The Sadistic Bastards Of The GOP

The Sadistic Bastards Of The GOP

Posted in the Minneapolis Forum

Awful Truth

Phoenix, AZ

#1 Oct 20, 2013
Pulitzer prize winner, essayist and poet Charles Simic pulls no punches in his latest for the New York Review of Books' Blog, castigating the craven indifference of the Republican Party to the economic plight of ordinary Americans in seven paragraphs:

Anyone who averts his eyes from the hopeless lives many of our fellow citizens lead and tells himself and others that these men and women only have themselves to blame, is either a fool or a soulless bastard.

He's talking about the 46.5 million Americans now living in poverty--personified by the elderly couple counting their change to pay for painkillers, the middle-aged man bagging your groceries, the fast food clerks, some of them young but many quite old, standing for hours in front of coffee machines and cash register screens. He's talking about the 47 million who need food stamps to survive, half of them children and teenagers. And he wonders how in this country of ours anyone--or any political party--is so easily able to pretend they don't exist.

Fifty years after Lyndon Johnson declared a “War on Poverty,” the richest country in the world no longer cares if millions of its less fortunate citizens live or die.

Simic doesn't waste our time explaining how the Republicans long ago abandoned any pretense of working in the interests of the American people. He's more taken by the breathtaking sadism of that Party's donor base who have invested hundreds of millions of dollars just to ensure their fellow citizens will face sickness, bankruptcy, or both, for lack of health care:

Bettering the lives of anyone but the wealthy, as we know, has ceased to be a concern of the Republican Party. But millions of Americans are on the brink of buying affordable health insurance and freeing themselves from a worry that makes their lives utter misery; the concerted effort backed by some of the richest men in this country to deprive them of that chance may be without precedent for sheer malice.

What set the Republican "concerted effort" apart was its pure malevolence, championed by phony groups with stirring names like "Americans for Prosperity," "Tea Party Patriots," "Young Americans for Liberty," their names "as fake as those of Communist front organizations in the 1930s and 1940s and as venal as their forerunners."

Indifference to the plight and suffering of human beings of one class or another by some segment of the population is a universal phenomenon, but spending millions of dollars to deepen the misery of one’s fellow citizens and enlisting members of one political party to help you do so is downright vile. It must be motivated as much by sadism as by the political calculation that if these uninsured were to get insurance, they would give the Democratic Party a governing majority simply out of gratitude for letting them see a doctor.
goose

Carol Stream, IL

#2 Oct 20, 2013
Leftist B.S.
You have some real warped anger issues I think.
Fact Is Fact

Kansas City, MO

#3 Oct 20, 2013
Many of us are angry over what the right wing extremists are doing to our country. The polls reflect that.
goose

Carol Stream, IL

#4 Oct 20, 2013
Wake up, it is NOT the "right wing etremists" doing the harm!
goose

Chicago, IL

#5 Oct 20, 2013
Quit using my posting name.

The right wing extremists harmed the nation to the tune of $25 BILLION DOLLARS this month.
Illiterate Teabaggers

Baltimore, MD

#6 Oct 21, 2013
goose wrote:
Wake up, it is NOT the "right wing etremists" doing the harm!
Those damned "right wing etremists"!
goose

Carol Stream, IL

#7 Oct 22, 2013
goose wrote:
Quit using my posting name.
The right wing extremists harmed the nation to the tune of $25 BILLION DOLLARS this month.
YOUR posting name? hahahaha
You are not registered and I have been using this name for years, how about you??
LIbEralS

Minneapolis, MN

#8 Oct 22, 2013
Fact Is Fact wrote:
Many of us are angry over what the right wing extremists are doing to our country. The polls reflect that.
I agree. When more and more people accept the fact that Obama's government is willing to pave the road with more and more free stuff in return for votes, all of this will calm down. Of course, when they run out of the middle class's money, it may become more and more difficult to supply multiple Obama phones per household...
Limiting them to one phone per household would be considered a cutback wouldn't it?
The Truth

Minneapolis, MN

#9 Oct 22, 2013
LIbEralS wrote:
<quoted text>
I agree. When more and more people accept the fact that Obama's government is willing to pave the road with more and more free stuff in return for votes, all of this will calm down. Of course, when they run out of the middle class's money, it may become more and more difficult to supply multiple Obama phones per household...
Limiting them to one phone per household would be considered a cutback wouldn't it?
How do you reconcile your teabagger remarks with facts, like that Federal income taxes are a lower rate now than in the 50's and 60's?

And that the telephone assistance program has been in effect since the Reagan years?
Facts are Facts

Minneapolis, MN

#11 Oct 22, 2013
wonder if barry takes his kids to a mosque or to Church ?

with a ( NEW )name like, Barack Hussein Obama II, I would bet on the mosque.
ripped off

Minneapolis, MN

#12 Oct 22, 2013
goose wrote:
<quoted text>
YOUR posting name? hahahaha
You are not registered and I have been using this name for years, how about you??
liberals think they are right on all points.

Hey left wing nut jobs - how does it feel to kill 60 million children with Abortion?

wonder how your pastor at church feels about you poor decisions.

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