“It’s called the ‘Ownership society’ in Washington. This isn’t the first time this philosophy has appeared. It used to be called Social Darwinism,” Obama said late Saturday at the Democrats meeting at Walt Disney World.
“They have a philosophy they have implemented and that is doing exactly what it was designed to do. They basically don’t believe in government. They have a different philosophy that says, ‘We’re going to dismantle government’,” Obama said.
Republicans running the federal government believe, “You are on your own to buy your own health care, to buy your own retirement security … to buy your own roads and levees,” Obama said, referring to flood barriers that gave way in New Orleans during Katrina last August.
Though I’ve criticized Obama in the past, I have to give him kudos for at least being willing to say it, because so much is virtually unsayable in America today. I’m also feeling a bit vindicated because I’ve been saying it for a while now.
It’s no shock that most of the dead in New Orleans were among the “weakest of the week,” those who were too old or infirm to fend for themselves, and those who were too young to fend for themselves if separated from parents or other adults. That’s the expected outcome of a philosophy that basically boils down to “survival of the fittest”; in the case those physically and economically “fit” enough to get themselves out of the way of the hurricane.
It’s the logical outcome of mindset founded in social darwinism, which fits right in with the conservative “wealth is well-being is virtue” ideal I mentioned earlier. It’s not just the physically or economically strong that survive (indeed that should survive, according to this POV), but the morally strong as well, because economic strength (manifested as material well-being, and the ability to move out of harms way) implies moral strength. Thus, poverty implies moral weakness.
And there is no obligation on the part of the morally strong to save the morally weak, because moral weakness is always a choice. The poor, then, have it coming. That the dead being recovered in New Orleans now simply had the misfortune of being old and poor, or being born into poverty, doesn’t figure into the equation somehow.
Wanna see it in action? Head down to Kentucky, one of the redder states, where the eldery have to choose between pain, paying bills, or possible jailtime.
Dottie Neeley, 87, was fingerprinted, photographed and thrown in jail, imprisoned as much by the tubing from her oxygen tank as by the concrete and steel around her.
The woman — who spent two days in jail after her arrest last December — is among a growing number of Kentucky senior citizens charged in a crackdown on a crime authorities say is rampant in Appalachia: Elderly people are reselling their painkillers and other medications to addicts.
“When a person is on Social Security, drawing $500 a month, and they can sell their pain pills for $10 apiece, they’ll take half of them for themselves and sell the other half to pay their electric bills or buy groceries,” Floyd County jailer Roger Webb said.
Compassionate conservatism in action, again. Maybe I’m wrong, and maybe I’m crazy. But it seems there’s at least one U.S. Senator who’s as crazy as I am. I hope it’s catching.