But in the tragedy and the gloom there is also good news and it's news that should speak to the heart of all Americans who wish well for their fellow man. You see, a flotilla of private boat owners from many places in Texas and even Louisiana have descended on the Bayou City to help rescue stranded citizens and even their pets and take them to safety on high ground. This same effort was provided by many in New Orleans back in 2005 during Katrina and it has returned to Houston at any even greater level. And it's a true testament to the goodness in the hearts of many more fortunate than the citizens of Houston on this day. They ask for no reward or special recognition, they just savor the opportunity to help out where help is desperately needed.
Government agencies are ill equipped to handle a disaster of this magnitude on their own and without the voluntary help being provided many more would likely suffer or even die than have or will during this disaster. And the effort by these volunteers should send a message to all of us that individualism and self-reliance and the willingness to also use those traits is so critical at a time like this. After all, that is the traditional American way, yet we fall victim to believing that the government will be the salvation of so many.
Do we need government? Yes, for specified things but not for everything. And every family living in areas prone to life-threatening storms should always make advance preparations for themselves if they want to survive. We can't know when such disasters will happen or where but we need to make preparations. Then government can lend a helping hand for those instances where it is humanly possible for self-sufficiency to handle it.
No one in Houston should have been sitting on their hands waiting for the government to tell them what to do. Many likely were doing that but thankfully many "grabbed the bull by the horns" before the storm struck. And thank God for the growing "Cajun Navy" giving their all for their fellow man. It's good to see this large band of good Americans step up when they were so desperately. Sometimes it just takes a disaster to truly show the best of America. In these fine people we are seeing a wonderful example of that this very day.