Hatin’ On Haiti
The crisis in Haiti is an unfortunate and tragic happenstance. On the one hand it has brought out the best in people. Nations and individuals, for example, have sprung into immediate action to provide whatever aid is within their means. From cash donations from you and me to armed forces, rescue teams and equipment from nations around the world.
The seriousness of the situation is underscored by the mounting death toll, rising well above half a million people.
But on the other hand, it has also brought out the worst in some people. The normal reaction to such a disaster includes such emotions as sadness and compassion. Usually.
But then, as is often underlined on this blog we’re not always dealing with normal people.
And as is also often the case on these pages, we’re not making this up. You may or may not have heard these two boneheads commenting on the Haiti situtation so let me share with you.
Televangelist Pat Robertson apparently has a theory. He thinks the situation in the earthquake ravaged country is due to a long ago made “pact to the devil”. Speaking on his 700 Club broadcast earlier this week, this misinformed miscreant basically indicated Haitians had no one but themselves to blame for their misfortune for making a pact with the devil to help get them out from under the French. “And so the devil said ‘okay, it’s a deal'”.
Robertson should know about failed deals. The one he made with the Republican party in 1988 didn’t help him get elected President.
But Robertson isn’t the only blithering, self-annointed prophet to misuse the power of his electronic pulpit. Our good buddy Rush Limbaugh has added his considerable weight to the issue. He says the crisis will play right into President Obama’s hands by allowing him to play up his “compassionate” and “humanitarian” credentials. Furthermore, the Conservative blowhard doesn’t think people should be donating to help the devesated country. As Limbaugh puts it, “We’ve already donated to Haiti. It’s called the U.S. income tax.”
There’s a word for such opinions.