Having lived in Houston for some time, my heart was broken watching the damage accumulate. I'm sure our former home in Missouri City was flooded. Fortunately friends still there are okay.
America. Our flag is red, white and blue. I'm hoping that raises it above racial, sexual or religious criticism. And it speaks freely for what it stands for. No brown nor black nor white nor yellow. Just the basics. And the basic American is what is making the recovery effort in Texas work. It doesn't matter what color you are, if you speak with an accent, live in an area less desirable than another, you're all one with America.
The politicians most visible are the ones whose responsibility is for blocks of people - town mayors, the governor, the police chief. All doing their jobs.
The President has made an appearance and is due for another. Mike Pence, VP, is down there with sleeves rolled up helping out. Cabinet members have made themselves available to local officials to help ease burdens. This is America at it's best.
What's missing? I may be wrong in this but I've seen but one politician interview. Ted Cruz making the appropriate platitudes in nice clean trousers and shirt without a smidge of mud. C'mon guys. Dig in!
On second thought, don't. The people are doing just fine without you getting under foot. The media could ease up on some of their in your face reporting too but so far it has been satisfactory if not too ongoing for those of us who live elsewhere and are fighting our own demons. Wildfires here. Drought. But we don't generate ratings this year. It's the year of the flood!
That's okay. Should we need the help of Texans at some point they will be here. Bet on it. Too bad it has taken a natural disaster to remind us of who we are. No. I have that wrong. We well know who we are. It's Congress who needs reminded and I haven't heard a whimper other than rumblings they're going to fight disaster relief.
I dare them. If they actually do it will be time for a whole new cast. We can applaud or we can boo. I'd rather applaud but I'm keeping my voice in shape just in case.
God Bless America, Land That I Love.