In a world full of sadness and chaos, every American can look toward our fellow citizens in Puerto Rico if they want inspiration.
I have been through several CAT-3 hurricanes but the difference between 120mph winds and 155-75 mph winds is exponential. I watched a four-door sedan spin on its nose like a child’s toy and steel dumpsters dance like tops and fly through the air like cardboard boxes and the roof of a house disappear into the heavens like a kite.
Really, there are no words that I can give that are adequate to describe the power of such a storm and no doubt experts will be debating the mechanics of its fury for years. What I can say is, that every American can be extremely proud of our fellow citizens of all classes and every persuasion in Puerto Rico.
The way that almost every person has come together and helped one another, is the essence of what I have always thought it means to be American – and make no mistake, Puerto Ricans are red white and blue.
Observing their grit, courage and grace, in the midst of such horror has been one of the most inspiring things I have ever witnessed.
Not everyone is a hero heroine.
San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz is not.
In fact, she has repeatedly put her own well-being and personality cult ahead of others.
A wanna-be socialist revolutionary, for her entire time in office we have had to listen to her extoll the virtues of Cuban communists and Venezuelan “chavistas.”
When Oscar Lopez Rivera, the Fuerzas Armadas de Liberación Nacional Puertorriqueña terrorist and bomb maker was released by President Barack Obama as one of his last acts of office, Yulin Cruz declared a holiday for all government employees in San Juan for the FALN revolutionary.
Where are her friends in Caracas and Havana now?
Today, the regular citizens of San Juan are paying the price for her failure to prepare for Hurricane Maria and her failure to execute the public safety responsibilities of her office.
How for example was she able to get tee-shirts printed bashing her country, but was unable to move supplies? These are all questions that every American should ask.
If Americans want a heroine, they need look no further than Republican Rep. Jennifer Gonzalez-Colon, who represents Puerto Rico in Congress. She is a public servant, everyone can be proud of.
The same goes for every other Puerto Rican, who crawled out from the debris and set politics aside, to help their fellow citizens and human beings.
I have lived all over the world and I have never known such a fine people as our brothers and sisters in Puerto Rico. Today, they are showing the whole world what it means to be an American.
Chances are you do not know, so I will tell you: Tens of thousands of Puerto Ricans donated their own supplies from Hurricane Irma to their fellow Americans and Caribbean islanders in the Virgin Islands in the week before Maria struck.
Literally, hundreds of wonderful people at their own expense carried water, diapers, drugs, food, medical supplies and baby formula in a constant flow in boats of every size and description in the week before tragedy struck them.
I was proud to have participated in a very small way on one of these trips to St. Thomas the Sunday before Hurricane Maria, in which we took supplies and brought back people, many of whom lost everything.
One beautiful lady could do nothing, but weep for the entire journey back to Puerto Rico.
The only historical example I can give for this spontaneous effort would be the rescue of the English army at Dunkirk.
Now, I am weeping for Puerto Rico, in sadness, pride and anger that their courage and goodness is not being revealed as it should be.
As for San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz? She lectures the rest of us from the pulpit of a bankrupt city. If anything, she is the Ray Nagin of this tragedy—another mayor, who put partisan politics and personal gain ahead of caring for their people.
As for average Puerto Ricans, they will do what Americans have always done, they will dust off and rebuild. We should all of us together let them know that they are not forgotten.
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Mad Maxine Says She Has Met Crips and Bloods ‘In The Hood’ with ‘More Integrity’ Than the President
She is off her rocker.
Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) made the stunning claim recently that she has met gangbangers from the inner city with “more integrity” than President Donald Trump.
The Congresswoman, who has been ridiculed by the President for having a low IQ, made the comment while appearing on Showtime’s “Desus & Mero.”
“I have worked in some of the toughest communities,” she said in a clip that was tweeted by the hosts Thursday. “I’ve worked with gangs. I’ve worked with Crips, I’ve worked with Bloods. And there’s more integrity in many of these young people in the ‘hood than this man has.”
She also claimed without providing any evidence that the “street player” Mr. Trump has “flirted with gangsters” throughout his history as a businessman and politician.
“This country cannot tolerate another four years of him,” she said.
The clip of Waters running her mouth about Trump can be seen here:
— DESUS & MERO on SHOWTIME (@SHODesusAndMero) February 21, 2020
Waters has angered the populists within her party by suggesting that the big money should have more control over deciding who is the Democrat Party presidential nominee.
“You would have two, three, four at a time in Beverly Hills having dinners,” she said last week. “Some of our contributors who are very rich were holding, you know, fancy parties, trying to accommodate the request for donations and contributions. And so, you know, the conclusion, the thinking is that if we are supplying tremendous dollars to candidates, we ought to have more say.”
“A lot of people have come to the conclusion that it should not simply be Iowa and New Hampshire and certainly they are not reflective of the makeup of this country,” she added.
Previously, Waters has demanded that President Trump be incarcerated and subjected to cruel and unusual punishment because of Ukraine-gate and other “nothing burger” fake scandals.
“I’m calling on the GOP to stop Trump’s filthy talk of whistleblowers being spies & using mob language implying they should be killed,” Waters wrote in a tweet last year. “Impeachment is not good enough for Trump. He needs to be imprisoned & placed in solitary confinement.”
“But for now, impeachment is the imperative,” she added.
From her words, it is clear that Waters has a delusional view of herself and her partisan crusade to destroy President Trump.
“Most people who have watched me over the past two years know that I am a responsible person who has talked about the Constitution, who has talked about the fact that this President does not respect the fact that (Russian President Vladimir) Putin is responsible for basically bugging our electoral system, hacking into the DNC. They know that I’ve been serious about this. I’ve had the courage to stand up when nobody else would stand with me,” Waters said.
Few lawmakers embody the excesses of the Washington D.C. swamp than Waters, who has lingered in Congress for almost three decades.
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