Thursday, January 14, 2010

Rush Limbaugh, Pat Robertson, an Earthquake and the President

"You know, the Haitians revolted and got themselves free. But ever since, they have been cursed by one thing after the other." "Rev." - Pat [oops he did it again]Robertson

Pat Robertson's claim can easily be countered with a google search and a little common sense. Haiti may be a fourth world country where the lucky ones die when travesty strikes but there is no reason to believe they were better off as slaves under French, or for that matter, as the working poor stiffs for rich, white racists under American rule.

Rush [the demagogue] Limbaugh in the meantime used the tragedy in Haiti as another occasion to attack the president and perhaps gin up another race war. On his talk show, Limbaugh said Obama would use this incident to boost his credibility from the African American community, as if (a) he wouldn't do it because the plight of the Haitians who survived the 7.0 earthquake didn't move him, b) he didn't consider how our reputation around the world would decline if we let the Haitians died from starvation, malnutrition, or disease and/or (c) he didn't consider the national security concerns created by the illegal immigration from a fourth-world people who would have every reason to flee to the United States after this incident.

I wouldn't be too surprised if Limbaugh were to accuse the president of trying to bribe his way into the white American's good graces if and when he needs to respond to a tragedy inflicted upon a predominantly white-populated society.

Mr. Limbaugh also criticized Obama on his response time. The president, he asserted reacted far more quickly to the humanitarian disaster inflicted upon the Haitian people than he did to the Nigerian terrorist's attempt to bring an airplane down utilizing an explosive he hid within his underwear.

The conservative talk show host is, however, comparing apples to oranges since the president needed far more information to react to the latter than he did with the former. He didn't need to gather any information about the devolving situation in Haiti before he vowed to help the Haitians in their time of need. Video-footage aired on CNN, MSNBC or any of the broadcast news stations were all he needed to express his condolences and vow to aide, in whatever as of yet undefined way we can, those in need. His response to the latest terrorist incident was delayed in part because he wanted to get all of the facts, to , in other words, see where things went wrong, before he spoke to the American people or took questions from the press.

The administration's response to one incident required more time because it required more thought, than the response to the other incident. One was a humanitarian disaster, the other a lapse in national security.

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