I’ve been frankly too depressed this past week to blog with the anger and earnest of Jeffrey and Greg. I could offer some platitude like the older you get, the more tired you are. But, that’s not it. I rage more than ever over what’s going on in the Gulf and educate myself with every new piece of information that gets out about it, but it just hasn’t felt like the young, energetic fire in me after Katrina. At 30, I was convinced America and Louisiana would help a flooded American city get back on its feet appropriately. At 35, I know very few care but for themselves. And enough self-centered people with money and power form a constituency very difficult to overcome, never mind your age.
You know what? Screw them. This is my world, too. Welcome to it, assholes. The moment a free market you have shown you cannot regulate, thanks to your own short-sighted, corner-cutting, back-stabbing greed, begins to mess with the right to live and be of people and places that don’t belong to you, you’re damned right we will fight to regulate you after pulling public servants (yes, the ones you purport are keeping you down) out of your pockets and putting them back in their place.
We all have the right to create and make money, but not to screw others over in the process. Regulation by free market with little public oversight is for people mature enough to do honest business in that envisioned utopia, not the real greedy world in which we live. Fix this, grow up and then you can move to Olympus or whatever Romanticist wet dream you pretend to inhabit.
Again, it’s easy for me to say this. How do I, we, all of us who care live it?
* Video gives first look at oil gushing from the bigger of the two holes in the damaged riser that still lies on the sea floor. More videos at the Deepwater Horizon Joint Information Center’s YouTube channel.
* NOAA outlook maps and wind forecasts for May 13th: “The winds remain from the southeast to push more oil and tar balls on shore.”