Nature has just plunked a great big exclamation mark on my Western Tribune column, which I posted yesterday, and appears here if you direct linked this, or just below this post if you are on the blog. The column focused on the movie Avatar and nature, and included this:
Nature is a powerful force, and we witness this every year with hurricanes and tsunamis and mudslides and such. Nature affects us in other ways as well, from the microbes that help us digest our food to the diseases that we seek to conquer.
But as in the movie, nature “does not take sides.”
The earthquake in Haiti really has a lot of people down. Already the poorest nation in the area, and constantly suffering from hurricanes and mudslides and floods and such, yet there is so little that we can do (other than give money) but sit and watch. (Texting "Haiti" to 90999 to donate $10 to the Red Cross, added to your phone bill, is one way).
But we certainly don't need an oaf like Rush Limbaugh telling his uneducated listeners that President Obama would "use Haiti to burnish their, shall we say, credibility within the black community in the both light-skinned and dark-skinned black community in this country."
Every ounce of feeling I have goes out to the people of Haiti. Our country has close ties to Haiti, more on that in a minute, and it is only right for our president to make a statement offering our assistance.
I can not improve on Keith Olbermann's criticism of Limbaugh (and Pat Robertson, who said the earthquake was a result of a "pact with the devil" that the nation made in the 19th century to gain freedom from France).
"Mr. Robertson, Mr. Limbaugh. Your lives are not worth those of the lowest, meanest, poorest of those victims still lying under that rubble in Haiti tonight. You serve no good, you serve no god. You inspire only stupidity and hatred, and I would wish you to hell, but knowing how empty your souls must be for you to be able to say such things, in a time of such pain, I suspect the vacant purposelessness of the lives you both live now are hell enough already."
About our historical relationship with Haiti, Rachel Maddow describes it best.
Ambassador Raymond Joseph says any deal that Haiti made with the devil certainly benefited the United States as well.
We can only offer our prayers and thoughts and support and money right now, but at least regarding this situation, please Rush Limbaugh, and Pat Robertson, just STFU!