I’m seeing a lot of people calling for a suspension of political discussion around the Oklahoma tornado.
While I understand and respect the sentiment, I don’t necessarily agree with it. Politics is responsible for a lot of the complications we face during disasters like this. “Representatives” vote to decimate (if not outright eliminate) relief programs. Politicians and others continue to deny climate change and to subsidize and support mechanisms and practices that continue to put the planet at risk. The people we rely on to help us through these kinds of nightmares are vilified as union “takers” and are not respected as the professionals they are. Systems that value short-term profit over long-term sustainability are a big part of why we’re in these messes in the first place.
I don’t agree with sensationalizing others’ misfortune, but let’s stop kidding ourselves that we had nothing to do with it.