Togo of Grand Smials (hfx_ben) wrote in engagedbuddhism,
Togo of Grand Smials

What do I write in the moments between LJ and Katrina Wiki?

I read: Floor Statement of Congressman Dennis J. Kucinich: The Supplemental for Hurricane Katrina"
Indifference is a weapon of mass destruction
WASHINGTON - September 2 - Congressman Dennis J. Kucinich (D-OH) gave the following speech today on the House floor during a special session to provide relief money for the victims of Hurricane Katrina:

“This amount of money is only a fraction of what is needed and everyone here knows it. Let it go forward quickly with heart-felt thanks to those who are helping to save lives with necessary food, water, shelter, medical care and security. Congress must also demand accountability with the appropriations. Because until there are basic changes in the direction of this government, this tragedy will multiply to apocalyptic proportions.

“The Administration yesterday said that no one anticipated the breach of the levees. Did the Administration not see or care about the 2001 FEMA warning about the risk of a devastating hurricane hitting the people of New Orleans? Did it not know or care that civil and army engineers were warning for years about the consequences of failure to strengthen the flood control system? Was it aware or did it care that the very same Administration which decries the plight of the people today, cut from the budget tens of millions needed for Gulf-area flood control projects?

“Countless lives have been lost throughout the South with a cost of hundreds of billions in ruined homes, businesses, and the destruction of an entire physical and social infrastructure.

“The President said an hour ago that the Gulf Coast looks like it has been obliterated by a weapon. It has. Indifference is a weapon of mass destruction.

“Our indifferent government is in a crisis of legitimacy. If it continues to ignore its basic responsibility for the health and welfare of the American people, will there ever be enough money to clean up after their indifference?

“As our government continues to squander human and monetary resources of this country on the war, people are beginning to ask, “Isn’t it time we began to take care of our own people here at home? Isn’t it time we rescued our own citizens? Isn’t it time we fed our own people? Isn’t it time we sheltered our own people? Isn’t it time we provided physical and economic security for our own people?” And isn’t it time we stopped the oil companies from profiting from this tragedy?

“We have plenty of work to do here at home. It is time for America to come home and take care of its own people who are drowning in the streets, suffocating in attics, dying from exposure to the elements, oppressed by poverty and illness, wracked with despair and hunger and thirst.

“The time is NOW to bring back to the United States the 78,000 National Guard troops currently deployed overseas into the Gulf Coast region.

“The time is NOW to bring back to the US the equipment which will be needed for search and rescue, for clean up and reclamation.

“The time is NOW for federal resources, including closed Army bases, to be used for temporary shelter for those who have been displaced by the hurricane.

“The time is NOW to plan massive public works, with jobs going to the people of the Gulf Coast states, to build new levees, new roads, bridges, libraries, schools, colleges and universities and to rebuild all public institutions, including hospitals. Medicare ought to be extended to everyone, so every person can get the physical and mental health care they might need as a result of the disaster.

“The time is NOW for the federal government to take seriously the research of scientists who have warned for years about the dangers of changes in the global climate, and to prepare other regions of the country for other possible weather disasters until we change our disastrous energy policies.

“The time is NOW for changes in our energy policy, to end the domination of oil and fossil fuel and to invest heavily in alternative energy, including wind and solar, geothermal and biofuels.

“As bad as this catastrophe will prove to be, it is in fact only a warning. Our government must change its direction, it must become involved in making America a better place to live, a place where all may survive and thrive. It must get off the path of war and seek the path of peace, peace with the natural environment, peace with other nations, peace with a just economic system."

And I replied: "But those who are fortunate in having experienced buddhadharma should recognize that this use of "indifference" is misleading.

More to the point (you'll excuse my Zen/Vajrayana appreciation of mind?) we affect indifference as we skilfully navigate the shoals of "political correctness" and group discernement; motivated by worldly dharmas, I skilfully manifest the brilliance of human incarnation.

Cruel, self-serving, manipulative, astute, perceptive ... we are neither merely leafs nor (even less) merely crystals ... our exquisit responsiveness testifies to our sensitivity.

Inconsiderate ... often; frequently, routinely, and perhaps even usually.

What appears to be incompetence is actually very skilfull cost/benefit analysis ... such is consciousness in a world dominated by the ungrounded paradigms of the yuppy bourgeoisie, the opportunistic careerist.

"The sins of the fathers will be visited on the children."

The yuppies who sold their birth-right, the wealth and freedoms won in the 20s, 30s, 40s, and 50s ... they are those who made the insubstantial decisions that resulted in the carnage of NOLA.

There are perfectly fine Tibetan words for those who know no shame. And likewise for those who "focus on one aspect, distort other aspects, and ignore yet others" ... quintessential spin.

to be honest is to be politically active.

we have been shown as lacking merit


p.s. And yet, using the materialistic/reductionist verbiage of capitalist law ... yes ... criminal indifference.

Oh, BTW: Haliburton got $US17M to rebuild the military bases in the New Orleans area. Without shame, yes? Just like the psychopath is without conscience.

*Quick! Take away his internet connection! Throw him out onto the street! We can deny that it's political!*
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