Rambling of the Day: Andrea at it again

2 Nov

My favorite MSNBC host, Andrea Mitchell, has once again painted herself in a beautiful liberal light by criticizing Mitt Romney for – you’ll never guess – collecting donations for hurricane victims.

I’m not entirely sure, because I don’t have her years of journalistic experience, but I don’t think openly criticizing a political figure for his charity efforts is something I would want to be known for. Anyway, if you haven’t heard about this yet, her exact words are: “You’ve got the image of Mitt Romney doing what, they say, is not a campaign event in the same space they were going to hold a campaign event. They say they’re making collections for hurricane and storm relief. We checked with the Red Cross. The Red Cross said, while they’re always grateful for donations, that this is not what they need or want. They always tell people, ‘please donate money, because we have our own packagers, wholesalers’ — they have their own distribution system.”

Okay… so that makes it wrong that Romney was collecting what was reported to be “flashlights, batteries, diapers, toothbrushes, mini-deodorants, fleece blankets, cereal, toilet paper and canned goods.” Andrea Mitchell, once again, needs to step out of her insane partisan box and take a real look at what is happening on the hurricane-stricken eastern shore. The Red Cross doesn’t want donations?? Well, fine, but you know who does want food and clothing right now? How about the people in Staten Island whose homes are utterly destroyed, who are freezing, and are desperately in need of food and clothing? I think they might disagree with Ms. Mitchell’s assessment on what is needed right now in the midst of this huge crisis.

And furthermore, she needs to look at what the people being affected by all of this think about the Red Cross and their monetary donations. Jim Molinaro, borough president of Staten Island, said today, “This is America, not a third world nation. We need food, we need clothing… My advice to the people of Staten Island is: Don’t donate the American Red Cross. Put their money elsewhere.”

The Red Cross took until Tuesday to get to the 80,000 without power in Staten Island, many of those people being now homeless. There are even people dumpster diving in New York, desperately trying to find food.

Now, maybe I’m wrong, but I would argue that these people diving into trash cans, so hungry they are willing to fish food out of the garbage, would disagree with the criticism against Romney’s efforts to collect non-monetary donations. They might, dare I say, actually appreciate such a charitable act. It might seem a little more useful and practical to them than the president’s advice to go online if they have questions about what to do. Apparently Romney’s act of charity is a bigger political gaffe than the president’s speech, in which he advised victims of the storm to visit governmental websites for help. Even though most of them don’t have power. Okay…

On a non-bashing-crazy-Andrea note, my thoughts and prayers go out to those being affected in these areas. I believe in the strength and charity of the good people of this country, and I have faith that the resolve of the great American people will get everyone through this. I hope we all realize that our fellow Americans need our generosity and our prayers right now, and I urge everyone to do what they can to help out in this time of need.

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