Hi-ho, Sadleroonies! I’m involved in a top-secret project right now that involves falling into a nice relaxing coma, so I can’t stay long, but I wanted to briefly address something my boy D. brought up in his post about about Shannon Love.
It wasn’t just two million people who showed up at the big dipshit rally in D.C., says MC Shan. Of course, it wasn’t two million people at all, but leave that alone: the impressive part is that it was “two million people with jobs“. This is a preciously guarded bit of wingnut mythology, repeated wherever two dickbags are gathered together: sure, half a million might turn out to protest a bogus war of aggression, but that’s not a big deal, because what else do a bunch of bums, hippies and college dropouts have to do with their time? But if seven guys show up on a street corner to bitch about President Nigger giving our awesome health care away to immigants, and it really means something, because they have jobs.
Even Glenn Beck peddles this notion: in the come-fly-with-me video he put together for the 9/12 march, Glenn’s whiny voice can be heard bitching that hard-working Americans have to give up their precious vacation and leisure time to protest Obama’s tyrannical whatever he’s doing. (As an aside, only white people, am I right, folks? I mean, seriously, can you imagine blacks in the ’60s complaining that they had to take a sick day to go march on Washington with MLK for their civil rights?) So clearly, it must be true. Those flag-shirted thousands who piloted their Rascals towards Washington to protest the president’s communo-socialist Hitlerfascism must be a hardworking bunch of gainfully employed solid citizens.
As ol’ Giovanni Gaspari once said, easy enough to find out, idn’t it?
- “Richard Brigle, 57, a Vietnam War veteran and former Teamster, came from Paw Paw, Mich. He said health care needs to be reformed — but not according to Obama’s plan. ‘My grandkids are going to be paying for this. It’s going to cost too much money that we don’t have,’ he said while marching, bracing himself with a wooden cane as he walked.”
Well, hey. On disability and probably collecting a pension from your liberal, staunchly Democratic labor union, that’s almost like having a job. Let’s see who else was out there.
- “Quinn Ryan, 11, stood in the middle of Pennsylvania Avenue, near the spot where Obama and his wife Michelle walked on a bitter cold day in January after he was sworn in as the first black American president, brandishing a sign reading: ‘Born free, taxed to death.’”
Okay, well, thanks to liberal reformers, 11-year-olds aren’t forced to have jobs anymore. But imagine what this poor kid’s tax burden must be like! Moving on.
- “‘I want Congress to be afraid,” said Keldon Clapp, 45, an unemployed marketing representative who recently moved to Tennessee from Connecticut after losing his job. “Like everyone else here, I want them to know that we’re watching what they’re doing. And they do work for us.’”
Look, he’s a professional! He just happens to be unemployed at the moment! And I’m sure he’s the only one.
- “Paula Davis, 55, and her husband, James Davis Jr., a retired Air Force lieutenant, stood by the band and handed out small American flags to passers-by. ”
Retired isn’t unemployed! It means you have a job, you’re just not doing it anymore!
- “Dick Armey, a former House Republican leader whose group Freedomworks helped organize the protest, stood before the crowd and led the rallying cries in nearly the same spot where Mr. Obama took his oath of office eight months ago.”
Just because Dick isn’t in government anymore doesn’t mean he’s unemployed! He’s got a lobbying…oh, wait, he got fired from that gig. But that FreedomWorks thing, that’s kind of like having a job!
There’s tons of other articles if you care to Google them, with quotes from the unemployed, the disabled, the retired (by far the strongest demographic — the average age of the marchers seemed to be somewhere in the mid-50s), and students, as well as “small business owners” who get to say they’re employed by making up their own job. But the fact that there were thousands of people out there who don’t have jobs shouldn’t diminish the claim that all the marchers had jobs. Indeed, it should be — follow the bouncing ball — CENTRAL TO THEIR POINT.