Mary Matalin: There are makers and takers, there are producers and there are parasites. Americans can distinguish between those who have produced and paid in through no fault of their own and because of Obama's horrible polices who cannot get a job or are underemployed. That's what the campaign is about.
This is Mary Matalin speaking in defense of Mitt Romney’s recently aired “off the cuff” remarks in which he denounced 47% of Americans as people “dependent upon government…who believe the government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you-name-it.”
Commentators are putting a lot of focus on the casual contempt running through Romney’s comments. They’re missing the true ugliness -- which is Romney’s derision for the notion that human beings are entitled to food when they are hungry and medical care when they are sick or injured.
That’s where the hatred of the rich and powerful for the poor and powerless becomes not just unseemly, but dangerous. And Mary Matalin’s crack about “parasites” bolsters the sense that, as far as the right wing is concerned, the lives of the poor are just not worth saving.
God help you if someone like Matalin and Romney decide you or your kids qualify as a “parasites.”
You’re hungry? Starve. You’re sick? Die.
What makes you think you’re entitled even to what sustains life?
Crossposted from Thoughtcrimes