A call for sanity in the wake of Harvey

Roger L. Simon wants to Make Harvey a Catalyst for Something Good. Roger reminds us of the Bible,

If you want to blame someone for Harvey, blame God.  But just be grateful it wasn’t worse, as in: “God gave Noah the rainbow sign, no more water, the fire next time.”

If you look at the WaPo and their like, you would think the entire country is nearly approaching civil war, instigated by clashes between Antifa and Nazis. My admittedly limited experience is that, when I actually think about the hundreds of people I know, I realize that I don’t know anyone who actually would participate in any violent demonstration as a member of either group.

I lived for decades in a very liberal college town. I attended conservative gatherings for years. I have met hundreds of people in the full range of the political spectrum. Of all the people that I have kept in touch over the years, no one would admit to being willing to participate in “peace through violence,” at least not to my face.

Instead, I remember dozens of people who have over the years participated in acts of great selflessness, even heroism. Some during World War II or other wars, some during natural disaster relief, some from circumstances that arose unexpectedly or that took time developing.

All of them Americans, either by birth or choice.

Deborah Heine has videos of ordinary American heroes in the wake of Harvey’s devastation; Pat Austin reports that

The Cajun Navy mobilized and headed to the Houston area Sunday afternoon.

And I can go on and on.

I urge you to read Roger’s article,

It’s probably hoping for too much, but perhaps this “act of God,” horrific as it is, will, ironically, have come along at a propitious moment for our country.  We have been going through a period of the most extreme division, driven to a great extent by virtually minuscule political minorities that were nearly, or should be, extinct.
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Working together to repair a disaster could and should be just the thing to turn our society away from this self-immolating rut (actually it’s worse than that).  We can’t — and doubtless shouldn’t — all head down to Texas to help with the restoration, but we can do it with our hearts and minds. Given what has been going on recently, it may be a now or never situation.

This is the challenge of our times.

Read also Ace, Is America Now Officially Crazy?

Fausta Rodríguez Wertz writes on U. S. and Latin America at Fausta’s blog