Professor Cornel West was on Crossfire Monday with Bill Kristol and completely destroyed him, as well as S.E. Cupp, as they tried to discuss income disparity in America. The segment began with Van Jones asking Bill what happened to compassionate conservatism and so they had a label, but in reality conservatism has never, ever been compassionate. That's a word game contrivance and it should have been debunked as such by Van instead of him trying to win an argument by making a case that George Bush and his cronies were ever compassionate to Americans.
West was in top form and called out the entire GOP for their savage act of cutting food stamps at a time when so many Americans are suffering.
“We black folk, we have been some of the most open-minded, forgiving and embracing people in the nation,” West told host S.E. Cupp. “We’ve got Clarence Thomases within our community. It’s not like we gotta go somewhere else to have conservatives.
But the issue is this: Why are the Republicans cutting food stamps? That’s morally obscene and spiritually profane. Four million poor people may be pushed into poverty.”
“How much have food stamps gone up in the last four years?” Kristol interjected. “They’ve doubled.”
“They’ve gone up — you know why?” West countered. “Because this crisis of capitalism. Their wages have been stagnant.”
“Who’s been president the past four years?” Kristol said with a smirk. “I thought the economy was roaring back under President Obama.”
“This is where neo-liberalism goes hand-in hand with your neo-conservatism,” West argued. “Privatize, militarize, support big banks and big corporations. The result is what? Working-class devastated, middle-class downward mobility, escalation of poverty. So yes, you’re right: We’ve got a lot of food stamps increasing because of what? People are suffering. But then you’re gonna cut the food stamps?”
Cornel West was succinct, concise and articulate with just enough compassion to get through to any person that heard him.
Bravo. It couldn't have been said any better.