A movement is growing on Facebook. This controversial fan group has 2 million members and grows every minute. The issue is a well known one, and one that may hit home for many of us. The subject is welfare, and this Facebook group declares that every single welfare recipient should be drug tested before they receive their benefits. As the site so aptly states, the individuals in this group want real change. Or, as they say it, “No more crackheads living off our hard earned money.”
If you are interested in having your faith in humanity shook to the point of almost no return, go ahead and join this group and try to talk some logic into the members. I joined after seeing that several of my Facebook “friends” had joined. When I requested some sort of explanation from those I know as to WHY in the WORLD they would support something like this, I was met with silence. So, I headed in, unprepared for the extreme levels of bigotry, racism, elitism, and all over rampant HATRED that this Facebook group breeds.
The first things you will see on the wall are members declaring “I have to take a drug test for my job! So should they! After all, I go to work everyday, and all they do is sit on their lazy ass.” This is by far the most popular battle cry. Even if you try to explain that “No. You do not HAVE to take a drug test either. You CHOSE your place of employment. A welfare recipient cannot go to ANOTHER government for help” they still deny it. Just because they allowed their own rights to be stomped on by an employer everyone should, I suppose.
Now Pippilotta, you may say, isn’t mandatory drug testing against our great Constitution? Haha, of COURSE it is. But when did we, as Americans, let a petty thing like the Constitution get in the way of our love of repressing the weak? If you bring up this silly Constitutional issue on this Facebook page, you will be met with disdain, twisted quotes by the Founding Fathers, and above all else, people claiming that “Duh! We can just change the Constitution to allow it.” Overall, you get the impression from most of these people that the bottom line is: the Constitution does not apply to poor people. Period.
This group doesn’t stop at the drug testing, either. I have seen mandatory sterilization advocated almost every time I am in this group. One woman was saying that females should have a mandatory “tubal” before receiving her “WIC” benefits. They support mandatory birth control. As in, a woman would have to get a depo provera shot before receiving benefits. What in the world is wrong with these people? I suppose the “if you can’t feed ‘em don’t breed em” thing was popularized recently by South Carolina’s Leutenant Govenor Andre Bauer comparing the poor to stray animals. We would think that an outrageous and heartless statement would be looked upon with disgust by the general public. At least I know when I heard about it I wanted to punch his face. However, apparently his comments rang true enough for a number of people that they are very fond of quoting it in this Facebook group.
Another very popular wall post in the Drug Tests for Welfare group is what I like to call the “Fairy Tale of the Welfare Queen.” All of these stories go the same way. “I had just gotten done working my fingers to the bone at my 9-5, when a poor person/welfare receipient/drug user (if you are one of these things, you are the other) pulled up in their Cadillac Escalade and piled their 12 kids into Wal-Mart. They were dressed in the best finery and were adorned with gold jewelery and designer purses. They proceeded to fill up their cart with nothing but lobster, steak, and soda pop. I can barely afford a gallon of milk because the welfare program is bleeding my paycheck dry!”
This is the part that I think is the absolute saddest. In fact, the “Welfare Queen Fairy Tale” spawned a catchphrase with opponents of the group: “Don’t you hate how rich poor people are?”
The people in this Facebook group are consumed with rage at welfare recipients. They assume that they are all good for nothing drug users, who don’t work and sit at home all day, staring at their big screens and shooting dope. But even if they ARE that (which I am NOT for one moment even suggesting that they are) what about that life is worth the brainpower that it takes to ENVY it. So what if they drive a nice car? Carry a designer purse? WHO CARES? Are our lives really that void of meaning and are we so addicted to meaningless consumer products that we DARE be jealous of someone scrapes by with almost nothing?
I have been on welfare since my daughter was born. I am not a drug “user.” I do not sit at home all day on my ass. I work and I go to school and I am determined to be better than I am. Does everyone who receives welfare have this drive? No. But I’m almost damned certain that the MAJORITY of them would rather not be on welfare and legitimately want a better life for themselves. There is absolutely no reason that everyone who needs help from this nation should be treated like a criminal.
ESPECIALLY since research has already proved that “Welfare recipients are no more likely to use drugs than the rest of the population.”
Our society has sunk to the point where ideas that flourish in this group are acceptable in mainstream society and this is absolutely sickening. Since when, did we as an American Democracy, accept the following ideas:
*FORCING a fellow citizen to pee in a cup in order to receive food stamps to allow his family to survive.
