Tantrum



The French take to the streets , trash the place and blockade fuel supplies. Masked youths (anarchists? huh?) mobilize to scale up violent protest against pension reform and reduced vacation benefits?

The social contract in France is breaking. It seems in the US we continue on very thin ice for upholding our own versions of social contract. It persists on borrowing, increased taxes and sweet ideological promises, none of which are going to be enough for very long. At what point do tea party grandmas and masked youths join to throw the first bricks?

It may work in France but one thing I expect to never see in the US is a blockading of fuel supplies by our own citizens. We’re not into that kind of self-flagellation. Never ever stand between an American and his gasoline unless you want to become swiss cheese, in a hurry.

[ed. note: why are the Frenchies smiling in these protester crowd pics? Is protesting funny? Dave would say yes. Or maybe they are just beaming with heady confidence. Yeah, they probably laughed their asses off when they guillotened Marie Antoinette.]

7 Replies to “Tantrum”

  1. They always start off all happy and smiley. Then, they get ugly.

    Americans are such pussies. Vive la France!

  2. “Americans are such pussies. Vive la France!”

    I have to agree. I’m especially surprised with American college-aged youth. Two wars and a major government-enabled bank heist have been robbing them of their future, and they have yet to rise from the couch and take to the streets. Freakin tattooed slackers, I’ll say.

  3. Just last night I went to a city council meeting to voice my opinion on a matter rather critical to the neighborhood. People knew this was important. I was astounded how few people of either side of the debate bothered to show up, especially as there was going to be a vote, and indications were it would probably be close. I figured the rest of them stayed home to blog and bitch, or watch the baseball game, or one of my favorite things to do, both.

    BTW, although we argued for two hours, turned out not close, and we the good guys prevailed on a 5-2 vote.

  4. “…I was astounded how few people of either side of the debate bothered to show up,…”

    What’s even more astounding is how few people, at all levels of government, are actually running the show. They’re making decisions that affect their fellow citizens in negative ways, all the while enriching themselves, and no one is the wiser for it.

    The general populace is tethered to its boob tubes and/or digital devices and can’t break away for any length of time to get grounded back on planet earth. It’s not a pretty picture unless you happen to be a natural-born tyrant.

  5. Just last night I went to a city council meeting to voice my opinion on a matter rather critical to the neighborhood. People knew this was important.

    kinda curious, what was the issue?

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