of human error as well". The People, mainly the poor and blacks, live on a chessboard which score is for centuries decided
by Edu Montesanti, on Nolan Chart (US), May 30, 2011
"The thousands of people forced to abandon their homes in recent weeks to floodwaters are victims not just of nature but of human error as well. Years of mismanagement of the vast Mississippi River ecosystem - the relentless and often inadvisable construction of levees and navigation channels, the paving over of wetlands, the commercial development of flood plains - have made the damage worse than it might otherwise have been", The New York Times, editorial A New Flood, Old Truths, May 27, 2001.
President Obama, as I wrote in a private message last week, I really admire your person, story and family - I cried when you won the presidential election as I watched on CNN the multitude of Americans raising US flags, and I felt deeply touched especially when I saw some black people crying as you victoriously appeared to greet the public, even though I am a Latin white of Italian origin.
For this admirable story and personality you have, I see some positive points in your administration. One of them is now completing an overhaul of the guidelines governing dams, levees and other water-related projects built with federal money. Let us wait to see the practical results from this.
Firstly, in this case involving the tornado that destroyed Joplin I did not expect you, President, to be back to the US and abandon your commitments in Europe. But I am sure that if there were a bankruptcy in US banks as the in 2008 while you were abroad, financial institutions would surely require you urgent and trillionaire measures, you would immediately order amendments promising banks great plans to the future, and maybe from Europe would order an immediate money supply for them.
"There are heroes around us all the time," you said, Mr. Obama, in your speech in Joplin today (CNN). "And so, in the wake of this tragedy, let us live up to their example, to make each day count, to live with a sense of mutual regard, to live with that same compassion that they demonstrated in their final hours. We are called by them to do everything we can to be worthy of this chance we've been given to carry on".
Mr. Obama, people do not need only speech and compassion from the State now, let neighbors show compassion for one another, they surely know how to do it very well. In my previous Letter, I gave you the idea of reversing the roles: pray for banks and auto industry, and give bailouts for pepole. Well, now I have another genious idea: instead of people helping one another as always, what about banks and auto industries help one another, so the State can be free to give people large bailouts in difficult times like this? And moments that are another bloodstain on the greedy American politics, as reported The New York Times.
Your sentiments are really nice and necessary, I see for a long time they differ you from other presidents like the two Bushes and Reagan, for example, but the State must act more effectively as it often does for financial institutions, and must stop this rhetoric of pity, power of God and compassion when catastrophes happen, especially caused by irresponsible governments like this one in Missouri. A considerable practice is what people most need from you now.
Yes, victims will get the "necessary" from the Federal Government to rebuild their homes, but when we compare everything you politicians do for financial institutions, to what you politicians do for people in every disaster, is really a joke. Such a difference in attention and resources is really hard to understand, always supplying this "strictly necessary" is what I really have not gotten. You politicians have to stop giving crumbs to people, crumbs from the wealth the people themselves produce.
"As of Saturday, about 5,500 households in Jasper and Newton counties had applied for federal assistance, FEMA spokesman Bradley Carroll said", reported CNN.
When people are affected, be what be, why people helping themselves mostly? People require assurance that their homes, their cars and all their belongings will be recovered with state funding. People require assurance that will have enough for their future, as a repair for what happen - firstly, because the State is for people, not people for the State; secondly, because you politicians are, in a large part, responsible for this disaster as we have seen, even though not properly responding for it.
One does not see the Congress discussing any great help for people, one does not see the media not even discussing the errors that caused this terrible disaster, nor charging the government for this. When banks or multinational companies go to bankrupt, it really shakes the world urging immediately official measures with public money, but now we mostly see people helping one another, waiting upon the Lord as you politicians suggest they have to do, and many priests, as always, just continue your job of omission and silenting people in the name of God, instead of guiding them through reality, all this under the State deep compassion.
Here, I humbly claim only the "same" treatment, yes, President, the "same", you are reading right, only the "same" treatment you politicians usually give for banks, you should give for people now, not a "better" treatement for people at all, far from us... Nothing else but the same treatment for banks and human beings! I promise! People pay for mistakes of banks and politicians, why cannot the State, perhaps supported by banks, give their money back when they are suffering, providing victims much more than basic help and condolences, while leaving them for their mutual voluntarism? Is it because they are mostly black and do not make up the upper classes of society, the same way of Katrina victims in 2005?
