The Worst Thing You Will Read Today

Attention everyone: Below you will find the most infuriating collection of sentences you have ever laid eyes upon. This is an email I received yesterday afternoon from a disgruntled listener. It, I warn you, is the worst thing you will ever read. Take your blood pressure medication and then continue on…

Matt,

I’ve heard your show a few times and I don’t think I’ll ever listen again. I can’t deal with the judgement you pass on people. Im an Obama supporter but i still I think you have some great ideas …. but to advocate for cuts to entitlements? That’s just heartless and wrong. There are people who NEED it. Not want it. NEED it.

I have suffered from severe and chronic depression for most of my life. I am 29 and began feeling this way at the age of 12 or 13. I would love to work and live a normal life like you. I’d love to have an easy time of things like you. I’d love it if I wasn’t cursed with this disease, if I didn’t have to struggle so much but that’s not the case. I can’t work in this condition. I receive a modest disability payment every month. I could make MUCH more at a job than I do from the check I get each month. I’m not looking to profit off of my disability but I can’t function enough to profit from my skills and education. I haven’t been able to get married or have kids. It took over A YEAR for the government to approve my disability payments and during that time I almost ended up on the street because I couldnt work to support myself. You have no idea what that’s like. It’s easy to judge from where you’re sitting, but walk a mile in my shoes. The truth is…. And your not going to like this but it needs to be said… I AM entitled to your money. Its just as important for you to help me as it is for You to help your family, thats what it means to live in a community. I am an American. You don’t get to just leave me to die. You have to pitch in.
Deal with it and stop whining.

-James

Here’s the response that I sent to Mr. James:

Jimmy,

May I call you Jimmy? You seem to know a lot about me and my life, so I guess we are on familiar terms. Let me start by applauding your impeccable comedic timing. I mean, writing an entire paragraph where you do nothing but bitch and moan and then finishing it off by telling ME to stop “whining”? Hilarious. Well done. The only thing that would have been more hysterically ironic is if you had signed off by calling ME a thief and a fraud.

But I suppose we aren’t here to talk comedy. We’re hear to talk about your hard, tragic life and why it entitles you to take food from my children’s mouths. So on that subject I have just a few thoughts:

First. Thank you for confirming every negative stereotype people have about Obama voters.

Second. Listen, chief, you actually know nothing about me. You know nothing about my life. You know nothing about life in general, and that’s coming from someone three years younger than you. You keep telling me I “can’t understand”, I can’t fathom, I haven’t “walked in your shoes”. You’re wrong. I HAVE worn the shoes of an ungrateful brat who sits at home all day with no responsibilities, making unreasonable demands of everyone around me while offering nothing in return. But, you see, I grew out of them when I turned 5. Then I put on different shoes. In fact, for six years I wore the shoes of a guy who lived in a roach infested apartment the size of a closet, worked multiple jobs, didn’t make enough to pay for cable but did have barely enough to subsist on gas station beef jerky and energy bars. I don’t think you’ve ever tried those on — have you? — you presumptuous snot. While we’re gabbing about footwear, let me tell you about the shoes I wear now. I wear the shoes of a man who earns a modest living and works his ass off all day, every day, to build a career in one of the toughest and most challenging industries in America. I do this so that I can provide for my wife and my two kids. And you’d gladly take from them so that you can avoid exerting the minimal effort required to support yourself? You’re a physically capable GROWN MAN with no dependents and you think my wife and my children OWE you? You are disgusting.

Third. Ok, let me get this straight, if you didn’t get free money from Daddy Obama you’d “die”? Really? You’re so emotionally distraught from the challenges of a life you haven’t lived that you’d whittle away and die in your misery rather than find a way to log a few hours behind a cash register to pay the grocery bill? See, Jimmy, I think you sell yourself short. I think, if absolutely forced into it, you’d find a way. You’re not paralyzed, you’re not wheel chair bound, you’re not blind, you’re not an amputee. And, by the way, I know people from each of those categories who work and support themselves. I don’t think you’d die. But, frankly, after reading your email and seeing your utter and complete self obsession, that’s a risk I’m willing to take.

You are a thief and a fraud. One day you will answer for that.

Have a blessed day,

Matt

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18 Responses to The Worst Thing You Will Read Today

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  2. Ann Marie Estridge says:

    Way to hit it out of the park Matt!!! We are so tired of all this entitlement attitude!! Keep up the awesome job that you do!!!

  3. Cathy says:

    This is freggin awesome..I just blew my wine out of my nose laughing. Youre my hero Matt! Keep on fighting the good fight!

