I can think of no more stirring symbol of man's humanity to man than a fire engine. ~Kurt Vonnegut
This same thing happened a year ago, and now it is deja vu all over again! Why people do not understand the immense damage that republican rule, especially the far right republican rule has on America and it's citizens is beyond me. The proof is an almost daily occurrence and it happened once again in deep red Tennessee's rural Obion County.
When fire broke out in her mobile home in Tennessee's rural Obion County Monday morning, Vicky Bell called 911. The fire department from nearby South Fulton arrived, and then just watched as the home burned to the ground because Bell had not paid the $75 annual fee for fire protection.
Bell and her boyfriend, Brian Gilbert, escaped the fire without injury, but lost everything. "We have no idea where we will go from here," Bell told KFVS-TV. "We are very lucky it was minutes from getting us."
For $75 %#*@* dollars the fire department let these poor fellow Americans house burn to the ground! This shows the difference between being a progressive American or a right wing american. It is the difference of if we live in a "WE" society or a "ME" society. Right now we are living in a "ME ME ME ME ME ME ME ME" society(thanks tea partiers)! Think I am exaggerating? Let's check back in with some of the players of this tragedy!
This kind of government makes the right wing columnists and pundits salivate:
Obion County Mayor Benny McGuire tells the WPSD-TV "To me, it's not an issue. To me it's like car insurance. If you have a car, you pay insurance. If you want protection, you pay the price."
South Fulton Mayor David Crocker says if the fire department responded to homes where people failed to pay the fee there would be no reason for anyone to subscribe to the service. "There's no way to go to every fire and keep up the manpower, the equipment, and just the funding for the fire department (without the fee)," he told the Tennessean.
And, for their trouble, the South Fulton fire department is being treated as though it has done something wrong, rather than having gone out of its way to make services available to people who did not have them before. The world is full of jerks, freeloaders, and ingrates — and the problems they create for themselves are their own. These free-riders have no more right to South Fulton’s firefighting services than people in Muleshoe, Texas, have to those of NYPD detectives.Let's check in with the attempted freeloader Ms. Bell( in the biggest case of Stockholm syndrome I have ever seen).
Bell told KFVS-TV she didn't pay the fee because she didn't have insurance, which she told the station is a requirement in order to subscribe to the firefighting service. "I'm not mad at the city, I understand," said Bell.So she understands that her whole life possessions and almost her life are gone because she did not pay a $75 "fire fee"? We watch fellow Americans lives burn for $75 and cheer? In America? Our Founders would be sickened!
The station reported Bell told them most of her neighbors in the trailer park did not have insurance because they are not eligible.
Bell says she's more concerned about how she's going to put her life back together now that she and her boyfriend, Brian Gilbert have lost everything.
"We have no idea where we will go from here," said Bell. "We are very lucky it was minutes from getting us."
For the "tea partiers" and right wing extremists like Benny Mcguire and David Crocker should have been paying attention in grade school: