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Showmen first and last, the TV star (and diamond mine kingpin) Rev. Pat Robertson and radio shock jock R. Limbaugh, know their first job when reporting on a disaster of untold lives in Haiti is to make sure the talk is about them, not about the horrors of destruction on an island nation.
Rev. Robertson warbled out anti-humanitarian cheers claiming that the loss of life in Haiti was due to some nefarious 'deal with the devil' ---
"Something happened a long time ago in Haiti ... they were under the heel of the French, uh, you know, Napoleon the third and whatever ... and they got together and swore a pact to the devil, they said, we will serve you, if you get us free from the Prince. True story."
This myth is rooted in the days when more than a century again, the anti-colonial movement helped take Haiti out from under the boots of oppression:
"Haitians are Christians. Pat Robertson's language is the reductio ad absurdum of the Christian right. It's so absurd it's almost funny. This notion of a pact with the devil is basically an echo of an old colonial response to the successes of the 1790s Haitian revolution.
What is this pact he's talking about?
Part of the revolution mythology is that one of the revolution leaders sacrificed a pig in Bois Caïmin in a voodoo ceremony and made a contract with Petwo [Haitian voodoo spirits]. It may or may not be true, but to call that a pact with the devil is a gross misrepresentation of what voodoo is. It's about anything but the devil. He's imposing an evangelical religious order on a much more sophisticated practice, and he's turning it into a cheap invocation of Satanism.
This is hate speech. It's saying these people are damned. It's a frequent theme among some Christians that Haiti is being punished for this supposed pact with extreme poverty and humanitarian crises.
The reason Haiti is poor is because Europe imposed a blockade on trade after the slave revolt in 1804, and you have an extremely polarized class structure in which a few families stepped into the positions of the former colonial plantation owners. There has been a horrible cycle of plundering and autocracy within Haitian leadership.Do you think this has been holding Haiti back?
I think other factors are more important in holding Haiti back: the class structure, the dispossession of a largely illiterate populace, the links that the underclass increasingly has with drug gangs, which has generated a lot of violence, and the tradition of sweatshop labor."
As for the daily efforts of R. Limbaugh to distort, damage, and endanger America by calling for the failures of all U.S. policies under the Obama administration, he went a bit further this week, saying that the horrors of Haiti's disaster were just another element in Obama's plan to encourage voters to like him. Oh noes!! The horror that Americans approve of it's president as said president works to help relieve suffering where thousands are dead or dying.
And when a caller grilled RL on such statements, RL replies, naturally, that the comments were not made in error, but that the caller was an idiot:
"What I’m illustrating here is that you’re a blockhead,” Limbaugh shot back. “What I’m illustrating here is that you’re a close-minded bigot who is ill-informed.”
“If you had listened to this program for a modicum of time, you would know it,” he said. “But instead, you’re a blockhead. Your mind is totally closed. You have tampons in your ears."
Read more: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0110/31539.html#ixzz0chwwnzsv
Yes, only a tampon-stuffed blockhead would tolerate the idea that America works to help other countries in times of harrowing tragedy and loss of life. After all, we multi-millionaire celebs got ours, so screw you and go get your own. You want compassion? Go join a quilting bee with all the other weepy old ladies.
Stay classy, RL.