The past week or so has been a veritable treasure trove of right-wing horror. From the conservative reaction to Pope Francis, to a Fox pundit calling for public lists of people receiving government assistance, to George Zimmerman's sociopathic Twitter-fest, to John Lott blaming a victim of gun violence for being shot, the right-wing has had an interesting time. Rather than search high and low for information on this cluster**** of epic proportions, please enjoy the Right-Wing Round Up.
Pope Francis visited the U.S. last week, and from all accounts, he had a very nice time. He kissed a baby wearing a pope costume, he said Mass to hundreds of thousands of people, and he drove around in a Fiat. The pope also spoke to Congress, and that's where, at least for conservatives, the wheels fell off. Pope Francis eloquently defended the environment, called for us to care for those less fortunate, pondered gun violence, and said this about the death penalty:
Every life is sacred, every human person is endowed with an inalienable dignity, and society can only benefit from the rehabilitation of those convicted of crimes. Recently my brother bishops here in the United States renewed their call for the abolition of the death penalty. Not only do I support them, but I also offer encouragement to all those who are convinced that a just and necessary punishment must never exclude the dimension of hope and the goal of rehabilitation. (source)Many conservatives support the death penalty, even as they call themselves "pro-life." Many conservatives deny the science behind climate change, and most of them refuse to support any gun laws. And of course, there is the shaming of the poor, which leads us to our second entry in the Right Wing Round-Up.
Seton Motley and Steve Doocy were having a little chat over on Fox about publishing the names of people who receive government assistance. Obviously not caring that doing this would be illegal, Mr. Motley stated:
If the American taxpayers, who are paying the freight, know who is getting welfare they can keep a better eye on who is abusing the system et cetera and perhaps we can do some real serious welfare reform.Doocy weighed in, throwing a question to Rebecca Vallas of the Center for American Progress:
Okay, Rebecca, the key to what he just said were the people who are abusing the system. There are some people, you know, we all know abuse the system, they go on it for years. But there are others, you know, who run into a tough spot and they might have to go on public assistance for a while. What's the matter with putting the list out there of the people who are winding up with money out of the taxpayers' pocket?Sadly, Ms. Vallas didn't simply shout "IT'S ILLEGAL YOU TROGLODYTES," instead opting for a more nuanced response, explaining why we need to raise the minimum wage. Mr. Motley sneered at her, and barked:
Yeah, once again let's shame the people who are creating jobs rather than, you know, shaming the people who are sitting on welfare. And of course she's got half the table right on raising the minimum wage. Of course, the number of people on assistance will explode because of all the jobs that will be killed by a resulting, as a result of the raising of the minimum wage. The problem is, a family of three is not supposed to be living on a minimum wage. If you are making minimum wage you shouldn't be having children and being on, and trying to raise a family on it.It's the last sentence. See it? If you're poor, you shouldn't have children. Seton Motley has a website, where you can find many articles written about abortion. From the tone of those articles, it seems Mr. Motley is most likely pro-fetus, which makes his comment on poor people having kids incredibly hypocritical.
Next, let's briefly visit what murderer, batterer, and all-around sociopath George Zimmerman has been up to. On Sunday, Zimmerman retweeted a photo of Trayvon Martin's corpse. The teenager he murdered. Zimmerman's brother confirmed to Huffington Post George Zimmerman's account, @TherealGeorgeZ, is authentic. Zimmerman also called President Obama an "Ignorant Baboon" in August, and wrote "Cops lives matter, black slime doesnt [sic]". Thank goodness for social media, or we'd never know what kind of monster George Zimmerman is. Other than the murder of Trayvon Martin, and the domestic violence, and the gun charges, and the partnering with an Islamophobic gun dealer to sell crappy art.
Finally, we have John Lott. For those of you lucky enough not to know who he is, John Lott is a more paranoid, more conservative, and more dishonest version of Wayne LaPierre. Lott lies about practically everything having to do with gun violence, including studies, research, facts, and crime statistics. And a few days ago, John Lott wrote this on his website in response to a shooting:
Passive behavior probably leaves robbery victim paralyzedThat is the title of an aggregated blog post. The original article is from St. Louis Today, and details the shooting of Christopher Sanna. Mr. Sanna and a woman were robbed at gunpoint, and, as they turned to flee, one of the gunmen fired, hitting Mr. Sanna in the back. And according to John Lott, that is Mr. Sanna's fault.
Well, that's enough awfulness for today. Unfortunately, with the presidential campaign, and Boehner's forced retirement, and the Planned Parenthood hearings/waste of our tax dollars, I'm sure there will be many more occasions for Right Wing Round-Ups. Until then, let's think happy thoughts. Here's a photo of Yo-Yo Ma, on the floor with a wombat.