History is prologue some say. Katrina was the Overture for many coming years in which disaster will follow disaster, and the government will be less than useless, for its real agenda will be to serve wealth, not the People.
Everyone knows the Republican Party is lost, morally, intellectually and spiritually. The Democrats are no better, as a recent analysis of their debates has shown (no constitutional or systemic failures are discussed). The essential fabric of our Democratic Constitutional Republic is falling apart and the Democrats can't even effectively oppose a horribly wrong war, much less appreciate what has been destroyed as regards the rule of law.
Most progressives are no better, for such as MoveOn still try to lobby the Legislative Branch, when anyone not entirely asleep realizes that this part of our government is, and has been, completely compromised and made ineffective for decades in the sense of actually serving the public. Corporations rule through their K Street law firms and lobbyists, and the real needs of the People are the last thing on the agenda of the vast majority of politicians, national or local.
The Parties make choices to preserve their own status and powers, and none of these people actually risks anything serious in an effort to save the Republic.
The Press as well (the once called Fourth Estate) is wholly compromised and ineffective, giving us infotainment instead of the hard but necessary reality. They too take no risks.
Where are the true patriots? Where are those who ought to be saying in print and in action just what our Founders did when they signed the Declaration of Independence: "And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor."
We have forgotten what it cost those men. Several actually lost their lives in the Revolutionary War, and the Declaration itself was an act of treason against the English King. What they essentially refused to compromise, and we seem to have forgotten, was their honor. Where is honor today among our Citizens, in particular those who presume to lead and seek such offices as the Presidency?
Everyone (including the candidates for President*) is hiding under the bed whimpering, while the flood tide of corruption and destruction rises to sweep away the most Noble Experiment in Government ever attempted.
*Kucinich and Paul seem to be exceptions, but they are not effective leaders, while Gore (not running) goes to the White House this week and does not have the courage to call President Bush publicly to task to his face in front of the cameras (something Pelosi should have done as soon as she was made Speaker of the House). Its all just politics as usual. It scares me to think what catastrophe will have to befall us before these less than honorable seekers of public office finally give voice to the truth. Sadly, I fear it will then be too late.