After the horrendous damage done by Hurricane Katrina over a decade ago, America was introduced to a group of heroes collectively called “The Cajun Navy”.
These courageous citizens took to the flooded streets of New Orleans and her suburbs in their personal watercraft, attempting to locate and save as many of their fellow Americans as they possibly could. In a time of immense darkness and death, we had ordinary Americans acting extraordinarily, shining a ray of hope and light into an otherwise murky and uncertain situation.
In the dozen years since Hurricane Katrina ravaged New Orleans, the Cajun Navy has remained active, traveling to disaster-stricken locales to lend their support, their strength, and their ingenuity to the people of this great nation.
The city of Houston after Hurricane Harvey was no exception.
In Houston, however, the Cajun Navy faced a new threat that wasn’t linked to the rising floods, chemical-laden waters, or possible alligator relocation. These brave men and women were allegedly targeted by the underbelly of the city’s society, as gunfire from looters whizzed past their heads.
“News spread Monday about an apparent incident between members of the Louisiana Cajun Navy and several looters. One of the group members, in a since-deleted Facebook post, said that looters decided to pose as people needing help and attempted to overtake the group’s boats. The group said shots were fired at the boats during the incident, but no one was injured.
“‘Clyde and the other team members and teams are all safe,’ the group said on Facebook. ‘I repeat, they are all safe.’
“The group believes the looters may have not wanted it to perform rescues or were just looking to rob people. One group member said some looters are pretending to need rescuing and then robbing people and other looters are pretending to be rescuers and then robbing people.”
The despicable and horrific actions of these miscreants belies a horrific reality about the nature of only a fraction of American society.
There are certainly a great number of Americans who feel entitled to certain things in this life, thanks in no small part to the federal government’s willingness to provide for them. When disaster strikes, these hooligans can think only of themselves, playing a game of mental, moral gymnastics in order to justify these egregious acts of terror they are committing. The looting, robbery, and violence are an awful representation of Americans as a whole, but certainly demonstrate the dangers of an out-of-control entitlement society in which members believe that they are above the sacrifices that we all must make in times of trouble.
There is no greater gap in our society than their is between the brave men and women of the Cajun Navy and these cretinous criminals.