Not with a bang, but a gusher
Peter Daou on the Deepwater Horizon disaster:
Why has this unfolded so badly?
- Democratic leaders have been blindsided by this spill, having just come out in favor of offshore drilling to appease Republicans.
- The right, for the most part, is stuck in the 19th century, consumed by a manic hatred for anything green.
- Oil companies are after one thing: money.
- The press and punditry are busy chasing the story du jour.
- Defenders of the administration are loathe to critique it, out of a sense of loyalty.
Consequently, we're left with a halfhearted and halting, shameful response to a profound tragedy.
This isn't Katrina II, it's worse. As the oil keeps gushing and the damage keeps growing, we are squandering a rare chance to turn the tide against those whose laziness and greed and ignorance is imperiling every living thing on our wonderful and beautiful - and wounded - planet.
Words are a necessary precursor to deeds, anger is an essential ingredient for social change. Speaking up and speaking out is the difference between apathy and action. 30 years of conservative message dominance is a function of the right's ability to master outrage. Now is the time for Democrats and progressives to muster (and master) the kind of outrage worthy of this calamity.
Well, if that were going to happen, it would have already happened, and Dauo gives some of the reasons why:
See above at #1 and #5, which apply to both the Ds and the "progressives."
Ya know, I look around me for institutions that work, especially at the national level, and I don't see very many that work. Those that do -- Social Security, Medicare, even the Post Office, which regularly delivers my mail -- the elite is bent on destroying. And those that FAIL grotesquely -- finance, health insurance, oil, the empire -- the elite is reinforcing with all the considerable resources still at its command. As Atrios remarks:
A Sad Thing That Is Probably True
Much as the financial crisis gave the banksters more power than ever, the crisis in the Gulf will simply embolden Big Oil.
Digby comments, summing up her response to Daou:
We haven't seen much competence among the experts in any fields lately. It's a crisis of confidence.
No, it isn't. It's a crisis of legitimacy.