Horrific disasters like the earthquake that leveled the capital city of Haiti with a death toll that may top 100,000 brings out the best and worst of people.
The best can be found in the millions of Americans who contacted relief agencies over the past two days and contributed their sparse and hard-earned dollars to help. The best is also found in the rescue workers who headed into the ravaged island nation to try and find survivors.
The worst can be found in right-wing blowhard Rush Limbaugh and religious charletons like Pat Robertson.
Robertson, the fundamentalist minister who justifies attacks on anything he doesn’t like on “God’s will,” delivered his standard mantra that the earthquake is punishment from on high. Limbaugh sat on his fat ass in his Florida studio and urged Americans not to contribute to relief in Haiti because “you already contribute through your tax dollars.” Limbaugh also said President Barack Obama and the Democratic party would milk the disaster in Haiti for political gain.
I normally expect the worst in humanity from sub-human dregs like Limbaugh and Robertson but their behavior sinks to new depths of depraved indifference.
Haiti is a corrupt nation where the United States has squandered millions in aid and assistance but the thousands of Haitians killed in this week’s earthquake and the thousands more left homeless are victims of a natural disaster that has nothing to do with politics, corruption or wasted taxpayer funds. They need help and compassion not bluster from self-annointed preachers of the word of God or diatribes from pompous right-wing zealots.
Fortunately, the compassion and humanity of Americans far outnumbers the callous inhumanity of cretins like Rush Limbaugh and Pat Robertson.
Score one for America.