Hyenas are hunters and scavengers. Many cultures regard hyenas negatively because they are known to scavenge graves for food. The hyena digestive system is so highly acidic that it digests not just flesh, but teeth, horns, and bones.
There is a breed of political hyenas. Human in appearance, they are vile predators who scavenge human deaths and tragedies for political gain. In the wake of the devastating earthquake in Haiti, political hyenas have crawled out of the woodwork, making political hay out of Haiti’s human miseries. Below are three political hyenas. No doubt, there are and will be more.
The first is Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla), who was on MSNBC Live yesterday morning, and essentially says that Haiti and its current plight is America’s fault. She was asked about the poor infrastructure in Haiti which makes rescue and relief difficult. This is Schultz’s response:
“You should think of the most primitive environments, the most primitive living conditions that you can imagine. It is wrong, especially in a region as prosperous as this one, for us to continue to allow the desperate situation that exists in Haiti to continue.”
Ummm, so it is now our fault that 80% of the population of Haiti live in poverty, that 1 in 10 Haitians below the age of 40 are HIV-infected, that new graves must be guarded to prevent bodies from being stolen for voodoo rituals, that the political leaders of this former French colony that has been independent for 200 years were/are brutal corrupt dictators who stole, raped, murdered, and even reputedly eaten their enemies? [Source] What is Schultz suggesting? That the United States should take over this hell hole and make it our 51st state welfare case?
Then there is TV evangelist Pat Robertson who said that “something happened a long time ago” which people “don’t want to talk about.” Robertson claimed that Haitians (who? how many? when?) “made a pact with the Devil” to free themselves from France’s colonial rule. “Ever since then, they’ve been cursed by one thing or another. They’re desperately poor” in contrast to prosperous Dominican Republic, which occupies the Eastern half of the very same island of Hispaniola in which Haiti is. [Dominican Republic’s per capita GDP is $4,952, four times that of Haiti’s. – Ed.]
I love what Frank J. of IMAO said about Robertson: “God makes Pat Robertson say stupid things because of his pact with the devil” and “Bad things only happen to sinners, i.e., everyone.”
Lastly, there is Barack Obama. Unlike his dawdling response to jihadist Abdulmuttalab’s failed attempt to blow up Northwest flight 253 on Christmas Day, Obama responded to the Haiti earthquake within 24 hours. As reported by FOXNews, Obama said the following:
This morning I want to extend to the people of Haiti the deep condolences and unwavering support of the American people following yesterday’s terrible earthquake. We are just now beginning to learn the extent of the devastation, but the reports and images that we’ve seen of collapsed hospitals, crumbled homes, and men and women carrying their injured neighbors through the streets are truly heart-wrenching. Indeed, for a country and a people who are no strangers to hardship and suffering, this tragedy seems especially cruel and incomprehensible.
In an e-mail to me, FellowshipOfTheMinds member Tom in NC noted how unusual it is that a President of the United States refers to a natural disaster as “cruel.”
To be cruel is to lack compassion for and derive pleasure from another’s suffering. To be cruel is also a deliberate intentional act. Impersonal Nature can’t be cruel; only thinking sentient beings can be cruel. I agree with Tom in NC: Obama is saying God is cruel to have “inflicted” this earthquake on Haiti.
Gosh, I don’t remember Obama calling Fort Hood jihadist murderer Nidal Hassan “cruel,” do you? Nor do I recall Obama calling the 9-11 terrorists “cruel,” do you?