Conservative Prays For Katrina-Like Disaster In Chicago To Give Corporations Government Control

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In 21st Century America, particularly since Barack Obama was elected President, Republicans have exposed themselves in a grand fashion as only serving the interests of corporate America and their money machine the Koch brothers; at any and all costs. In fact, it is a fact that Republicans will destroy Americans’ jobs to increase corporate profits, raid public pensions for tax cuts for the rich, and transfer public funding for education to private religious schools. The point is there is no limit on the damage to American citizens Republicans will impose, including hoping for natural disasters, to reshape entire city governments to better fit the Libertarian concept of “corporate realignment” of government.

One conservative parroted Koch brother sentiments this week in anticipation of the anniversary of Hurricane Katrina that completely devastated New Orleans. Instead of noting how inept the Bush response to help tens-of-thousands of Americans was, or mourning the loss of 1,800 lives, this sick psychotic conservative hoped that an equally-catastrophic disaster would strike the city of Chicago. Apparently, it is a conservative’s dream for a deadly disaster to usher in “corporate realignment” and control of every facet of local government.

This psychopath so typifies the Koch-Republican mindset and desperation to corporatize America, that she had the temerity to write in the Chicago Tribune that, “I find myself praying for a real storm. It’s why I can relate, metaphorically, to the residents of New Orleans climbing onto their rooftops and begging for help and waving their arms and lurching toward rescue helicopters. Except here, no one responds to the SOS messages painted boldly in the sky. Instead, they double down on their own man-made disaster. I find myself wishing for a storm in Chicago — an unpredictable, haughty, devastating swirl of fury. A dramatic levee break. Geysers bursting through manhole covers. A sleeping city, forced onto the rooftops. That’s what it took to hit the reset button in New Orleans. Chaos. Tragedy.”

According to conservative gospel, and something to “wish and pray” for, what will satisfy them most is a mass tragedy to provide an opportunity for corporate realignment. It is the ideal way to rapidly “advance the Koch brothers’ plans” to raid public trusts, pensions, circumvent democracy (see Detroit), abolish collective bargaining (Wisconsin), corporatize local governments and criminalize labor unions. It is close to what happened in New Orleans where after the tragedy, a white legislature took emergency steps, and advantage of a catastrophic disaster, to “hit the corporate reset button” amid death, chaos, and tragedy affecting primarily poor people of color.

The idea of praising a devastating storm that killed 1,800 predominately poor people, and praying for a repeat in America’s third largest city, as if it is some kind of blessing, especially for corporations, is barbaric and telling about the true sentiments of conservatives. The concept of praying, and celebrating, the wiping out of an entire city in America so Republicans and their Koch supporters can expedite their libertarian corporatist vision is sheer evil; and “positively psychotic.” The real danger is that to monsters like Republicans, the Kochs, and even President Obama’s Education Secretary Arne Duncan, the idea of heralding or hoping for a truly devastating natural disaster to wipe out an American city and kill its residents “is not rhetorical, it is very real.” One imagines that if Republicans could call in city-destroying natural disasters on command, America would suffer weekly super-storms, wildfires, and floods to hasten the Koch brothers’ “corporate realignment” scheme.

This Koch conservative opinion piece revealed a truly psychopathic mindset where the conservative’s hope for any largely Black, union-friendly, American city is a catastrophic disaster to expedite handing control over local governments to corporate privatization. As stated in an op-ed from Koch-funded Freedom Works just two weeks after Hurricane Katrina, while 96% of the dead remained unidentified, the real tragedy was not the tens-of-thousands of residents who were displaced, or the deaths of thousands of American citizens, but that it took so long for New Orleans to be nearly wiped off the map. While the Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) called the conditions in the Superdome “a toxic biosphere,” the National Review said the tragedy was “a golden opportunity” for Republicans to “‘use the chaos’ to push for a rapid and massive corporate overhaul of the New Orleans education system. The storm provides America with a golden opportunity, and the answer lies in the tens of billions of dollars of federal emergency spending. Let’s create emergency school-choice vouchers for the children displaced by Katrina;” and funnel those billions of dollars directly to corporate profits.

Conservative economist Milton Friedman agreed with the Kochs and echoed their joy a couple of weeks later in the Wall Street Journal and said, “Most New Orleans schools are in ruins, as are the homes of the children who have attended them. This is an opportunity to radically reform the educational system.” Remember, in Republican parlance the term  “reform” means eliminate, and the Koch brothers want public education eliminated and replaced with for-profit private religious schools.

