Thursday, January 14, 2010

Feeling blue

There is enough bad news in the world today. Do we really need people standing at the ready waiting to throw gasoline on the flames the moment they flare up. The news from Haiti is heart-breaking. Unequivocally, gut-wrenchingly horrible devastation. Isn't that enough to move people to have a little common decency and keep their sniping and idiotic, bigoted, hateful rhetoric to themselves?

Rush is up in arms because President Obama took three days to make a statement about the "underwear bomber" and 12 hours to make a statement about Haiti. He's convinced that the president is moving swiftly to provide help to Haiti solely to "to burnish ahhh their, ahhh shall we say, ahhh credibility with the black community, both the light skinned and, ahhh, hmmm ... dark skinned black community ..." He's so filled to overflowing with vitriol and hatred that he can barely speak. And yet, he contends, that President Obama is the racist and not him.

And then there's Pat Robertson... Crazy, old Pat implying that the Haitians have brought this disaster down upon themselves because their ancestors "swore a pact with the devil" to liberate themselves from the French in the 1800's. This is the most racist of lies, spread by the defeated colonials. Why? Because certainly, black slaves and hal-breeds certainly could never defeat the noble French on their own. (Incidently this is the same kind of racist mindset that fuels the fires of the birther movement - "a black man? President? There has to be some kind of foul play involved!") This is what Pat Robertson says instead of feeling empathy for the plight of the Haitian people? I think someone needs to buy the "Reverend" Pat Robertson a WWJD bracelet... apparently, he has no idea.

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