If you ever wake up one morning having found yourself with renewed faith in the intellect of your fellow citizens/residents/man, just spend a few minutes reading the comments on your local newspaper's website and you'll have that faith sucked out of you by the time you finish your cereal.
Earlier today I tweeted an article on how one in four Americans now receives some measure of food assistance from the government. Inevitably, the conservative 'blame the victim' crowd came out to blame the fat/lazy/stupid defrauders eating away "their" tax dollars. But from under the pile of non-constructive dreck that made up the comments on this article came this gem from a user named gentil77 that was both eye opening and worthy of applause:
You didn't get mad when over 200,000 US Citizens lost their lives because they had no health insurance.You didn't get mad when we gave people who had more money than they could spend, the filthy rich, over a trillion dollars in tax breaks.You didn't get mad when lack of oversight and regulations from the Bush Administration caused US Citizens to lose 12 trillion dollars in investments, retirement, and home values.You didn't get mad when we didn't catch Bin Laden.You didn't get mad when Bush rang up 10 trillion dollars in combined budget and current account deficits.you didn't get mad when we let a major US city, New Orleans, drown.You didn't get mad when the Supreme Court stopped a legal recount and appointed a President.You didn't get mad when Cheney allowed Energy company officials to dictate Energy policy and push us to invade Iraq..You didn't get mad when the Patriot Act got passed.You didn't get mad when we illegally invaded a country that posed no threat to us.You didn't get mad when we spent over 800 billion (and counting) on said illegal war.You didn't get mad when Bush borrowed more money from foreign sources than the previous 42 Presidents combined.You didn't get mad when over 10 billion dollars in cash just disappeared in Iraq .You didn't get mad when you found out we were torturing people!!!!You didn't get mad when you saw the horrible conditions at Walter Reed.you didn't get mad when Bush embraced trade and outsourcing policies that shipped 6 million American jobs out of the country.You didn't get mad when the government was illegally wiretapping Americans.You didn't get mad when as a result of of the reckless BUSH administration massive harm to the country, we migth never be able to recover from this one..No.....You finally got mad when a black man was elected President and decided that people in America deserved the right to see a doctor if they are sick!.A bit long, but it kind of sums the last decade or so of Republican supporter thought up nicely, doesn't it?