The latest entry in the very crowded “Texas Dystopia Contest” is the mayor of Colorado City, Texas who, when pressed about how the local government might help residents who are freezing to death, wrote in a since-deleted Facebook post:
"I’m sick and tired of people looking for a damn handout!”
“The City and County, along with power providers or any other service owes you NOTHING!" he said while urging residents to “step up and come up with a game plan” for acquiring power or heat.
“Only the strong will survive and the weak will [perish],” he added.
He has since resigned. While not denying that he wrote those words, he did claim that much of what he wrote was “taken out of context.”
Was the “context” that he had a brief moment toward the end of saying that there are people who are truly needy and his category of “freeloaders” is ruining it for them? That is some weak-sauce context, given the absolute barbarity of the rest of the post.
The definition of Socialism has just been expanded to include “During a freak act of gawd no one was prepared for (government or private individual) individuals weren’t prepared, and expect help from a system of pooled resources designed for just such an occurrence.”
The whole thing reeks of “If you aren’t a full-blown prepper, libertarian Jesus wants you to freeze to death.” When he says “if you don’t have water go get some, you need to have the tool, etc…” that is really a hairs-breadth of deniability from telling people to strap up and start faction wars over scarce resources…