OCEANPORT — As he lights up a Marlboro and takes a slow drag before exhaling, Brian Sotelo is a man who has finally reached his breaking point. Anger drips from every word as he peers out at the tops of the white tents rising over the trees in the distance. The depth of despair in his eyes is difficult to fathom. And he makes it clear he’s was not going down without a fight. We stood and talked in the cool morning air a short distance up the road after security at the front gate threatened to have our cars removed
Comments: *with Bill Bowman and Stephen Edelson Maybe some fumes from Air Force One can warm-up the tent shelters.
And yet, Obama's heroic reaction to the storm and his obvious concern and love for its victims garnered him enough votes to win an election that will impact us all. Just another shuck and jive, hall of mirrors illusion from the, oh my God, it pains me to type this word, President. As an aside, when I hear stories about people who have no place to go in a disaster, I thank God for my family, friends, and my church. There is no member of my church who would ever have to sleep in a car. When you lose touch with the stabilizing organizations in your community, you are truly on your own. Big news flash to all you Obama-bots: The government is NOT your family. The government is NOT your church nor your protector.
Hey man, call the white house. Obama will have this taken care of before the sun sets. He will calm the seas and warm up your tent. Just call him, he'll fix it.
He really cares about you and says for you to enjoy your outdoor camping experience.
You will be able to see how Washington felt camping out all winter with his Patriots during war time to give you the chance to live free. To even vote for the winner in last Tuesdays election. Oh? You didn't? Could have fooled me.
By the way, I voted for the loser in the last two quadrennial elections . I feel real good about that.
fta: As Sotelo tells it, when it became clear that the residents were less than enamored with their new accommodations Wednesday night and were letting the outside world know about it, officials tried to stop them from taking pictures, turned off the WiFi and said they couldn’t charge their smart phones because there wasn’t enough power. ~~~
My wife and I have offered our home through several relief agencies and we get no response other then "please send money". It's true we live far away, but I've even offered to go get them. We have a 3,000 square foot home with 4 beds and 4 baths as well as a heated barn. I could be there and back with a load of people in 2 days, but I'm not going unless some arrangements have been made.
These folks are on the Democrat Party Plantation and gave us four more years of misery. I'm having a hard time wrapping my arms around sympathy for these folks. They did after all put all their eggs in the State basket and are now paying a price for their stupidity and greed. Oh, gee is that politically incorrect? Tough!
Obama is in charge here and his Fema's response, along with his aloof uncaring unactionable response to this human suffering debacle is an abomination to say the least? Those in this devastated area must have holes in their heads to have voted for this uber fraud in the WH?????
I don't care who they voted for. I was born and raised in western Massachusetts right on the Vermont border. I have seen 30 below zero (once) and have seen many 20 below zero nights every winter there. I remember one February when the thermometer never rose above 10 below zero. I know how dangerous cold is. Real winter has not even come yet .Colder weather than this is coming and these people are in tents. This is terrible.
Couple of thoughts: I heard Herman Cain make the comment today that suffering is educational and, has anyone contacted the OWS folks to get some pointers from them on how to survive on the streets? Now, before you call me heartless...I'm not. But at this point, all I have are prayers for them and I'm betting that's more than your average Obama voter is doing for them.
No, #19, this is justice. America has chosen a society where everything but government is pushed aside and squeezed out. No more intermediate institutions: church, family, private associations are all to be crushed so the ONLY succour is to be government. Now the people are standing naked on a howling plain with nothing between them and the clanking machinery of the monstrous, inhuman mile-high machine they've created and they cry that they're cold and hungry. Well, get used to it: this is the world you wanted.
All I have to say is, when its you, I hope you get the response you gave. We aren't all farmers with generators, we can't all freeze dry our food, we live where we live, most of us near where we were born. On top of it all, we have skills and jobs and family we can't be so perfect as you. These are people, and for whatever reason they are suffering. When you suffer, may you meet yourself.
#27.. Farmers with generators?? I know lots of people who live on a 1/8 acre that have a generator to help out when bad things happen. Nothing abnormal about that when you live in the South and in more rural America where we learned a long time ago the government can't save us from Mother Nature no matter what messianic man we elect as President, how many bomber jackets that Messiah adorns himself with, or how many tears he squeezes out for the benefit of the camera.
I feel really bad for the elderly and the young. Heck, I feel bad for any American, even wayward liberals, who are victims of crime or natural disasters. I'm not saying I wouldn't be willing to fight some of these folks in the streets one day should it become necessary but in the mean time, they are Americans and they need help.
As I see it, there are three issues here. #1 is what we can do to help these people immediately. Continue contributing through trusted organizations like Salvation Army. The #2 issue is to demand accountability from those agencies (primarily FEMA) that have failed to live up to their responsibilities in spite of the millions of tax dollars they have been given. #3 is to address the long-term problem of over reliance on the federal government in times of crisis. Of course, that may not be possible in the next four years.
Oh, and it is possible to be better prepared than most of these folks were even if you live in a third floor walk-up. My 19 year-old granddaughter in an apartment is prepared with storage for food, water and over a month of survival supplies. Our responsibility for our own safety does not depend on where or how we live. It’s simply a matter of being responsible citizens.
I am struggling with feeling any more compassion for these people...after all, they managed to vote for Obama again and look what it´s gotten them. As far as I am concerned, most of them brought it on themselves in both NJ and NY. FEMA, the Red Cross and Obama are all but missing in action now that the election is over, and they were not very visible before the election either. Word to New Yorkers and New Jersey citizens. How´s that Hopey Changey working for you now. Are you moving FORWARD??
Apologies for the second post, but #27 has given me pause to think and has shamed me somewhat. You are correct. These are our fellow Americans first and foremost. That said, my glib tongue is chastened.
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