This is still America, right?
In the end, the New York City Marathon has been canceled and will not be “run” on Sunday. Just hours after a fool-hearty Mayor Bloomberg supported the decision for the race to go forward, he backtracked on that decision after much criticism. However, the fact that the marathon was even contemplated to go forward shows just how little politicians really think of “We the People”.
“We would not want a cloud to hang over the race or its participants, and so we have decided to cancel it,” Bloomberg added. “We cannot allow a controversy over an athletic event — even one as meaningful as this — to distract attention away from all the critically important work that is being done to recover from the storm and get our city back on track.”
A note to Mayor Bloomberg, not sporting event is as important as the disaster, death and destruction of “We the People”. What fool actually thought that the NYC Marathon should have been run at all as individuals in the five boroughs of New York are struggling after Hurricane Sandy? We have seen nothing but death and destruction in the wake of Hurricane Sandy and contrary to Obama’s photo-ops and playing president, local politicians patting themselves on the back for a job well done … ALL IS NOT WELL!
How could anyone justifying going forward with a stupid road race as those in NY struggle to find food and water? They are without power, gas and heat and Bloomberg originally wanted to have a “Let them eat cake” moment and go ahead with a marathon? UNBELIEVABLE. Were the runners supposed to dodge the debris and bodies long the route? Were the runners supposed to grab water at marathon water stops as victims of Sandy did without? More than that, how did anyone justify bring people into NYC, filling up hotel rooms and using NYC resources as its citizens cried out for help?
Of course the race should not go forward and thankfully some one was shamed into canceling it. What would the reaction have been to run a marathon following Hurricane Katrina? No Sandy was not Katrina, but can we at least find the missing and the dead following the wrath of Sandy before the high and mighty decide to go for a jog?