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I suppose after the speech Obama gave on Tuesday, this was inevitable: Louisiana lawmakers propose prayer to end Gulf spill, but realistically (and there isn't much of that going on down there) blaming Obama for the nuttiness of Bobby Jindal and company would be giving Obama too much credit.

Of course, down there, no one will see what an unforgivably blatant endorsement of public religion this is, but that's only the immediate problem. The bad thing is that there is so much more that could be done in very secular terms that simply isn't being done. Coverage by Rachel Maddow and others had underscored the fact that the clean-up efforts in the gulf are at best half-hearted. It would be so much more effective to spend their time getting on BP's case to beef up their response... but instead they are spending their time on questionable strategies (like the sand berm Jindal pushed the president into endorsing, despite the lack of scientific evidence to support its effectiveness), and now, public prayer.

It would be one thing if they had already done everything humanly possible, but they haven't. And their blazee attitude about drilling in the Gulf at all can be traced back to this insane notion that they don't have to worry because God will protect them.

There is an old saying that hasn't been circulating nearly enough these days... an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Prayer is no cure, and just makes people feel better without doing anything constructive. Once this does finally end, though, how long do you think it will take before Jindal and other Gulf coast governors are back to sounding as deluded as Haley Barbour does now, and echo the chant once more of "Drill, baby, drill"?

why is prayer bad? Because it divorces you from an unpleasant reality that only confronting it directly can possibly improve.

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arathesane
Jun. 20th, 2010 03:18 pm (UTC)
Not surprising in the least. Really, this type of thing happens so often, I am never shocked. I remember when Gov. Perdue of GA held a public prayer for rain during the drought of '07. Sigh.

I think Jindal already has said that drilling should begin again. I may be wrong on that, though.

The weather vane that is Charlie Crist has flipped back to being against off-shore oil drilling, he flipped to being for it almost exactly two years ago. Currently, he's talking about alternative and renewable energy which would be fantastic if if was anything more than the fact that he is running for Senate as an "independent".

I have next to no hope that anything will be done to stop the leak before the relief well is drilled.

all can be traced back to this insane notion that they don't have to worry because God will protect them.

True, for some of them. I tend to think for the most part that they just don't give a shit. About the environment, transitioning to renewable energy, worker safety, anything.
inafoxhole
Jun. 20th, 2010 04:07 pm (UTC)
I was thinking of the public more than the cynical politicians in that statement. When it comes to the cynically partisan Republicans, I agree. Plus, it gives them political cover later. They can blame any continuing disaster on Obama, and attribute any success to God (or themselves).
arathesane
Jun. 20th, 2010 04:11 pm (UTC)
I was thinking of the public more than the cynical politicians in that statement.

Ah, that makes sense. Sorry, I got very little sleep, have been up since six and caffeine really is not helping!

Plus, it gives them political cover later.
Yes, exactly.
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