 miles from the largest nuclear bomb in the world,(Mt. Ranier) and nobody twisted my arm to do it. There was a lot of work in Seattle at the time. I took advantage of it.(Greed.) I do not buy into the "I can't leave" or "we were too poor to get out" excuse. I've been poor before, as poor as anyone in this country. The gov't never compensated me for Jack****. All I can say is, is when you count on the gov't, for something, they usually F*** it up. Why would anyone be surprisd or upset about it?

Good to see you again,


( Posted by: williamhill [Member] On: September 13, 2005 )

V9- Thanks for reading and letting me know. I did quote a few times,(See references at bottom), but "we," "despot regimes" and "grand experiment" were by choice.

Fairplay- Thanks for taking time here. Much appreciated. I am a sarcastic lad, at times.

Charlie- In case of story I related here, folks did not realize their fates were being decided for them. Promises not kept after catastrophic event are merely that, as well. Just reporting.

As far as "ALL" Americans deserving anything. We don't deserve anything, I suppose. Are we worthy?

I personally expect very little from government. If unfriendly Martians land in Cali, I hope our military can defend us. That's about it.

Thanks for time here.

Robert William

( Posted by: Bobby7L [Member] On: September 14, 2005 )

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