Today I want to talk about some things that are going to be difficult to think about, much less talk about.
If you are like me, you are setting aside supplies of food, water, medications and other essential supplies so that we can be prepared for an emergency, disaster, or other hard times that will one day come upon all of us in one form or another. We prepare for these possible situations so that we can keep our families safe and provide for them when these situations happen.
Unfortunately, most people however do not do anything at all to prepare for these events. Even though our own government has been advising everyone for years to do exactly what we are doing, they still do not listen.
The federal government has been advising every citizen to start stockpiling these supplies, yet every time a hurricane, or flood, or other localized natural disaster hits, the citizens of the affected areas are completely unprepared for it and rely on the government to save them.
Everyone seems to have the mistaken belief that nothing bad will ever happen to them. Apparently their karma is so good that it will repel natural disasters away from them like some sort of Jedi force field.
I have actually had people say to me, "that kind of thing happens in third-world countries, we live in the United States, nothing like that could ever happen here".
Apparently these people have their heads buried so far in the sand that they can't even watch the news to see that these things ARE actually happening right here in the good old USA all the time.
Lets look at Hurricane Katrina as an example. Within 4 days of the storm hitting New Orleans, societal links had broken down. It was an every-man-for-himself mentality with mass looting and gang violence running rampant throughout the city.
Everyone expected that the government would come to their rescue on a white horse to save them, but as we all know, that is not what happened.
The Federal Government actually prevented a lot of supplies from reaching the victims by not allowing the delivery trucks to go into the city with the necessary food, water, and other much needed supplies that they had carried from areas across the country.
They also prevented the victims from leaving the city to reach the supplies. They were threatened with violence if they attempted to cross the bridge to leave the city.
Then as an added insult, they stripped the Constitutional rights of the citizens by going door-to-door confiscating weapons that the citizens needed to protect themselves because there was no effective police force there to keep them safe.
FEMA sent hundreds of firefighters from other areas who had volunteered to help rescue victims to Atlanta for 2 days of training classes on topics including sexual harassment and the history of FEMA instead of having them on the ground in New Orleans helping in the rescue. I mean, we all know that sexual harassment training is much more important than actually rescuing people.
Local police and other EMS workers also found the situation very traumatic; at least two officers committed suicide, and over 300 deserted the city after gang violence and "turf wars" erupted around the city.