Why this rotten, miserable racist prick. When TS Irene devastated our community in 2011, first the Guard showed up almost immediately and locked down the town center for several days (nobody allowed in unless a proven resident) and distributed water, saw that food suppliers got to us, and provided a context for other responders like power companies to restore order. Troops even came to my home and helped me recover some of the firewood that had washed away (then deposited in washouts or against fences still standing). Within a few days, no more than two or three as I recall, FEMA had set up a command center to oversee recovery efforts and had their representatives come door to door to counsel us about our options. They were here for weeks, well over a month, if not two, having flown in from all over the country. They were wonderful. And now this reprehensibly despicable slug of a person awash in sociopathic, racist ignorance is threatening to abandon our Puerto Rican citizens? People who have lost everything, people with kids in need of food, water, electricity, fuel, the basics are to be denied assistance? No words excepting, perhaps, psychopath can describe such monstrous human insensitivity intentionally aimed at exacerbating misery.
And so, why? Our youngest son is going to marry an immigrant Latino woman in the spring. The tone of their relationship is consistent with what I have observed about the general Latino culture, namely, a happiness centered approach to life grounded in family-centered values. Could it be that trump, in his stereotype-centered social world view, senses this and that his unabashed cruelty is thus directed toward assaulting the happiness component of the Puerto Rican culture? Whatever, all need to hear this: this time Puerto Rico, next time, perhaps, you. Wasn’t no big ocean surrounding where I live when Irene brutalized us.