7 comments August 3rd, 2008at 11:55am Posted by Eli
I just wanted to make a point that I forgot to make earlier when I quoted “moderate Republican” Chuck Grassley talking about the citizens of New Orleans “on rooftops complaining for helicopters to rescue them”: That this is how Republicans see the relationship between the people and the government, that people are constantly whining for government to bail them out of their petty little problems, like natural disasters, unemployment, grinding poverty, that kind of thing.
Republicans like Grassley remind me of this classic Garry Shandling bit:
I met a new girl at a barbecue, very pretty, a blond I think. I don’t know, her hair was on fire, and all she talked about was herself. You know these kind of girls: ‘I’m hot. I’m on fire. Me, me, me.’ You know. ‘Help me, put me out.’ Come on, could we talk about me just a little bit?
And, of course, when they do take action on a crisis, it’s for their own power and enrichment and nothing to do with actually helping those pesky little people.
People afraid of terrorists? Waste thousands of lives and trillions of dollars on a pointless invasion and institute a secret regime of unlawful spying, detention, torture and murder. Then push to make it all legal after it’s been exposed.
People getting hammered by gas prices? Push for offshore and ANWR giveaways to the oil companies.
And so on.