War On The Poor: Heartlessness Is The New Black


Compassion for America’s poor and the long-term unemployed is audibly absent among many of the well-to-do, their on-air groupies, and politicians who once upon a news cycle tried to rebrand themselves as compassionate conservatives. A caller to a progressive radio show this week asked when heartlessness became fashionable in America.

Last night, Jon Stewart and the Daily Show put on a display some of the fashion trendsetters. It’s contempt for thosee Irresponsibles, and slack cut in abundance for “a few bad apples” in the financial industry and on Wall Street. These spokesmodels for scorn make the Pharisees look good.

STEWART: Alright, so when it comes to Wall Street, you can’t judge everyone by a few bad apples, I mean, who hasn’t had a couple of bad actors and apples, right? But when it comes to the unemployed and you find a few bad apples, napalm that f**king orchard.

I think I’m beginning to get it.

If it’s a policy that benefits the rich, then it doesn’t have to be paid for, should last forever and is good for America. But if it benefits the poor, we can’t afford it, we should end it as soon as possible and it will destroy our nation from within.

Because, when you give money to people who don’t have it, it corrupts them, but people who are already rich, have a money immunity built up already. Hand outs don’t hurt them!

Money is the root of all evil for anyone who doesn’t have any, just like smallpox is to the native American community.

Not that contempt for Jesus’ “least among you” is code-speak for anything, but when Aasif Mandvi interviewed local Republican party officer Don Yelton this fall, Yelton said of North Carolina’s new voting restrictions, “If it hurts a bunch of lazy blacks that wants the government to give them everything, so be it.”

Mandvi interrupted, “You know we can hear you, right?”

That was the wrong question. The better question is, “Can you hear yourself?” What the Daily Show demonstrates is that conservatives from Yelton to Fox News and the business press can no longer hear themselves. Even as Pope Francis tries to reintroduce them to the Sermon on the Mount and the Beatitudes, they recoil and rebel. That Jesus is out of style. Heartlessness is the new black.


  1. TJ says:

    AMEN-pass the basket!

  2. Bless their hearts.


    The bottomline is this. Help comes from first and foremost helping ya self. Hard times happen to everyone but its not what happens, its how you handle it, you can make it better or you can make it worse,the choice is yours. You got to put ya hand to something to get something. If you don’t put ya hand to nothing, you aint getting nothing.simple as that. A man is paid according to his works. God helps those who help themselves. You got a public school free and a library free and if you don’t do nothing with it, you a damn fool and got no one to blame but ya self. Life is all about choices.