Michele Bachmann, one of the Republicans trying to get nominated to go against President Obama in 2012, said in a recent speech at the Family Research Council, “…if anyone will not work, neither should he eat.”
“Our nation needs to stop doing for people what they can and should do for themselves,” she said. “Self reliance means, if anyone will not work, neither should he eat.”
But this is not just an opinion held by Bachmann, it is a guiding principle in the Republican party.
For decades, Republicans have been on a mission to make reality exactly what Bachmann is suggesting. It is their passion, their burning belief that the jobless, the sick, even those who are mentally incapable of doing a job, must not eat or survive for that matter. Republicans believe that the poor and suffering are a burden on society and the rest of society bears no responsibility for the general welfare of these people.
Apparently, Bachmann – who considers herself a Christian called by God to run for president – never read the story of Cain and Able and has no idea where the “am I my brother’s keeper” phrase originated. It’s in the very first book of the Bible. But somehow, based on the reverse stance of her take from the rich and give to the poor attitude, I don’t believe she’s ever read the good book.