This isn't going to go down well with some folks. Not well at all, especially with those people that have family that have been or are still suffering. I can only say that we have family there too so it's not like we don't have a dog in this fight.
Unless they are insane, no parent likes to punish a child even when they obviously have earned it. The vast majority of parents hope that their children will learn by observation or instruction and do the right things. Sometimes when they don't, the authority of the parent must be applied to teach children that poor choices have consequences. Failure to punish that child will only result in that child continuing to make the same mistakes over and over again, eventually with much more dire consequences. A parent doesn't even like to see a child hurt themselves even when repeatedly warned. It truly sucks but sometimes pain is the best teacher.
So, much like the parent of a child that keeps running in the house and has been told that they're going to fall and get hurt repeatedly and is now standing over the fallen, crying child and letting the lesson sink in, I offer this:
Dear Residents of Staten Island and New Jersey,
At first, we were saddened to hear of your brush with the barely-a-hurricane that struck portions of your cities. At first we were moved, as we are always moved, to send relief supplies and money to help. The storm was a mere fraction of the size and power of those storms that hit Florida and the southern U.S. east coast and the Gulf Coast but we know first-hand that even a minor storm can cause temporary disruptions and isolated cases of disaster. We prepare for them, evacuate or ride them out, and then help our neighbors. In a few hours or days (or weeks in the case of Category III or greater hurricanes) the power will be back, we and our neighbors will have chainsawed and swept away the debris and life will return to normal.
We prepare for such things because they can happen and because government help is often late, useless or simply non-existent. We know this and because of our observations of poor government responses and because of our well-earned general distrust of the intentions and actions of government we take care of ourselves and neighbors are leave government to do the slow, inefficient response in those isolated cases where co-ordination of outside resources is necessary.
And after Katrina, and after the howling and gnashing-of-teeth that came from the media we took careful note and made extra preparations. We assumed anyone within reach of a coastal storm would do the same.
Apparently we were wrong.
Two weeks after the storm you still have quite a mess and by some accounts some places are getting worse instead of better.
We continue to hear of non-union electrical workers being turned away. (and no, one report by CBS News to the contrary does not "debunk" that. Say, did CBS ever apologize for forging the National Guard papers that Dan Rather tried to use to tank a presidential election? No? Likewise, a union representative denying it doesn't make it so.)
We hear of food shipments being refused because your nanny mayor can't be sure if the amount of salt and transfats are within his designated limits.
We continue to hear of people living in the dark for weeks at a time, of flood ravaged neighborhoods, of morgues that suddenly disappear right before a presidential election.
You continue to lack medical care because your government is too big and too slow to get hospitals back on-line.
We hear of your closest neighbors coming in on "disaster tours" armed not with bottled water and blankets but cameras to populate their gruesome scrapbooks.
We hear of the 122nd precinct police that were ordered to shut down volunteer food relief efforts on Father Capodanno Boulevard in order to make people think that only FEMA can take care of people. To their credit, the police commander refused and instead moved the relief efforts off the street and into a parking lot where network news cameras would not see them. Still, this is the end result of the politics being more important than the people.
And the less said about the Pollyanna-like notion to continue with the NYC marathon through some of the some of the hardest hit parts of Manhattan the better. Yes, Bloomberg finally canceled it after howls of outrage, and after a large number of runners dropped out to do storm relief instead. Still, those generators reserved for the marathon media tents just kinda sat there after the cancellation didn't they?
What's that? These failures can be contributed to your useless government and not to individual residents who are suffering you say?
Well, when your individual residents assault utility workers that are just there to help you, you can't lay that at the feet of the mysterious and far-off "government."
And besides, Staten Island, you voted overwhelmingly for Michael Bloomberg. You and New Jersey voted for the idiot in the White House that zipped in, made himself look good at your expense, and then abandoned you. Long after his photo op was done, FEMA continues to run out of water and food, you're still in the dark two weeks after the storm and the media doesn't seem to be telling anyone now do they? Where's Shepard Smith? Where's Jerry Rivers? And are you still chortling over National Geographic's "Doomsday Preppers?"
