Sunday, January 24, 2010

Don't Feed the Animals

Predators often target the very young, the sick, and the weak, as their prey. Politicians, like predators in the wild, are going after the poor in order to further their own agenda. The poor are an easy target as they don’t have the means to fight back and are often portrayed as being parasites or worse, all of it being their own fault due to some kind of genetic defect that makes them lazy and shiftless.

There are plenty of examples of predation that could be drawn from the recent past and today. Bill Clinton who destroyed welfare, Obama who promised health care reform and instead is now promising to fine people who don’t have health insurance though perhaps now that the mules lost their majority the health care reform will be trashed, a much better scenario than letting this perverse joke pass into law. Further down the scale we see people like Meg Whitman running for governor who now wants to destroy the state welfare system of California falsely framing California’s poor as the root cause of a once strong economy gone kaput. This has catapulted Meg to the lead amongst the republican hopefuls. It’s a tried and true method that usually works quite well. People are out of work and Meg offers them a target to blame, the poor. It’s a mixture of ignorance, unthinking prejudice and plenty of fear which is why Meg is using the fear card, people are scared and Meg knows exactly which buttons to push.

Yet California is not alone. Looking to South Carolina we see Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer who like Whitman is running for governor on the backs of the poor and helpless. Here, he refers to the poor as “animals”, which as you will see, makes Andre a charming example of humanity.

They will Breed

"Why shouldn't you have to do something?" Bauer asked of people receiving food stamps, free school lunches and public housing. "In government, we are too often giving a handout instead of a hand up."

Friday, Bauer said giving food to needy people means encouraging dependence. It also gives the recipients a license to have children who will also be dependent on public aid, he said.

"My grandmother was not a highly educated woman, but she told me as a small child to quit feeding stray animals," Bauer told a Greenville-area crowd. "You know why? Because they breed.

"You're facilitating the problem if you give an animal or a person ample food supply. They will reproduce, especially ones that don't think too much further than that. And so what you've got to do is you've got to curtail that type of behavior. They don't know any better."

Brilliant! If you feed people they will reproduce like animals! I truly admire the way our governor hopeful establishes his giant intellect as compared to the dirty copulating animals who don’t “think much further than that”. And to think Andre was a product of his uneddicated grandma’s genes. I’ve personally always felt it important to curtail people from eating food, the uncouth animals. Obviously Andre doesn’t eat because then he might have a bowel movement and discover he is an animal too.

Of course the final and most profound example can be found in the terror wars where every single nation that we are now occupying and or bombing are among the poorest nations in the world and that’s no accident. The United States federal government is a predator and subsequently acts like one preying upon the weakest nations, those that are least able to defend themselves. And just as Andre Bauer and Meg Whitman blame their victims so too does the federal government blame the victims of our terror wars.


At January 25, 2010 4:52 AM, Blogger Mimi said...

Well, naturally the U.S. invades poor nations. If we did it to rich ones, they might be able to fight back.
Good post, Rob.

At January 25, 2010 1:05 PM, Blogger Jonathan Versen said...

CNN:"South Carolina Republican regrets 'stray animal' metaphor"

As far as I'm concerned the additional remarks that accompany his apology only make him seem like even more of a goon.

At January 25, 2010 1:19 PM, Blogger rob payne said...

Thanks Mimi, there is little doubt that if our victims could fight back it would be incredibly unfair to us.

Jonathan I agree his apology was equally stupid if not more so than the original. All his statements are maximum cliché and reflect the fact that he doesn’t know what he is talking about. He certainly hasn’t based his opinions on any scientific or quantified data.

At January 25, 2010 1:45 PM, Blogger Jonathan Versen said...

this is the comment I left at CNN, below.(they moderate them, so I still don't know if they'll publish it.)

"If you have a cat, if you take it in your house and feed it and love it, what happens when you go out of town?"

(maybe he thinks poor people need to be euthanized or offered for adoption say, on a bulletin board at the laundromat.)

So, Bauer is condescending and paternalistic in his view of poor people, but he wanted to seem BENIGNLY condescending and paternalistic. Well, that's different!

At January 25, 2010 4:36 PM, Blogger rob payne said...

He's a great human being! Yes, indeed, how do the poor fare when Andre is out of town? It is amazing they lasted this long. Andre, he's indispensable.


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