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Most Evil Op-Ed Ever? Writer Wishes For Katrina-like Storm to Hit Chicago

August 13, 2015 in Blogs

By Adam Johnson, AlterNet

The cult of the corporate right shows its true colors as dopey op-ed columnist casually calls for mass carnage.


This afternoon, the Chicago Tribune published an op-ed by Kristen McQueary that made the mistake of doing what Donald Trump has been doing over the past two months: it put the dog whistle down and laid out, in explicit terms, what the far corporate right really thinks when it's not speaking in code and PR double speak.

In a rather unlettered piece, McQueary openly, and without a touch of irony, wishes for a massive Katrina-like storm to wreak havoc on the Windy City to expedite her deluded libertarian fantasy she saw play out in New Orleans 10 years ago:

Envy isn't a rational response to the upcoming 10-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina.

But with Aug. 29 fast approaching and New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu making media rounds, including at the Tribune Editorial Board,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. Heartbreak.

The piece has the apocalyptic fever pitch of Revelations with none of the subtlety. It continues:

That's why 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.

It's a sentiment not uncommon on the corporate right. The idea that Katrina was a sort of biblical flood that washed away liberal excess in New Orleans is taken as gospel by conservatives and corporate Democrats alike. Even Obama's Secretary of Education got into a bit of hot water when he said in 2010 Katrina was “the best thing that happened to the education system in New Orleans.”

He later walked back the statement after a torrent of backlash, but …read more

Source: ALTERNET

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