I was appalled Tuesday night to hear of the tragedy in Haiti, and am following closely the breaking news involving the earthquake that left so much devastation in its wake.
Any disaster, natural or not, that leaves death and destruction in its path is heartbreaking. I can hardly imagine the terror during the quake, and the despair which followed. For the next few days, people will be searching for loved ones, not knowing if they are dead or alive. At one point down the line, just an answer to that question will be a blessing.
I received a news alert about an Associated Press article written as Haitian leaders tried to estimate the number of deaths. Depending on who was being quoted, the number was anywhere from thousands to hundreds of thousands. I was horrified. Hundreds of thousands of people who were just going about their daily lives were crushed and killed as buildings disintegrated around them.
Then I noticed the comment section of the Web page and my blood began to boil.
Politics and jokes!
People are dead. People were probably still dying as the political idiots sat down at their keyboards and started pointing fingers, accusing, making sarcastic comments and jokes and comparing our president’s response to that of other presidents and other countries.
Do those crude commenters think about the mother who rocked a dead toddler in her arms? Or the small child who is frightened, in pain, and wondering where his parents are?
No, they are too busy making sly jokes or insisting that if their personal favorite politician was in office, things would be better.
One comment I read stated we, as a country, cannot continue to bail out other countries, and we need to quit giving our jobs to China. One stated America is getting “shafted” by rotten service through overseas countries.
“This is exactly what it will be like in every major U.S. city when Obamacare takes over,” someone else added.
Human beings are dead and this is the first thought that comes into people’s heads?
I just have to wonder…if any of these anonymous commenters were face to face with a man covered in grime, rubble and blood who had just lost his wife and child in the earthquake, would they be spouting politics and hate? Would they blame other countries, declare that any nation should withhold help, or tell them sarcastically to ask Oprah for money since she is rich?
Or would they put down their politics and respond to the needs of those people?
The Internet is a great tool. You can get information easily, you can keep track of friends, you can apply for a job or send a message to a company.
Unfortunately, you can also become an anonymous jerk, a heartless bastard and a political stooge by hiding behind a cute little screen name and saying things by keyboard that you would never say out loud in a roomful of people. To me, this smacks of cowardice.
Every one of you people hiding behind anonymity to make political statements, jokes or sarcastic remarks in the face of such a tragedy should be ashamed of yourself.
To be fair, there are people on the comment section giving the mean ones what-for, but the amount of politics showing up in most of the statements just makes me sick. Human beings are dead and dying, and these cowardly commenters choose to use this as a platform for their left-wing, right-wing, Republican, DFL, Independant or whatever political rantings.
Come out from behind your party umbrellas, take a look around and see if there isn’t a valuable way to spend your time that would help the human race instead of just your candidate.
No wonder I dislike politics so much. There is no humanity left in it.