Wednesday, December 21, 2005

Empathy is for pussies

Boy, with so much going on in the news, it's hard to keep up. I take a day off and the Constitution has basically been rescinded. But this also happened (via Reuters):

WASHINGTON, Dec 21 (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate on Wednesday approved a budget bill that would cut spending on social welfare and other programs by $39.7 billion, but only altering it slightly to force the House of Representatives to reconsider it, possibly in late January or February.

The Senate needed the help of Vice President Dick Cheney to pass the budget bill. As president of the Senate, he voted for the bill, breaking a 50-50 tie.

Even with Cheney's tie-breaker, Republicans could not quite declare victory in their year-long attempt to slow the growth in spending on Medicare and Medicaid, the health-care programs for the poor and elderly.

As I see things like this being perpetrated by our current administration, I can't help but feel there is a singular lack of empathy for anyone who is not exactly like them (white, male, American, rich, and mean assholes [and I'm including Condoleeza in that, for she is struggling to be "one of the boys"]). It doesn't matter whether you're a grunt soldier in Iraq, a pensioner living on Social Security, a single mother struggling to make ends meet with three jobs, WHATEVER. They do not give a shit about anyone who doesn't look, act, and sound like them.

And the middle class, who voted for Bush/Cheney by in large, are going to be eviscerated by these policies of take from the moderate incomes-to-poor and give to the obscenely rich. I hope some of these folks are paying attention, because they had better wake up and stop Bush Co. before they are gutted by these actions.

Yeah, Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld and all the other dried-up, self-centered creeps in this administration don't give a good full bodied fart about anyone who is not like them. They can't even conceive of what it is like to be poor, or fight in their worthless wars, for that matter, because they have never had to do it themselves.

Empathy is the experiential recognizing and understanding of the states of mind, including beliefs, desires and particularly emotions of others without injecting your own. (from Wikipedia)
That doesn't sound like anything that these pieces of excrement have any use for. Empathy is for pussies.

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