Taking hostages

So, if you haven’t already heard, Susan G. Komen For The Cure has probably sunk itself this past week, after a move to no longer provide funding to Planned Parenthood has caused all sorts of reasons to no longer support SGK to surface (not to mention adding another one to the list). This seems to be a common tactic from the right wing–they coerce people and organisations into not providing support for those they deem ‘bad’, either financially or through other means. The BS that abortion providers have to deal with is ample proof of this, but sadly it goes far beyond that. The debt ceiling, healthcare reform…the focus isn’t on doing good, but on not doing ill.

As a result, they try to hold good works hostage by withholding support until they get what they want. It’s a giant game of chicken, with lives and livelihoods on the line. Sometimes it feels like a cliche TV show where the bad guys get one over on the heroes by creating a situation where they can either stop the evildoers or save innocents, but not both.

And there is no compromising with these people . The kind of person who would threaten something they support (assuming, of course, that they actually support it, which is often in doubt–thank you Rugged Individualism and Good Christian Values) over something they don’t can’t be compromised with. Trying is a waste of effort that would be better used elsewhere.

I really wish I understood these people. I mean, intellectually, I do–I get the logic and values and whatnot. But I don’t understand a mindset that would allow others to suffer when something could be done about it.


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