Saturday, January 23, 2010

Humanity Fail, Courtesy of SC Lt. Governor

In case you were wondering why SC Governor Mark Sanford wasn't tossed out on his Appalachian Trail hiking ass, it's because our Lt. Governor, who would have been his replacement, is a freak. Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer is seeking the Republican gubernatorial nomination and as such, spoke at a town hall meeting last night on the subject of providing government assistance to those in need:
"My grandmother was not a highly educated woman, but she told me as a small child to quit feeding stray animals. You know why? Because they breed. You're facilitating the problem if you give an animal or a person ample food supply. They will reproduce, especially ones that don't think too much further than that. And so what you've got to do is you've got to curtail that type of behavior. They don't know any better," Bauer said.
Setting aside the equivalency Bauer draws between stray pets and poor people - yeah I know, that's a HUGE one to try and set aside - I can't help going back to the words "ample food supply". The idea that we would deny any living creature - mind you, Bauer was discussing kids who get free lunches at school - an "ample food supply" when it is within our power to give them access, well that's not the America I grew up in nor is it the South Carolina I have grown to love.

We feed stray pets for many of the same reasons we provide free school lunches to low income kids:
  1. We are a humane society.
  2. We have enough resources to share so that no living thing needs to go hungry in this country.
  3. We feel a sense of responsibility to those in need because they are members of our communities.
  4. We're not freaks.
Although there was no chance I would have worked to support Bauer's campaign before, I now have extra motivation to work for his defeat. Game on, dirtbag.

It is necessary to help others, not only in our prayers, but in our daily lives. If we find we cannot help others, the least we can do is to desist from harming them.
- Dalai Lama


Bill Free said...

Have always wondered how much the prospect of Bauer in the governor's mansion - and then running as an incumbent - figured in the legislature's Sanford strategy. With 12.6 percent unemployment and an ever-expanding Corridor of Shame, this is the kind of self-righteous loser nobody needs. Rage on, Andre. Starve the bastards out.

Anonymous said...

What a dumb redneck, hillbilly, uneducated thing for a Lt. Gov to say. His Grandma must have been a coldhearted bitch, too.

Nichole said...

Wow. That's just... I have no words.

*shakes head*

Anonymous said...

Given Sanford's talent for breeding, I can only assume he had unrestricted access to food.

Retrieverman said...

What a minute!

You mean the Appalachian Trail isn't in Argentina?

I guess that leaves Senator DeMint as the most rational politician in South Carolina.

Retrieverman said...

We need mandatory spay-neuter for South Carolina Republicans.

Susan said...

The scary thing is that people were probably nodding and clapping. Here's the crap that is going around Facebook right now. I had to respond to one of the nicer conservative friends I have on this one: "Shame on you America: we have homeless without shelter, children going to bed without eating, elderly going without needed meds, and mentally ill without treatment - yet we have a benefit for the people of Haiti on 12 TV stations. And the world will still think America is a horrible country and hate us. And further in that 99% of people won't copy and repost this..." FMUTA!! The country has lost 1.5% of its population as counted SO FAR - but we should be ashamed of giving them aid?

Pibble said...

Some people can't know loss unless they experience it firsthand. Unfortunately, empathy isn't a word in their vocabulary.

And I have to ask what they might have done to help the people in need right here in the US since they're so against helping people outside of our country. I'll bet they haven't reached into their pockets at all, ever. Usually, these people are all talk and no action.

Heather Houlahan said...

Jon Stewart just stole your post. I swear, almost to the word.

He did tie it in to a South Carolinian who got caught ****ing the same horse twice, though.

YesBiscuit! said...

Oh! I'll have to catch that on a rerun today. I promise to share my royalty checks w/you. : )