What's the difference between what's happening this week, and what happened four years ago in this country? Mainly, I think, the crucial difference is that on September 12th, people in this country were *scared to death* that what they saw happening right in their living rooms on the tv would happen to them, right in their small or large town, all across the country. Fear--stark, raging fear, paralyzing, blinding and distorting. September 11th was *personal*, a subjective experience.
Hurricane Katrina happened right in everybody's living room, too...but it's not subjective to the majority of the population. People sitting back each night watching CNN, MSNBC, The Weather Channel--they're able to be objective about the experience, they're not blinded by immediate fear that the suffering and horror they're seeing could very easily, and without notice, come to visit them at any time.
This is a *huge* difference, and one which I think is critical in allowing the previously blinded, dumb and stupid population-in-general of the United States to see clearly, for what I think is the first time in five years, what's really going on with the leadership of this country. They're able to watch the response and actions of the leaders without their fear-response dictating a horrific need to see someone "in charge, in control" handling things so far out of their grasp--and projecting that need onto the blank slate (really blank!) of the Shrub in Charge and creating that leader from the nothing he really gave us.
Hope we're waking up fast enough.