Back in 2008 I attended an Ecocities Summit in San Francisco. One of the groups presenting there was the
Peace and Freedom Party. I was intrigued as I read their platform in the conference literature.
These are the exact same idles as the Flea Party that is occupying Wall Street; The exact same worthless idiots. The lazy bums trespassing in the parks have no idea what they want, other than to be part of a protest like mommy was during Vietnam. But if you wanted to attach specifics to what the evil people who are behind this want, here it is, from the PAF party platform:
Double the minimum wage, and index it to the cost of living.
First of all, I thought these liberals claimed to be society's intellectuals. I've never seen a better example of bad English than this non-parallel list. Is there not one humanities major in the group? Oh, I guess that has to wait for free college education.
Socially useful jobs for all at union pay levels.
A 30-hour workweek with no cut in weekly pay; longer paid vacations
Tax the income and assets of the rich to meet human needs.
End homelessness; abolish vagrancy laws; provide decent affordable housing for all
Guaranteed dignified income for those who cannot work.
Social ownership and democratic control of industry, financial institutions, and natural resources.
The United States should take the initiative toward global disarmament by eliminating nuclear, chemical and biological weapons.
Convert from a military to a peace-oriented economy, with jobs for displaced workers.
Restore affirmative action, guarantee full education and employment rights for all.
Abolish the death penalty.
Provide full free quality public education through university level. Teach the history of workers' struggles and labor's creation of society's wealth and progress.
Full rights for all immigrant workers. No human is illegal. Stop ICE raids. Stop jailing and deporting immigrants.
Uncensored government funding for ordinary people to create and enjoy art.
Scientific and technological research to benefit ordinary people, not the capitalists.
Free high-quality health care for everyone, including birth control, abortion, pre-natal and childhood health care. No forced sterilizations.
Legalize marijuana, decriminalize drug use, and make substance abuse treatment freely available.
Massive development of public transportation available free or at nominal fares.
Obviously, their math skills are waiting for the same thing.
A wise man would present the list and let the stupidity speak for itself. I, on the other hand, feel compelled to point out a couple of things.
How does "free" work? You want a free house? Great, we can do that.
We can get a contractor to build it for free, 'cause he doesn't have to pay any bills 'cause he's getting everything for free. And we get the materials for free, 'cause the people who supply the materials don't have any financial obligations because they get everything for free. Everyone is working their fannies off to provide you a free house and a free education and free health care because everyone else is working their fannies off to provide free stuff for everyone that's providing free stuff to you . . .
It's genius! It's so simple. Everyone will work harder and produce more because they benefit the same whether they work hard or not at all, so it's just human nature to . . . wait a minute . . . am I thinking this through correctly?
Complete *&%king idiots. Not a brain in the lot of them.
Were we talking about lazy and stupid?
Kids today are great. I teach the priesthood lesson to the priests in our ward. I use my iPad. The kids follow along in the scriptures on their iPods or smart phones. One kid has an iPad.
He's a great kid. He really gets into his scripture program during class, holding the iPad sideways and working it with both thumbs, tilting it around . . . I love to see such devotion to the gospel.
Another kid sits behind the desk and holds his phone down in his lap. He's typing in search words in his scripture program all during class, not paying a bit of attention to me, he's so engrossed in his own private journey of discovery through the scriptures.
It's a glorious thing to behold. Makes me optimistic for the future.
I'm glad I'm not a talk show host. That's a view I share with approximately 100% of the listening public, but here's the dealthree hours a day you have to come up with something interesting to talk about. Three minutes a day would tax me.
Take, for example, Rod Arquette last night. "Should people be required to vote?"
That's three seconds. Done. What else you got?
Poor old Rod had to try to fill up three hours with that crap. Honestly. In the three minutes that I listened someone suggested that only people that pay taxes should be allowed to vote and Rod said "Well, but doesn't everyone have the right to vote?"
I'm proud to say I did not vote yesterday. I thought about it. Twice. But each time I made a conscious decision not to go. I didn't go to meet the candidates night, I didn't study the issues, my exposure to the candidates was limited to the signs I see on people's lawns. What right to I have to randomly check off names and cancel the vote of people who actually care?
Isaac Asimov said "Anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that 'my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge.' "
My brain is about to explode
Sorry, I'm still just shaking my head over how exactly you provide "Free, high quality health care" for everyone.
Imagine skilled doctors providing education for free to students who are willing to go to school for 12 years to work for free, all taking place at universities with high-tech free equipment operating with free utilities and unpaid staff . . .
Thankfully, the "99%" only make up about 1% of the total population (the most useless 1%), and have absolutely nothing to say about how we run things.
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