Rush is right. Make him pay for Haiti.

Reading 538’s excellent qualified defense of Pat Robertson‘s accusation that Haiti really had made a pact with the devil, I am prompted to weigh in behind Rush Limbaugh’s hypocritical rant that the American public has already paid enough for Haiti’s relief, “it’s called the US Income Tax.” Well it’s true. It is the role of government to see after the suffering among us. Of course you’d think conservatives like Limbaugh wouldn’t highlight that role while images of disaster haunt us, because they’re the ones behind depleting the aid coffers. Bush’s tax cuts for the rich alone could have relieved Haiti, Katrina and every Tsunami in between without costing tearful American TV viewers one extra dime of credit card debt.

The Haitian rebels made this prayer to their god in 1791. European slave owners might conclude an insurgent god would be their devil. This prayer was recited by rebellion priestess Boukman at the Bois Caiman (Bwa Kayiman). French speakers can read it in Creole.

The god who created the earth; who created the sun that gives us light. The god who holds up the ocean; who makes the thunder roar. Our God who has ears to hear. You who are hidden in the clouds; who watch us from where you are. You see all that the white has made us suffer. The white man’s god asks him to commit crimes. But the god within us wants to do good. Our god, who is so good, so just, He orders us to revenge our wrongs. It’s He who will direct our arms and bring us the victory. It’s He who will assist us. We all should throw away the image of the white men’s god who is so pitiless. Listen to the voice for liberty that speaks in all our hearts.

The Toussaint Louverture Project is an online documentation of our western hemisphere’s only successful slave uprising.

Just as the USA still refuses to let Cuba free its people from our tyranny after 40 years, so did the Western powers fight to keep Haiti from success, lest their free slaves inspire ours.

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20 Responses to Rush is right. Make him pay for Haiti.

  1. Rush had no problem at all with spending tax money (including the Bonds which were sold and will come due this year and Next year to finance the war “without a tax increase” and of course the tax breaks given to the War Criminals like Halliburton and Xe) to destroy sovereign foreign nations. That’s considered “foreign aid”.

    Nor does Rush have much of a problem with the entire nation of Haiti paying the debts run up by Papa Doc and Baby Doc Duvalier, with the assistance of American Taxpayer Funded giveaways to the Duvalier Regime. Like our army and Marines being used to keep the Docs’ people in line for them while they looted the country.

    Even though that money had left the country with whatever Duvalier Regime members who managed to escape. Again with the American Tax Subsidized Army and Marines helping them.

  2. Avatar kayla ryner says:

    somebody needs to help haiti

  3. Avatar Pilarerecto says:

    Kayla, Eric and Jonah on this blog feel that they are helping out Haiti by taking potshots back at Rush Limbaugh. Whus you think?

  4. Avatar Brother Jonah says:

    I think “Hair Standing up” (pilarerectus) is an unpaid troll working for Douche Limpdog.

    What exactly is The Fat Coward doing for Haiti? Or for anybody other than his masters at Fox and Clear Channel?

    Rush is fundamentally saying that the Haitians deserve to die for the “crime” of being poor.

    But Rush is an equal opportunity Hater, he says the same thing about Americans who aren’t rich too.

  5. Avatar Brother Jonah says:

    But the important thing is, Rush and his mentors, like Pat Robertson, are trying desperately to spin the notion that the people of Haiti are responsible for all that has befallen them.

    And not the Wealthy Elitists who pay Rush and Pat to spread their propaganda for them, and also have had de-facto control over the Haitian economy, and their families before them, since the day they were born with their Trust Fund silver spoons in their mouths.

  6. Avatar Emily says:

    Okay, who stole the Hatians relief money? They aren’t getting any proper care that Obama has promised…Oh and since Obama has placed the blame on Pres Bush since he’s been elected, why has he asked for Bush’s help? GAWD, dems are totally crazy people.

  7. Avatar Pilarerecto says:

    ‘I think “Hair Standing up” (pilarerectus) is an unpaid troll working for Douche Limpdog’.’

    You are such a dumb chump, Oh Brother Clown Jonah! If anybody points out that you and the other liberal Democrats are totally obsessed with your 2 party game playing to the expense of all and anything else, then we always get labeled as being tools of the Right Wing. Your own political views and moronic style of writing commentaries are the real bloody douche bag trash online here on this blog. In your own way, you are just as much douchebagtroll as the Republican aligned Right Wingers you pan all the time. Your constant vulgarity makes one want to puke.

  8. Avatar Brother Jonah says:

    If Miss Emily would care to look, we have been on the case of not only Mr Bush but also of Mr Obama about just that situation for quite a while.

    And about Mr Bush’s complete lack of action, either preventive or curative, on disasters that happened here, in America. And, there’s a bit recently written (aside from my comments) comparing those actions, and questioning Mr Bush’s competence to handle things.

    Also, Mr Bush, as a member of a Dues-paying banker family, and heavily vested in the World Bank and the IMF, and the sanctions placed on Haiti by those banking institutions, is in fact culpable for the underlying damage to the nation which was merely Culminated in the earthquake. Haiti’s problems didn’t begin with the earthquake and they’ve been heaped on the people of Haiti through Foreign Backed (controlled) dictators for 2 centuries now.

    Rush Limbaugh might care to forget that, but I might care to remind him. Repeatedly if necessary.

    Or maybe to remind those dumb enough to follow him, or… those who are Smart enough or educated enough to know that he lies for a living, but back him up anyway.

  9. Avatar Brother Jonah says:

    It’s the ones who knowingly lie who are particularly nauseating. Those who haven’t the wit to know the difference, wouldn’t share the guilt.