  4. Renee says:

    Love your blog, Matt. Keep on working. : )

  5. Douglas says:

    You were right; it was the worst thing I read today. I don’t mean James’s post though; I mean your breathtakingly hateful response. James may be overstating his case, but there’s a grain of truth to what he says: taking care of the less fortunate is part of what it means to live in a society. It’s also part of what it means to be a Christian and a Catholic, which you claim to be. You might want to pick up the Catechism of the Catholic Church sometime and actually read it. For example, para. 2443 tells us that “God blesses those who come to the aid of the poor and rebukes those who turn away from them,” and para. 2448 makes it clear that the definition of “poor” includes “material deprivation, unjust oppression, [and] physical and psychological illness.” Para. 2447 instructs us to perform “corporal works of mercy [that] consist especially in feeding the hungry, sheltering the homeless, clothing the naked, visiting the sick and imprisoned, and burying the dead.” And in Matthew 25:45, Jesus refers back to these acts of mercy and says, “whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.” Whatever James’s true condition (which we should not presume to know) and whatever his true claim on our wealth (which we should not presume to know), the fact is that he is a human being whose essential dignity you deny with your presumption and your callous and hateful response. In 1 John 4:20, there is a litmus test for those for who would call themselves Christians: “Whoever claims to love God yet hates a brother or sister is a liar. For whoever does not love their brother and sister, whom they have seen, cannot love God, whom they have not seen.” You flunk, dude. If you want to continue your sociopathic rants, I suggest that you stop advertising yourself as a Christian; you’re giving real Christians a bad name. I’ll bet you’d fit right in at the Church of Ayn Rand though; you might check it out.

    • traci b says:

      Respectfully Douglas, April fool’s was on Monday! Sounds like maybe you are ranting?? I’m sure if you read the Bible carefully, there is something maybe you missed: (proverbs) “The sluggard’s craving will be the death of him, because his hands refuse to work” (21:25); he loves sleep: “As a door turns on its hinges, so a sluggard turns on his bed” (26:14); he gives excuses: “The sluggard says, ‘There is a lion in the road, a fierce lion roaming the streets’” (26:13); he wastes time and energy: “He who is slothful in his work is a brother to him who is a great waster” (18:9 KJV); he believes he is wise, but is a fool: “The sluggard is wiser in his own eyes than seven men who answer discreetly” (26:16).

      A lazy person becomes a servant (or debtor): “Diligent hands will rule, but laziness ends in slave labor” (12:24); his future is bleak: “A sluggard does not plow in season; so at harvest time he looks but finds nothing” (20:4); he may come to poverty: “The soul of the lazy man desires and has nothing; but the soul of the diligent shall be made rich” (13:4 KJV).

      Why don’t you toodle on over to CNN, Huffpo, or other liberal blogs so you can spew your knowledge?

      • Douglas says:

        Last time I checked, the fundamental tenets of Christianity were in the New Testament, not Proverbs. Matthew 22:34-40 pretty much sums it up: “But when the Pharisees heard that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees, they gathered themselves together. One of them, a lawyer, asked Him a question, testing Him, ‘Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?’ And He said to him, “ ‘YOU SHALL LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD WITH ALL YOUR HEART, AND WITH ALL YOUR SOUL, AND WITH ALL YOUR MIND.“ This is the great and foremost commandment. The second is like it, “YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF.” On these two commandments depend the whole Law and the Prophets.’”

        Of course, people should earn their own keep, and the Catholic Church teaches the importance and spiritual value of work as a creative act and a source of human dignity. But the sad fact is that there are lots of people in this world who are not able to support themselves through no fault of their own. Whether this is the case for James, we don’t really know. The bigger issue is that there are people in our society who need our help. We can debate the effectiveness of this or that government program, but to say that social assistance is bad in principle seems to me to be fundamentally un-Christian.

        Despite what you think, I am no knee-jerk liberal. The New York Times’s opinion page is as likely to outrage me as the Wall Street Journal’s. And the whole reason I subscribed to this blog in the first place is that I read some posts that were spot-on social commentary and others that challenged me to think about where I stand on certain issues. But this particular post, and the world view that it represents, I find misguided. This idea that the government is the source of all of our problems is just as wrong and poisonous as the idea that the government is the solution to all of our problems.

    • karen mcandrew says:

      Really Doug? God helps those who help themselves. I don’t ever proclaim to know what Jesus thought. However, here is what I think, and what I think comes for years of attending Mass and being an active Catholic- work to help your self, and don’t complain about what you think the government owes you. My God is a loving God, but also a just one. Sitting around feeling sorry for yourself and criticizing others is not what is written in the bible. Remember we are all works in progress. We make mistakes, say things that are hurtful and we repent and are forgiven. He doesn’t flunk Doug- and you sir, a just a tad self-righteous.

  6. Sarzan says:

    +100 Matt.

  7. Douglas says:

    Look, I’m not the one earning my living by heaping moral outrage and self-righteous indignation on other people. But if he’s going to dish it out, he should hear it back from others. He’s not shy about yelling “hypocrite” at other people (many of whom deserve it); he should take a hard look in the mirror on this one.

