a difference between the left and the right 9.17.2005

The right looks at the outpouring of support from individuals after a disaster such as Hurricane Katrina, at the people opening up their homes and donating money to private relief organizations, and see in it the power of the individual and the power of the human spirit.

The left looks at the same outpouring and says that it's a shame that Government's response to the disaster was so lacking that it required individuals to fill the gap between what the government did and what it should have done.

In this, the left betrays it's lack of trust in the individual, while the right a lack of trust in the Government.

Of course in the above "left" and "right" are not absolutes: many liberals here celebrate the outpouring of donations and want the government to get the hell out of the way while a few conservatives wondered where Bush was last week. But this philosophical divide was what caused the United Nations to complain the United States wasn't donating enough during the Tsunami crisis, even though private donations and military assets and support from the United States was far greater than the empty promises given by France and Germany and most of the rest of Europe combined. And I'm sure in the weeks and months ahead this philosophical divide will raise it's ugly head here as well.

posted by William Woody at 10:27 AM

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