The Democratic Underground Thread Of The Day: Pro-Looting Liberals

So, I’m headed over to the Democratic Underground to look for threads blaming George Bush for hurricane Katrina. I know that might sound a bit odd, but lefties have blamed Bush for absolutely everything under the sun at one time or another, so why should Hurricane Katrina be any different?

But, when I arrived at the DU, I ran across a trend that was so weirdly noteworthy that I had to spend a little time on it. What’s the trend you ask? Get ready for this: Pro-looting liberals.

Granted, there were plenty of people at the DU who didn’t support looting, but — believe it or not — there was a surprisingly large number of people who seemed to have no problem whatsoever with looters.

Some of them justified their position by saying that we’re talking about starving people looting for food, but given that everyone knew the hurricane was coming and it just hit yesterday, it’s pretty hard to argue “famine” at this point.

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Here are just some of the comments from the DU (I could have literally posted 4 or 5 times this number with minimal effort):

From a thread called: Looters

undergroundpanther: The fact the national guard is keeping people from FOOD shows we are NOT living in a democracy,the Rich people’s THINGS must be protected from starving people!!Remember the french revolution,the rich make sure the lower class suffers and is desperate,the middle class is scared of poor people,the soldiers are bribed obedient and loyal,. That is how they say rich and on our backs.

F*ck all the corporate pigs. F*cking *ssholes! Disaster shows us the true use of our military is to PROTECT PROPERTY of corporations above human life, to keep the rich secure people DIE.

I say Eat the rich people if they will not let you get food. Roast them on a spit and share the bounty.They have been fed on the finest organic foods.*sarcasm*

D*mn I am pissed. Let the people EAT..What happened soldier to defending life? Life comes before property IF you are not a sociopath scum bag. Don’t obey wealthy scumbags posing as”leaders”.Sheesh.

From a thread called What is your opinion about looters?:

HypnoToad: I think authorities or those who control the food should be civil enough to share it properly in the first d*mn place.

If they don’t, then I cannot have a moral grudge against those who loot the food. But as we’re not as much a society but a dog-eat-dog everyone-for-himself joke…

JI7: people are trying to survive and considering all that is happening now. even if there were a few people stealing luxury items it would be far down on the list of what is important right now.

wli: they’re using “looting” as an excuse to gun down poor people n/t

Sentinel Chicken: While technically it’s stealing in reality …a lot of the merchandise would be thrown out anyway. Food is perishable and would not be salable and the consumer goods would most likely not be sold but claimed as a loss on the merchants insurance. So I have no big problem with people who have suffered a terrible loss grabbing whatever they need to live on and if they pick up a few luxuries along the way it’s small potato’s.

genevat: if i were in the shoes of the people in n.o., i would be stealing food. i am probably poor, black (from the photos i saw), and have now lost everything. there is probably not going to be any food coming into the city anytime soon. what is there is going to rot anyway, so what the hell? it is a matter of survival at this point.

looting luxury items – well, i think that is human nature. it’s going to happpen. i doubt i would be tempted, but then again, if i didn’t do it, someone else would.

it’s a what-if type of question. hard to know what i’d do in that situation.

ultraist: Looters like Bush and his cronies should face life in prison. And for those that engage in petty theft looting during a natural disaster, should be granted the consideration of extenuating circumstances.

Make sure to check out PunditGuy who found other examples of this same phenomenon at DU.

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