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20score

(4,769 posts)
Sun Jun 2, 2013, 07:17 PM Jun 2013

Rep. Stephen Fincher: “If the Poor Want Their Children to Eat… Sell them as Slaves.”

Appearing on Fox News, Tennessee Representative Stephen Fincher addressed the charges of hypocrisy and callousness leveled at him by Democrats, again quoting the Bible to justify his positions. “Leviticus 25-45, ‘the children of the strangers that do live among you, of them shall ye buy, and of their families that are with you, which they begat in your land and they shall be your possession.’ And what’s stranger than poor people? Am I right? Right?” He said grinning and raising his hand for a high-five, which was answered quickly by a smiling Eric Bolling.

The controversy started two weeks ago while a debate was taking place in the House Agriculture Committee over $4.1 billion in cuts to the food stamp program, now known as SNAP, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. Stephen Fincher made his position clear that the government should not be in the business of feeding children or helping the poor, quoting the Bible for added emphasis. “For even when we were with you, we gave you this command: Anyone unwilling to work should not eat.” (The quote is actually about warning people against waiting for the second-coming, not as a justification to deny food to those in need.) The callousness is evident to anyone; the hypocrisy became obvious when it was found out that Mr. Fincher has taken millions from the government personally. The $3.5 million he has collected for his farm in subsidies, is from programs that he supports and has voted to increase funding for.

“Look, I’m a Christian and I’m far better than those atheists on the other side of the aisle who want to use the government to feed the poor,” Stephen Fincher said to the Fox panel. “That’s how Hitler and Stalin started out - feeding the poor. But I’m not heartless at all; it’s all about tough-love. And it’s also a win-win situation. We all know God wants to help the rich and powerful, or they wouldn’t be rich and powerful,” he said to the beaming and nodding hosts on The Five. “That’s why the government should give more money to people like me who know how to spend it. We could buy the poor people and then we would be obligated to feed them… if they work hard enough.” After a thoughtful pause. “I’ll say it again, this is other people’s money that Washington is appropriating and spending. It should go to me.”

“I have to say thank you on so many levels Steve,” said Greg Gutfeld. “Not only for figuring out how to feed those douche-bags, and for trying to bring back slavery, but as a comedian too. I have so many hungry children and slavery jokes I’m dying to tell… See, that’s why right-wing humor works, it’s… it’s gettable!”

“Tell your big news,” Andrea K. Tantaros said. “We’re all just dancing around it.”

“Okay, here’s my plan. I’m going to introduce a bill next week. It will eliminate food stamps and give that money to well-off white Christian males, and legalize the buying and selling of those who can’t feed themselves. It’s called, The American Patriot’s Love of God and Country, bill.”

“I’m a Democrat and I love this bill!” Bob Beckel announced. “What could be better than helping the wealthy and the poor at the same time?”

