At a town hall meeting Thursday, Bauer, who is running for governor in his own right now that Sanford is term-limited, said: "My grandmother was not a highly educated woman, but she told me as a small child to quit feeding stray animals. You know why? Because they breed! You're facilitating the problem if you give an animal or a person ample food supply. They will reproduce, especially ones that don't think too much further than that."
Martin Amis' comment that got me going on this subject yesterday, the tape of Charles Bernard Shaw promoting the death of unproductive citizens, and then President Obama's comments about the eldery and infirmed who cost the health care so much to keep alive seem tame after reading Bauer's careless and heartless statement. Thankfully, the article is just as much about how the other politicians were morally outraged by the comment.
Democrats and others railed at him."I am disgusted by these comments. They show an unbelievable lack of compassion toward the unemployed workers in our state who are hurting during these hard times," said state Sen. Vincent Sheheen, a Democrat who is also running for governor. "His comments were immoral and out of line."South Carolina schools Superintendent Jim Rex, another Democratic candidate for governor, called Bauer's comments "reprehensible" and said he should apologize.The author of the
"a fiercely ambitious Republican with a reputation for reckless and immature behavior."Reckless and immature, yes, but things like that don't come out of your mouth unless you think them, internally. One of the most suprising things I read was toward the end of the article where it was written,
Similarly, Winthrop University political scientist Scott Huffmon said Bauer's words "came out as condescending and insulting," but his overall message about government dependency and personal responsibility will appeal to his evangelical Republican base.I sure HOPE this political scientist is wrong about that. It would be hypocrisy of the worst kind if he's right. Disposing of anyone, regardless of their productivity or health or whatever, is a rejection of the inherent dignity of life, which is at the very core of their ardent opposition to abortion.