This post has nothing to do with climate change, or any aspect of science or mathematics. It’s about politics. It’s about why, even though I think the democratic party in the USA is generally incompetent, I’m still a staunch supporter. Because every now and again I see something that makes me so angry … I feel the need to rant.
I know lots of republicans. Not politicians, not party leaders, just plain old folks with a strongly conservative bent. Some are extreme, claiming membership in the “tea party” and believing that President Obama wasn’t born in the USA. I have strong disagreements with them. But none of them, not one, not a single goddamn person I know, would dare, would even consider, to deny food to a child in school.
But that’s what happened.
According to the Associated Press, students who couldn’t pay or who were behind on their pre-paid accounts were flat out denied lunch by an employee of the district’s lunch supplier. Some students cried and others were forced to throw their perfectly good food in the garbage when it was determined that they couldn’t pay.
What kind of monster would do such a thing?
The responsible official, working for Whitsons Culinary Group of Islandia, N.Y., was placed on administrative leave after the incident. Superintendent Pia Durkin has since promised that, “There is no way any child in my district will ever go hungry. Children need to eat.” A spokesperson for Whitsons Culinary Group also admitted that the situation was handled poorly and issued an apology to parents and students.
“Handled poorly”? Bullshit. What actually happened is that the “responsible official” decided that corporate profit was more important than food in the mouths of children at school.
I blame the republican party.
Not rank-and-file republicans. I don’t know a single one who would permit, let alone condone, this. But I sure do remember Mitt Romney complaining that Americans wouldn’t vote for him who feel “entitled” to food. Food.
It’s the attitude that so pervades the republican party leadership that they no longer represent rank-and-file republicans. They are so intent on “I’ve got mine and to hell with anybody else” that we don’t dare end billions of dollars in subsidies to oil and gas companies despite their raking in record profits — but we mustn’t let the government feed hungry children.
They have pushed this agenda so far that they are responsible for legitimizing exactly the behavior which is so obviously despicable. Things that people once wouldn’t dare to crawl out from under their rock to do, they now dare — because of the environment of selfishness and greed which is a core principle of the republican party leadership. Then they’ll complain that they lose elections because of their “messaging.” It’s not the messaging. It’s the message.
You know what’s so incredible, so defies belief, that I don’t know whether to laugh or to cry? The fact that whoever made the decision to refuse food to kids in school probably has the unmitigated gall to call himself a Christian.
A schoolchild knows more about how to follow the example of Jesus, than the “responsible official, working for Whitsons Culinary Group” and the leadership of America’s republican party all put together:
One boy saw a girl behind him begin to cry after being told to discard her food. His mother, Jen Ingemi says he offered to share.
What the hell is this country coming to?