    Personally, James comes across as a bit of a whiner to me too. But clinically depressed people often are whiners, and besides that, depression is a disease, not a moral failing. Matt was beating up on a sick person who was trying to speak up for sick and wounded people everywhere who rely on our help to keep from falling over the edge. Pretty courageous. Pretty Christian.

    As for “God helps those who help themselves,” I tried to look that one up in the Bible. It wasn’t in the Sermon on the Mount, or the parable of the Good Samaritan, or the story of the woman who gave her last penny to charity. Turns out it’s not there. It’s from Aesop (a pagan) and Benjamin Franklin (a Deist). In fact, the statement is often given as an example of the heresy of Semipelagianism, because it contradicts the doctrine of grace, which is that God helps those who cannot help themselves.

  8. karen mcandrew says:

    I never said that phrase was in the bible, and I never said depression was a moral failing. If you don’t like what Matt says, don’t read his blog. As far as what James is doing….. it’s not courageous and definitely not Christian. And, yes, I find you self-righteous… its the constant bible quoting. Don’t quote the bible, try and live it.

  9. theresapumpkin says:

    Back off for a moment. There’s something you’re all missing, something I know too much about being an American in Scandinavia for many years. There is a huge difference between CHARITY and WELFARE BENEFITS. I bet if James – hungry, anxious, tired – ended up in Matt’s kitchen they would eventually arrive at friendship. Matt would gladly take food from his kids’ plates and share it with James, and James would experience much more than a full stomach. But when a GOVERNMENT blindly sweeps the food off the kids’ plates to meet James’ corporal needs and James remains isolated – everything gets warped. Socialism – no matter what you Americans see or believe from a distance – is insidious. It looks and feels good for two generations before everyone is reduced to either worker ant or someone who feels superfluous and worthless. But charity? Matt, I dare you to look the truly isolated James in the eye and call him a whiner.

  10. jumeirajames says:

    I’m from Scotland which I suspect is the very cradle of socialism and I’m imbued with many of the socialist ideas. But I never took a penny from the State, even when I was out of work (and I had a family to support. No free milk for my kids!). Ever.

    What I hate, and I mean HATE, is the turning of America from the land of the free, from a country of ‘standing on your own two feet’ full of can-do people – into a wont-do, whining, me-me-me, country for people who have no idea what deprivation, hardship and fear is.

    We already have ‘A Britain’ in the world, we don’t need another one.

  11. Brian Rust says:

    theresapumpkin is spot on. There is a major difference between helping the poor and being forced by the threat of violence (that what Government enforces their rules with Doug) to take the share the fruits of your labor.

    Christianity isn’t a suicide pact, a hippie commune, or reason to take what isn’t yours.

    Remember the “Thou Shalt Not Steal” thingy Doug.

    Oh and the Old Testament is still sort of a big deal for Christians. The Gospel is only part of the story.

    By the way, James should get a job instead of living on the dole. He may find it much more rewarding then spending his time ranting at the people who pay his bills.

    I am sure there are ditches to be cleaned somewhere.

    Like St. Paul said “Those who don’t work don’t eat”

  12. CM says:

    I strongly disagree with the last few sentences of James’ letter, but as someone who has worked with people with depression, PTSD, anxiety, etc., and had family members with depression there ARE times that these things are truly disabling. I know that you are reacting to people that are working the system, and I agree that I don’t like it, either. I can also agree that anyone flat out telling me that they are “entitled” to the money that I earn are not going to get a pretty response from me. On the other hand, lumping everyone together and assuming that someone that has severe depression is just working the system or is too lazy to work has likely spent very little time with those that have truly struggled with these very real problems.

  13. Grace says:

    Yes, people should help out their neighbor, everyone is brother and sister in God’s eyes. But for James to say that Matt OWES him a portion of Matt’s paycheck is wrong. And it’s definitely NOT ethical for the government to tell us who to serve and who to ignore. It’s my personal belief that if the government were to back off, that no one would starve. In fact, I think that everyone would help each other out MORE than they do now. But the government has caused a rift between two sides: those who are taking and those who are being taken from. Those receiving welfare often resent those who are paying for their food– getting angry whenever they hear people complain about HIGH TAXES, which means they have less money with which to feed their family. And those who are being taken from, often resent those who really do need help.

    Also: my best friend suffers from what I would call debilitating depression, similar to James’. She has chosen to live with her parents, and still try to hold down a job, in the hopes that she will one day be strong enough to support herself fully. She has realized that if she wants the perks of being an adult (being able to live on her own, and do what she wants, etc) then she had better ACT like an adult. The difference between my friend and James is that she isn’t a drain on society, and she doesn’t expect every other person to pay for her cable tv.

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