This is what you voted for. In this most recent election, in the 2009 mayoral election and in the 2008 elections Staten Island voted for Obama, Bloomberg and Obama respectively by nearly 3-to-1 margins. So much for Staten Island being the most conservative part of NYC. That rather seems like claiming to be the clean turd in the bowl at this point. And northern and coastal New Jersey votes for collectivist, big government, nanny staters regularly as well and in job lots. Chris Christie (who by our standards is barely a Republican, much less a small-government conservative) was elected in spite of their votes, not because of them. Indeed, a mere week after the storm while many of you were still trying to drag out wet carpet, find your wedding rings and were starting to smell your decomposing neighbors you happily pulled the lever for more of the same, even while you still hadn't seen hide nor hair of FEMA.
You vote for the people that intend to institute your failed big-government policies nationwide even while you are suffering from the failures of those polices and ask that we help you so that you can continue to force your choice of politicians on us. Really?
You voted for big government, even when some of the elderly among you still bear the tatoos of another big government. You voted for big government that has doubled our fuel prices and much of our food prices. You voted for big government that has spent trillions of our dollars fighting poverty only to have even more poverty now than in 1968. You voted for it, regardless of how poorly it has treated those that have to live under it or how badly it has failed in the past or how many have died from it.
So now that you've voted for all this big government and it's failing you, apparently we out here in flyover country are expected to send money and food (well, not food. Bloomberg said no to that) to bail you out. And when it's over you'll go right back to voting these statist monsters back into our lives. For this we should extend our hands in friendship and sympathy?
So, we're going to point out that the floor sure is hard, and say "Didn't we warn you not to run in the house?"
Yes, off to bed without dinner. Take it out of the taxes we've been soaked with.
As far as we're concerned you can sit in the dark and stay wet and cold and hungry. Until you affect regime change we're not willing to lift a finger to help you. You voted for "progress" and you got it, hard. There is not a more collectivist, big government, nanny-state collection of people on the east coast. So revel in your creation. Bask in the glow of your progressive paradise. May that be a substitute for the actual lights that still don't work.
For those of you that vote for less intrusive government and prepared for disaster you have my sympathies. Eh, but you still decided to stay there in the socialist paradise didn't you? Well, then, even my sympathies are limited.
For those of you that voted with your feet and left and left your statist pro-big-government tendencies behind we say, "Welcome to America!" For those of you that stay there and vote for more of the same, you have our contempt. And you will continue to have it until such time as you wise up and affect regime change there in your inner shitty hellhole. When you send Nanny Bloomberg packing and usher in someone willing to help get government off your back so you can rise or fall on your own then we'll reconsider. We'll be willing to help wipe that tear and say, "There, there. You did something stupid and you learned from it. Here, have a cookie."
But until you show some signs of learning from it don't expect us to subsidize your bad decisions.
Yes, we will do what we can for our relatives that live there and some of us will donate a bit to salve our consciences. But when the huge outpouring of support like you saw on 9/11 or during Katrina or Joplin, MO or the Texas wildfires doesn't materialize you'll know why.
When you hear that the American Red Cross has collected only a fraction of what they collected for Katrina, far short of the some four billion dollars sent for that disaster, you'll know why. Much of this disaster is of your own making. You wouldn't prepare, you didn't evacuate. You trusted your big government to save you. And you chose poorly. Only pain will teach you not to make the same mistakes again or worse, force those mistakes on the rest of us. Yes, it sucks. But continuing to save you from your mistakes will only make the next one worse. This big government addiction you have is a sickness. We really, honestly want you to get better but we certainly don't want you infecting the rest of us either.
What happens when a Category 4 storm hits Manhattan? What happens when it's 10 million without power for two months? Do you think your Bloomberg or FEMA or the Red Cross will do a better job? Do you still think it can't happen? Do you still think your government is going to save you?
Do you want the rest of us to suffer under the same restrictions once we're all living under a big-government socialist nanny state? Is that why you voted for more Obama? Would you rather we all suffer rather than a few succeed?
And if the answer to that is yes, tell me again why we should help you?
The Red States
P.S. When you're doing better (and you'll get through this. After all, your ancestors were Americans), let's talk. Let's work together to kick this big-government disease. We're ready to help, but you have to want to get better for it to work.