In one fast moving afternoon, a natural disaster refocused a nation from a tidal wave of frivolous fervor, back toward toward what Americans do best; helping each other. Its unfortunate events like Moore Oklahoma that forge strong alliances for the good of the people. Remember what Hurricane Sandy did for the country?
It might have been only for a moment, but it arrived just in the nick of time to let a little steam out of an overheated presidential election. Right out of the dark cloudy skies, came Sandy, a rain soaked gusty blast of wind to drive warring factions to shun politics and embrace pragmatism for the benefit of the people. President Obama and New Jersey’s Governor Christie instinctively put political differences aside to get immediate relief for suffering and homeless N.J. residents who’d just lost everything.
It’s nothing like a natural disaster to get people thinking about what really matters most again. Things like affordable healthcare comes to mind when the Red Cross and FEMA people leave. After the donuts coffee and blankets run out and the temporary shelters close down, what do the people do then? Do you know? How are the catastrophic medical bills paid for those lucky enough to live through the event.
When President Obama connects with Republican Governor Fallin of Oklahoma, one has every reason to believe, they’ll find fertile common ground to work together in easing the pain of hurting Oklahomans. Despite glaring differences over the Keystone Pipeline issue, the people will come first.
But in doing so, one wonders how strong is the nation’s social safety net going forward. With national disasters becoming all the rage, how much “government” is willing or able to stash aside for the really bad rainy days should be matter a matter of great concern and debate.
The aforementioned, along with touchy topics like climate change; a possible factor that could be contributing to more intense weather systems, would also be welcomed dialog to revisit. With all these critical issues staring us in the face, the preceding media blather almost seems trivial.
The energy of Benghazi, the Associated Press and the IRS have been sucked up and flung to the far reaches of a noiseless news space. Thankfully, the “Media Managers” have been nudged by nature back to covering real stories that impact real people for awhile.
BTW, We’ll get that final assessment of the Syrian issues out before the end of the week. Distractions are abound!