To make the point, while “tens-of-thousands of mostly poor African American New Orleanians were scattered and trying to survive,” the white Louisiana legislature quickly fulfilled the Koch’s wishes. They called an emergency session and passed an Act  that immediately abolished all teachers’ unions and changed the definition of a failing school test score of below 60 to nearly 90 instantly allowing Recovery (charter) Schools to take over 107 of 128 public schools. It is one reason why Piyush Jindal easily raids public school money for private religious organizations, and the perfect “corporate realignment” plan Koch conservatives dream of nationwide. It is also why they are praying for a catastrophic disaster to implement “corporate realignment” in Chicago.

In fact, President Obama’s education privatization Secretary, Arne Duncan, joined in the Koch brother school privatization chorus in 2010 and said that the deadly hurricane was simply “the best thing that happened to the education system in New Orleans.” Since he is from Chicago, one seriously hopes that just because Duncan concurs with the Tribune’s McQueary, Friedman, and the Koch brothers, that he is not praying for a Katrina-like national disaster to wipe out Chicago. He may hate the Chicago public school system because his children attend private schools, but surely he does not really want Chicago residents and their school-age children to experience for themselves the “best thing that happened to the education system in New Orleans.” That kind of madness is reserved for Koch Republicans.

This sick, destroy and reset, ideology is a sentiment that is not only embraced by the corporate right, it drives the extremist 2nd revolution secessionist  movement among white racist militias and evangelicals. The really sick, twisted idea that Katrina was some kind of biblical blessing that swept away liberal excess (public government) and thousands of poor people’s lives in New Orleans is gaining steam among the, now mainstream, conservative movement and it is a clear and present danger most Americans are completely unaware of.

Conservatives so hate everything about America, its people, its government, its protections,, and its social programs, that they are once again openly wishing and praying for entire American cities to be completely wiped out to allow Koch Republicans to hit “a corporate reset” button and remake cities according to the Koch’s privatized vision of America. No American should make the mistake that conservatives are not coming for their city or town, because even without a horrible disaster the Koch’s Americans for Prosperity and American Legislative Exchange Council are already there likely wishing and praying for a catastrophic natural disaster.

26 Replies to “Conservative Prays For Katrina-Like Disaster In Chicago To Give Corporations Government Control”

  1. It’s amazing how evil people are. All for profits. They don’t realize if you destroy the majority of who are the least of us, you will be living in a toilet where no amount of money will make your life sweet. It seems like the whole world is affected. If God blessed us, he wouldn’t have Republicans always speaking hate and inciting violence. It’s not abortions, contraception, gay rights that has made US into a third world nation – this is the Republican distraction. They want us born so they can find hard ways to kill us and profit by it. Today’s Republicans lack brains, empathy and principles.

    Bernie Sanders is our only hope to bring America back to its original greatness.

  2. I don’t believe that #BernieSanders believes he is our only hope. I think he believes that the American people are our only hope to bring back the greatness (fairness).

  3. Jaaaasus HC….I think I’m going to be sick. To think that we have let it get this far in our country is striking. Used to be that years ago Americans would get off their asses and march to protest such destructive forces among us…No more. Not as long as the internet provide them a cushy sit for their asses, and a keyboard to gripe. These destructive forces have been given “the keys to every city and state in this country” A. Because we continue to gripe and B. Because enough don’t vote, and C. Because we’ve become lazy and technology has taken the place of real activism.

  4. this is pretty much how all the rightwing and conservatives feel. that’s why we constantly refer to them as fake Christians. that’s why the country has grown tired of their petulance and unabashed hatred for their fellow americans. these people are openly wishing and praying for tragedy. this is some sick and twisted evil sh*t. if jesus came back to earth, he would incinerate these rightwing bastards- these ‘wolves in sheep’s clothing’. if we do not reign in this conservative madness in November of next year, the country is doomed. they have already gone on record saying they would drastically change the constitution and our democracy will be lost forever. we must stop them or suffer for the rest of our lives.

  5. I believe America has had a wake-up call, and have seen the epic, dysfunctional, and embarrassing disaster- otherwise know as the GOP Koch Kongress- and I hope we have all learned our lesson. republicans simply cannot govern any longer. they have turned into the enemy- wanting to sabotage and destroy instead of building and moving forward… they are irrelevant and worthless as a political party. this is what happens when dems do not turnout to vote. we must not allow this to happen in 2016.

  6. This thing better watch out, karma can be a very great equalizer. Maybe she’ll get caught in one of her hped for disasters and die alone and unwanted.

  7. This is Naomi Klein’s “Shock Doctrine”, already employed in New Orleans, being aimed at my native city.

  8. I talk to my friends and relatives in the Chi all the time and it doesn’t surprise me she said considering what Rahm and his bought black alderman are doing right now to the city.

