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GOP Candidate: No One Has the Guts to Let Poor People Go Hungry and Die

A Republican candidate from Indiana recently wrote on Facebook that people just don’t have the guts to let poor people wither and die.

John Johnston, who is challenging Democratic state Rep. Chuck Moseley for the 10th District seat in the state, had some pretty strong words about how Democrats ‘coddle’ the poor for votes.

“For almost three generations people, in some cases, have been given handouts. They have been ‘enabled’ so much that their paradigm in life is simply being given the stuff of life, however meager,” the GOP candidate wrote in a debate on  Mad Mac, a site the pokes fun at Indiana politics.

He continued by pointing out that the liberal politicians who just keep feeding and clothing the poor are really just setting them up for a meager existence and life of misery.

“No one has the guts to just let them wither and die,” he stressed.

Following the well-worn path of saying that liberals support food stamps to get votes and Republicans are not courageous enough to yank support, the candidate continued, “It is really a political Catch-22. The voters are the ones in charge. however when only 10-11 percent show up to vote, not much will change. People simply are not hurting enough, or simply happy enough that they will do nothing, consequently the dole continues.”

After getting some flak for his statement, though, Johnston, a former high school teacher, backed off on his statements and said he did not mean that he intended on ending all support for America’s poorest.

“My main point is that the programs are used as political tools,” Johnston said, backtracking from his tough stance. “Sometimes it hurts, but you might give them less to motivate someone to get a job.”

He then compared the situation of the poor to dependent children. “I was not trying to hurt anybody’s feelings,” Johnston said to the local news. “I saw the opportunity to say something. I think a lot of the poor have no way out, and there’s no motivation to improve your position. It’s like training a child, either you enable them or force them out at some point.”

The buzz over Johnston’s remarks also sparked debate on the Mad Mac page, which responded to the attention by declaring, “Well damn… Every little comment you make can go viral.”

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  • Patrick Nance

    I’ll bet he claims to be a “Christian” as well…

    • 2Smart2bGOP

      Aww, you beat me to it…..

    • Jorge A. Melendez

      I am sure that HE IS a christian!

      • Thomas W. Yale

        In name only. If you read passages of Jesus’ life in the Bible, it’s pretty clear that He was extreme left-wing.

        “Come, you that are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world; for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me.”

        “You lack one thing; go, sell what you own, and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; then come, follow me.”

        “When you give a luncheon or a dinner, do not invite your friends or your brothers or your relatives or rich neighbors, in case they may invite you in return, and you would be repaid. But when you give a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, and the blind. And you will be blessed, because they cannot repay you, for you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous.”

  • David William Rutledge

    That was going to be my comment as well: Another arrogant Christian willing to let the poor starve. In any event, nobody has been as liberal to the poor as they have been towards the banks and oil companies, where we shell out billions to bail them out and give them tax write offs. Does anybody have the guts to let them starve?

  • Bill Pavuk

    When the poor get welfare that they need to survive, we’re enabling and coddling. When the rich get welfare whie already making millions, we’re rewarding and encouraging them.

    • Thomas W. Yale

      A curious dichotomy.

  • James Baranski

    Judgement day comes for everyone folks.

    • Patrick John Blackburn

      It does not…that’s apparently an idiotic belief in magic on your part…BTW, you Tea Partiers inevitably don’t know how to spell….

  • Dale Mulkey

    Yet another stupid statement from a member of the scum party

    • Patrick John Blackburn

      Amazing how idiots such as yourself don’t see the idiocy in themselves….I’ll bet you even vote!

      • Wendy Palm

        The idiot, sir, is you. If you want to see poor, sick people dying in the streets of the USA you are not just an idiot, you are a perverted idiot. You must be a republican t-party psychotic. Perhaps there’s a place for you in Sudan, Iraq, Afghanistan? Do you have a duck dynasty beard too?

      • Thomas W. Yale

        “I’ll bet you even vote.” I think you mean “I’ll bet you don’t even vote.” With respect to idiocy, lack of attention to these little details in expression is quite telling, don’t you think?

        • Patrick John Blackburn

          No, another idiot who cannot follow…
          I was bemoaning the fact that Dale probably votes. And reproduces. And does any number of socially regrettable things.

          • Thomas W. Yale

            I see. I just figured that voting would be a way, however ineffective, to influence public policy. Maybe it does, maybe it doesn’t. But you don’t really endear yourself to other people or pose effective arguments by ad hominem (a general category of fallacies in which a claim or argument is rejected on the basis of some irrelevant fact about the person presenting the claim or argument). Calling other people idiots doesn’t really accomplish anything. Moreover, the “fact” that Dale probably votes isn’t really a fact, but rather an assertion on your part that he probably doesn’t on some basis you haven’t yet revealed. Two questions remain, then: first, how do you know it is probable that Dale votes, and second, how is it relevant to the topic of this article?

  • LizDavies

    No politician even slightly kinder than Voldemort could pass muster with Republicans these days.

    • Thomas W. Yale

      I don’t think Voldemort would take too kindly to the comparison.

  • nidur

    I wonder how he’d cop with being hungry,and in need. Not well, I would guess. People who say things like this usually turn out to be gutless.

  • diablodejalisco

    just another typical republican. ive got mine and to heck with you.

  • Michelle Mauler

    The poor have plenty of motivation to change their situation. What they don’t have, is the means to do so.

    • Thomas W. Yale

      Here, here!

  • Veronica Moser

    ReSociopaths should be chained to a tree, with honey poured all of them, in a forest where BULLET ANTS exist.

  • Jazz11

    If as Democrats we “coddle” the poor and starving by feeding them, then I’m proud to be Democrat.

  • Jim Spillane

    Another fool!

  • Di Kelley

    Honestly, it’s people like this that have made me a liberal.

  • Bartleby

    What world does this guy come from? He claims that liberals support food stamps to get votes? The fact is that Republicans support Corporate Welfare to get campaign funds.

    Which is more worthy — giving millions to Corporations, or helping to feed people?

    This old white guy apparently doesn’t realize (or care) that some people in this Country are genuinely in need of assistance — making him the ideal Republican Candidate.

  • embarrassed hoosier

    A Hoosier……kissing the Lewis Powell behind since breakdown of the US economy….and the shift of democracy from “We the People” to corporate bribes and bought politicians.