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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.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010 - Posted by | African Americans, Black Community, Black Culture, Black People, Life, Racism, Republicans, Rush Limbaugh, Thoughts

9 Comments »

  1. You could not be more right. I was a little put off by your remark about the Christian god being a bigot, but unfortunately that’s the sort of god these people are portraying. This small elite is giving the rest of the world that we are a bunch of knuckle dragging fundamentalists. Rush, Robertson, and the Bush family all make Christianity look bad, and they make America look bad. Bad? Okay that’s an understatement, but I will refrain from profanity.

    Comment by Andrew | Wednesday, January 13, 2010 | Reply

    • Thanks for the feedback Andrew,

      Please make no mistake. I believe the Supreme Being to be the ultimate in compassion and understanding. But that is not the same entity that somebody like Pat Robertson talks about when he makes the suggestion that god is punishing the people of Haiti for their past deeds. This dude has the mental reasoning of a superstitious prosecutor goading the crowd into burning witches back in Salem. God wants us to burn the witches! If this is the type of god that I have to look forward to in the afterlife then I’ll take hell any day of the week. But of course, god isn’t so petty.

      It is unfortunate that conservatives take such a hard line when it comes to the black community. We are not valued as people of equals, only pawns in their political games. It might be true that liberals don’t really care about the black community either. But at least they don’t wear their bigotry and hatred on their sleeves in bold bright colors like these conservatives do.

      Peace

      Comment by brotherpeacemaker | Thursday, January 14, 2010 | Reply

  2. People like Limbaugh and Robertson are truly irrelevant. They are only as “relevant” as the power and platform we provide them to spew their ignorance.

    I watched a video of Robertson making the comment about how Haitians slaves made a deal with the devil to gain their freedom from the French, so that is why they have been continuously suffering God’s wrath since that time. I didn’t even “bat an eye” when I heard that ignorance. It’s what I would expect him to say. What did catch my attention was that he was telling this to a Black woman. I don’t watch his show, so I am assuming she was his co-host, at least for that segment, and she just nodded her head in silent agreement as he spoke. I was trying to read her body language to see if she was really buying this “sh*t”… did she really believe what he was saying was true or was she just going along with it because it’s his show and she didn’t want to disagree with her boss. Regardless, she didn’t challenge his premise so she, a Black woman, a supposed “Christian”, who I would think would know or “feel” differently, or at least suggest another perspective, just by her silent presence, gave some legitamacy to his neo-colonial eurocentric rhetoric. That is what I found most disturbing.

    Taking action is the best way to combat the inaction and indifference to the sufferings of Black people, that is spawned by the ignorance of a Limbaugh, Robertson and their supporters. So let’s join with the millions of people worldwide, regardless of skin color, religion, political affiliations, gender, nationality, etc., who have heeded the call to help the people of Haiti. Donate to your local Red Cross, Doctors Without Borders, World Food Programme or any other charity organization of your choice.

    God bless Haiti through our efforts!

    Comment by asabagna | Thursday, January 14, 2010 | Reply

    • Thanks for the feedback asabagna,

      I’m not surprised to see Mr. Robertson’s rant on another black community. After listening to what he had to say about the people of New Orleans, I really can’t put much past this man.

      Nevertheless, I was stuck by how easily this man cast judgment on these poor people without batting an eye. And you are most definitely correct, the sister that sat there and listened to his racist rant should have bitch slapped him right where he stood. But we all know that there are way too many black people who not only condone but support such racist rhetoric.

      With all that said…I seriously hope Haiti gets the assistance she’s been needing for so long.

      Peace

      Comment by brotherpeacemaker | Thursday, January 14, 2010 | Reply

    • I watched that same video and like you I waited for her to respond.

      Comment by dianne | Friday, January 15, 2010 | Reply

  3. I agree with you Asabagna. That was my thoughts as well. How can this black lady sit and listen to that bull stuff. I don’t care if he was my boss, I would have screamed EXCUSE ME, BUT WHAT!!! And after a few well placed insults about him and the devil, I am sure my job would be gone.

    And I would feel a lot better about myself and about how god feels about me at that time as well. To blindly go along with idiocy such as that which hurts a whole nation of people for a job is akin to a most heinous crime. That must be how Eichmann must have looked while “only following orders” and deporting Jews to concentration camps.

    She just like Eichmann had no excuses for tolerating what she hopefully and he claimed to have felt was a grave injustice. Let’s all donate to Haiti and give them all the help we can and hopefully it will be a slap in the face to that fat ass junkie Limbaugh.

    Thanks.

    Comment by theblacksentinel | Thursday, January 14, 2010 | Reply

    • Thanks for the feedback theblacksentinel,

      No offense, but what makes you think you’d ever get a job appearing on any television show working for Pat Robertson? I’m pretty sure dude knows who would be willing to listen to his tripe and who’s liable to call him out. There are way too many black people looking to put the black social construct to the side in order to get that green social construct better known as a dollar.

      Peace

      Comment by brotherpeacemaker | Thursday, January 14, 2010 | Reply

  4. Ya know! I don’t know what came over me. Because the minute the interview began with “are you one of our parishioners?” I would be like Hell no. Why would I do that? Oops, I mean, I want a job. And by the time I got the last part of asking for a job, they would have already carted my butt out the door. All the while the next black chick would be dancing her way in smiling, waving and telling Pat all about his last sermon. I think that was the chick on the video.

    Anyway, I actually got turned down for a job once that required you to be a christian. I wouldn’t divulge that information as I didn’t think it pertinent. And I guess that was too much thinking for myself for them. I should have sued. Hey! Where the hell was my affirmative action law team? They must have been sleeping on the job.

    Thanks.

    Comment by theblacksentinel | Thursday, January 14, 2010 | Reply

  5. This is typical Robertson behavior, attempting to make others look bad while trying to make himself look good but failing miserably. What an idiot!

    Comment by dianne | Friday, January 15, 2010 | Reply


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