Thursday, December 30, 2010
America Is Begging In A Winn-Dixie Parking Lot
And so on Tuesday night, for the 3rd or 4th time in the past couple months, I provided some down and out South Florida soul a few bucks to help them continue on with their life. This time it was outside a Winn-Dixie in Fort Lauderdale after the middle-aged guy asked for some money "to help feed his kids." Sure, I thought, and I bet your kids are named Johnny Walker or Jim Beam. But after seeing actual kids bouncing around in the van behind him, I discreetly passed him some money, out of view of his children who I hoped would never see their father begging.
There have also been men carrying gas cans around brightly lit suburban filling stations, asking for a few gallons from the pump I was using to fill my car. One of these guys even had some kind of company ID dangling around his neck as if he had just left a workplace.
Don't even think that I've been marked as some kind of rube by the everyday shysters that roam South Florida in droves. No, I've been around long enough to smell a con...and these guys weren't conning. They were at the bottom where their only option was to ask total strangers on the street for help.
How does it come to this? How do we get to the place where our leaders can spend so much time figuring out ways in which millionaires and billionaires can keep more of their money while others rely on hand outs just to exist? Where those same despicable leaders look at the unemployed as lazy and spend our tax money trying to find ways to keep from helping them, all the while accepting millions of dollars in hand outs themselves from huge corporations looking for favors.
While these people are bad, the only people more morally bankrupt are those who cast votes for these pieces of crap and enable this subversion of the ideals that this great country was built on. Ironically, these people more often than not consider themselves to be compassionate pro-life Christians who somehow reconcile in their small, hypocritical minds the injustices taking place against the most powerless in our society in order to vote for anyone with an "R" after their name.
I would love nothing more than to pull one these sanctimonious, self serving, once-a-week communion-taking a-holes aside and ask them who do they think Jesus would help if he had the chance: Wayne Huizenga or a guy in a Winn-Dixie parking lot with no money and a van full of hungry kids?
And, yeah, I guess you can say my political post hiatus is history.
Posted by Rick at 9:15 AM