We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
As Washington Post sports columnist Sally Jenkins wrote in what may be the finest piece of writing to emerge from Hurricane Harvey, (re the Cajun Navy) “They’re used to maneuvering through the cypress of Caddo Lake or the hydrilla and coontail of the Atchafalaya, where the water might be four feet or it might rise to eighteen, and the stinking bog is called ‘coffee grinds’ because of the way boots sink in it. Spending hours in monsoon rains doesn’t bother them, because they know ducks don’t just show up on a plate, and they’ve learned what most of us haven’t, that dry comfort is not the only thing worth seeking.”'
So rather than malign these men, or tut-tut that they are too libertarian, why not thank them for risking their lives to help others (a service for which none of them were paid). I doubt the judgmental journalists scolding the Cajun Navy would have been willing to do the same.
Because it shows things can get done without the Government being involved. And even worse, liberal media would have to admit something good about evil right wingers, even though the Cajun Navy isn't all right wingers. They don't really want to help people, they only want to show desperate, agonizing, needful people, so they have something to bash Trump with.
I was happy to see this article, even though it left me homesick. This effort was every bit the common nobility and ordinary courage that their fathers and grandfather's instilled in me many decades back. It is good that it is alive and well: dare I hope it is far more common than the political and media elitists would have us believe?
What is that they say about the blade of grass that sticks up gets cut down? The Cajun Navy were doing something fine and noble, the sort of thing that once upon a time was thought of as a man doing what a man's got to do, what a man's supposed to do, rolling up your sleeves and pitching in without being asked, just knowing what needs to be done and going ahead and doing it within complaining about it. And that's a terribly selfish thing, these days, doing good things and thereby making others feel small and bad about themselves. Those men have no right to do things that make them appear "better" than other people that just sat on their butts and complained and they must be put in their place.