Nothing like a disaster on the scale of what happened in Haiti to wake us up to reality. For all the shouting, all the anger and political recriminations, for all the overheated tea party rhetoric and the leftist hand-wringing, this country still functions pretty well. Haiti, on the other hand, is such a dysfunctional state, it is always one event away from a human disaster. That event was the massive earthquake that has killed as many as 50,000 people, and left three million in imminent danger of starvation and disease. The survivors have no ready access to food or water, no way to deal with huge numbers of decaying bodies, no medical services, no functional government able to help its people. As bad as the quake was, far worse may be coming. As depressing as what we are enduring here may be, let us be thankful for what we have.