  9. Well, we’ve known for a long time that they’re sick f*cks, this should come as no surprise to anyone, it doesn’t come as one to me.

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  11. I truly hope and pray a Katrina like event takes place with-in the rehtug party. Destroying it completely!!! That, would be a blessing!!

  12. “I find myself praying for a real storm.”

    I don’t know too much about religion, but from the aspect of “intent,” a person will always reveal themselves with the words they choose to communicate their ideals.

    If Republicans pray on Sunday during worship, and their intent is to cause pain to others, I guess being a Christian isn’t all that saintly.

  13. They probably prayed before 9/11 as well.

    “The PNAC program, in a nutshell: America’s military must rule out even the possibility of a serious global or regional challenger anywhere in the world. The regime of Saddam Hussein must be toppled immediately, by U.S. force if necessary. And the entire Middle East must be reordered according to an American plan. PNAC’s most important study notes that selling this plan to the American people will likely take a long time, “absent some catastrophic catalyzing event – like a new Pearl Harbor.” (PNAC, Rebuilding America’s Defenses (1997), p.51)”

    “The cabal of war fanatics advising the White House secretly planned a “transformation” of defense policy years ago, calling for war against Iraq and huge increases in military spending. A “catalyzing event — like a new Pearl Harbor”—was seen as necessary to bring this about”.


    If they steal this next on…be p…

  14. Elle, if I could “like” your post 1,000 times, I would.

    It’s up to each and every one of us to take back our country and since one of the few voices we have left in our government is our vote, then we must show up and vote!

  15. Why in the hell would anyone in their right mind would wish harm to a city? Yes, I get it: Chicago is apparently one of the few locations in the states that doesn’t stink like Republican crap, that doesn’t mean you can go out and say ‘Man, I wish that Lake Michigan could swallow it whole so we can butt-rape it the same way we did to Detroit’.

    It makes you sound like an idiot… which that party is full of anyway.

  16. “Why in the hell would anyone in their right mind would wish harm to a city?”

    I’d say because they ARE NOT in their right mind!

  17. As a real Christian, I can only hope that God can somehow get these people’s attention (it took a cannon ball to wake up Loyola, and being struck blind to wake up Paul. I am a bad person for hoping something that drastic happens to some of those ‘fake’ Christians, though I suspect it will take something on that order just to get their attention). It says in the Bible that many will call “Lord, Lord” but Jesus won’t know them.

  18. Just HOW do you know you are a REAL christian? Pride goeth before a fall, Tootsie! Real christian. Indeed!

  19. Whoever is making that “prayer”, obviously never paid attention when they read the Bible. They apparently ignored the fact that God has a sense of poetic justice, as was shown by the final plague on Egypt. That plague wasn’t chosen by God or Moses, but by the Pharaoh himself, when he ordered the slaying of the first born of Israel. Praying for the death and destruction of a whole city and it’s inhabitants, might get God’s attention, but not in any good way. They might as well ask God to send a personal catastrophe directly to them.

    Jesus taught compassion and generosity of spirit, which these corporatists and their Evangelical accomplices obviously don’t understand. Jesus would be aghast that someone who called themselves a Christian would pray for such a thing, and likely pretty pissed off. It’s pretty obvious that the people who are into this kind of thing, don’t follow the teachings of Jesus, and aren’t genuine Christians, but only use the term “Christian” as a tool…

  20. gsb, I’m hoping that the “disaster” which will destroy the reich-wing is already on the horizon…call it Hurricane Trump. If he succeeds in wiping out the so-called political party formerly known as the gop, it will be a miracle.

  21. I am a New Orleanian. To wish a Katrina on anyone is to be a raving lunatic! Ten years on, we’re still a mess. People are still in shock, PTSD, depression runs rampant. Nobody who lived through that will ever get over it!

    That death toll is low; it doesn’t count those who died after leaving the city, or the huge die off of the elderly and ill over the year following the Flood. Or the suicides, which spiked after Katrina. And that’s just in NOLA – below the city whole towns were literally wiped off the face of the earth, as in Mississippi and the terrible damages in Mobile. People like this dimwit don’t understand the enormous cost of Katrina. Would she sacrifice her children for this madness?

    Now Louisiana has Bobby Jindal, who’s sold out everything to corporations. It doesn’t work. Privatization is expensive and just doesn’t work. Chi needs to solve its problems at the ballot box.

  22. I thought the snarcasam would be easier to detect. Yup, I meant “Right” as in rightwing whackadoodles. Reich works too.

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