No Compassionate Conservatism For Haiti
The day after a catastrophic earthquake devastated the island nation of Haiti, Rush Limbaugh went on the radio talk show to take political pot shots at President Barack Obama. Mr. Limbaugh told his listeners that Mr. Obama, who was on vacation in Hawaii when a would be suicide bomber tied to use explosives packed in his underwear to take down an airliner as it landed in Detroit on Christmas day, took three days to address the nation. But what is most upsetting to Mr. Limbaugh is that within hours after the massive quake, Mr. Obama addressed the people of Haiti letting them know the United States was sending aid and that the tiny impoverished nation has a friend nearby.
Mr. Limbaugh went on to suggest that Mr. Obama was only too happy for this disaster because it will give the Obama administration an opportunity to burnish their credibility with the black community in both the light and dark skinned black community in this country. Only somebody with such a thick hatred for black people would be so contemptuous as to suggest that the President of the United States would use this monumental tragedy to gain support amongst a group of voters who already overwhelmingly support him.
The fact that people are dead or dying doesn’t even register on Mr. Limbaugh’s conservative and racist brain. He couldn’t care any less if people are in peril. It doesn’t even register on his conscious that a country, already the poorest nation in the western hemisphere, is in desperate need of help. Mr. Limbaugh could put partisan politics aside to help fellow human beings. He has a very popular radio show that reaches millions of conservatives and I’m pretty sure a word from Mr. Limbaugh could inspire many of these people to give. Mr. Limbaugh’s wallet is almost as fat as he is. He could easily afford to give something for the relief effort. But instead of making his own charitable donation, he’s too busy comparing the carnage impacting Haiti to a failed bomb attempt. Instead of anything remotely resembling compassionate conservatism, Mr. Limbaugh treats us to a new low in pettiness, loathing, and hatred.
In many ways, Mr. Limbaugh’s response to this disaster reminds us of the conservative’s response to the catastrophe of hurricane Katrina after it devastated the Louisiana gulf coast. How many times did we hear conservatives say that if people didn’t want to be stuck in New Orleans they should’ve left? As if some people had the choice of leaving. Black people here in America lost everything they had and the only thing Barbara Bush, the conservative mother of then President George “Dubya” Bush, had to say was that the it really worked out well for all those homeless people because they had nothing before and now they were taking advantage of the hospitality of the good people of Texas. The fact that people may have lost family and other loved ones never registered on her bigoted brain.
Televangelist Pat Robertson has judged the people of Haiti on behalf of his Christian god. The Haitians had made a deal with the devil and the earthquake was god’s way of paying them back. The conservative Mr. Robertson said the same thing when Katrina struck. And yet, Mr. Robertson never passed god’s verdict on people from the dominant community who lost their homes to the California fires. He didn’t say anything about god’s wrath when entire communities were washed off the face of Galveston Island when hurricane Ike struck in 2008. Mr. Robertson didn’t talk about the wickedness of Italy when the earthquake devastated Italy killing over a hundred fifty people and displaced another fifty thousand. It’s only when black people suffer a natural disaster do we hear some conservative passing god’s judgment. Even god hates the black community.
For the past day or so I’ve been talking to a few conservatives who visited my blog, discussing the difference between the black community’s relationship with conservatives compared to the black community’s relationship with liberals. The recently revealed comments from Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid calling Mr. Obama successful because he was a light skinned Negro who has the ability to sound black only when he wanted sparked phony outrage among so many conservatives and made for some conversations back and forth.
One question that was posed recently was if there really is no difference in the impact to the black community from the liberals and the impact from the conservatives, why does the black community overwhelmingly supports the liberals. The answer comes from conservative people like Rush Limbaugh, Pat Robertson, Barbara Bush, George “Dubya” Bush, their bigoted Christian god, and many, many others.
It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to see that the suffering of the black community just doesn’t register on these people’s brains. And even if it did, instead of seeing it as an opportunity to help black people, people like Rush would only see it as an opportunity to spew more racism. God puts the smack down on Haiti and all the conservatives want to do is cheer from the sidelines and point to the black President and make snide comments about how he can react so quickly to people dying instead. If this is what the black community has to look forward to from conservatism then I’ll be happy to take Mr. Reid calling me a light skinned Negro any day of the week.