From Raw Story:
“Republican Maryland state Delegate Patrick McDonough suggested this week that parents did not deserve to continue receiving food stamps if they refused to stop their children from protesting the death of Freddie Gray in Baltimore.
In audio obtain by First Look’s Lee Fang, a caller on a Baltimore radio program asks McDonough why the government could not “take away benefits from families, from like the parents who are collecting welfare” if the protesters were “too young.”
“That’s an idea and that could be legislation,” McDonough volunteers. “I think that you could make the case that there is a failure to do proper parenting and allowing this stuff to happen, is there an opportunity for a month to take away your food stamps?”
When I see ignorant drivel like this from an elected official who belongs to the same party I do, I am embarrassed to be a Republican. What good can come of targeting those with the least access to opportunity? How is it helpful to call them part of a “thug nation?” How can the GOP be taken seriously when it supports corporate welfare, yet treats the indigent like waste to be cast aside? (Which Democrats do too, by the way, they just couch their terrible policies in nicer rhetoric).
Why not be a Republican who tells the truth about how BIG GOVERNMENT has created a wasteland? Why not be honest about the fact that Democratic policies are at the root of why people are dependent on government and literally don’t have access to the type of free market that would give them the opportunity to lift themselves out of poverty? Why trade in hate instead of empathy? Why give Democrats the fodder necessary to further perpetuate the poverty their polices have wrought?
I am a Republican because indisputable facts prove that those with the most access to economic freedom thrive. There are Americans, especially in our urban centers, who have languished under policies the Democratic Party has supported for countless decades. Do you think anybody wants to be dependent on government? Why shame people without access to opportunity instead of showing them what’s possible?
There is another way for those most in need. A way predicated on freedom and opportunity. We can bring this positive message into the urban cores of our nation in a variety of manners, but it’s impossible to even have this conversation when Republicans seemingly come from a place of hate rather than empathy.
This needs to change, and it needs to change now.