Another day and another tornado/flood/hail disaster in the Red States that voted against Hurricane Sandy aid and who want to cut FEMA money or force cuts in all other systems to pay for Red State disasters. This bizarre world of the right wing ‘We hate the Feds except when we want Fed money’ gang is out in full force demanding we all fund their disasters for them while they withhold disaster aid to liberal states that give the majority of funds to FEMA in the first place.
Four-state tornado outbreak kills 1 and Kansas, Oklahoma, Iowa and Missouri are going to have more storms. Texas and Oklahoma are the most vicious states when it comes to Federal disaster spending, both being top recipients of aid while deny it totally to all others so it doesn’t surprise me to see that San Antonio Flooding Kills At Least Two People and the slackers who run the GOP are running to DC for money.
Sen. Jim Inhofe: Oklahoma “hit hard, but we’re not knocked out” – CBS News: this story features one of the ugliest of the ‘no aid for you’all and all aid to me’all’ acting all high and mighty pretending he stands on his own two feet while expecting the Democrats to bail his state out of yet another disaster. Damage is over $2 billion and I am certain the Koch Brothers could easily find the funds to pay 100% of the damage to their beloved home base state.
But they will provide nothing! Nay, paying taxes is anathema to them’all. Yup. So what is important to the GOP today?
Well, Obama shook the hand of a Marine guard instead of giving a Sieg Heil salute! This is supposed to be a civilian democracy, not a police state run by the military. When a Marine held an umbrella, the right wing leeches who have made our military budget the biggest on earth had a collective hissy fit. Now this ‘scandal’ has them all up in arms, feeling as if they are insulted while they hurl insults at Obama constantly even if all he is doing is sitting in a chair minding his own business. To keep the militarists happy, he gave this speech:
“We are who we are today – a free and prosperous nation, the greatest in the world” because of their sacrifice, Mr. Obama said.
And because only 1 percent of Americans serve in the armed forces, that sacrifice made by servicemen and women “isn’t always readily apparent,” the president said.
“Those who serve tend to do so quietly,” he said. “They don’t seek the limelight. They don’t serve for our admiration, or even our gratitude. They risk their lives, and many give their lives, for something larger than themselves or any of us: the ideals of liberty and justice that make America a beacon of hope for the world.”
“And because of that courage – that willingness to fight and even die – America endures,” he said.
This is what is so irritating. Making up stuff to appease the militant, they have to pretend to be humble and ignored. The last thing on earth that is ignored in the US is our military global war machine. And this is not about liberty and justice. We see with the anti-Muslim wars, this is open racism, religious intolerance, a naked move to steal natural resources the latest being Syria’s oil, Obama did quietly admit that Gitmo is causing us yet another international diplomatic disaster due to its resemblance to the Soviet gulag system.
The US is not seen as a ‘beacon of hope’ in much of the world, it is seen as an aggressor power that props up vicious dictatorships like the one in Saudi Arabia and which oppresses the Palestinians while funding the Jewish war machine and it menaces China while enabling Japanese imperialism. Far from being a beacon of hope, the US has supported many fascist coups over the years and has gone to great lengths to undermine and overthrow elected governments that are leftist or which nationalize resources the US elites want on the cheap.
Our nation is under fire not from the Chinese or from handfuls of angry Muslims retaliating for our activities overseas, our nation is under fire from Mother Nature. And will be under fire for a long, long time, like, forever since Mother Nature is also the Great Destroyer. Life and death are always on the scales being balanced and then something lands on the ‘death’ side of the scale, a volcano, tornado, earthquake, tsunami, or asteroid.
Here is the 31 Senate Republicans Opposed Sandy Relief After Supporting Disaster Aid For Home States if you go to Think Progress to see the long list of guys who claim they have ‘God’ on their side and who blame Mother Nature events on things like gay guys kissing. They love to claim the military is the best part of our culture and government while also claiming churches are great, too and they claim God loves them and hates us liberals but who saves them and who pays for the military?
Liberal states, of course. This shameless game of demanding respect while giving none will continue while Mother Nature happily stirs the pot while being totally ignored by the religious right wing fanatics.
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