Scoot: Political incompetence is uniting us

August 11, 2017 - 10:46 am

There is already a very positive side to the reaction to last Saturday’s flooding and the revelations of incompetence within the Sewage & Water Board and the city of New Orleans.

Have you noticed that the collective resolve to hold Mayor Landrieu, S&WB Executive Director Cedric Grant and other officials accountable transcends political and racial boundaries?  

Many who have been supportive of Mayor Landrieu are now bashing him.  I have been supportive of Mayor Landrieu many times when I was willing the give him the benefit of the doubt, but the degree of incompetence exposed with the Landrieu Administration has robbed the Mayor of the benefit of the doubt.  The times that I gave the Mayor the benefit of the doubt were not based on a kinship with the Mayor.  As a radio talk show host, I prefer to wait for something real rather than rhetoric upon which I offer support or criticism.

The magnitude of the floodwaters matched the magnitude of the incompetence that led to the floodwaters.  Perhaps without realizing it, citizens from both sides of the political debate are united in their condemnation of Mayor Landrieu and the S&WB and the workings of the political system. 

The massive damage to citizens’ homes and businesses brings into question the money and effort spent on the removal of the Confederate-era monuments.  This is NOT a debate about the emotional reason the monuments were removed, but it IS a debate about the money and effort that went into a project that was not an imminent threat to citizens while a serious threat lurked.

To suggest that the removal of the monuments was not a priority is not to imply that their removal was not warranted in the climate of New Orleans in 2017, but it does imply that political imaging on the part of Mayor Landrieu was more important than physically protecting the very citizens he was hoping to help.  The limited city resources and reality that the city’s pumping system was in disarray only proves that the Mayor’s priority was his political career and not actually serving the citizens he claimed to be helping.

What I hope we all take away from this controversy is the idea that pandering to emotions for political gain was a greater priority than actually protecting the homes and businesses of the citizens of New Orleans.

This is not a problem unique to New Orleans.  What has happened here in New Orleans reflects the political priorities that exist in Washington, D.C.  Political posturing supersedes doing what is in the best interest of the American people on nearly every issue.

We should all recognize that the unfortunate developments in New Orleans, which exposed political imaging over practical facts, have helped unify us.  Black, white, liberal, conservative, Christian, Jew, Muslim, atheist, male, female, straight, gay are united behind condemning the tolerance for political games that put us all in this situation.

Let us celebrate that our disgust over “politics as usual” has united many of us.  I have received texts all week during the show from people who said they rarely agree with my opinions, but they are 100% in agreement with me on this issue.  It’s great that people who do not always agree with me listen to the show every day because that’s a tribute to the First Amendment; but the bigger take away is that citizens – the people – are united behind changing the political status quo.

And the politicians that run for office, now and in the future, must recognize this strong force that has been unleashed.  Now, it’s our job to not let the passion we now have to fade and to ramp up our revolt against the political games that have hurt us all.

Are you with me?

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