Most times when someone says that something left them “speechless,” they only said that to add emphasis on something extraordinarily bizarre. However, once in a while, there are times in our lives where we’re faced with something so unbelievable that it truly does leave us at a loss for words.
Today was one of those moments.
It happened when I saw the news that Texas Secretary of State Rolando Pablos rejected Canada’s offer to send aid such as blankets, beds, pillows, hygienic products, and electricians to restore power. Instead, he told Quebec’s Minister of International Relations, Christine St-Pierre, to send “prayers from the people of Quebec.”
As reported by CBC News in Montreal:
St-Pierre says she spoke with Texas Secretary of State Rolando Pablos Tuesday early afternoon, offering to send equipment and crews to help restore power and to provide blankets, beds, pillows and hygienic products.
Above all, St-Pierre said she called to voice Quebec’s concern for Texans caught up in the disaster.
Pablos declined the aid for now, instead asking for “prayers from the people of Quebec,” the minister said. “He was very touched by the fact we called him.”
St-Pierre also offered the help of Hydro-Québec crews, which are part of a mutual assistance group connecting electricity utilities in North America’s Northeast region. The group also provides assistance in major events outside that territory.
Please excuse my language — but are you f*cking kidding me!?
Our neighbor to the north, one of our closest and most loyal allies, offers to send much-needed aid to Texas to help the millions of people whose lives have been forever changed, if not nearly destroyed — and this moron told them to send prayers, instead?
I. Don’t. Even. Know. What. To. Say. To. That.
Look, I’m a Christian so, yes, I’m aware that the “power of prayer” can be a nice coping mechanism for some people in times of grief, hope, despair, or tragedy. But I’m sorry, “prayers from Quebec” aren’t going to help restore electricity or provide the essential supplies people desperately need.
Or here’s a thought for those out there who think “prayer” is going to provide such things — maybe Quebec offering to send those supplies and electricians was an answer to someone’s prayer!
Did you ever think about that?
This is absolutely inexcusable.
These areas impacted that have been devastated by Hurricane Harvey are facing a road to recovery that’s going to take weeks, if not months, to get back to even a semblance of normalcy. For some, they’ll never get back to “normal” again.
Right now people are desperate, afraid, and they’re facing a future where the only thing that’s certain is that the days, weeks, months, and even years ahead are going to be difficult. They need all the help they can get — yet Texas Secretary of State Rolando Pablos apparently thinks their need for prayers outweighs all else.
It seems as if every day Republicans make it their mission to prove that, just when you think these people can’t get any more reprehensible, all you have to do is give them a little time and they’ll definitely prove that they can.