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Rep. Stephen Fincher: “If the Poor Want Their Children to Eat… Sell them as Slaves.” (Original Post) 20score Jun 2013 OP
Is there a link to the insanity? Newest Reality Jun 2013 #1
link to insanity marym625 Jun 2013 #28
Welcome to DU my friend! hrmjustin Jun 2013 #38
thank you. marym625 Jun 2013 #49
PLEASE tell me this whole piece is from the Onion! niyad Jun 2013 #2
No, it's my satire. 20score Jun 2013 #9
you have quotation marks everywhere - real or bull shit? lunasun Jun 2013 #14
Both. It shows how bad this guy is that it's not obvious. 20score Jun 2013 #17
Good job on the satire BlueToTheBone Jun 2013 #15
Thank you! 20score Jun 2013 #18
... BlueToTheBone Jun 2013 #19
Been writing satire on DU for years. 20score Jun 2013 #20
Don't feel bad. Brigid Jun 2013 #23
I recognized it as satire BlueToTheBone Jun 2013 #36
Thanks, BlueToTheBone! 20score Jun 2013 #37
Like a lot of good satire, deep in Poe territory! n/t backscatter712 Jun 2013 #25
Just found out about Poe's Law. 20score Jun 2013 #35
oops, nevermind Matariki Jun 2013 #24
Another smug, self-satisfied maggot n/t Mopar151 Jun 2013 #3
Typical hateful little non-joke "joke." Jackpine Radical Jun 2013 #4
I'll be damned -- there really IS such a person! Buns_of_Fire Jun 2013 #5
Whap!!! Arkansas Granny Jun 2013 #11
He's such an ass I had to write something about him. 20score Jun 2013 #12
Actually, I think he gives asses a bad name. This guy is EVIL. Buns_of_Fire Jun 2013 #21
Thank you! 20score Jun 2013 #39
Please keep this person away from me. theaocp Jun 2013 #6
Love it! punkin87 Jun 2013 #7
Thanks! 20score Jun 2013 #40
This might fit well with my "Jethro Schools" proposal. That was intended for right-wingers that brewens Jun 2013 #8
Instead of Soma like Brave New World, they'll get the Bible to endure their miserable lives. freshwest Jun 2013 #16
We all know that the repukes are leading us back to slavery. Lady Freedom Returns Jun 2013 #10
so Native Americans can keep all the past immigrants' kids in US as slaves per the bible? lunasun Jun 2013 #13
disgusting Skittles Jun 2013 #22
As for me and my house.... TNNurse Jun 2013 #26
That statement is worthy of being its own OP We People Jun 2013 #31
Thank you TNNurse Jun 2013 #34
This man is in Congress? dem in texas Jun 2013 #27
This is a well done satirical piece Dash87 Jun 2013 #43
If these fuck wads undergroundpanther Jun 2013 #29
Reminds me of Canterbury marym625 Jun 2013 #30
they sure love Leviticus, what happened G_j Jun 2013 #32
jesus marym625 Jun 2013 #33
They're two-book Christians backscatter712 Jun 2013 #41
This is so well done. The sad fact is, I could see this happening. Dash87 Jun 2013 #42
Such good satire, I could almost not tell the real quotes from the fake ones. HughBeaumont Jun 2013 #44
Thank you! 20score Jun 2013 #45
Not one person is curious about how we get this DiverDave Jun 2013 #46
To all the good people in the 8th Congressional District of Tennessee who elected this indepat Jun 2013 #47
Well done 20 score! suede1 Jun 2013 #48
Thanks 20score Jun 2013 #50
You almost had me! onlyadream Jun 2013 #51

20score

(4,769 posts)
9. No, it's my satire.
Sun Jun 2, 2013, 07:35 PM
Jun 2013

But the second paragraph is real. And the quote, "this is other people’s money that Washington is appropriating and spending."

20score

(4,769 posts)
17. Both. It shows how bad this guy is that it's not obvious.
Sun Jun 2, 2013, 08:05 PM
Jun 2013

These are real:
Everything in the second paragraph is true.
“For even when we were with you, we gave you this command: Anyone unwilling to work should not eat.”
"this is other people’s money that Washington is appropriating and spending."

BlueToTheBone

(3,747 posts)
15. Good job on the satire
Sun Jun 2, 2013, 08:00 PM
Jun 2013

I suggest that you always take ownership of your writing.

They are an incredible bunch of horrible creatures that inhabit our planet.

20score

(4,769 posts)
20. Been writing satire on DU for years.
Sun Jun 2, 2013, 08:22 PM
Jun 2013

(Took a few breaks, but thought I was still known.) Always debate with myself on whether or not to label it as satire. Thought this one was so over the top it wasn't necessary. Guess I was wrong.

Brigid

(17,621 posts)
23. Don't feel bad.
Sun Jun 2, 2013, 08:40 PM
Jun 2013

Even "The Onion" is having trouble these days because the things these fools actually do say is so jaw-dropping.

Jackpine Radical

(45,274 posts)
4. Typical hateful little non-joke "joke."
Sun Jun 2, 2013, 07:28 PM
Jun 2013

The True Believers know he's speaking straight from the heart with his advocacy of slavery, and they understand that he has to couch it as a "joke" to avoid outrage from everyone to the left of Sarah Palin.

And they understand that "the poor" who are destined for enslavement (or, more correctly. re-enslavement) are those dark-skinned "Others" who escaped from their natural roles in society as an immediate result of the unfortunate outcome of the Civil War.

Arkansas Granny

(31,459 posts)
11. Whap!!!
Sun Jun 2, 2013, 07:44 PM
Jun 2013

That's the sound my jaw made when I realized that this asshole had actually made these statements and it wasn't a parody from the Onion. How Kristian of him..

Buns_of_Fire

(17,047 posts)
21. Actually, I think he gives asses a bad name. This guy is EVIL.
Sun Jun 2, 2013, 08:32 PM
Jun 2013

This is why I seldom make any comment about the teabaggers "scraping the bottom of the barrel" by endorsing such-and-such loonie for office. Whenever I even think it, I'm reminded that their barrel is apparently deeper than the human mind can comprehend.

