By Scott Tibbs, February 10, 2014
Last week, the Herald-Times ran a story on Monroe County government sending snowplows over to Owen County to help with a recent severe snowstorm. I made the following comment:
"I don't have a problem with helping Owen County, but there are roads in Monroe County that the county consistently fails to plow. Focus on the ones paying your bills first, and then help out surrounding counties."
Note that nowhere in my comment did I say or even imply that Monroe County should not help Owen County at all. I made a statement about what I think is the proper allocation of resources for snow removal. After all, there are a couple county roads I drive on daily that are consistently not cleared after major storms. It is a statement that people can disagree with, certainly, but one would not think that it would make anyone angry or offended.
Boy, was I ever wrong!
Leftists erupted in furious anger, attacking me personally and attacking my faith, calling me the "worst Christian ever" and repeatedly calling me a "hypocrite." One Leftist said my "selfish ideology has to be crazy strong" and another called my arguments "consistently despicable." All of this over me expressing an opinion about the prioritization of resources for plowing roads in Monroe and Owen counties.
The most absurd accusation was that my post is opposed to the teachings of Jesus. Now, personally I think it is stupid to make plowing streets a theological matter. I was talking about public policy and allocation of resources. But if deranged Leftists want to go there, I can certainly provide Scripture to support my position, such as the following three passages below - including one quote from Jesus Christ:
2 Thessalonians 3:11-12
For we hear that there are some which walk among you disorderly, working not at all, but are busybodies. Now them that are such we command and exhort by our Lord Jesus Christ, that with quietness they work, and eat their own bread.
And another one...
1 Timothy 5:8
But if any provide not for his own, and specially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel.
And another one...
For Moses said, Honour thy father and thy mother; and, Whoso curseth father or mother, let him die the death: But ye say, If a man shall say to his father or mother, It is Corban, that is to say, a gift, by whatsoever thou mightest be profited by me; he shall be free.
And ye suffer him no more to do ought for his father or his mother; Making the word of God of none effect through your tradition, which ye have delivered: and many such like things do ye.
The principle established in Scripture is clear: We are to take care of our own responsibilities before we insert ourselves into others' business. Given that there are roads in Monroe County that are consistently not cleared, the focus should be on plowing those roads before we help surrounding counties.
Now let me address a couple issues: I do appreciate the work that county highway workers do. It is an admirable thing for them to get up in the wee hours of the morning in brutally cold weather, and get the roads clear to the best of their ability so people can drive to work. Because they have a huge amount of ground to cover, I do not expect it to be perfect. My problem was helping Owen County before all of the work in Monroe County was done.
As to roads not being cleared, I have been repeatedly accused of "lying" about that. This is completely absurd and nonsensical. What possible motivation could I possibly have for "lying" about roads not being plowed? Seriously - what could my motivation possibly be? What do I have to gain by "lying" about it? This is literally insane. This accusation can only be made by people who are completely deranged.
This is just one more example of why why "bipartisanship" is a crock, because the extreme Left is so deranged and filled with hate. I expect to be personally attacked, lied about and called names in a thread over hot-button social issues like abortion and homosexual marriage. But to face this kind of vitriol over the prioritization of resources for plowing streets illustrates how completely deranged the extreme Left has become.