There is great joy to be had when one holds a new life in their arms, completes a book, finishes a great project, a life's work, overcoming adversity, seeing the world, and really, one could add to this in countless ways.
And then there is, I guess, what some might consider joy when they see someone getting their food stamps denied, or when they see a person admit they are running out of options, take pride in thinking they aren't the '47%' that all the 'others' are or think they are a 'maker' who is a member of the maker club, cheer and hoot when the question is to let someone without insurance just die, throwing job applications at protesters or pocket change at a man who says he needs health care reform, etc.
There is the base of needs; food, water, shelter. But, here we have a movement, an ideology, that is determined to cut access to that base, destroy programs that create a structure for that base, and shame people who use those programs.
And that is why the Tea Party wing of the Republican Party is the lowest of the low.