Jan 15, 2010
Disgusting rhetoric on Haiti still coming from the leader of the Republican Party
As the death toll rises in Haiti to 50,0000 so far and the world is shocked by the video coming out of the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere after the devastating earthquake, they are also shocked by the continued rhetoric coming from leader of the Republican Party Rush Limbaugh.
His hatred of President Obama is ridiculous, and it shades everything he says. Saying the only reason the president was responding to the crisis is to curry favor with the black community is, well, beyond words. International aid organizations and governments from around the globe from Communist China to Great Britain has responded with cash, supplies and people, yet Limbaugh thinks the U.S. government should not respond to an island located just s few hundreds miles south of the U.S? Is he still on OxyContin?
The World Bank and the International Monetary Fund say they will provide $100 million each in emergency funding. United Nations will immediately release $10 million in assistance, while the European Union has announced $4.3 million in aid to Haiti. Brazil ordered the delivery of $10 million in assistance, as well as 14 tons of food supplies to the country. A Chinese emergency rescue team arrived in the Haitian capital, Port-au-Prince, Thursday along with 10 tons of food, equipment and medical supplies. Japan has pledged up to $5 million in aid.
But Limbaugh said Americans should not donate to relief efforts in Haiti because they already donate to Haiti through income taxes. He also said on his radio show that he wouldn't trust that money donated to Haiti through the White House Web site would actually go to the relief effort. Where does he think it will go? Perhaps to a diamond mine in Africa?
Actually, the worst place to donate would be through the “Christian Broadcasting Network's” "700 Club” scam ran by former Republican presidential candidate Pat Robertson. He has a history of using disasters to raise money that he uses to further enrich himself.
The Nation Magazine reported that in 1994 he made an emotional plea on The 700 Club for cash donations to Operation Blessing to support airlifts of refugees from the Rwandan civil war to Zaire (now Congo). Reporter Bill Sizemore of “The Virginian Pilot” newspaper later discovered that Operation Blessing's planes were transporting diamond-mining equipment for the African Development Corporation, a Robertson-owned venture initiated with the cooperation of Zaire's then-dictator Mobutu Sese Seko.
We are aware of his disgusting remarks where he blamed the earthquake on the Haitian people's alleged pact with Satan. Well, a well paid spokesman immediately began damage control, saying Robertson was talking about Voodoo rituals carried out before a slave rebellion against French colonists in 1791 that gained the country its independence.
You will recall he said, "They said, 'we will serve you if you will get us free from the French,'" Robertson said on his show. "True story. And so, the devil said, 'okay it's a deal.' And they kicked the French out. You know, the Haitians revolted and got themselves free. But ever since, they have been cursed by one thing after the other."
So, does he believe the entire country that happens to be about 80 percent Catholic made the alleged deal? He said it was a true story. How does he know? Was he there? Does he talk to the Devil?