I liked your satire, by the way.

brewens

(13,232 posts)
8. This might fit well with my "Jethro Schools" proposal. That was intended for right-wingers that
Sun Jun 2, 2013, 07:33 PM
Jun 2013

don't want their kids to git learnt no science or history. Unless of course it's science or history invented in Texas. I say Texas because that seems to be the source of text books favored by the right and their Republican party platform had a bizarre anti-critical thinking plank.

I thought that if teabaggers don't want their kids to have a real education, so be it. That could be a source of cheap menial labor. Set up special "Jethro Schools" for them. After maybe six years or so, they could be eligible to go to work. Someone like Rush Limbaugh should be all for that. He could buy himself a harem of peasant houseboys to frolic with. No more traveling to The Dominican Republic for it.

freshwest

(53,661 posts)
16. Instead of Soma like Brave New World, they'll get the Bible to endure their miserable lives.
Sun Jun 2, 2013, 08:03 PM
Jun 2013

They won't know any different than the Deltas or the Gammas. Permanent underclass and cheap incubators for whoever can pay.
And a stable for Rush, too.

Lady Freedom Returns

(14,120 posts)
10. We all know that the repukes are leading us back to slavery.
Sun Jun 2, 2013, 07:39 PM
Jun 2013

But instead of the "Southern Model" they are going for the "Northern Model".

lunasun

(21,646 posts)
13. so Native Americans can keep all the past immigrants' kids in US as slaves per the bible?
Sun Jun 2, 2013, 07:56 PM
Jun 2013

“Leviticus 25-45, ‘the children of the strangers that do live among you, of them shall ye buy, and of their families that are with you, which they begat in your land and they shall be your possession.
God given right then I guess
and he knows it!!

TNNurse

(6,887 posts)
26. As for me and my house....
Sun Jun 2, 2013, 09:20 PM
Jun 2013

We would much rather the government use our tax money to feed children than to send them off to be killed in wars or give it to the wealthy or anyone on Wall Street.

dem in texas

(2,672 posts)
27. This man is in Congress?
Sun Jun 2, 2013, 09:39 PM
Jun 2013

A sad statement on the people who are elected in Tennessee. Sell children into slavery. Plus a woman representative said women don't want fair pay laws. In Texas, we sent Gohmert and Stockman. Can the US system of democracy survive with wing-nuts like these people serving in Congress?

undergroundpanther

(11,925 posts)
29. If these fuck wads
Sun Jun 2, 2013, 11:27 PM
Jun 2013

Ever think they could"own" me, I will not be owned,I have no gods no 'masters'. I'll starve rather than do ANYTHING for arrogant pasty white dhristianazi pigs like that. They are beneath me.These rethugs in government are a waste of skin.WTF good are they? Rich spoiled brats in fantasy land.They don't deserve anything but hate and scorn,rejection and to be removed from anything relating to government or public service.A Cotton Mathers Wannabe?.Why the fuck does anyone tolerate such psychopathy in power. They should be run out of office with a pitchfork and poked until they are 'done'.

marym625

(17,997 posts)
30. Reminds me of Canterbury
Sun Jun 2, 2013, 11:53 PM
Jun 2013

NC has passed a bill for one of the best programs in the country to ensure children are fed. During discussion Ray Canterbury proposed that the poorest of the children work for their meals. The Republican party is no longer even discernible from the party of half century ago. It is filled with misogynists, homohaters, racists and religious fanatics. The tea party, though it seems impossible, is even worse.

People did believe this satire as truth. That's so sad and not necessarily a comment on the reader.
Always enjoy your work, 20score. This is right up there with some of your best.

Dash87

(3,220 posts)
42. This is so well done. The sad fact is, I could see this happening.
Mon Jun 3, 2013, 01:34 PM
Jun 2013

And of course it would happen on "The Five (Douchebags)."

I'm surprised Neil Cavuto or Greg Gutfeld haven't called for enslaving the poor yet.

HughBeaumont

(24,461 posts)
44. Such good satire, I could almost not tell the real quotes from the fake ones.
Mon Jun 3, 2013, 02:01 PM
Jun 2013

Really, NOTHING these pigs say surprise me any longer. There really IS no depth to which they'll sink.

DiverDave

(4,863 posts)
46. Not one person is curious about how we get this
Mon Jun 3, 2013, 06:33 PM
Jun 2013

guy out?
What is is chances of re-election?

Should be pretty easy to get him out with statements like these

indepat

(20,899 posts)
47. To all the good people in the 8th Congressional District of Tennessee who elected this
Mon Jun 3, 2013, 07:25 PM
Jun 2013

bible-thumping man of God to Congress, I have just three words: shame, shame, shame!

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