What follows is a discussion copied from my Facebook page, one which followed a post I made about the silence of certain folks in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.
First, some identification of those involved in the discussion, in order of appearance, other than me.
Thomas A. "Tony" McAdam is an attorney in downtown Louisville. Tony and I have been friends many years. We also disagree in large degrees as to the administration of the Republic and other issues of national concern.
Bob Layton is an attorney and Democratic Party activist in Fayette County.
Tyler Hess is in his young 20s and is an environmental activist and student of sustainable agriculture.
Dorothy Howard is a Facebook friend, the older sister of a women with whom I attended elementary and high school, and a Democrat.
Jeremy Tyler is a 25 year old libertarian/Republican supporter of Ron Paul. He is an Econ/PoliSci graduate of the University of Louisville.
Will Cox is an attorney in Madisonville where he recently served a term as Mayor and before that as Councilman.
Ken Stammerman is a retired State Department official, a 1965 graduate of Bellarmine College who has recently undertaken lay studies at nearby Saint Meinrad School of Theology.
Read through the arguments and comment if you wish.
The small government and anti-government libertarian and Tea Party folks are noticeably quiet today. The only person we've heard from was, all of people, Bush's FEMA Director Mike "Helluva Job" Brown, who criticized President Obama for responding too quickly to Sandy, something no one accused Bush or Brown of doing with Katrina. An interesting quietude of their part.