Far too many Americans not only don’t care, but also will do everything that they can to take these benefits away from other needier people, many are doing it because their phony heretical Christian ministers and fake evangelical preachers are telling them to do it in the name of God! I watch Washington Week on C-Span and one woman called in and said that she was very angry that “the black family across the street was getting $2,000 worth of food stamps per month for a family of three” and they were “just laying around and doing nothing all the time at taxpayer expense.” She said that “these people shouldn’t be getting food assistance at all” and no wonder America is going bankrupt.
Well, for starters, no one gets $2,000 worth of food stamps each month and as far as laying around and doing nothing all the time, that would be hard to evaluate without having more information. However, most people who get food stamps do work for a living but are paid very poorly and have very high low income rents. Her whole rant had a tinge of racism about it because she was a white woman talking about “these people.”
I sincerely doubt that America is going bankrupt over food stamps. Usually recipients get so little that they can barely feed themselves and have to live on shells and sauce and Top Ramen noodles with a little meat and vegetables once in awhile. Sometimes they might splurge on a very small piece of steak, and I hope that everyone in the checkout line doesn’t sneer at them for buying a piece of steak on food stamps. I have seen this happen when a woman with a toddler bought a package of cookies and a bottle of ginger ale with food stamps. Some of these people ought to be forced to live on food stamps themselves for awhile and have no more income and see how they like it. Should I sneer at them when they buy soda or cookies or ice cream and pay cash? I guess they only sneer when people use food stamps. I wonder how they even know this. They must watch poor people like a hawk. This white woman probably got her ideas from something that she heard on right wing media, that is my guess, Men like Limbaugh and Hannity are mouthpieces for people like the Kochs and the Mercers. The Koch brothers want all public assistance to end, even Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid, and even meals on wheels, so they don’t have to pay any taxes except for the military and law enforcement. I read this about the Kochs in Democracy in Chains. The Kochs practically own the entire Republican Party and they gave 900 million dollars to republicans in 2016 and plan to give at least 400 million for 2018. This is why the republicans in Congress and Trump are doing these things, to please the multimillionaire Kochs who have over three hundred billion dollars but will never be happy until millions of Americans starve, many of them are elderly,disabled, and young children, and disabled veterans who cannot fend for themselves. These men are like the devil himself, and sometimes I feel like I’m living in an earthly version of hell.
Anyway, what can you say to people like that? Are we Americans, in one of the wealthiest countries in the world, so stingy and mean spirited that we will get upset when a woman with a child buys a package of cookies with food stamps? It seems so, and I’m beginning to think that about half of all .Americans think and act this way. They are bigoted, racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamophobic, self righteous, judgemental, cruel, selfish, stingy, mean spirited, snobby, nosy, malicious, hateful, arrogant, ignorant, entitled, rude, crude, vulgar, gossips that love to think the worst about other people, backstabbing, filthy minded, greedy, ungrateful, uncaring, bullies, and sometimes they are even sadistic and seem to enjoy other people’s suffering, they are illogical and thoughtless and they jump to every conclusion that one could easily assume. They never apologise or admit when they are wrong and never forgive others if one should accidentally step on their toe you must have done it deliberatly. I could probably find more bad things to say about them but that is enough for now.
I have witnessed this behavior and these attitudes many times, especially during the 2016 campagn and right after, but not as much lately. I wonder if people calling out Trump’s bad behavior is making them think twice. I hope so and that this will wake them up.
The problem for me is that I am a bleeding heart liberal and proud of it because I wear this as a badge of honor against people with these attitudes and to show solidarity with others like myself who feel that we are under assault. People hate me because I choose to care and be loving and kind whenever I can. I’m not perfect or anything, far from it. It’s just that someone has got to stand up to these bullies and I can’t let them get away with it.
However, it is making me feel more and more like I don’t belong in my own country. I dont even know if I want to live alongside of people like this. I have seen that many people in very poor countries are much kinder than this and they have nothing, yet they are so nice to be with and fun while far too many Americans make me afraid, angry, ashamed and disgusted, and it is not any fun to live in this country with people like this. I think about moving to Uruguay or someplace.
I am also thinking about fighting back by starting an all Gospel only lay Christian group where we get together like the early Christians did for the first three hundred years before the Catholic Church was started. I’m thinking about writing a book about the perversion of the Christian Churches in America. People are so turned off by bad Christianity that they don’t think that there is any other kind. I am a Christian Liberal who believes in love and truth. See the Christian Left website. I am angry at the desecration of my religion and I want to fight back. This mean spiritedness and cruel ugliness must stop somehow. It’s making me ashamed to be an American.