As Republicans seek to enforce their mistaken morality on America, based on their misunderstanding of St. Paul (and often attributing the quote above to Jesus), we have to look at reality in order to understand what they are perpetrating on America.
Facts are helpful in understanding reality; proof quotes don't help there, I'm afraid. The fact is that the majority of recipients in the SNAP program (food assistance) are women and children. The majority of recipients are working, but earning so little that they are still eligible for food assistance. The majority of people affected by the cut in food assistance that is about to happen--Friday if Congress takes no action--will be women and children.
The Republicans cost America's treasury 24 billion dollars for the two-week shutdown that just came to an end. They are about to assume responsibility for taking 5 billion dollars more out of the consumer economy with food assistance cuts. But those cuts will not just take away the 5 billion; it will result in a loss of 10 billion dollars because that money will not go into support of the food and supermarket industries. The fact is that every dollar of food assistance pumps $1.70 into the economy. So is the Teabaggers' ideology worth $30 billion to you?
It is also a fact that many homeless Americans are veterans who have been abandoned by the support system that we erroneously believe is in place for them. Veterans have to wait for their disability claims, and they have to deal with the scarcity of jobs that has been created by Republicans who refuse to act on a jobs bill. The economy and the government have to fail, and then we will see if that is enough to satisfy Republicans who must punish America for electing the wrong president.
But aside from these facts, which are easily verifiable simply by looking up the information on the Internet, the really appalling factor in this situation is the heartless cruelty evident in the Republican Party. This is no time to be cowed by ideologues, no matter how much Republican "moderates" want to be re-elected. As a matter of fact, it is my opinion is that it is a "now or never" moment for Republicans who are still of sound mind to stand up to the mentality of the Teabaggers.
Someday very soon, moderate Republicans will tell Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) to sit down and shut up before he destroys the Party. They will tell the Teabaggers to sit down and shut up or face public humiliation and attack as they distance themselves from this small group in the House of Representatives. Or not.
If they do not do this in the next couple of weeks, the Republican Party will lose its identity as one of America's primary political parties, and become an updated John Birch Society with only that kind of people voting for them. Their actions will be influenced strongly by the gubernatorial election which will take place in three days, and if the Democratic candidate in Virginia trounces the Teabagger (which is widely anticipated to happen), it will be either a death knell or the sound of liberation for moderate Republicans.
"You don't work, so you can starve." Is this America, or am I in some third-world country where their incarnation of Marie Antoinette thinks that somebody will provide, or that it's actually okay for people to starve? Look, hunger is a more agreeable word than starve, but starvation is what happens when people don't eat.
If you are of a practical turn of mind, you might also want to consider this: the damage that is being done to young minds and bodies by hunger is going to have to be repaired for years to come by educational interventions and special health programs for those whose development was stunted before they could withstand it. Would you like to cheer that America is Number One in the number of babies who die on the same day they are born?
This damage is being inflicted on American children deliberately by Republicans who can come up with nothing more than, "If they won't work, they won't eat." Are poor children expected to drop out of school, go to work, and then we will authorize food for them? Their mothers and fathers are already being punished for not earning enough, which if you think about it is another appalling cruelty from Republicans who crashed the economy over greed.
And if you want to talk about work, the House of Representatives plans to work just 113 days out of the entire calendar year of 2014, which as you know actually is made up of 365 days. How about that for the dignity of work--their idea is not to work, and then collect their paychecks for naming post offices.
There are families in Tucson and Arizona and the United States who are packing up and heading south of the border, for countries where you can live for far less than America, where consciousness is lacking about how we treat our own citizens.
Who are the Republicans going to turn on next? Well, worry about it, because it could be you. Those of us who have not yet found the courage to stand up and put a stop to these monstrous un-Christians are going to have no one to stand up to us when we go on the chopping block to provide more for the corporations who own and operate the Republican Party.
If reading this column makes you feel like you have done something, you haven't. If you are not planning and preparing, you are a sitting duck with a target on your back--a target for Sarah Palin and the Teabaggers who are more equal than you and I. The countdown has begun. Who will they decide to strip of their rights?