Today, I want to comment on two individuals who are extremely poor excuses for human beings.
First, Pat Robertson. His response to the earthquake in Haiti was to blame it on a pact with the devil that the Haitian people supposedly made when they freed themselves from French rule. He actually used the words "true story" in regards to this pact. Of course, this is nothing new for Robertson. After both 9/11 and Hurricane Katrina, he blamed it on the so-called sins of this country. You know, like being a feminist or a homosexual, really awful things that, of course would bring down the wrath of God, right ? This is what Robertson does, he blames the victims. Why ? It's simple. Robertson tells people he needs their money to help spread the word of God and stop people from sinning. What better way to get people to donate than to claim that every major tragedy is due to so many people sinning ? This man claims to worship a loving God, yet tells people that this loving God is willing to kill thousands of innocent men, women, and children to punish the sins of others. Of course, I'm sure there are plenty of other Christians who feel this way, but most of them aren't on TV exploiting tragedies to fill their coffers.
Then there's Rush Limbaugh. First, he criticized the President for responding to the Haitian earthquake within 24 hours as opposed to the 3 days it took before he responded to the underpants bomber. Never mind that one of the political right's heroes, Dubya, took longer to respond to the shoe bomber then Obama did to respond to the underpants bomber. And, more importantly, Obama making a remark about some incompetent wannabe terrorist wasn't something that needed to be done right away. However, there is a short window in which to have a realistic expectation of finding survivors under collapsed buildings and in any natural disaster, the faster you respond, the more lives you will save. Maybe Limbaugh wasn't clear on this after Dubya's response to Katrina.
That was bad enough, but it's par for the course for Limbaugh and his determination to bash Obama just for the sake of bashing him. What was really bad, however, was what happened yesterday. A caller to Limbaugh's show asked about the donation page on the White House's web site and Limbaugh actually suggested that the money might not go to Haiti. I can only assume that he was implying that it was going to be pocketed by Obama instead. More stupidity from Limbaugh, not really surprising. He could have redeemed himself a little bit though by suggesting a different website people could go to and donate. There are right wing sites out there that have risen above the petty partisanship at all costs which Limbaugh engages in that have links to the Red Cross and other places you can donate. He could have pointed the caller to one of them without ruining his right wing "cred", but instead of mentioning one of those sites, he said the following : "Besides, we've already donated to Haiti. It's called the U.S. income tax." So Limbaugh's response to all the death and suffering in Haiti where bodies are piling up to the point where they are being bulldozed off the street is Screw 'em !
I hate to wish for the eternal suffering of people twice in one week (See my previous post "The New McCarthyism"), but I really, really hope that Robertson and Limbaugh spend eternity roasting on spits in Hell.