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He Is Heavy, And He Isn't My Brother

By The Reverend Published: October 6, 2010

Several times I've blogged about the "common good" and how today's radical conservatives are rejecting any concept of the collective, rejecting the notion that, outside of killing foreigners in foreign lands, there's anything "United" about the United States.

White, middle class, Republican voters donning teabags are ever-so-desirous of "taking their country back". If and when they succeed, here is what it will look like.....

The conservative vision was on full display last week in Obion County, Tennessee. In this rural section of Tennessee, Gene Cranick’s home caught on fire. As the Cranicks fled their home, their neighbors alerted the county’s firefighters, who soon arrived at the scene. Yet when the firefighters arrived, they refused to put out the fire, saying that the family failed to pay the annual ($75) subscription fee to the fire department. Because the county’s fire services for rural residences is based on household subscription fees, the firefighters, fully equipped to help the Cranicks, stood by and watched as the home burned to the ground.

Simply watch the love and compassion......

Just so we're clear about the type of people who oversee this "pay $75 or we'll let your house burn down", program....

A local newspaper further pressed Mayor Crocker about the city’s policy, which has been in place since 1990. Crocker, a Republican who was elected in 2008 and serves with a county commission where every seat is also filled by a Republican, likened the policy to buying auto insurance. The paper said he told them that, after all, “if an auto owner allowed their vehicle insurance to lapse, they would not expect an insurance company to pay for an unprotected vehicle after it was wrecked.”

Warms your heart, doesn't it?

The sickening part of this story is knowing that the firefighters could have easily saved this Tennessee home from burning down and CHOSE not to. I know a little about local township fire departments. I'm old enough to remember when township fire departments were voluntary. I know for a fact that the volunteer fire fighters I knew would have NEVER allowed a house to burn down, no matter whose effing house it was.

How many times have we read about fires where multiple fire departments respond to the scene? With firefighters, if there is a fire.....they want to be on the scene putting that fire out. It's in their DNA.

Except for in Obion County, Tennessee.....where firefighters are being trained to stand and watch while houses burn down. Except for in a "real America", red-state county where a new batch of compassionate conservative Republicans dominate the county commissioner board....and continue to enforce a policy, with prejudice, which considers $75 to be more important than a family's house.

What it every man for himself. What it you get what you deserve. What it cold-blooded cruelty and heartlessness.

And THAT is the problem with today's extreme right. Joe Miller, up in Alaska, wants unemployment insurance eliminated....says it's not constitutional. Sharron Angle, out in Nevada, doesn't want any insurance costs for HIV patients or pregnant women seeping over onto her policy. Rand Paul wants cuts in Medicare for patients....just not for doctor payments, like the ones he receives from Medicare.

The theme of all this? Refusing to recognize that a common good even exists in the American experiment.

You know what's worse than this ugly story from Tennessee?

Coddled conservative assh*les who defend those in Tennessee who put in place, and continue to enforce, a policy which orders firefighters to stand and watch while a citizen's house burns down......a burning house which the firefighters could have saved.....

Here’s the more important part of the story, letting the house burn — while, I admit sad — will probably save more houses over the long haul. I know that if I opted out of the program before, I would be more likely to opt-in now. No solace to the homeowner, but an important lesson for compassionate conservatives.....

To Jonah Goldberg, over at the National Review Online, firefighters standing around while a house burns down and not lifting a finger to put that fire a f*cking incentive, a motivater to others in the community. How deeply engrained does one's assh*lery have to be to say stuff like that?

But that's nothing......get a load of this....also from a National Review assh*le....

And, for their trouble, the South Fulton fire department is being treated as though it has done something wrong, rather than having gone out of its way to make services available to people who did not have them before. The world is full of jerks, freeloaders, and ingrates — and the problems they create for themselves are their own. These free-riders have no more right to South Fulton’s firefighting services than people in Muleshoe, Texas, have to those of NYPD detectives.

According to this National Review writer.....and this shows how f*cked up current conservative "thinkers" are....the Tennessee firefighters who could have put out the burning house, yet chose to stand around and watch instead....are the victims.

I really don't like these people.



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