Trout Fisting In America #28 – Houston

I mean, how do you not politicize a tragedy when shitty politics are what made the tragedy possible? This is a political disaster because everything about this disaster was preventable. This is what happens when the atmosphere warms up. This is what happens when your city council allows developers to build whatever they want wherever they want to, with no concern for ecosystems, with no concern about, you know, whether the area where you built your subdivision floods during heavy storms. This is what happens when you neglect your infrastructure—once upon a time this country built reservoirs and dams, as govt. officials took (literally) concrete steps to ensure that the future would be as un-shitty as possible.

This is what you get when government/citizenship/community become a nothing more than a nihilistic freeform capitalistic gangbang, a nation’s id unleashed upon itself. As I write this column every week, I have to keep reminding myself not to blame the people who believe the lies, but to save my anger for the people who spread the lies. Climate change is real. And it’s only through the efforts & $$$ of billionaires & corporations, along w/the tv stations owned by the billionaires & corporations, that anyone argues otherwise. It’s one thing to live in an oligarchy, but it’s even worse to live in an oligarchy that’s so poorly run that the oligarchs are willing to jeopardize human existence in order to maximize their next-quarter profits.

As for Houston, the city allowed developers to build houses in areas prone to flooding in return, it’s safe to assume, for shitloads of kickbacks & bribes (euphemistically referred to in this political day & age as ‘donations,’ or as the supreme court called it a decade ago, ‘speech.’ Houston used to have 166,000 acres of coastal prairie to absorb rainwater (narrator voice: they paved it). Local officials shitcanned things like ‘building regulations.’ In the past decade they built 7000 homes in places designated by fucking FEMA as ‘flood zones.’ The city hasn’t built a reservoir since the 1940’s. ProPublica ran this story on Houston’s flood vulnerability last year. What’s happening this week shouldn’t be a surprise, and yet…and yet…

It is.

It’s tempting to blame the dumbfucks who vote republican, who vote for human pieces of smirking foul shit like Ted Cruz, a man who argued against federal relief for Hurricane Sandy victims but this week is begging for some sweet federal cash for his own state. And if that isn’t conservatism neatly summed up—no government handouts for anyone…unless I need it—then I don’t know what is. It’s tempting to blame the dumbfucks who think they’re trolling liberals when they deny climate change. There’s a part of me that wants to watch those fuckers drown, or at least waterboard Ted Cruz thick jelly face w/the entire 8 trillion gallons of water that’s falling on Houston right now.

And oh yeah, the current administration, led by liposuctioned residue stuffed into a discarded mannequin from Men’s Wearhouse aka Donald Trump, cut FEMA funding 5mos ago—after all, climate change is just a chinese hoax, right?

Because some people, I guess, just want to watch the world drown.

But the victims rare just that—victims. And nobody deserves to die for being a sucker. But jesus, if nobody learns anything from this, and if people keep voting republican b/c of jesus & abortions & snowflakes & ebola & immigrants & whatever the fuck boogeyman the conservative media (and not-so-conservative media, hey NYT go write some more headlines about Hillary Clinton’s fucking e-mails, why don’t you?) is rolling out this week, then every coastal metropolitan area is at risk. Because in 50 yrs Miami’s going to look like Atlantis, and in 100yrs Manhattan’s going to be called The Skyscraper Islands or some shit. And this is as good a time as any to shout that even if global warming were untrue (which it fucking isn’t), the transition to clean energy and a more ecologically decent future is a transition that has absolutely zero long-term downside, and apart from fucking up some company’s short-term profits, has absolutely no downside at all.

And if it seems like our govt. is incapable of making anything better, and can only make things worse, let’s just say that a lot of conservatives put in lot of effort over the past 50yrs getting you to think that way. It doesn’t have to be like this. We don’t have to live like this. We’ve never had to.

In the meantime, some govt. jobs rebuilding this nation’s crumbling lack of infrastructure seems like a better investment than more bullshit war in Afghanistan. Situations like Houston can be prevented. And I’m willing to take the radical view that they should be.

 

Trout Fisting In America appears here every Tuesday (sometimes even more frequently!). We’re going to keep going until we reach #50, or until the Trout begs for mercy. You can check out previous installments HERE.

About ScottCreney

Scott Creney lives in Athens, Georgia. He is the author of "Dear Al-Qaeda: Letters to the World’s Most Notorious Terror Organiztion".
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