By the way, another very curiorious thing is that among victims of failures of the state and its consequent catastrophes, are never politicians nor owner of megacompanies. President, when I cried for your presidential victory, it was mainly because, even being not a black person, I was touched for a black in the White House, as I recognize its importance to the US and to the world.
Now, President Obama, do not betray your backgrounds, do not repeat US mistakes from the past - I mean, the racial segregation that raised Ku Klux Klan, the violent and deadly racism for which those black people revolted in Los Angeles in 1992, and the pure racism that made Bush neglect the victims of Katrina. This is a great opportunity for you to change politics: let banks mutually help, paying for their mistakes when it is required, and give suffering people all the security they need, both now and to the long future.
I dare write on behalf of Latin American people now, and state that we fully open hand of US military spendings in the region, donating all this for the victims of Missouri and all their future, as well as for environment there. Surely, this is a common sense among the Latin American people in general now.
“If there is support for a supplemental, it would be accompanied by support for having pay-fors to that supplemental”, said the House Majority Leader, Eric Cantor.
We the People, especially those black and poor, live on a chessboard which score is already decided - it is the same for centuries. Years go by, politicians change, but not the system. Treatments are very different, when it involves determined interests. As people work for building and rebuilding their lives, and building and rebuilding he financial system, it is worthy remembering the eternal words of Luther King:
I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal. (...) I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.
This message was sent to the White House;
To the Secretary of State Hillary Clinton;
To the governor of Missouri, Mr. Jay Nixon;
To the Senator for Missouri, Ms. Claire McCaskill;
To the Senator for Missouri, Mr.Roy Blunt;
And to several other senators.
While Latin Americans, Libyans and Afghans urge US Presidents for forgetting them, Americans claim for being taken seriously
by Edu Montesanti, on Nolan Chart (US), May 25, 2011
The tornado that devastated Missouri last Sunday, May 22, the US' deadliest tornado ever recorded, left at least 122 dead people, and an additional 1,500 people remained on the official list of those who remained unaccounted for.
President Obama, from Britain where you are for a visit to discuss Israel - Palestine conflict and Northern Ireland, with the right for a barbecue, you said that you will visit Missouri next Sunday, May 29, one week after the tornado, "to talk with folks who've been affected, to talk to local officials about our response effort and hopefully to pray with folks and give them whatever assurance and comfort I can that the entire country is going to be behind them".
Mr. President, you are not fulfilling your campaign promises, but has already announced your candidacy for re-election. This is just one of the many similarities between your administration and the Bush's.
For the victims of the Hurricane Katrina, one of the deadliest US hurricanes that devastated Florida, New Orleans and Lousiana in 2005, leaving many dead including from thirst, exhaustion, and violence the subsequent days, our tireless defender of a more and more reduced state and free-market ideals, your sponsor ex-President George Bush sought the inadequate and misused sum of $ 105 Billion for repairs: of course, individualism is the "policy of the future", as a state cannot supply the consequences of a natural and social disaster. Three years later, would come his trillionaire bailout for banks repairing their irresponsability and greed: $ 1,8 trillion for the bankrupcy (with your direct support, Mr. Obama, at the time Senator).
Hoisting the social-democratic flag, your administration has increased the number of soldiers in Afghanistan, you have not closed Guantánamo and its tortures yet, and even gave a $ 60 billion bailout for the auto industry in 2010.
Mr. President, have a nice travel, but instead of praying for victims you'd better to pray for banks and auto industry, and now you should effectively act for people giving suffering taxpayers of Missouri their money back. It would be more useful. What about? This catastrophe requires urgent measures!
God willing, next week we can congratulate you, President Obama, for giving the Missouri victims the same "importance" you give for Afghans, Libyans and Latin Americans (trillion of dollars have been spent in these regions, for weapons, and military bases and personnel). We really hope to see your practical efficiency for the US suffering people, even knowing that for many of them now, all efforts cannot surely relieve their pains anymore.