Republican sensibilities

Op-Ed Columnist
Conservatives Are Such Jokers
Published: October 5, 2007

Krugman writes:  "If you’re poor, if you don’t have health insurance, if you’re sick — well, today’s conservatives don’t think it’s a serious issue. In fact, they think it’s funny."  
I think that this commentary, for me, this hits the nail on the head.  If you don’t believe me, read the article for specific examples of the jokes, both new and old:   
Maybe this lack of empathy is also the reason my personality was not appreciated when I worked as a prosecutor for the state attorney general.  When I expressed qualms about prosecuting a homeless woman who was being held in jail for the crime of child neglect — after she gave birth in a cheap weekly rent motel room (that had no telephone) — I was labeled as a pansy.   Or maybe the pansy label was in response to the time I expressed qualms about my role in arguing on appeal that the courts uphold the murder conviction of a man who was not only paranoid schizophrenic, but where there was no question at all about it.  He was so delusional that just hours after he killed his grandparents, he tried to call them on the telephone. The state’s own two, expert psychiatric witnesses testified he unequivocally met the McNaughten standard for insanity.  Just not tough enough, I guess.  I argued the cases and won them both.  That’s my duty as an advocate.  It’s the duty of my opponent not to let me run him over like a bulldozer (he failed).  But was justice done?  I don’t think so. 
Is America a nation where Justice rolls down like waters, and righteousness like a rolling stream, as depicted in Isaiah? 
I don’t think so.  Anyone who thinks it is, is delusional.  For blatant hypocrisy when it comes to social justice, just drive a few miles from your house and look at the houses in less affluent neighborhoods.  Or, look as far as the air conditioning unit emitting greenhouse gases, the incandescent bulbs in the light fixture, or the gas guzzler in the driveway.  Of course we can all do more.  I don’t claim to be immune from the hypocrite label, myself.  After all, it’s easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven.  But please, spare me.  If you’re around me, don’t make a fool of yourself by belittling those who have few choices in how they live.  I won’t think it’s funny. 


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