explains the breakdown of conservatism which caused the disaterous response to Hurricane Katrina. With the recent breaking of scandal after scandal, it is time to take a tough stance against the Republican "Culture of Corruption". Understanding this and actually taking the offensive advantage they have dropped in the Democrat's lap needs to meld. As many are echoing on the internets, where are the Democrats? - fc
Hurricane Katrina revealed the failure of conservative philosophy; liberals need to stand up for their approach to governing.
By George Lakoff and John Halpin
Hurricane Katrina exposed far more than rank incompetence and negligence by Bush administration officials. It showed Americans, in full force, the intellectual bankruptcy of modern conservatism. With millions of Americans displaced in the hurricane's aftermath, and thousands needlessly injured or dead, the nation witnessed the pillars of modern conservative ideology -- less government, lower taxes, a strong defense -- crumble. Conservatives have lectured Americans for three decades about the evils of government and the need for a stronger nation. Turns out, the biggest threat to America's future and security is the complete dominance of government by a conservative ideology incapable of understanding and addressing our greatest needs.
Whoever succeeds in framing Katrina will have enormous power to shape America's future. Progressives started out with the framing advantage, because empathy, responsibility, and fairness are what progressives are about. Conservatives started out with a big disadvantage, because they promised to protect us and they failed.
But the conservatives filled the framing gap so quickly and effectively that, if progressives don't respond immediately, conservatives may be able to parlay this disaster into an even greater power grab than they made out of September 11.
Here's where the Katrina framing war stands.