In our age there is no such thing as ‘keeping out of politics.’ All issues are political issues, and politics itself is a mass of lies, evasions, folly, hatred and schizophrenia.- George Orwell
Do you ever get the feeling that the media is lying to you? Do you wake up turn on CNN and think to yourself, “Is this a CW teenage soap opera?” Or are you like 95% of the rest of America and haven’t watched CNN outside of the airport?
If that sounds like you, congratulations! Your instincts are trying to catapult you out of the Matrix and into reality.
Nothing like politicizing a natural disaster to bring America together
I’m sure you’ve heard of the devastating hurricane that hit Puerto Rico 🇵🇷. The Fake News has capitalized on this awful catastrophe by dubbing this incident “Trump’s Katrina.” Despite them both occurring in places with crumbling infrastructure and horrid political corruption, they are not the same thing.
The left wants to demonize Trump’s response to the hurricane, but it is not Federal efforts that are making this recovery difficult. It is the local response.
According to the Wall Street Journal:
The only thing more certain than Maria’s devastation has been the rush to politicize it. As video of waist-deep water, washed out highways, splintered roofs, and uprooted trees scattered across the island hit American living rooms, Donald Trump’s adversaries and their media cheerleaders painted the president a heartless Anglo snob.
Yet the failures in Puerto Rico have not been due to a lack of federal attention. Rather the local FEMA team failed to execute fundamental aspects of emergency operations.
That hasn’t stopped the Media, the Mayor of San Jose, and a series of celebrities from taking this moment and throwing reality out the window in order to benefit their vendetta against the President.
“Mr. President shut the f–k up about NFL. Do something about our people in need in #PuertoRico. We are American citizens too.” Marc Anthony
Hmmm, thanks Mr. Anthony for the wonderful advice! You yelling obscenities as the United States President are sure to help the Puerto Rico disaster relief. Maybe you should address that language to local teamsters on strike and refusing to deliver supplies to beleaguered islanders.
Mark Anthony is just one of many celebrities joining the faux outrage at Trump over Puerto Rico. But really who cares?
“These actors and actresses, they’re all dumb as ticks and they’re all lazy,” said Bannon. “They’re like pieces of furniture. They’re all dumb as ticks. By the way, that’s why movie attendance is down — people are tired of it. That’s why they’re not watching the National Football League, cutting the cord at ESPN. They’ve politicized everything, and you guys are voting with your feet, which I think is fantastic.”
Exactly right Mr. Bannon! Let’s hear from the Governor of Puerto Rico first hand what happened.
In an interview with PBS Newshour this evening, Rosselló thanked the Trump administration for their prompt response:
JOHN YANG: Governor, are you getting all the aid you need or getting it fast enough from the states?
GOV. RICARDO ROSSELLO: First of all, we are very grateful for the administration. They have responded quickly.
The president has been very attentive to the situation, personally calling me several times. FEMA and the FEMA director have been here in Puerto Rico twice. As a matter of fact, they were here with us today, making sure that all the resources in FEMA were working in conjunction with the central government.
We have been working together. We have been getting results. The magnitude of this catastrophe is enormous. This is going to take a lot of help, a lot of collaboration. So, my call is to congressmen and congresswomen to take action quickly and conclusively with an aid package for Puerto Rico.
We are in the midst of potentially having a humanitarian crisis here in Puerto Rico which would translate to a humanitarian crisis in the United States. So, I call upon Congress to take action immediately. You know, Puerto Ricans are proud U.S. citizens.
Would you look like that? Doesn’t seem like the actions of a racist uncaring President. Maybe these chants from the peanut gallery are actually attempts to disguise Puerto Rico’s true problems?
Puerto Rico is an island, “tyrannized by labor unions some 1,200 miles from Florida with an annual per capita income of $29,000—and a bankrupt state-owned electricity monopoly—presents special challenges,” according to the Wall Street Journal.
The Associated Press explains this is a cold, hard reality for Puerto Rico:
The island’s infrastructure was in sorry shape long before Maria struck. A $73 billion debt crisis has left agencies like the state power company broke. As a result the power company abandoned most basic maintenance in recent years, leaving the island subject to regular blackouts.
A federal control board overseeing Puerto Rico’s finances authorized up to $1 billion in local funds to be used for hurricane response, but the governor said he would ask for more.
“We’re going to request waivers and other mechanisms so Puerto Rico can respond to this crisis,” Rossello said. “Puerto Rico will practically collect no taxes in the next month.”
When Trump criticizes local response, he’s exactly right! Puerto Rico has suffered from some awful mismanagement and they are completely unprepared for an island that has seen its fair share of hurricanes.
Hillary Clinton has a solution. She knows exactly what a politician should do in this situation. She to call for the US Navy to be sent to the island to assist in relief efforts. So simple! Gosh Trump’s inexperience is showing!
Oh would you look at that! We’ve been sending thousands of troops and our Ships to Puerto Rico? Who would have thought?
As convenient as it would be for the #NeverTrumper’s and their Democratic allies, Trump did not look at Puerto Rico and then think to himself, “Now is my time to stick it to those Puerto Rican Mexicans!” To take this disaster as an opportunity to score political points shows your lack humanity and your absolute distaste for the American people.
I’m sure if we were under a President Hillary right now the media wouldn’t dare to utter even a bad thought about her handling of this situation. Even though she probably would have funneled disaster money to her friends, cared for exactly one month, and use this as opportunity to take Puerto Rico’s natural resources for her brother.
No, hurricane Maria is truly a disaster, but Trump’s response to this tragedy is not.