Turns out it wasn’t Jeb Bush making a stupid comment about the latest hurricane to strike Florida, but rather James Walcott. Seems James views hurricanes as a well-deserved bit of smack down against a humanity that has abused the environment and so he’s all for them:
I root for hurricanes. When, courtesy of the Weather Channel, I see one forming in the ocean off the coast of Africa, I find myself longing for it to become big and strong—Mother Nature’s fist of fury, Gaia’s stern rebuke. Considering the havoc mankind has wreaked upon nature with deforesting, stripmining, and the destruction of animal habitat, it only seems fair that nature get some of its own back and teach us that there are forces greater than our own.
I’m not overly familiar with Walcott and what little I’ve read from him in the past I haven’t had any real problems with, but this is enough to make me wonder if he’s jealous of the Conservatives hogging the ‘idiotic comment spotlight’ too much (Walcott is a liberal writer from what I can tell). Walcott goes on to express disappointment when potential hurricanes end up not making landfall or diminishing in strength thus limiting the damage done and he closes his entry out by suggesting that there may even been a “heraldic quality” behind these storms.
Now I can understand not having sympathy for people who bring misfortune onto themselves and I’ve been chastised myself for being unsympathetic to the plight of people like Tammy Faye Baker, but sitting around wishing that a hurricane will grow in strength and do as much damage as possible is pretty mean spirited even if you accept the idea that we’ve brought these storms on ourselves. It’s one thing to be unsympathetic, it’s another to actually hope for the worst to happen—especially in regards to something on the scale of a hurricane which is indiscriminate in dishing out its damage. To imply that hurricanes are some form of well-deserved divine punishment for our abuse of the environment is just as stupid as suggesting their unpredictability is God’s way of demonstrating his superiority over scientists. While it’s entirely possible we have no one outside of ourselves to blame for the extreme weather we seem to be having as of late around the world, expressing glee at the damage done by it in no way helps correct the problem that may be causing it in the first place. And it certainly doesn’t give anyone much reason to think you have anything to contribute to solving the problem.