Watching news reports out of Oklahoma, it's impossible not to feel helpless at the rampant devastation. There were always Tornado Watches in the area I grew up in outside of Chicago, though we never were hit by one, and those than came near weren't even close in power to this in Oklahoma. The closest I came to a tornado was a Tornado Warning when in Duluth, Minnesota. It was torrential rain and heavy winds, and even that was just spit in comparison to this.
After watching all this and having my heart go out, three after-fact thoughts came to mind.
1) Will conservative Republican members of Congress be hypocritical and vote for disaster relief immediately, now that the devastation is in a Red State, rather than that liberal Eastern Seabord or non-white city? Or will they stay true to their No Comprising belief that the budget doesn't allow for aide, and cold-heartedly insist that assistance should be left to private business? My hope is that they're hypocrites and help these people in so much need.
2) Will any on the far right now become a little more open to the concept of Climate Change being real?
3) At what point will Pat Roberton and any other far right evangelicals start explaining that this is not an act of nature, but rather God bringing havoc and hell on the people of Oklahoma, punishing them for their sins?
Robert J. Elisberg is a political commentator, screenwriter, novelist, tech writer and also some other things that I just tend to keep forgetting.
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