Note from Dan: To my knowledge, Janice G has never posted here before. From what I can tell, it appears she hails from Kansas. And man, does she unload below. Saturday, she posted this fine and passionate rant to an old thread from January 2011. It reeks of somebody who’s been there, and is living it, and it’s far to good to allow it to get lost there. You may have read Thomas Frank’s “What’s the Matter with Kansas?” What’s below suggests there’s great hope for that state yet. Janice G., hang in there.
By Janice G.
First I wish to say that I am an independent voter who used to vote Republican. I am a Christian who does not support abortion, nor do I support gay marriage. Oh yeah and I’m white, if that’s important — I know it is to the GOP.
Well here it goes:
I am so sick and tired of hearing the GOP bash the poor, the disabled, and those who work minimum-wage jobs and those who are unemployed and must have food stamps to feed their children, or who are on disability or SSI. My husband has a master’s degree, but is ill now, disabled and bed-bound.
I just went through a year of treatment for stage III breast cancer and I have 2 very gifted and top-of-the-class college sons, who would not be able to attend college without financial aid and student loans. It’s not like the days of Leave It to Beaver any more. I know — I was blessed to have one of those child-hoods. It’s time to recognize that things have changed and “the American dream” isn’t available to everyone anymore, no matter how hard you work and try to save!
There are many people who are among the “educated poor” like me. And there are many who are the “uneducated” poor. But they aren’t stupid, they’ve been quite educated in “the school of hard knocks” which quite a few of the GOP have never experienced, myself included. You talk about “ENTITLEMENTS” Rush, Fox New . . . OH BOY DON’T GET ME STARTED!. . . the “wealthy or well-offs” are the ones who feel they are “entitled” to everything: such as big bonuses and big perks!
Blaming the poor, who most often work 2 minimum wage jobs, and who are often single mothers working over a 12 hours day, is wrong. And and blaming them EVERY SINGLE DAY on your radio show is so out of touch, Rush!. . . as if they are thinking “wow, I must not buy these potatoes and this hamburger today with these food stamps for my hungry kids, because someone had to pay more taxes.”
No, Rush Limbaugh, they are hungry. Did you hear me? I said HUNGRY! For every dollar that goes to welfare or food stamps, over $3 goes to a large corporation, too big to fail! That’s a problem no matter who is in power — Democrats or Republicans. Example: AIG, which mismanaged over $180 billion dollars and continued to give big bones to their executives, who now want their own brand of “entitlements.” Hello, Santa Claus!
That cost our taxpayers way more than the sick and poor and unemployed in this country do! . . . Not to mention Goldman Sachs and many more. The GOP thinks that they are better than the rest of us, because they say they are the party of “hard-working responsible people” who are so proud of themselves to be lucky enough to stay healthy, and were able to make it through college and find a good paying job. What a joke.
Dripping with arrogance and self-righteousness, they put others down and call every poor person lazy and uneducated. That’s according to Rush Limbaugh, to whom I listened almost every day for several years — until I came to the realization that he deplores anyone who needs “Help” just to survive from day to day.
Hey, we just want to pay our rent, put gas in our car, make car repairs (that’s if we have one), pay car insurance and gas to get to and from work and to drive to our places of worship. Oh and by the way many of us have military spouses, sons and daughters who are fighting for this wonderful country too!
I don’t think Rush has studied the scriptures much, where Jesus says:
“When I was hungry, you gave me something to eat, when I was thirsty, you gave me something to drink, naked-clothing, in prison, you visited me, sick, you comforted me, and a stranger, you took me in. In as much as you have done it to the least of these my brothers you have done it to me!”
I love this country, and I’ve always worked hard, I currently pay rent, yet I feed and have taken in international students who have need, because no one else will, and families that had nowhere else to go, and because I believe the Lord Jesus is “entitled” to my service!
Hey Christian brothers and sisters, the GOP has highjacked you, they’re hoping you will vote against abortion and gay marriage, when all along they will do nothing about it, it’s just a dangling carrot in front of you, to distort your thinking to get you to think that the word Republican means Christian!
We, as Christians cannot expect nonbelievers to live as Christians, all we can do is try to BE like Jesus and do all we can to LOVE and give of ourselves to others, so that it will result in a conviction by the Holy Spirit, which can bring the lost to Christ, and then they will confront their own sins — as well as I must do — as we know all have sinned!
The majority of people in this country love this country and our constitution, but we need jobs, food, clothing, a roof over our heads, and encouragement!
The “turn-off” in this election was this: Rush Limbaugh and his followers believe that “lowly peasants” like me “want STUFF.”
What “stuff,” Rush?
Food? Good health? A tiny apartment away from the cold?
What stuff Rush? Hope?
A Bible to read? Some toilet paper? Medicine? Oh, yeah. I remember hearing how some poor single moms with little kids got a few cheap $10 phones so they could call 911 when danger arises! How deplorable that anyone get something for free? I could rattle on and on.
Oh yeah it’s called “class warfare.” No it’s not Rush! It’s called being “HUNGRY” get it? I don’t think so!
“Let him who has ears, hear what the Spirit has to say.”
The term “race card” gets brought up and laughed about on talk radio, too. God knows our hearts, maybe we should all take a second look at our judgements of other cultures and races, and what they’ve had to endure! Oh . . . but then we would have to humble ourselves before God!
Romney’s comment about the 47% had a lot to do with the election’s outcome. But he got that from YOU, Rush! You’ve been preaching that rhetoric every day on the radio for years, haven’t you Rush?
So yeah, Romney lost because YOU turned independents like ME off, Rush!
Hope you never lose your health or go HUNGRY or God forbid, run out of toilet paper.
Oh, and when you say that your talent is on “loan from God?” . . . Be VERY careful!