Friday, September 23, 2005



Henry Ward Beecher (brother of Harriet Beecher Stowe) once said:

"The federal government is unfit to exercise minor police and local government, and will inevitably blunder when it attempts it... However human the ends sought and the motive, it is, in fact, a course of instruction preparing our government to be despotic and familiarizing the people to a stretch of authority which can never be other that dangerous to liberty."

He was right when speaking about Union troops in the South after the Civil War and his logic is appropriate when considering first and long term response to Katrina and, possibly, Rita.

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