Here is something I don’t understand. Why is it the Tea Partiers were able to clean up after themselves at all of their gatherings, no matter how large, but the Wall Street “occupiers” have to be told to leave the park so the city can clean up after them, at which time they will be able to re-enter the park and mess it up, again, without responsibility or accountability?
Is this what we’ve come to? Treating adult people like infants in need of a diaper change?
Wait, it gets better. They’re being fed by some great, unnamed adult entity, too:
‘I’ve been here for 12 days, and I’ve put on 5 pounds,’ he said, sitting on the ground in front of a handmade sign that said ‘Class War Ahead.’ ‘I’m eating better than I do at home.’
All he had to do was amble toward a ramshackle cluster of tables and boxes in the middle of the park and, without paying a cent, grab a slice of pizza or a warm slab of homemade vegan casserole. Last Thursday he had encountered ‘a bunch of Katz’s Deli sandwiches,’ he said. ‘That was good.’
I am disgusted by these perpetual adolescents. You want to protest, go ahead, protest — it’s your right to do so. But for crying out loud, be grown ups about it; clean up your own damn mess!
Katrina is wondering about this younger generation
Mark Shea says the division is not going to go away anytime soon.
I’m afraid he’s right. And I am increasingly convinced that our divided country is going to get more divided, because we can’t even talk to each other, anymore. Everyone’s mind is set. Everyone has dug into the echo chambers, and no one will be moved.
Antonin Scalia says “learn to love the gridlock.” That might be good advice for Washington, where gridlock can prevent bad policies from being rammed down our throats. But socially? I don’t see how it works.
Over on Facebook, I’m seeing lots of pictures from folks declaring their positions, or holding up summaries of their life stories, and I don’t see that doing anything purposeful. And as I wrote over there:
This is the struggle I have — to try to balance my American streak of “individualism” which is valuable and God-given, with my Catholic instincts toward the collective, which is also valuable and Christ-ordered. I think all of us have both instincts, and that these “wars” between “left” and “right” are simply about people’s natural inclinations to tilt one way or another (we all tilt while trying to balance).
If one is already tilting, it only takes a push, or a little over-emphasis, to tumble off to the side toward which one is tilted.
I am a Benedictine because Benedict is all about finding balance. I do it poorly more often than I like, but the idea is to keep trying, not to fall off the beam and then just loll around wherever we land.
But certainly in no case are we supposed to fall off the beam, loll around, and then expect the nanny government to wipe our bottoms.
Meanwhile, remember, back in 2008, as the elections approached, a number of folks on the left were
speculating projecting that “Bush will declare a state of emergency! He’s going to suspend elections!” Why do Democrat politicans keep advocating just that sort of stuff, now?
Come on, now. You either support the constitutional structures of the nation, or you don’t.
And if you don’t — particularly if you have sworn to protect and defend that constitution — and you just can’t do it, you should resign your damn office and go join the babies in the park.
UPDATE: And then, of course, there are the perpetual Drama Queens, of which Nancy Pelosi is the Empress: You US Citizens must pay for abortions via Obamacare or “women will die on the floor!”
Nope. I don’t see how we regain balance. I’m trying…but I don’t know.
Meanwhile…A Libertarian Camps out on Wall Street