September 5, 2005

Katrina: We Need Real Men

Filed under: Random Stuff — Bob Gifford @ 9:50 pm

I took a look at the Daou Report to see what some of the conservative bloggers had to say about Katrina, and I came across this post.

[T]here were two things that disturbed me nearly as much as the death, destruction and lawlessness. As a matter of fact, one could say that those two things were by-products of the lawlessness.

• I’m sure that I’m not the only one who noticed how many husband-less women and girls there were who had babies and children along with them.
• And I’m betting that I’m not the only one who cringed as more than one man near my dad’s age wailed plaintively about why no one was doing anything for them.

Back when I was growing up, real men took charge and made decisions. They protected women and children–especially their own children–and got them out of harm’s way; out of the way of things like hurricanes, especially when they had days of advance warning. And if they made the wrong decision, they tried to make things right and/or took the consequences. Like young Jabbar Gibson.

They didn’t expect someone else to be the protector—be the man—and then whine about how the substitute man wasn’t being the substitute man fast enough.

No one should wonder that gangs of thieves, terrorists, rapists and murderers plagued the refugees. Such are the rotten fruit of fatherless societies–societies with a dearth of real men.

Real men. That’s the ticket. We need real men in New Orleans. Here are some other things that real men don’t do.

Real men don’t make excuses

I don’t think anyone anticipated the breach of the levees.

Real men don’t shift the blame.

Under the law, Chertoff said, state and local officials must direct initial emergency operations. “The federal government comes in and supports those officials,” he said.

Real men don’t cry.

The guy who runs this building I’m in, Emergency Management, he’s responsible for everything. His mother was trapped in St. Bernard nursing home and every day she called him and said, “Are you coming, son? Is somebody coming?” and he said, “Yeah, Mama, somebody’s coming to get you.” Somebody’s coming to get you on Tuesday. Somebody’s coming to get you on Wednesday. Somebody’s coming to get you on Thursday. Somebody’s coming to get you on Friday… and she drowned Friday night. She drowned Friday night! [Sobbing] Nobody’s coming to get us. Nobody’s coming to get us. The Secretary has promised. Everybody’s promised. They’ve had press conferences. I’m sick of the press conferences. For god’s sakes, just shut up and send us somebody.

Real men don’t make more excuses.

The falsity of what the “senior Bush official” told the Post apparently turned out to be so patently obvious that before the day was out the Post issued a correction, noting Blanco’s declaration on the 26th.

Real men don’t turn away help.

When Wal-Mart sent three trailer trucks loaded with water, FEMA officials turned them away, he said. Agency workers prevented the Coast Guard from delivering 1,000 gallons of diesel fuel, and on Saturday they cut the parish’s emergency communications line, leading the sheriff to restore it and post armed guards to protect it from FEMA, Mr. Broussard said.

And lastly, real men (and women) don’t blame the victims of the worst natural disaster to hit this country ever because they are unable to rescue themselves, especially when these victims are those too poor to afford a car, travel expenses, hotels, etc.



  1. Bob, us REAL men were down there all weekend working 24 hours a day without sleep bringing relief and aid to the victims. Yep, and the majority of us down there working were “red-state-church-going-gun-totin’-nra-members”.

    Comment by Jack — September 6, 2005 @ 7:49 am

  2. Sounds like many of you do not have a personal relationship with your personal savior Jesus yet. Let me share a story with you about I came to truly believe.

    Three years ago 100 members of my church were on a bus travelling to a remote bible camp up in the Blue Ridge mountains. Unbeknownst to the passengers at the time, the driver was an alcoholic who couldn’t stop drinking. He was continously sipping Jack Daniels from a coffee mug that day as he drove the faithful to their destination.

    To make a long story short, he got so drunk that he lost control of the bus on a hairpin turn sending it hurtling off a cliff. The bus dropped 1500 feet before killing everyone except for one young survivor.

    It was when we heard the terrible news of the accident and the lone survivor, that I finally knew beyond a shadow of a doubt that God and Jesus are real and have infinite mercy and love for us all.

    The lone survivor was only 10 at the time and will never walk again. He now has to wear a football helmet at all times and use a drool cup. But praise Jesus, he’s alive!

    Everytime I see him now, it just confirms my appreciation of the love our Dear Lord hath for us. That boy is a walking testament to God’s infinite mercy for mankind.

    After hearing this story how can you not believe in a merciful and loving God?

    Comment by Pastor Frankie — September 6, 2005 @ 9:26 pm

  3. Jack –

    God bless you for assisting the Katrina victims! That’s wonderful.

    I don’t think that’s a red state/blue state issue, though. I’m sure that all Christians, progressive or conservative, feel called to help any way they can. My post is criticizing those that lack compassion for the survivors by telling them they need to be “real men”. What we need is more compassion, such as you are showing.

    Comment by Bob — September 7, 2005 @ 9:06 am

  4. “Pastor Frankie” –

    Clearly you’re not a pastor, and not posting here to evangelize. The issue you raise is called “theodicy” — why does God let bad things happen. There is a rich history of thought on this topic, starting with Job, with Jesus’ teachings, and continuing with Christian theologians in the 2000 years since.

    Theodicy is an immediate concern for all of us watching the tragedy of Katrina.

    I am no expert when it comes to theodicy, but here’s my personal “short version” in response to tragedies of this sort: eternity is a long time, so our suffering on earth lasts the blink of an eye. And so we are to minister to each other, confident in our life everlasting with God.

    Comment by Bob — September 7, 2005 @ 9:20 am

  5. Why is it wrong to find the lack of support for single mothers and their children shameful? I realize it takes two to tango, so the women bear some responsibility for their actions, but more often than not they’re left to care for the fruit of their foolishness (God bless them for choosing life and bringing their children into the world). The poor excuses for men that plant their seed and run ought to be ashamed. Our country and our society should be ashamed that such shirking of responsibilities (and wreckless sexual activity) takes place as commonly as it does.

    Also, all of the officials and politicians who bungled and exacerbated the tragic circumstances (who I pray will be held accountable and receive just punishment) are irrelevant to the topic of the cited quote. To bring them up is to present a red herring. Two wrongs don’t make a right. No amount of blaming of and finger-pointing at various government officials (no matter how warranted) will undo the evil inflicted upon the poor single mothers left in the lurch.

    Comment by Funky Dung — September 8, 2005 @ 7:27 am

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