Posts Tagged Haiti
The reasons just jump off the news pages the past couple of days. From people who are so-called spiritual and political leaders of conservatives in this county. People like Pat Robertson and Rush Limbaugh. If you call yourself a conservative, I’m wondering if you defend the words of these high-powered speakers for the conservative movement. As for me, it just solidifies why I am a liberal and could NEVER be a conservative.
Pat Robertson blames the earthquake as well as a long history of Haitian poverty and devastation on a pact with the devil to free themselves from France and Napoleon “the 3rd” (!) in the 1700’s. Does anybody believe this stuff devil pact stuff? Really?
And this coming from a guy who got wealthy off the backs of Africans in his diamond operation (not to mention his many other dubious business ventures) using money he collected for relief for Rwandans. This is a man of God?
According to a 2 June 1999, article in The Virginian-Pilot, Robertson had extensive business dealings with Liberian president Charles Taylor. According to the article, Taylor gave Robertson the rights to mine for diamonds in Liberia’s mineral-rich countryside. According to two Operation Blessing pilots who reported this incident to the state of Virginia for investigation in 1994, Robertson used his Operation Blessing planes to haul diamond-mining equipment to Robertson’s mines in Liberia, despite the fact that Robertson was telling his 700 Club viewers that the planes were sending relief supplies to the victims of the genocide in Rwanda.
But do keep those checks going to the 700 Club, folks. No telling what important business Robertson will be able to do with your money next.
Want to read a little more about Haiti’s history and understand how the U.S. has played a big role in keeping them in poverty while helping Dominican Republic prosper? It has nothing to do with the devil; unless, of course, you think of the U.S. as the great satan as some nations do. Go here. http://www.lrb.co.uk/v26/n08/paul-farmer/who-removed-aristide And that uprising against Napoleon? Well that was about slavery as Haiti was the primary import site for African slaves at the time.
And then there’s Rush Limbaugh. Remember after last election, Rush was being called the “voice” of the Republican party? Well people, here’s your voice, certainly not the voice of compassionate conservatism.
More headlines from MediaMatters (actual quotes from Limbaugh’s radio program):
Limbaugh says, “[W]e’ve already donated to Haiti. It’s called the U.S. income tax”
Limbaugh: Obama will use Haiti to boost credibility with “light-skinned and dark-skinned black community in this country”
Limbaugh: Haiti is “not Clinton’s place” because “[y]ou can’t even pick up a prostitute down there without genuine fear of AIDS”.
(Forgetting, apparently, that he, Rush, was picked up for illegal possession of Viagra upon returning from the Dominican Republic.)
And it goes on and on. No apologies. Just keep piling on. Can anyone defend this? Disgusting!
(My apologies to Glenden as I see he has a post earlier on Robertson as well. But the outrage deserves at least two posts.)