Thursday, January 1, 2015

America's Worst Disasters

A National Disaster
By Norman E. Hooben
There are probably different ways in which one would categorize disasters whether it is in lives lost, monetary damages or any combination of the two. Back in 2007 Popular Mechanics magazine listed disasters in the United States dating back one hundred years…probably using the combination factor. Although the Spanish Flu outbreak of 1918 was responsible for over 50 million deaths worldwide it certainly affected much of the United States and therefore was included in the magazine’s sampling.
While the Spanish Flu may have been widespread, we can look at each of the other disasters, as affecting a localized area; maybe a city, a state, or several states. The San Francisco earthquake fire and the effects of the Alaskan earthquake were mostly city catastrophes while hurricane Katrina not only did major damage to a major city, its enormous size affected smaller towns and areas extending into neighboring states. Other weather related or natural disasters such as earthquakes although causing great harm both in lives and property are always a local issue. They may be others, but at the moment I can only think of one disaster which affected the entire country where the nature of it would have had results that cannot be measured because if the outcome…we can only see what the outcome was because of the outcome; if that makes any sense. What I’m referring to here is the American Civil War. No one knows how the outcome would have been if the other side won; we can only guess or surmise. Be that as it may, the nation survived the most deadly disaster that affected the entire population…if you didn’t have a relative die, then it was a friend or you knew someone that never returned home after the war. In no case since has America been at the verge of being dismantled. That is until now.
The election of Barack Hussein Obama to the presidency of the United States of America has caused more harm to a greater number of people than all other disasters combined...over 300 million people!  And damage assessment affects all fifty states.   Nothing local about that!  Did you know he once said, “Our Founders designed a system that makes it more difficult to bring about change than I would like sometimes.” Obama borrowed that quote from the following…but then he followed the recommendation:
1984 -- The Power to Lead is published. Author James McGregor Burns admits:
"The framers of the U.S. constitution have simply been too shrewd for us. They have outwitted us. They designed separate institutions that cannot be unified by mechanical linkages, frail bridges, tinkering. If we are to 'turn the Founders upside down' -- we must directly confront the constitutional structure they erected.
Since Obama has been in the White House he has not only turned the Founders upside down, he has directly confronted the constitutional structure of a once proud nation …a disaster in the making for everyday he remains in power. He dismantles things. He makes law; if Congress won’t act, he will; clearly not authorized by the Constitution. If allowed to stay, there may be no country left that any of us would recognize. But as disastrous as that sounds Obama is not the number one question mark in our list of disasters…we can relegate him to the number two position. The number one position goes to those that allowed Obama to fundamentally change America… The American people!
As it stands right now, we as a people are a total disaster! Why? 

Afterthoughts:  The point was made that the disaster of September 11, 2001 aka 9-1-1, was not included in the above commentary.  9-1-1 was the worst attack by an enemy of the United States since the bombing of Pearl Harbor in 1941 and is considered to be anthropogenic (caused by man).  My rationale in the Obama disaster is that an uncontrolled Obama is worst than anything nature has to throw at us; hurricane, forest fire, earthquake or whatever (have we already forgotten Ebola?).  We generally recover from all nature caused disasters in a relatively short time whereas recovering from an Obama dictate may take years if not a lifetime.  I should also point out that Obama has befriended the enemies that caused 9-1-1 and is sympathetic to their cause. Any which way you look at it, we the people are a total disaster because our anthropogenic president still lives in the White House.  Again, I ask, “Why?”
The danger to America is not Barack Obama but a citizenry capable of entrusting a man like him with the presidency. It will be easier to limit and undo the follies of an Obama presidency than to restore the necessary common sense and good judgment to an electorate willing to have such a man for their president.
The problem is much deeper and far more serious than Mr. Obama, who is a mere symptom of what ails us. Blaming the prince of the fools should not blind anyone to the vast confederacy of fools that made him their prince. The republic can survive a Barack Obama. It is less likely to survive a multitude of fools such as those who made him their president.” ~ Author Unknown
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