The Tragedy That Was Sandy
Only now days after the devastation wrought by Super Storm Hurricane Sandy, the toll on humanity is slowly being brought to light. While there are parallels to Hurricane Katrina that hit New Orleans in 2005, there are some significant differences. First Sandy was an immense storm. While building strength in the Caribbean its footprint engulfed the whole Caribbean Sea. Second, the storm impacted an area of dense population that is the East Coast, specifically New Jersey, one of the most densely packed areas on the globe, (1,134.5 people per square kilometer). Third, while the path of Katrina over the Gulf of Mexico and into the Gulf Coast is not unusual, the path of Sandy was extraordinary. Generally, most especially at this time of year, hurricanes in the Gulf Stream off the Atlantic Coast sweep up the coast and bounce off Cape Hatteras into a Northeasterly projection, that is, harmlessly out to sea. Sandy, on the contrary made a startling hook inland still packing hurricane force winds to slam into the Sin City of the Atlantic, Atlantic City. This was largely due to two other inland fronts which formed an irresistible attraction to the super storm drawing it inland with tremendously destructive results. Fourth, the infrastructure and the reliance of the populace on it, has so far inhibited the bad behavior of the lowlifes who prowled the aftermath New Orleans decimation, but as roads clear of water and debris, and hunger and anger envelop the people, tempers will flair and crime and lawlessness could easily follow. Indeed, we are already seeing much of this on the gas lines and food stores.
One significant item of note is the similarity of Sandy to Katrina, and that is the recourse of the people to rely on government to provide for their needs. As the days go by many people are demanding that the government at all levels provide food, water, and shelter. Have we learned nothing in the intervening years of these two colossal storms? The primary responsibility for our welfare is not the governments but the individual. Our government’s function, or any government, for that matter, is to protect our freedom and nothing more. Providing for the necessities of life are not within the scope of government but lie with the individuals and people themselves. Certainly, after witnessing the destruction of Katrina and more specifically the debacle and failure of government to provide what is not within its scope should have clued-in even the dumbest of us that they should prepare.
Preppers as Prophets
Now unfortunately, the preppers are vindicated! One of the varying events they said were likely to happen happened …again! Those with the grasshopper mentality, ala the Grasshopper and the Ants fable are now suffering. Perhaps now, at long last and overdue, people will open their eyes and take responsibility for their own safety, health, and welfare …but alas, in seeing human nature over my six decades of life, events like Katrina and Sandy will be repeated ad infinitum as people are more inclined to suck off the government teat. By this action they become wards of the state, or more correctly slaves of the state, because it always falls back to the Golden Rule: he, who has the gold, makes the rules.
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Due to Super Storm Sandy this article will take the place of the Saturday Updates.
Richard of Danbury, D.S.G.