Peter 'Happy' Thomas (happypete) wrote,
Peter 'Happy' Thomas
happypete

The times, they are a-changin'--and so am I.

"Local autonomy is better" hals always been one of the basic tenets of at least my own, libertarian philosophy. Yet we have a case so graphic that it can't be ignored of local and state officials deliberately doing their constituents grievous harm through something I can only describe at best as sheer pigheadness, and at worst as racism and classism that amounted in my mind to "mass negligent homicide." There's detailed reporting from the Washington Post print edition--I couldn't find the canonical link, quickly, here's a "Washingtonpost.com highlights" link posted by msnbc. I want to ask scyllacat and others that were trapped: if city officials had announced by TV or radio or loudspeaker that there was a train out of town leaving at 8:30 that night, what wouldn't you have done to be on it? City officials said "thanks, Amtrak, but no thanks." I read in her updates that she had an emergency radio. Suppose too many people showed up? Roll some buses and take whoever couldn't be sardined onto the train to the SuperDome if they were willing to go, I suppose--either way, they'd be better off. They wouldn't be stranded,

Okay, this was a one-liner post when I was lying in bed awake, agonizing about this. For those who have known me a long time, this is going to be a shock; for some, it will probably be a relief.

I am no longer a Libertarian. What I am, politically speaking, is not yet certain--no doubt it will come to me.

Those that contributed to the suffering and death of so many, whether by arrogance, willfully negligent ignorance, criminal neglect, dereliction of duty, or greed, deserve to lose their jobs and livelihoods, be voted out of office, and be tried and punished to the fullest extent of the law.
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  • Farewell

    photognome died of heart failure yesterday. I don't have words right now.

  • My tweets

    Tue, 11:00: Pulling a full 250 KW and over 1,000 miles per hour charge rate at the new Reston teslamotors #SuperCharger. @ Wieh……

  • My tweets

    Fri, 19:57: Mixed meat meatballs, sauteed vegetables, loaded mashed potatoes with da_valentine and friends @ Corolla, North Car……