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Gustav and the Convention

I’ve stayed away from RedState for some time now for a number of reasons. But today’s announcement about the convention suspension and AE’s suggestion that we need to lend a hand to Louisiana caught my attention.

Two weeks ago Tropical Storm Fay parked itself over the Northeast coast of Florida and delivered several feet of water on the residents of several counties, flooding homes and businesses, many of which are still flooded and perhaps may never fully recover. Two years ago my area of South Florida was ravaged by three significant storms, Katrina, Wilma and Rita in the space of a few months. Large parts of Southeast Florida were without power for several weeks.

Frankly, a radical change to the convention is ridiculous and offensive. It appears that from now on any time a storm threatens New Orleans, but only New Orleans, it requires life in America to come to a halt for some respectful period.

I’m not suggesting that we ignore the impact of Hurricane Gustav on the people of the Gulf Coast. What I am suggesting is that we desperately need some perspective. Life did not stop in the rest of America two weeks or two years ago. Life did not stop in the rest of America following the terrible Northridge earthquake in California. Life did not stop in the rest of America during last year’s devastating floods in the Midwest. But life, or at least Republican life, must take a hiatus because a storm approaches New Orleans.

On Monday September 1, 2008, the planned opening day for the Republican Convention, the Yankees will play the Tigers, the Braves will play the Marlins, the Mets will play the Brewers and eight other baseball games are on the schedule. These games will go on and no one will remark that the players and fans are callous or uncaring. But the Republican Convention is suspended because otherwise the Democrats and their mouthpieces in the press will say bad things about us.

Hopefully, after Gustav we will all do what we can to aid the people of Southern Louisiana, just as Americans do what we can to aid the people of California or Iowa when they are hurt. But that does not mean that the normal life of America does not go on in spite of natural disasters.

For some reason we as Republicans are acutely sensitive to the despicable remarks of the leadership of the Democratic Party and their handmaidens in the press. But we should not allow ourselves to be cowed by the mean-spirited, cowardly acts of the unAmerican left. Rather we should counter their distortions and callousness with truth and positive actions. The Convention should proceed as planned but throughout the convention we should correct the record on Katrina and appeal for aid for all victims of all natural disasters in America whenever and where ever they may occur.

But regardless of what we do life must go on.