The next person to suggest that New Orleans shouldn't be rebuilt because it's prone to flooding will have first row seats to the conversation between my fist and his mouth.
Look, generally I'm against violence (though admittedly quick to it) but I have just about had it up to here with defeatist attitudes. I was responding to just such a person on a message board to which I belong and I got so mad that I started to shake. I am SICK TO DEATH of people saying that New Orleans shouldn't be rebuilt and should just be turned into some bizarre roadside attraction.
Of course, I can't expect people to understand the loyalty involved in being a New Orleanian, whether by birth or by soul, but I can expect people to understand how amazingly rude it is to tell people to leave somewhere they love with every beat of their heart and allow it to fade into history. That will never happen. The rest of the country has abandoned New Orleans, New Orleans will not abandon New Orleans.
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