*FORCING a woman to go on birth control/get her tubes tied/be sterilized
*ALLOWING a family to starve if they “refuse to work.” (This idea is also used for when the parent fails the drug test.) One man actually told me that America needs to get back in touch with the “Jamestown [colony] Mentality.
*HATING the weakest people in our society because we incorrectly blame them for the ruin and destruction of our nation.
*SHAMING those who need help into feeling like a common beggar when they go to the welfare office to receive help.
*RESTRICTING what a person can and cannot purchase food wise.
Some other ideas worth of note are: Poor people should not be allowed to have phones. They should not be allowed to have a car.
I realize that I’ve moved around from topic to topic, but even thinking about this group gets me bent out of shape. I know that its the internet, and taking it too seriously isn’t a good idea, but the people and their ideas aren’t going to stop at the computer. The fact that there are people out there, who would rather see me starve to death than give me three cents from their paycheck……..it’s just mindboggling.
Who are we now? We’re at war with one another. Those of us at the bottom of the ladder fight with each other like stray dogs, while those at the top throw us their scraps and cackle right in our faces. People need to WAKE UP. The poor are not what’s robbing this country. A “welfare momma” won’t “steal” as much from our system IN A LIFETIME as the the corporate war mongers who in 2009 alone, made $23 billion in bonuses. With this money we could send 460,000 to Harvard, buy insurance for 1.7 million families.
We’re not saying it’s appropriate for people to not be awarded for hard work, but when you’ve got people in this country making that kind of money, while others go to bed hungry and sleep on park benches something is wrong.
The elite have taught us to blame the country’s economic woes and distresses on the working poor. They want it that way, cus GUESS WHAT? If we start placing the blame on them, WE MIGHT WANT A PIECE OF THEIR PRECIOUS PIE. We might actually start demanding that taxpaying citizens be given a decent living wage, health insurance, and other privileges reserved only for the dangerously wealthy.
I’m not even providing a link for the Drug Test group, because personally, I don’t feel like advertising their sickness. I just warn you, if you feel like going in and seeing what it’s all about, you will not like what you see.
Today in my “Human Image” class at the community college I attend, our professor gave a lecture on polytheism in ancient civilizations. She approached this subject with an almost apologetic, mocking tone. To me, it seemed she was afraid of offending the monotheists in the class (and I highly doubt that anyone in the class is a polytheist) by speaking such “Blasphemy.” I’m not dissing her as a professor. She is s friendly, intelligent woman who is passionate about what she teaches. I just got the impression that she had, on many occasions, been accosted or disrespected by students for even mentioning such ridiculous and ancient ideology.
So, then I got to thinking about polytheism. I’ve always been interested in Greek Mythology (I’m taking another class about Mythology in Literature this quarter.) It just seems like anything goes in these stories. I’m not professing to be an expert on theism of any nature, or mythology, but something just appeals to me in a religion that creates stories about their main god coming to earth as a bull to seduce the ladies. Zeus was quite the playboy, apparently.
I suppose what I like about these gods is the fact that they had human attributes and were thought to visit Earth and interact with their “subjects” in a fairly routine manner. Back in those days, you always had to be on your toes, because you never knew which god would fall in love with you, and what form he would take to seduce you. Letting your gods experience human emotions such as love, anger, jealousy, regret…..these are all things that make him/her seem more attainable to you. Instead, what we have with our current god is an untouchable force who resides another dimension. He is absent in most human affairs, silently judging, but making special guest appearances to grant a touchdown for a football team (from what I’ve heard, god is responsible for most winning touchdowns. Jesus also pitches in sometimes, when the stakes are very high.)
Another thing that appeals to me about polytheism is that the gods did not provide the moral or ethic blueprint for human kind. They had one rule “Don’t piss us off, and we won’t send a massive flood/earthquake/etc your way.” These gods knew that humans should have the common sense to not act like barbarians. They didn’t need to send down some list of rules that regulated how people should act, think, and feel.
I wonder though, if those trying to please these ancient gods were more cohesive as a people because of their mutual desire to keep the higher beings happy. It seems now most people are “into” religion for the salvation of their own personal soul, not for fear of widespread natural disasters and starvation.
Do you think the world will one day revert back to polytheism?
Also, this is my first post on the ColonelGirdle blog. I am new to blogging and would appreciate constructive feedback. I am still new to the writing for others to read, so I may not yet make my ideas as clear as I’d like.