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American's Reflection Is BP's Disaster

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Texas Governor Rick Perry has dismissed B.P's outrageous, criminal conduct as, "An Act Of God." Fox News Weather announces that B.P's Pandora's Box could become much worse if a storm develops and spreads the oil. That event, Fox informs, would be by "courtesy of Mother Nature." B.P. and Halliburton announce they have "Deep Department of Justice and White House ties" to shield them from criminal charges.

Senator Lisa Murkowski picks this moment to introduce legislation to overturn the EPA's "endangerment findings." Murkowski worries that EPA regulations are harming the economy and small businesses. The pathetically brainless, Republican Senator from Alaska, has apparently managed to miss the enormity of the damage, including in job losses, from B.P's oil disaster. Such stupidity leaves one breathless with astonishment, and wondering if Republicans have found a way to clone themselves.

Halliburton"s PAC"s, since the disaster, has given 14 contributions to those Congressmen who sit on committees with oversight of the oil patch. Thirteen of those Congressmen are Republican.

Corporate media continues its endless stream of titillating, tabloid journalism, while the Gulf of Mexico dies and B.P's oil continues its inevitable, calamitous journey around the planet's seas. Louisiana's fisherman are realizing that the disaster has permanently destroyed their way of life. Meanwhile, the Wall Street Journal reports that sales of midsize S.U.V' s are up 32%, and sales of large S.U.V's are up 34%, compared to the same month last year.

B.P, trying to limit its liability, originally estimated the discharge at 1,000 bbls a day that soon increased to 5,000 bbls a day. Obama, busy monitoring what the white House continues referring to as "'The Spill" ignores the scientists he assembled. Experts in flow rates, pressure gradients and volumetric capacity of discharge, Obama's scientific team estimate the oil is being released into the Gulf at a rate of 100,000 bbls a day. Obama clings to B.P's oft repeated best estimates which are obviously based on lies designed to limit its liability.

And so it goes ". Obama is now thoroughly revealed as the inept coward that he is. The man will not lead. He will not risk the slightest political repercussion for fear of B.P' s Corporate reach. The best thing he could do is fire all his advisors, and try doing his own thinking. How could his fawning "leadship" style be worse?

If there is to be any silver lining to the dark, angry cloud that now hangs over the world's oceans, it will take the form of millions of Americans demanding that their government be returned to them. Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi, Florida and Texas are the state's whose voters have often elected Republicans. Deregulate and "drill baby drill" has long been a rallying cry of the G.O.P. Bush Junior and Dick Cheney gave oil companies a big green light to ignore those pesky regulations that were hamstringing Free Market Enterprise. But now the buzzards have come home to roost in precisely those states that could always be relied on to send another, deregulating Republican Troglodyte, to Washington.

The question begs. What responsibility do the voters in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida share in their own destruction? David Duke, a Grand Wizard of the KKK, ran for the Louisiana State Senate, the U.S. Senate, the Governorship of Louisiana and twice for the U.S. Presidency. The fact that enough Louisianans supported the racist Duke in his political efforts is testament of their ignorance and political gullibility. Does stupidity or ignorance serve as excuse for their part in the destruction of their environment and livelihoods?

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Jon Faulkner is a licensed Master Mariner. He has long considered the conservative republican mindset a form of mental illness. He lives in northern Maine.
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