Sunday, February 20, 2011

Protests in the Middle East and Middle America

Protests are busting out all over.  Will democracy bloom in the middle east?  Or will Turkey, Israel and Iraq be the only free-vote trio in that area?

I have no clue.  I know Ghaddafi's facial hair creeps me out.  But would I brave sniper fire over it?  Probably not.  Instead, my protest would be quiet and incremental: I'd get lazy.  And lazy is what really kills dictatorships. 

It is something like having an asshole for a boss - nobody works hard anymore.  Nobody comes up with any good ideas or makes any helpful suggestions.  Everybody keeps their head down but their eyes on the clock.   Laziness is a slow-motion tsunami.

Down in Wisconsin, they are protesting too.  In fact, there are hippie punks with the nerve to compare themselves to the brave punks of Cairo.  If they have the nerve to compare themselves, let's look at that seriously:

In Cairo, part of the protest is about bureacrats getting rich from corruption.

In Madison, Wisconsin, the entire protest is about keeping the fat, corrupt benefits that public unions have extracted from tax payers for their workers.

In Cairo, they protest under the threat of violence for economic fairness.

In Madison, they protest with no threat of anything for economic gluttony.

Someone should spank public unions and their members.  Do they know the value of their pensions?  They are all millionaires.  And none of them understand how unique the rewards of their labour are.

1 comment:

  1. I used to go to school with the son of a prominent East Coast union organizer.

    In his cups, he would sing me this mock-anthem:

    Oh, say can't you see
    Past the nuts and the bolts.