Friday, March 10, 2017

Republican Jesus & Roger Marshall's Compassion

Republican Rep. Roger Marshall
Well it's Friday and it's been awhile since I've given out a George Lincoln Rockwell Award in recognition of those individuals whose actions or words best exemplify the heartless spirit, toxic ideology and pseudo-intellectual hypocrisy of the infamous founder of the American Nazi Party.

It was my intention to bestow this honor collectively upon the individuals responsible for the ongoing nationwide slew of bomb threats and vandalism targeting Jewish community centers, synagogues, schools, cemeteries and even senior centers

But authorities are still trying to identify the degenerate anti-Semitic cowards responsible.

So this week's winner is the distinguished Kansas Republican Congressman Roger Marshall.

Now to be perfectly clear, by awarding this man the Rockwell, in no way am I suggesting that he is an American Nazi.

He won the award because his comments reflect a rigid, narrow-minded ideology, and his cold-heartedly categorizing an entire class of Americans as "others" simply because they exist on a different part of the economic spectrum than he does.

Even amidst the flurry of bipartisan outrage this week over the release of the new healthcare bill, cooked up by congressional Republicans determined to repeal the Affordable Care Act out of their lingering spite and deep-seated contempt for President Obama, Congressman Marshall's comments to STAT News stood out.

He became the target of criticism this week by politicians, citizens, and the media after he had the gall to invoke Biblical scripture to justify a Republican healthcare bill that will make it more difficult for the poor and working class to have health insurance.

Wisdom from President Jimmy Carter
And will by some estimates strip an estimated 18 to 20 million people of their healthcare by removing Medicare subsidies.

As reported by multiple media outlets this week, including the Washington Post, Marshall told STAT:

"Just like Jesus said, 'The poor will always be with us,'...There is a group of people that just don't want healthcare and aren't going to take care of themselves." 

Paraphrasing Jesus to justify stripping people of their healthcare is about as low as it gets.  

And this, of course, from a practicing obstetrician who claims to be pro-life and now receives comprehensive healthcare that is paid for in full by American tax payers.

Oh and speaking of Marshall's concern about those who "aren't going to take care of themselves".

The first-term Congressman representing the 1st District of Kansas was elected this past November with the support of a consortium of powerful Kansas agricultural interest groups (and the political action committees and lobbyists they bankroll) with the assurance that he will protect the billions of taxpayer dollars that go towards crop insurance and farm subsidies.

So in Marshall's mind, individuals receiving billions in taxpayer dollars for healthcare is wrong, but Kansas farmers receiving billions to subsidize the Kansas agricultural industry is OK?

Situational ethics at its finest.

Speaker Ryan and his trojan horse tax cut
This from the same Republican Congress trying to pass a healthcare bill that will make accessing healthcare more expensive for people who aren't fortunate enough to receive it through their employer - and one that conveniently comes gift wrapped with a $600 billion tax cut for the wealthiest Americans.

Jesus never said "screw the poor and working class" as the GOP have with their new healthcare bill; and with just about every other piece of legislation that congressional Republicans have tried to pass this year.

For a political party that spends so much time ranting against Muslims based on the argument that America is a Christian nation, Republicans support an awful lot of initiatives that seem to run counter to actual Christian values.

Let's not even get into the conduct and words of the vulgar compulsive liar who calls himself president.

In order to justify unpopular policies that enrich the few and further disenfranchise those people conservatives dismissively classify as "others", remarkably some Republican politicians like Congressman Roger Marshall, have even conjured up their own fake "Republican Jesus".

Not the Jesus found in the pages of the New Testament - but an unrecognizable one devoid of compassion, charity and unconditional love for others.

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