  10. Avatar Pilarerecto says:

    The Democrats and their voters simply have no shame when it comes to Haitian affairs. First they all sat around unconcerned when the Democrats kept silent and passively supported Dubya’s coup against Aristide. Then when Obama got elected, nobody batted an eye in the liberal Democrats camp about how Obama kept the UN occupation of Haiti going. And now, most of those Democratic Party liberal camp followers are not concerned too much with the pittance amount of relief money that Obama will be sending to Haiti. They just don’t care! They all seem to think that this is just a natural disaster, I guess? And then they think they’re just swell people because at least they don’t behave like Pat Robertson does!

    So you see, Chump Jonah. The Democrats ‘knowingly lie’, too. Duh!

  11. Avatar pcm says:

    Okay, Emily and Pilarerecto, so you are finding fault with Obama’s response to the ACT of GOD earthquake? Do I understand your posts correctly? Am I to assume you did not read about or see the press conference with Clinton, Bush, and Obama discussing the response the US is providing for our neighbors? Jeez, you guys give the Dems more credit for a relationship with God than normal. I thought the Reps walked in the light of God and the Dems walked with the fallen angels. Get a grip folks. Every humanitarian group has scrambled to get there and assist. Have you donated to the charity of your choice to help yet, or are you all talk and no walk?

  12. Avatar pcm says:

    By the way, I have donated. To those that would like to donate, text Haiti to 90999 and you will donate $10.00 to the Red Cross. The $10.00 will appear on your next cell phone bill.

  13. Avatar Pilarerecto says:

    PCM, you are damn right I find fault with Obama’s response to anything doing with Haiti, let alone his response AFTER the earthquake. You sending your spare change to Haiti adds to the Democratic Party Adminstration doing just exactly the same with their spare change by all of $10. So what? Now we have $100 million plus $10 in an area that has had the US dumpinb billions into making a coup there and maintaining that coup with a military occupation afterwards that has continued for years. Now Haiti would need billions of $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ to get out of the pickle us Americans have put it into.

    And by the way, I have nothing at all in common with ‘Emily’ and the fact that you and BJ have a hard time seeing that is very disturbing in regards to your own lack of insights to what’s going onaround the globe. I am not a Pat Robertson or Rush Limbaugh clone either. The fact that you guys think along those lines shows me that you are kind of clones of say…Bill Ritter, or at best… maybe Dennis Apuan. Ugh….

  14. Avatar pcm says:

    You’re very skilled at trying to divert the question, Pilarerecto. Believe it or not some commentators on this site had the same fear response you are exhibiting to a military presence in Haiti however humanitarian in its intent. And yet the question put to you was, have you contributed to the charity of your choice to help Haiti?

  15. Avatar Brother Jonah says:

    Dennis Apuan? I’ve actually met him and he’s a decent fellow.
    Dude, there’s precious little support for the Duopoly here. You would have to dig to find any. And, really, I don’t have any idea WHY exactly you would want to.

    I just checked my pockets, I have 5 cents in my pocket. It would cost 3 dollars to load money onto the Visa card and a $2 transaction fee to send money. I don’t know your situation, man, I hope it ain’t as bad as mine but she’s right man, put some bread into the offering plate.
    I’ll wait until the morning, might even scare up some decent bread before then, put some in the special offering plate they’ll have in the front of every church in town.

    And get some sleep. We’ll send some good vibes your way if that’s not too hippy-dippy for you, and even if it is we will.

  16. Avatar Pilarerecto says:

    PCM, I am going to put your mind at rest. This last week I sent $200 to an unemployed person in Miami, home of can’t make the mortgage payment. And another $200 to Nicaragua. I applaud you sending $10 bucks to a charity that says it will help out in Haiti when billions really are necessary.

  17. Avatar pcm says:

    Pilarerecto, this raises you in my esteem, not that it should mean anything to any individual. In my experience people talk the talk, but don’t walk the walk. Congratulations to your friend in Miami for having a true friend and to you for showing charity to the needy. I am disabled and can only contribute the “widow’s mite” but I am happy to share. Best to you.

  18. Avatar Pilarerecto says:

    And best to you, Patty.

  19. Avatar Zach says:

    PCM: How much money is enough money for the Haitian’s? Well, at present the problem Haiti is having is NOT that there aren’t enough cash assets for Haiti, but instead is the ability for Haiti to practically absorb the current level aid that can go into such an impoverished nation broken country, the airport is presently operating at SOME percentage lower than one-hundred-percent, the major seaport there in Port Au Prince is operating finally, but only at a fractional level. Since the Airport & Seaport are operating at such low levels it doesn’t matter how much money is lined up to assist the Haitian people, hypothetically speaking, if EVERY DOLLAR on Earth had been committed to the Haitian rescue effort the people would be in NO BETTER shape in their road to recovery with food, water, shelter etc., their capacity to absorb those dollar’s doesn’t go up based upon the amount of money available. ALL of the Haitian people’s problems today revolve around infrastructure needs that require men with shovels and wheelbarrows doing the back-breaking labor efforts that are just slow by their nature.

    One penny, OR ten quadrillion dollar’s the money is NOT the issue in Haiti…. So, your assertion that the Obama administration isn’t doing enough is just baseless, perhaps you should stop flapping your big blue gum’s and allow this to play out the way that it was always going to, you will see that the Haitian’s are being treated fairly. How soon fool’s like you forget Bande Aceh after the Tsunami in 2004, it was Chaos for weeks!

  20. Eric Eric says:

    DUDE. The tsunami relief was a terrible model to gauge against. Inadequate infrastructure/security is the usual excuse. Haiti is not getting enough of ANYTHING, food, medicine or cash.

    You seem perfectly satisfied for our government keep the Haitian recovery on a slow drip, as if to prove that Katrina-care is as good as it gets.

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