Good intentions may look nice in the short term, but that’s rarely enough to solve serious problems.
You might say that this sentence summarizes the flaw with liberalism. Much of the “progressive” philosophy is based on looking good and appearing compassionate, but without the proper foundations that work in real life, all the “positive thoughts” in the world fall short.
That’s what A-list actor Brad Pitt is finding out in New Orleans. Back in 2006, the left-leaning celebrity used his charitable foundation to help construct oh-so-progressive “eco-friendly” homes for residents displaced by Hurricane Katrina.
Here’s the problem: Those “green” houses were apparently so shoddily built that they’re now literally in shambles.
“Brad Pitt created a charity called the ‘Make It Right Foundation,’ which built homes for those in the city’s Lower 9th Ward,” The Daily Wire explained.
“But an NBC investigation has found that the homes are falling apart, and the organization has ‘all but disappeared.'”
As part of its investigative report, NBC talked to close to a dozen New Orleans citizens who lived in the Brad Pitt-backed charity homes. Nearly all confirmed that there were serious problems with the houses just over a decade after they were built.
“They complain of mold and collapsing structures, electrical fires and gas leaks,” NBC stated. “They say the houses were built too quickly, with low-quality materials, and that the designs didn’t take into account New Orleans’ humid, rainy climate.”
It’s almost as if good intentions alone can’t replace quality workmanship. Who knew?
Many of the residents paid good money for the foundation-constructed houses after being assured that they were top quality.
“NBC spoke to Kamaria Allen, who purchased one of the Make It Right homes for $130,000 in 2011 but has since abandoned the house which has ‘mushrooms growing from its split siding’ and ‘wooden boards propping up its sagging roof,'” The Daily Wire reported.
Now, Pitt and his charity are being sued. At least two residents are seeking compensation for mold that they say grew quickly in the homes, allegedly causing health problems.
And the foundation? It has disappeared faster than a Democrat campaign promise.
“Make It Right hasn’t built a home, filed tax forms or updated its website since 2015,” NBC explained. “The downtown New Orleans office has been closed, the staff has been cut to a handful and residents say their calls go unreturned.”
Now, we’re not saying that Pitt, the well-known actor of “Ocean’s Eleven” and “Fight Club” fame, is directly to blame for this situation. It would have been simple for him to completely ignore the crisis after Hurricane Katrina and live a life of oblivion with his millions. Instead, at least he did something.
Doing charitable work is noble, but you can’t cheat reality. It sounds very likely that in trying so hard to check liberal boxes of “eco-friendliness” and “sustainability,” this foundation built houses that were neither.
Buried here beneath the mold is a lesson that goes beyond politics: Good intentions are fine, but things need to actually work.
Acknowledging reality is the essence of conservatism, and a bit more conventional craftsmanship instead of progressive buzzwords could have avoided this entire situation.
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