Let’s wait to politicize Hurricane SandyPosted: October 31, 2012
For me, this is one of those days when my social-media streams are really annoying. The basic problem is the coincidental timing of Hurricane Sandy with campaign season, which is inspiring some of the dumbest political commentary I’ve ever seen online. And that’s saying something, believe me.
Nine times out of ten, you have to let stuff like this go for the sake of politeness to people you might like personally but disagree with politically. You basically extend the old etiquette your mother taught you about discussing politics at the dinner table to the online world. But this strikes me as a special situation, one that cries out for a counter-rant. So here goes.
As a New Yorker, I’d really prefer that no one, of any party orientation, politicize the current disaster. Republicans, no equivocating a domestic natural disaster with man-made violence in Libya, which is about as apples and oranges as it gets. Democrats, no spiking the football in Chris Christie’s face when the Jersey Shore is just about wiped off the map.
This is all f^%$ing stupid on your part as supporters. It’s not even a matter of the politicians this time. Cut it out.
At some point, yes, it will of course be fair to have a conversation about job performance of this or that public official. But can we at least finish saving the lives of our neighbors who are still in danger first?