Culture Beat / August 24, 2016

Louisianans Show Charity in Face of Storm

Instead of pointing fingers, they offered a hand up.

Life’s been tough for the thousands of Louisiana families who have struggled in the aftermath of the recent deluge that flooded a large portion of the coastal state. The victims include Family Research Council’s Tony Perkins, whose family was forced to abruptly flee their home. Strangely, Perkins and others have essentially been blacklisted by the mainstream media; various outlets have devoted little if any attention to the tragedy that unfolded. That changed a little bit last week when Donald Trump did what Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton wouldn’t do by garnering a firsthand account of the situation. Obama eventually folded — he was in Baton Rouge yesterday — but his hesitation is a sad reminder that his every move is contingent on how it’s perceived politically. (Remember when Democrats lambasted George W. Bush after Hurricane Katrina?)

As expected, climate alarmists wasted nary a minute to exploit the situation. “These kinds of record downpours — that’s one of the manifestations of the climate crisis,” claimed Al Gore. Meanwhile, a New York Times headline editorialized, “Flooding in the South Looks a Lot Like Climate Change.” Citing “what many scientists, analysts and activists are saying,” the article contends, “Climate change is never going to announce itself by name. But this is what we should expect it to look like.” And Slate meteorologist Eric Holthaus surmised, “When no-name storms have the ability to become 500-year scale disasters, we should know we’ve reached a new meteorological era.”

On the other hand, political theater and climate alarmism was not on the minds of Louisiana residents. They showed the same heartfelt communal devotion shown after Katrina in 2005. Rachel Lu documents the numerous ways communities have helped overcome the tragedy. Instead of pointing fingers, they offered a hand up. Just as it should be.

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