Conservatives Laud Thompson's "Go Die" to African AIDS victims
From Think Progress, who are astonished that the right-wing Reaganites (remember, Reagan fought his own Surgeon General regarding HIV and AIDS, and whether the public health threat the virus and diseases posed should receive federal funding to identify and treat and prevent):
In a column titled “Callous Conservative” in today’s Washington Post, former Bush White House aide Michael Gerson criticizes Fred Thompson’s stance on international AIDS funding.
At a campaign stop last week, Thompson was asked if he, “as a Christian, as a conservative,” supported President Bush’s global AIDS initiative.Thompson said there are larger “problems” at home and that it was not his “priority” to fund HIV/AIDS efforts in Africa:
“Christ didn’t tell us to go to the government and pass a bill to get some of these social problems dealt with. He told us to do it,” Thompson responded. “The government has its role, but we need to keep firmly in mind the role of the government, and the role of us as individuals and as Christians on the other.”
“I’m not going to go around the state and the country with regards to a serious problem and say that I’m going to prioritize that. With people dying of cancer, and heart disease, and children dying of leukemia still, I got to tell you — we’ve got a lot of problems here…”
But the right wing is outraged at Gerson, rather than Thompson.
The right wing wants people who are brown to die.
They don't care how it happens or why it happens.
They don't care whether bullets, bombs, or bugs kill brown people, just as long as none of those things threaten their shiny white fannies.
AIDS has taken a devastating toll around the world, but in Africa it has done perhaps its cruelest damage, because it has laid waste young adults -- leaving children without parents; leaving elderly people without children; leaving whole nations without a workforce aged 25-60, on a continent where the ravages of
colonialism, neglect, unchecked religious and tribal wars, sexism, economic deprivation, drought and poverty weren't doing enough to kill the native populations off and leave the resources of the continent to the rapacious corporate overlords.
Thompson's laissez-faire stance, apart from its otherwise-unremarkable homogeneity with his "I don't give a flying damn about anything, I just want a Presidential retirement check like Ronald Reagan had" campaign, is based in his isolationism (or maybe in his general indifference). He claims spending US dollars to fight AIDS in Africa will do no good, and that the money would be better spent on other things; he elliptically suggests some of the problems "over here" in health care issues are actual diseases, but nowhere in his "folksy" comments does he address the real causes of the biggest crises in American health care: corporate greed, be it that of the insurance companies whose purpose is not actually to provide tenable patient care but to raise profits for their shareholders, or the sick inhumanity of the "investor class" that seeks to make money off human illness, suffering and death.