Before you read further I’ll warn you that this is a rant which has nothing to do with climate science.
From ABC news:
When Miami-Dade Police Officer Vicki Thomas, 55, was dispatched to look into a shoplifting case at a Publix grocery store, a store manager led her to Jessica Robles.
“She was crying. I said, ‘Okay, what did she take?’ And he pointed to a grocery cart that was full of groceries,” Thomas told ABCNews.com. “I’ve been on [the job] 23 years, and I went, wow.”
“She just filled up the grocery cart and she just walked out, which shocked me and I asked her, ‘Why?'” Thomas recalled. “She said, ‘My children were hungry.’ And that immediately impacted me.”
What did officer Thomas do? She bought the woman groceries.
Give that police officer a medal. I mean it.
There are two things that strike me about this story. The first is, that it takes enlightenment to know what’s the right thing to do, when it flies in the face of what the “rules” say you’re supposed to do. More than that, it takes courage to do it. Miami-Dade Police Officer Vicki Thomas has both. Give her a goddamn medal. I mean it.
The second is, that this story shows the moral bankruptcy of the republican party. That’s the party filled with, even dominated by, politicians who say people on food stamps are deadbeats who are too lazy to work so they’re just gaming the system to get a free ride.
The truth is that the vast majority of people on food stamps are struggling just to get by, unable to do so on a minimum-wage job, desperate to feed their kids.
Desperate. To feed their kids. While republican politicians worry their fat-cat heads about their tax burden. Fuck you.
I know a lot of republicans — not politicians, just ordinary people. They’re not like that. If they saw a neighbor whose kids were hungry, they would get some groceries. Feed the kids. But even though they’re not like that, they talk like that and they vote like that, because they’ve bought in to the propaganda about how deadbeats on food stamps are stealing their money. They got the idea from Faux “news” and they hear it from republican politicians. The truth is, it’s the corporate CEOs who have stolen their money, all the while convincing them that one of our finest government assistance programs — food stamps — is too expensive, but subsidies for oil companies are essential to protect “job creators.” I have a question for the “job creators”: where are the fucking jobs?
That’s why I’m registered as a democrat. I don’t particularly like the democratic party, they’ve got their share of corruption and more than their share of incompetence. But you don’t hear democrat politicians talk about cutting food stamp benefits. You hear that from republican politicians. Fuck them.
But I’m seriously considering registering as a republican. We need a choice when we go to the voting booth — a real choice — but right now we don’t have one. In most cases, the “choice” is between an incompetent democrat and an evil republican. And yes, you bet your sweet ass I really mean evil.
It’s time for people of good conscience to take back the republican party. To vote all those goddamn greedy corporate-welfare/human-misery politicians the hell out of a job. To tell the “tea party” to kiss our collective asses. Then maybe we can get a real choice in the voting booth. Because right now, the “choice” we get is no choice at all.
You know what’s most galling? That the republican assholes who are pissed off about spending tax dollars on food stamps have the goddamn gall to call themselves Christian. Fuck you.