Even though I’m having one of my rare “glass half full” weeks, despite the mayor’s non-speech last night, this post on American Zombie rings true. I urge everybody to read the whole thing, especially people from other parts of the world:
New Orleans is sinking in a cesspool of inaction and incompetence…I’m just wondering how long we can swim. Right now it’s the small businesses going down, but when the towering hotels on Canal go dorment…we’re all gonna have to come to Jesus.
My frustration with our current state has drained me. There is so much awry, I don’t even know where to start….corruption, chronyism, incompetence, apathy, lack of communication, lack of vision….all of this most vividly reflected in our mayor. We’ve marched on City Hall, we’ve formed alliances, we’ve blogged our asses off….and every time we turn around we get hit with one more scandal, one more set back ,one more blow to our very survival. But still we fight…and still we believe.
In a previous post I equated my feelings to that of a turtle pulling it’s head back in it’s shell…..the problems of my own city have overwhelmed me and I feel like cowering and hiding from issues on a national level. After reading the comments to that post and having time to reflect on what I was trying to express, I think I have a better understanding of what I was trying to say:
It’s not just New Orleans that is dying…I think it’s America in general. We are just the cynosure of the descent…the most photogenic example.