An entire community of hard-working Americans is incredulous at the thought that they are being left behind by their government in Katrina-battered Louisiana. The federal government is not sure whether it is "worthwhile to spend so much money to protect 14,000 people" [because it's only 2 percent of the population of metropolitan New Orleans.] That's 14,000 hard-working Americans whose only "sin" was to live in a city that wound up being in the direct path of a disastrous hurricane.
"We have sacrificed a great deal for this nation, and now to turn their back on us and cut us off would be un-American," said Benny Rousselle, [lower Plaquemines parish president.] "We're fighting for our survival."
No one doubts America's economic power, but we have lost our standing as a moral superpower. That's basically what former Polish president and Nobel laureate Lech Walesa told a group today during a lecture at Kansas State University.
"No one has the least doubt that you are the economic leader and the military leader to the world, but I have heard a lot of doubts regarding the moral and political leadership of the United States."
I'm glad that Mr. Walesa has spoken clearly on this matter. I want to be proud of my leadership once again. The strength of our democracy is that we know that can elect new leadership in due time. The People want more than they have gotten from the morally bankrupt majority in Washington D.C. November can't come too soon for us.
If we ever expect to lead other nations to the light of freedom by inspiration and example, we must start by setting some examples.
Reuters is reporting that six retired generals have now called for Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld to step down, including two who spoke out today. The White House needs to act now. The longer they wait, the deeper the unrest will become with the general public. We are a nation at war, and it is a war that was so badly mishandled by the present Secretary of Defense that even Newt Gingrich has felt the need to speak out. When retired Generals publicly revolt and the White House carries on as if it's business as usual, it puts our Republic's domestic and national security in peril. Pretending there is no problem is a charade that our nation can't afford to continue. If we are going to truly support our troops and hope for a new plan to handle the mess known as Iraq, we must see Mr. Rumsfeld step down now.