In all the excitement over what freaked-out conservatives are calling President Obama’s “gun grab,” we perhaps lost sight of what Republicans actually tried to do to the citizens of the Northeast, those who suffered from the ravages of Hurricane Sandy.
A staggering 179 Republicans voted against helping those folks affected by the massive storm. It’s a wonder that there are any members of the Republican Party left in New York or New Jersey, but I saw plenty of them thanking “Congress” for helping them out. But, once again, it was Democrats who saved the day, with all but one of them in the House voting to help (that one nay vote by a Democrat was scandalous, by the way).
But perhaps the biggest scoundrel of all the 179 Republicans who voted against aiding storm victims was our own Ozark Billy Long, who, after bragging about all the help he secured for Joplin after our tornado, couldn’t muster support for equally needy folks in the Northeast.
Look at this headline from NPR in 2011, after our killer tornado:
That article ended with this:
Long says he’s confident that whatever tough choices may have to be made, Uncle Sam’s not going to skimp on helping people laid low by a natural disaster.
As for the government, there are still a lot of things Long aims to change, but it’s less likely you’ll hear him complaining any more about being “fed up.”
Ozark Billy earned from the American Conservative Union a 92 rating, which made him “the most conservative member of the Missouri delegation in 2011,” said Billy. Congratulations to him. And with the “no” vote on help to victims of Hurricane Sandy, he is on track to be a hero of reactionary conservatives again in 2013.
But he is, without a doubt, a hypocrite, a self-serving scoundrel who takes credit for helping the local folks with dollars from others, including dollars from people in the Northeast, but is unwilling to do the right thing when those other folks need our help.
The people who voted for Billy Long should, but won’t, be ashamed of themselves. He could run and be reelected a thousand times in this sense-forsaken area.
And, by the way, who could have guessed this:
Rep. Billy Long said he is categorically opposed to the new gun restrictions proposed by President Barack Obama on Wednesday, arguing they would interfere with Americans’ ability to defend themselves.
The Springfield News-Leader also reported some Ozark Billy folk wisdom:
“People need to be able to defend themselves, as crazy as this world’s getting,” Long said.
When he was a child and learned about some tragedy like a shooting, Long said, his grandmother would tell him “there’s just a lot of meanness in the world.” That still resonates with him today, he said, adding “we need to figure out as a society what we’re doing to augment that meanness.”
Meanness. It comes in all forms, including withholding help from folks in need in a part of the country that would, because they are sensible Americans, laugh Billy Long off any goddamned ballot.