Republican Congressman: Suicide Is The Result of ‘Lazy People’ Relying on ‘Government Handouts’
Republican Congressman Don Young of Alaska has come under fire for his statements about suicide this week.
On Wednesday, Young spoke at the Palmer Senior Center in Wasilla where he discussed his recent appearance at a high school, noting one of the students “had the gall to say suicide is a disease.”
“It is not a disease,” Young said. “It is an illness. Now, a lot of times that illness should be recognized by a support group and it should be supported by the teachers that recognize this person has an illness. He needs help. Is it his parents or is it his friends who are not supporting him?”
He went on to say that, “When people had to work and had to provide and had to keep warm by putting participation in cutting wood and catching the fish and killing the animals, we didn’t have a suicide problem.”
He then concluded that suicide is the result of government handouts “saying you are not worth anything but you are going to get something for nothing.”
This seems to be a growing theme in the talking points of the far right. Earlier this week, radio host Michael Savage claimed that PTSD in the military didn’t exist before the era of “government handouts.”
“I am so sick and tired with everyone and their complaints about PTSD, depression,” Savage said on his show. “Everyone wants their hand held and a check, a government check. What, are you the only generation that has PTSD? The only generation that’s depressed?”
He went on to call veterans with PTSD a “bunch of losers” and “weak,” you know, because he supports the troops.
But he did offer a solution to fixing America’s “loser” problem: “You need men like me to save his country,” Savage declared. “You need men to stand up and stop crying like a baby over everything. Men are so weak and narcissistic… no wonder ISIS can defeat our military.”
Well, maybe we should just send Savage to Raqqa and he can show ISIS who’s boss.