John Aravosis, best known for his unnatural obsession with Jeff Gannon, writes in Radar Magazine that GOP failure to support a “9/11 style” independent commission amounts to “stonewalling.”
What’s so blindingly obvious about the hypocrisy of the left on the aftermath of Katrina is that they are Monday morning quarterbacking the situation and retroactively calling for the Bush administration to have ignored the Constitution, federal, state, and local laws and just ride in and take over. As nice as it may sound in hindsight, it just isn’t how the system was designed to work – by design.
The founders were properly leery of the vestiges of King George’s England, and didn’t just pay lip service to making the country the United States of America. They built in to the Constitution protections to state authority and command of state militias and resources. They were keenly aware of the tyranny of all power residing in the hands of one person.
The federal response to the hurricane was, by and large, pretty poor – led by serious ineptitude from FEMA – but that’s not the sum total of the federal response though. Who do you think rescued all those people trapped in New Orleans due to poor evacuation planning? The US Coast Guard. They were there rescuing people while state and local officials were deserting, running in circles, or even obstructing supply efforts. What they (or the rest of the military) weren’t legally allowed to do was move into the area as a law enforcement agency – something that was desperately needed. We’ve catalogued the missteps at the state and local level in these regards ad nauseum, but the chaos that cable news thrived on wasn’t a federal issue, unless the federal government decided to declare martial law. In hindsight (given the complete breakdown of local authority) perhaps that’s what should have been done, but it’s not a trivial issue. It’s such a rare occurrence that no examples of its use come to mind. It declares, in effect, state and local authority null and void.
Democrats (and a few Republicans) are now calling for the types of changes in the federal/state relationship that in effect creates (under disaster circumstances) that which we fought a revolution to be rid of:
Another King George.