I've made it a practice to avoid political commentary in this blog, but this goes beyond politics, and I can't hold my voice.
Regardless of where you reside in the political spectrum, I have to believe you're as angered as I am with the way our government - both local and federal - handled the foreseeable disaster that hit New Orleans. The disconnect between what took place and what our officials said took place is infuriating, and it demands a response not just from the citizens of New Orleans, but from every last one of us as well.
At a time when we're warned that terrorist attacks are a certainty, how can we be so ill-prepared to help those affected by this disaster? How can any of us believe our own local governments are capable of providing protection?
I'm disgusted with those we've elected to run our government, and with those who apologize for them. I'm disgusted with the photo ops and needless delays while our fellow citizens are living in third-world conditions.
For now, most of us are focusing on what we can do to help. I imagine many Americans have had discussions like the one my wife and I had this morning, where we tried to figure out not only how much we can afford to give, but also where and when to give. But down the road, after we've all opened our hearts and wallets wider than we believed possible, outrage will take over.
Our country will be rocked by this tragedy for years to come. And it should be.