The magnitude of the disaster in Houston has focused Americans away from much of the petty squabbling over movies and statutes to what is the first priority – survival.
Texas, like Louisiana and other Southern states, is made up of people ready to help their neighbors no matter who they are. Texas Gov. Abbott even singled out Tennessee as one of the states that has provided assistance. We in the South have long learned how to take care of ourselves and our families without waiting around for the government to take charge.
This can be seen in the way the “Cajun Navy” has come out to rescue people in flood zones.
USA Today reports,
Formed 12 years ago after Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans, the so-called Cajun Navy, which has saved thousands of stranded people, by some estimates, is already helping rescue stranded Texans, one member said Sunday.
“There’s no telling how many are already over there,” said 39-year-old Joey Hains of Lafayette, La. “Basically everybody that’s wanting to go help out” is going or has already arrived, he said.
Hains said he planned to head to Houston, his boat in tow, at first light Monday.
“The reality of the Cajun Navy is everybody out here with a boat that isn’t devastated gets out and helps others,” Clyde Cain, who runs the Facebook page Louisiana Cajun Navy, told USA TODAY last August.
A ragtag group from the beginning, the Cajun Navy has long been nothing if not unstandardized: Guys with hunting boats, shallow draft duck hunting boats with mud motors, airboats, pirogues, kayaks. “You name it,” said member Timmy Toups. “Everybody was wide open, going at it.”
And, according to reports, many Texans have also hopped in their jon boats to go rescue people. It’s not an easy thing to do considering how underwater cars can’t be seen by the pilots. A report on Fox this morning said that the constant downpour has been difficult for rescuers, too, forcing them to go under bridges and viaducts to bail out their boats. There are also snakes and other critters in the water you wouldn’t want to encounter.
Still, like the British people who volunteered and went across the Channel to save soldiers in Dunkirk, France, during WWII, these citizen patriots have bravely sailed out to help their fellow countrymen.
If only the Left could see the goodness in most Americans’ souls instead of harping on the small percentage and very few who are confused or spiteful. We saw it on 9/11 and in Katrina and we are seeing it again now. Those who want to and are honest, that is.