Master and Commander: Righting the ship
The challenge of being a political leader in many respects is very much like being the Commander of a ship. The ship is the political and geographic entity which one, who has been elected to a leadership post, must keep on course, keep maintained and keep the crew morale high. The ship on the open seas is susceptible to storms, attack by outside forces and the proper or improper maintenance performed by specialized (bureaucratic administration) crew members.
The ship known as New Orleans took on a severe hit on August 29, 2005. We weathered a fierce storm and then trouble, the potential death of any ship, taking on water.
In any chain of command their is the Commander of the ship (New Orleans Mayor) who reports to a higher level of command (Governor) and who in turn reports to the highest level of command (The President).
I use this analogy because it is eerily similar.
The ship took on water, was righted by aid directly from the highest command and now is a vessel run by incompetent leaders.
The truest test of command is to lead in the face of adversity. We as a citizenry were failed by our leadership at all levels. When the leadership fails, the crew must take action to prevent the ship from sinking and destruction. What would be a logical step, mutiny, the ouster of the captain and replacement by, we hope, an able leader.
Given this knowledge we must be prudent to elect leaders that will right the ship and guide us into safe harbor. The citizens of New Orleans must act in the absence of leadership, remember to vote in April and to vote again when the next Governor's election comes around.
In a democracy we are ultimately responsible for the progress of the city, the state and the country.
My message is to never forget the lessons of the last several months and do what is needed to bring New Orleans to glory.