The suicide letter Thom read at the top of the first hour via HuffPo

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http://www.huffingtonpost.com/michael-thornton/an-emotional-letter-from-_b_788653.html

The BBC article as well (while we're at it): http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/2263690.stm

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Mark, who took his own life and wrote one of the better commentaries on the "real U.S.A. " claimed to be a Christian and I'm sure he was, but I find that lately, at least in the media, Republicans are the party that claims to have values more close to the Messiahs than the Democrats who are nothing but "liberal socialists". In the way the word "liberal" is used lately "as people who can change their minds" and not "stay the course" as conservatives claim they do, Jesus was a liberal. If Jesus had "stayed the course" of Jewish philosophy, we would be staying with the concept of an "eye for an eye" revenge theory instead of his "turn the other cheek" forgiveness idea. I would also propose that feeding the hungry (loaves and fishes), healing the sick (many times in the gospels), preaching love, compassion and forgiveness are not only so-called "socialist" policies, but Christian doctrine. Socialism, as described by modern conservatives, such as health care, food stamps, financial help for the poor, etc., are Christian values, so why do so many support the party that is opposed to this? Who would Jesus vote for?

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Mark is an example of what happens to a person when your nation has NO social safety net any longer. So much for others will help if given the chance (the libertarian mantra).

It's tragic. But I suspect this man is just one of millions in a similar plight in the "richest" nation on earth.

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This was very emotional, I think it was too emotional. I'm getting the impression that this is a hoax. This wasn't checked out thoroughly by Huffington. I think it may be some propaganda and it may come back to hurt the Progressive movement.

I think you and Malloy should have checked this out better before you ran it and made a big deal over it.

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Even if this letter was a hoax (and what proof do you have that it is?), what is a person supposed to do when their unemployment benefits run out? They can't find another job? They can't pay their rent or mortgage? They can't pay their bills? They can't afford their prescription meds any longer? They can't even afford to eat?

Good lord, this is the USA. Why on earth is it acceptable for ANY citizen of the richest country in the world to have to live like that? It's appalling. It's embarrassing. And every single American, regardless of your political affiliation should be outraged that this happens to any person in America!

If I was in that situation, I think I would consider ending my life as well. Fortunately, for all its problems, I now live in a country (UK) where I would never be in that situation even if I was penniless. Damn social democracies!

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Found this and thought it appropriate here...

I've Got Mine.
I've got a secure job.
Why should I care if they extend unemployment?
I've got mine.
I've got benefits that cover my entire family.
Why should I care if they repeal health care reform?
I've got mine.
I still have plenty of equity in my home.
Why should I care if my neighbor is losing his?
I've got mine.
I send my kids to private school.
Why should I care if they cut public education?
I've got mine.
I live in gated a community.
Why should I care if they cut the police force?
I've got mine.
My kids have no intention of joining the military.
Why should I care if we wage never-ending wars?
I've got mine.
I'm a Christian.
Why should I care if they've blocked a Mosque from being built?
I've got mine.
I enjoy good fellowship after the service.
Why should I care if my neighbor jokes about suicide?
I've got mine.
God has blessed me.
- Anonymous

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The GOP war on workers has killed again...

It’s time to stop the conservative's war on working people in America.

Since the birth of our nation, conservatives have always been wary of average working-class Americans having too much political or economic power. John Adams, the second President of the United States and a Federalist (precursor to today’s Republicans), was very wary of the working class, which he referred to as “the rabble.”

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