Tuesday, September 10, 2013

The Right's Newest theme

With the mid-term elections looming just around the corner, the right has seemingly latched on to a new rallying cry:

Let Kids Go Hungry!

Seriously, it's all the rage these days!

Fox News Commentator Praises Child Hunger as a "Teaching Moment" for Parents

. . .. In response to a New Jersey school district choosing to withhold lunch from kids whose parents forgot to refill their lunch accounts, Thomas Kersting, who is alarmingly a school counselor, said, "You know, if one day a kid doesn’t have lunch, right, maybe that’s a teaching moment when that kid doesn’t have lunch. That may sound harsh saying that, but we’ve got to get people to start being responsible for themselves."

Yes, and nothing will teach those schoolkids responsibility like hunger! Maybe next time these damn children will get jobs and make money to buy food instead of "playing" and "doing homework." Little free-loading jerks!

And, you know, if it was just one nut on Fox, it might not be worth mentioning, but you know if one of these assholes has a talking point, they're all going to have it sooner than later.

Especially this asshole!
Limbaugh Compares Students Who Receive Free School Meals To Family Pets

Of course, as always when it comes to utter despicability, Rush was way ahead of the curve on this one:

Rush Limbaugh thinks hungry children should "dumpster dive" for their dinner

God, this is just -- we can't escape these people. We just can't escape them. They live in the utter deniability of basic human nature. They actually have it in their heads somehow that parents are so rotten that they will let their kids go hungry and starve, unless the schools take care of it.

I think, you know what we're going to do here, we're going to start a feature on this program: "Where to find food." For young demographics, where to find food. Now that school is out, where to find food. . .
. . .There's another place if none of these options work to find food; there's always the neighborhood dumpster. Now, you might find competition with homeless people there, but there are videos that have been produced to show you how to healthfully dine and how to dumpster dive and survive until school kicks back up in August.

And it's not just media types, either. Southern Beale brings us this story of  Kevin Kookogey, chair of the Williamson County Republican Party, coming out against the school breakfast program:

“This is not a complicated issue,” he said. “It is not the role of government to feed people. Government exists to protect and defend our God-given rights. Government fails when it usurps these bounds.

Hey, it's not government's problem if kids are going hungry! Guv'mint's only job is ta protect mah right ta bear arms, muthafukker!

Mindy McAlindon, first vice chair with the Williamson County Republican Party, agrees with Kookogey.
“It’s not the government’s job to feed students. It’s our job to provide for ourselves,” the Franklin home-school mom said. “The government is deciding where our money goes. And we should be deciding where our money goes.”

Yeah, if'n I don't want any of mah moneys goin' to feed no hungry young'uns, that's mah business!

Of course, these people don't understand how "government" works. We elect a government to represent us. If we want that government to give some food to hungry children then that is the government's job. If we would rather elect people who will let kids go hungry, then we can go ahead and vote them in in 2014. But the "government's job" is to do whatever the people damn well want it to do, within certain bounds. There is no set list of duties, no job description for "government." We elect them and they're supposed to do what we want them to do.

Anyway, how's that whole re-branding thing working out for you, Republicans? You're going to be the party of hungry kids now? Good luck with that!

Why do the three stooges think they get to make their own foreign policy now?

Tea party-backed Representatives Michele Bachmann (R-MN), Louie Gohmert (R-TX) and Steve King (R-IA) on Saturday held a press conference in Egypt to thank the country's military for overthrowing the elected government

What the hell are they even doing in Egypt?

"Thank you for overthrowing the democratically-elected government" is absolutely NOT our government's position on Egypt's military coup. Our official government stance on the Egyptian coup is, I believe, "coup? What coup?"

Can you imagine three Democratic congressmen going overseas during the Bush administration to contradict Bush's official foreign policy positions?

Honestly, none of these three should even be issued a passport, they're such embarrassments to the nation.