Saturday, 28 November 2015
There are times when I wonder about the mentality of a large component of the US population.
In case you haven't heard, there is an idiot (not a word I often use) currently trying for the Republican nomination for President of the United States.
This week he ridiculed a person with a disability at a public rally in South Carolina.
The person he ridiculed has a condition called arthrogryposis.
Arthrogryposis would have to be one of the most cruel of the many congenital disabilities around. It varies in severity, but is painful, interferes grossly with independence and cannot be fixed, although prolonged and continuous reconstructive surgery can help.
I have worked with a couple of kids with this condition down through the years, and have admired the guts and determination displayed by them and their families.
It occurred to me that if Trump had made the remarks publicly in the small western community where one of these kids lives, in this country he would have been tarred and feathered.
But this, of course, is Australia, not the United States of America.
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