Today I'd like to perform a thought experiment.
Now, think about another hurricane like Katrina. Remember that? It was before the new season of American Idol started, think real hard. Remember? Babies screaming for food in the rotten stink of the superdome? Old people drowning? Crackheads roaming the street looking for any fix they could get? Black folks labeled as looters when they tried to get diapers and food?
Which one of those images is more repellent to you? If you could prevent one of those things from happening, which would it be?
Let's get a little more extreme.
Now imagine thousands of people in Bangladesh drowning because the rivers are flooded and the monsoon rains won't stop. Imagine it: children and old people buried under mudslides, houses washed away.
Imagine the survivors, sitting for days and weeks watching the corpses and turds float by.
Which is worse? Which is more important to the richest, most advanced nation on earth?
Yet president Bush, who considers Jesus his favorite 'philosopher,' is more concerned with our sexual behavior and writing a gay marriage amendment into the constitution.
James Inhofe, chairman of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, once said that global warming is 'the greatest hoax ever perpetrated on the American people.'
He's also a member of a secretive group of dominionist believers called 'the family'. He declared the politics of American policy toward Israel to be 'not a political battle at all. It is a contest over whether or not the word of God is true.'
In the 2002 election cycle oil and gas companies contributed more money to Inhofe's campaign
than any other congressman except Texas senator John Cornyn. The contributions Inhofe has received from
the energy and natural resource sector since taking office have exceeded one million dollars.
Recently I came across a a letter from Dick Bott, the head of Bott Radio Network (a Christian radio network.) I quote: