Election years are times of posturing, promoting, and promising. Voters spend lots of time sifting through the verbal deluge for the truth, even from the most honest of candidates. Attention spans and commercials are short, forcing candidates into sound-bite speeches and witty comebacks. If you disagree, try fitting a clear foreign policy into 2 minutes.
Right. Now you get it.
And then there’s Sandy, the “Frankenstorm” as some of my friends on Facebook have dubbed it.
Sandy roughly wrenches us back to reality. Here is a collection of photos that will give you a small sense of the effect of the Frankenstorm as it hit the New York City area in particular.
My friend Rachel Shipp and her husband, Blake, lived through Katrina, and in their experience the American Red Cross was one of the most effective agencies responding to Katrina. Here is a comment from her Facebook page regarding the Red Cross’ response. Consider making a donation to Disaster Relief here.
Sandy has forced President Obama and former Governor Romney to step out of the verbal parade to deal with real life and hurting people. Leadership is about helping people and making hard decisions, not about whether or not you can come up with a quick comeback to your opponent’s latest zinger.
Sandy has pulled presidential and leadership character out of the candidates better than any debate or roundtable could, and for that, I am grateful.
More importantly, however, let’s pray for and support those affected by Sandy and those who have lost loved ones throughout Sandy’s path. Let’s also pray for God’s will to be done through the election.