Wednesday, August 29, 2012

It’s Nature’s Way

No one would wish a natural disaster on anyone, and I’m glad that Tropical Storm Isaac did not hit Tampa and the Republican convention yesterday: it rains on the just and the unjust alike. And I don’t believe in such superstitions as divine intervention via floods, earthquakes, and other tectonic phenomena to deliver judgment on the actions of humans.

But I can’t help but notice the timing of the arrival of Hurricane Isaac on the Gulf Coast and New Orleans and the fact that anyone over the age of ten is reminded that it was exactly seven years ago that Hurricane Katrina wrought horrible destruction on the city and the heckuva job the last Republican administration did in responding to it.

It doesn’t make for good visuals that the GOP is partying on while the networks are breaking away to bring us live coverage from the storm and the overtopping of the levees in Plaquemines Parish.

Call it what you will: the hand of God, karma, or a tropical cyclone. It’s just nature’s way of reminding us that a sense of timing isn’t a quality that is unique to us mere mortals.