"You know, if I listened to Michael Dukakis long enough, I would be convinced we're in an economic downturn and people are homeless and going without food and medical attention and that we've got to do something about the unemployed."
That was Ronald Reagan, but it could have been any Republican idiot. Insensitive and wrong. Today, the GOP moves into Congress, and the insensitivity will continue. Using misinformation and fear of change, the GOP has managed to manipulate most of its supporters into voting against their own interests. I say "most of" because if you're a billionaire, voting Republican isn't against your interests. Then it would make sense.
“If Americans ever allow banks to control the issue of their currency, first by inflation and then by deflation, the banks will deprive the people of all property until their children will wake up homeless” Thomas Jefferson
You may have heard of Jefferson, though no thanks to Republicans on conservative schoolboards across the country. To them, Jefferson is persona non grata, and insufficiently Christian to boot. According to the New York Times, Jefferson has been removed from the Texas school books because, well, basically he isn't "American" enough." To quote the Times:
"Cynthia Dunbar, a lawyer from Richmond who is a strict constitutionalist and thinks the nation was founded on Christian beliefs, managed to cut Thomas Jefferson from a list of figures whose writings inspired revolutions in the late 18th century and 19th century, replacing him with St. Thomas Aquinas, John Calvin and William Blackstone. (Jefferson is not well liked among conservatives on the board because he coined the term 'separation between church and state.')" NYT, 3/13/10
Yes, with the help of the Republicans we're heading for an idiotocracy.
Have you hear of Ted Williams? No, not the ballplayer. Ted Williams is a former radio announcer who panhandles on the side of Interstate 76 in Columbus, Ohio. Ted is homeless. He recently spoke with a Columbus Dispatch reporter and the video went viral. Let's give the last word to Ted: