Kane Watch: Little Mr. Crabby Pants
When I was a kid, and my sister was all kinds of crabby about something, my dad would taunt her by calling her, "Little Ms. Crabby Pants." Usually it provided for good fun. It seems our boy Gene needs some teasing because something crawled up his ass today. I'm going to ignore everything in his most recent post, except for this:
Anybody who reads history knows King was about equal rights, affirmative action, helping the poor and compassion for the most powerless people in society. Does that really sound like a Republican to you?
Since he asked, I guess that doesn't sound like a Republican to me at all. At least, not in the way Kane means it.
Republicans (in general) support the equal rights of, not just Americans, but those in other countries as well. Democrats, on the other hand, don't think the rights of Iraqis or Afghanis, for example, are worth fighting for.
Republicans think the way to help the poor is not through hand-outs, but rather education. If hand-outs were the way to go, wouldn't the situation of the poor have gotten better by now? Anyone? Hello? Perhaps, and I'm gonna get real crazy here, but just perhaps if the role of the male in poor families hadn't been replaced by food stamps and aide, there would still be a family unit and the concept of parenting. Maybe the children in poor communities would actually go to school, get educated and figure out how to make a life for themselves. Just an idea.
But seriously....all those tax dollars and programs, all of that, real big help to the poor. I guess it is if your idea of helping someone is to get them from one day to the next. Republicans like to think in bigger time frames.
Gene thinks Affirmative Action, or rather the republican stance against it, is further proof of the callous nature of the party. Hmmm let's take a good look at Affirmative Action, shall we? Republicans against qualifying certain people as not smart enough to hold a certain job and the lowering of standards for those people...there's a winning attitude. "Hey, if you're black we don't expect much from you, so we'll lower the standards and give you the job anyway." Affirmative Action? What is it you want affirmed, Gene? Your own racist beliefs that minorities are stupid?
Republicans are against Affirmative Action because, gasp, Republicans have a deeply rooted belief that all people are equal. Whereas people like Gene want everyone to believe that minorities can't be held to the same standards, Republicans think that is nonsense. Which, I suppose, takes us back to the first point: Republicans believe in equal rights for everyone.
And Gene, tomorrow, try waking up on the other side of the bed.