A mixed-income town on the Hudson River can make for some dark humor. This is much darker. Hahahahahahahaha. Oh, the mother [email protected] smdh.
I suppose for some who are unemployed or poor and depending on state benefits, it provides an opportunity to scream on a soapbox. And clanging cymbals and twirling felt can be very effective. Get on the beam and come back when you are rich and able to rant even more.
So let me start with the whining. In most college towns nowadays, the vile rantings of the mouthpieces of the ivory tower before the speech begins are most offensive. Doubtless, the governments pretending to call the shots in academia and often decry these undergraduates’ views. The ranting often comes in the form of anonymous student blogger masquerading as spokesperson.
In Germany, students could be deposed and people arrested.
In the late 1800s, there was talk of student governors who could lose their jobs over their class activism and outside activities. In Germany, students could be deposed and people arrested. Today, a few Berkeley students are suing their school to punish them for a supposed incitement to violence involving posters and whatever other ridiculous accusations.
My fiancee and I visited Dobbs Ferry in 2004. Not too long ago, I did the same. We met a few times and, on the third time, I decided to interview her father. He is an attorney, an abstract painter and an antique dealer. He has no political point of view, so we wondered why he should have to give up his own views to become subject to any government censure?
The man explained that during the early 1900s, people in the area, including factory workers who were unionized, learned through the bohemian arts that their passion, their very first love, was to have some degree of artistic freedom.
“In World War I, over 200 people were arrested. The factory workers were the star athletes, the only citizens who had names, face and homes. They were put in like cattle to be sold.”
We heard anecdotes of draft evaders, of “The Band of Brothers” and even “Stalag 17” soldiers whose lives were ruined by leering memories of “High Noon” being manufactured by the government.
For me, this leads to talk of race and class relations, and our love of films. One of our grandparents, who spent part of his career in the movie industry, was born and raised in Maryland. His great-grandfather owned farms and sent men to the Revolutionary War to fight for an ideal of a free republic. His cousin died in Normandy at Normandy. Two generations later, the Fourth of July is celebrated in Baltimore and the dedication of Fort McHenry to honor the Baltimore Poe assassin of Francis Scott Key.
This includes the O.J. Simpson/Marcia Clark affair. Not surprisingly, race and class relations are relevant in all three cities.
To illustrate, we must visit a Bernie Sanders supporter (actually, two) in Dobbs Ferry, and make the point that there are many wonderful and creative and courageous people among those on government help. Bernie himself was grateful for the help of the Irish in his Democratic Party platform.
So we haven’t moved far from a 1910s ideal of a free, democratic republic, and someone who rose from the working class to the political plane. On this analogy, the task is to extract all the joy from of the P-word and call it into question because it somehow raises questions about the legacy of the union and whether union-paid attorneys have a stronger stomach than non-union-paid.
The liberal consensus is this: collective bargaining does not allow a person to have his own choices, not be allowed to vote for himself, has reduced presidential candidates to policies of “I can change your life for the better,” by convincing any dissatisfied person to vote for a person who says “vote for me for what I say. The next president” …. anyway.
Let the goosebumps continue until the mother yelling at you on the Dobbs Ferry access road can no longer be tolerated.
Glenn Beck is a FOX News contributor.