This afternoon, on a popular local radio station here in Vancouver, there was a discussion about whether the response to help the people on the Gulf Coast was slower than expected because they were poor and black. Without fail, many Canadian sheep called in to espouse their usual rhetoric. Their messages are always the same:
- Every problem in the world is George Bush's fault.
- There were no problems before George Bush was elected.
I wrote the station and my e-mail was read on-air as the "parting shot" at the conclusion of the show:
Listening to your callers, it's clear that the hatred for Bush north of the 49th Parallel still hasn't subsided. The comments of your callers are most specious. Bush, in fact, was not the one who shot down the reinforcement of the levees. This was the U.S. Congress. To then make the leap of logic that they did so because they didn't care about the repercussions to the poor people is just ridiculous.
When, not if, but when the Big One hits Vancouver, I imagine these same people will be blaming our federal government for not caring enough about us "poor British Columbians".
For those whose brains aren't clogged with hatred for Bush, it's quickly becoming clear that the REAL problem in New Orleans was:
#1 - The mayor of the city
#2 - The governor of Louisiana
But they're Democrats, one is black and one is a woman, so we can't pick on them, can we?!