There are lines we should not cross in civil discourse but nothing is off limits to a Republican.
Meet Maria Gunnoe. She’s an anti-coal activist from West Virginia whose water supply had been tainted by run-off from nearby coal mining. Or, according to the coal industry and their lackeys, the GOP, her water got polluted by magic and the coal industry can’t be blamed. Ever. Under any circumstances. That’s business as usual but the this part wasn’t.
This is a picture of a five year old bathing in water polluted by the coal industry:
Maria planned on showing this rather disturbing image as part of her presentation to the House Committee on Natural Resources in DC. This how the GOP reacted:
Yesterday, on the other hand, Maria was told that she would not be allowed to show that photo. It was not appropriate. She had the blessing of the child’s parents, but Republicans on the subcommittee alerted the capitol police (according to Spencer Pederson, a spokesman for GOP panel members), and after the hearing, the capitol police took Maria aside for questioning about “child pornography.”
Child pornography? I don’t know a single parent that doesn’t have a picture or video of the unrestrained joy children exhibit when taking a bath. That’s what makes this picture so disturbing and powerful; that something so normal and taken for granted by most Americans should be a source of disgust, even for the child taking the bath. Instead of outrage that children are being subjected to this, the House GOP was “outraged” at the fact the child was naked.
And now the GOP has resorted to labeling their opponents as pedophiles to silence them? Joe McCarthy would stand in awe of the moral vacuum the modern Republican Party exists in.