This is a perfect example of how the government ruins a good thing. When the flooding hit Louisiana, tens of thousands of people were left stranded. Lack of manpower made it impossible for the authorities to reach all of them in a timely manner. While it was still raining, a spontaneous, private, and well-meaning navy of ordinary people assembled themselves. They were black, white, Asian and otherwise. They weren’t protesting anything. They got into their own boats, spent their own money, spent their own time, risked their own lives. Black people saved white people. White people saved black people.
No good deed goes unpunished. That’s especially true when the government finds out about it.
The ‘Cajun Navy’ has rescued upwards of thousands of people after the floods ravaged Louisiana, but now Uncle Sam wants to introduce “legislation around future actions by citizen heroes.”
Because, of course they do.
From WWL TV:
NEW ORLEANS – The Good Samaritan who rescued hundreds, maybe thousands, of people during the ‘Great Flood of 2016‘ said he was not happy after a state lawmaker announced he wants to introduce legislation around future actions by citizen heroes.
Some of these citizen heroes, a loosely-organized group called the ‘Cajun Navy,’ gained national attention for their rescue efforts last week, but that attention is nowhere near the pushback lawmakers are discussing when it comes to a lawmakers proposal to require permits for citizen rescue groups.
Cajun Navy member Dustin Clouatre of St. Amant said he hopped into his pleasure skiff and with others, cleared out entire neighborhoods under water.
“For the most part, these people are not going to wait for assistance,” Clouatre said. “They’re doers.”
Republican State Senator Jonathan “J.P.” Perry of the Vermillion-Lafayette area said he is working on legislation that could require training, certificates and a permit fee to allow these Good Samaritans to get past law enforcement into devastated areas.
In a radio interview on News Talk 96.5 KPEL in Lafayette, Sen. Perry said it comes down to two main points for law enforcement officials.
“At the end of the day, there are going to be two things that are going to be the hurdle when you approach it from the state’s standpoint,” Sen. Perry said. “Liability is going to be number one for them. They don’t want the liability of someone going out to rescue someone and then not being able to find them, and secondly, there’s a cost.”
Sen. Perry says he wants them permitted and certified so they can continue their heroic efforts, but from the looks of things, they did just fine without paying the state for permits and certificates. None of the volunteers complained about the cost or about the police refusing their help. What’s wrong with just congratulating them for coming to the rescue and let it go at that?
Click here to watch the video taken by WWL TV.