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Republicans Say That People Can Just Die

There is a face that people need to learn.  They need to know this face in order to know what the true enemy is.  This is the face of a person who doesn’t care in the slightest about the people that are suffering right now.  This is a person who genuinely doesn’t care about all the hardship and pai nthat these people are facing, because it affects his bottom line negatively.  It is a chance to use to get more cuts that they want so badly, without even listening to those who say that all the cuts are pointless.  This is the face of a person who I seem to think genuinely hates the human race –

His name is Eric Cantor.  He is the current House Majority Leader.  He is a Republican, and he is the person who has said something that I honestly didn’t think that it was within the human vernacular to say after a disaster happens in America – that the government will not give disaster relief to these people unless the government decides to cut something else.

Unbelievable.  Absolutely, 100% unbelievable.  We have an elected official of this country actually saying that helping people is off the table unless they are given what they want.  This is the absolute worse case of hostage holding that has happened in this country in a very long time.  When the Bush Tax Cuts were up for debate, it happened.  When the budget for this year was up for debate, it happened, but this, this is worse on an entirely different scale.  this is bad in a way that Eric Cantor cannot hope to possibly explain in a way that doesn’t make him look like the absolute worse sort of monster who is sucking away at America’s heart.

What has happened in Joplin, Missouri is a tragedy.  The living and the dead are still coming out of the rubble.  This is a disater that it is genuinely terrible to write about.  Of course, the term disaster is thrown around a lot lately.  This is nothing like what has happened in Japan, but it is still a tragedy.  Tornadoes are a part of life that a pretty sizeable potion of this country has to live with.  It is a lot like Gulf states have to deal with hurricanes (don’t even get me started on how this government has failed the victims of Katrina).  So this isn’t exactly a new tragedy, but it is still awful.

But what Cantor has said is beyond heartless.  Heartless would be putting this in the nicest way possible.  It would be giving this person more credit than he could possibly deserve under the circumstances.  In these circumstances, this borders and mentally sick.  This borders on being twisted in a completely different way.  Nobody can say something like this and be kosher.  He even said, “We will not provide Joplin with disaster relief unless we cut something else.”  That’s it, plain as day.  No room for negotiation, no room for discussion, either you give us what we want, or we let people die.  And all of the Republicans who are joining this monster’s bandwagon are just as sick, just as heartless.

The last couple of years have seen a rather disturbing trend among the conservative elements of this country.  They seem to repeatedly, and without mercy, hold the middle and lower class of this country hostage in order to get their way.  They did that when the Bush Tax Cuts were up for renewal.  I remember when Obama finally caved on that.  I stand with Keith Olbermann is saying that I think he capitulated, and he shouldn’t have and didn’t have to.  But he did.

And the Republican Party figured something out – that they could hold the public hostage and get away with it.  Wht an absolutely twisted sentiment that is.  It is not only twisted, it is also sick.  It is just plain disgusting how this kind of brutal and thuggish tactic is used.  Lee Doren, a conservative mouthpiece, called the protestors in Wisconsin thugs, but look at what the Congressional Republicans are doing right now, and there you have real “thuggery” as Steven Crowder (a conservative “comedian”) said.

These Republicans, and the master that they serve (big business) don’t seem to care in the slightest about who they use, what they do, or the tactics they employ in order to get what they want.  And it is time for the Democrats to call them out.  The Democrats seem to constantly back down from a fight.  They never want to fight it out for the causes they supposedly believe in, because they believe that that is not what the government is supposed to be doing.  They are absolutely right, but the fact is that a fight is what they have.  A fight is what is happening right now, and it cannot be avoided.  If only it could be.  If only it were possible for modern government not to be a battleground, but it isn’t.  And these tactics are the ones that the supposed champions of the people are using to get their way.  That is all they want.

These little tantrums that Cantor throws are so hopelessly pathetic.  And Cantor himself, and all those who think like him, are mosnters, because they are pretty much saying that everybody can just up and die unless the Democrats will play by his rules.  You’re a terrible person, Cantor, and I wish you had the ability to understand just how awful a person you actually are.

Peace out,

Eli

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