Mother Nature

English: Hurricane Isaac

English: Hurricane Isaac (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I believe that next week Mother Nature is going to send a message to the GOP, global warming is real, and her messenger’s name will be Hurricane Isaac. Whoever scheduled the Republican National Convention in Tampa during the hurricane season was not thinking.

Mad dogs

Near where I went to college.

Farm road in Champaign County, Illinois Españo...

Farm road in Champaign County, Illinois Español: Camino de granjas en Champaign County, Illinois (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Only mad dogs and Englishmen go out in the midday sun. Inhabitants of tropical climates know enough about the weather where they live to accommodate themselves and their activities to the whims of Mother Nature, rather than to ignore her. Only those ignorant of local conditions carry on as though they are still living in a cooler climate.

IMHO football is a cool and cold weather sport. In my youth in the Midwest, football was played in the crisp days of autumn and possibly early winter. Now practice begins in the steamy heat and humidity of high summer and our weather is becoming more severe. Rather than expanding football season earlier in the year and continuing it almost to the beginning of spring training for baseball, we should be thinking about a shorter season so that our youth and young men are not asked to risk their health. Every year some players succumb to the stress of weather and collapse. Let’s be smart about adjusting to changing weather patterns. Mother Nature has been here much longer than we have. We must adjust to her whims since she will not adjust to us.

Stormy weather

Severe Weather Coverage - April 10, 2009

Severe Weather Coverage – April 10, 2009 (Photo credit: ariedana)

Drought and fires in the West.

Violent storms and flooding in the East.

Federal government declares disaster areas in Colorado and Ohio to make aid more easily available.

If the Republicans have their way in reducing the size of government to national defense and privatizing the rest, who or what will be available as a final resource to help those in need? Insurance companies want to make a profit and will find ways to reduce or deny benefits. Is your home in high-risk fire area or do you lack flood insurance for what once was a 500 year flood that now occurs every 5-10 years? Do you live in tornado alley? Sorry these are pre-existing conditions; you do not qualify for insurance or your premiums are so costly that you cannot afford insurance.

Government is there to do the things that we cannot do individually. That is why we have government at all. The purpose of government is to make all our lives better, not to make a profit or to help some and turn its back on others. Every citizen deserves government assistance when he/she is overwhelmed by acts of God or by Mother Nature.