Two guys who shouldn’t be allowed out of the house, or near a laptop, without adult supervision have launched an unethical Facebook event, entitled “If Boehner shuts down the government I am taking my trash to his house.” See, if the federal government shuts down, one of the District’s services that will stop is trash pickup. Clever boys.
The organizers of the event are Jonah Goodman, who is listed in the Democratic National Committee network and Nolan Treadway, the political and logistics director for the liberal group Netroots Nation, lead off their “event” announcement saying that…
“Speaker John Boehner is ready to shut down the government, including District of Columbia city services like trash collection,” the page says. “Well, if he won’t allow us to use OUR TAX DOLLARS to pick it up, maybe we should just BRING IT TO HIM.”
As should come as no surprise, there are plenty of other jerks in the D.C. vicinity, and the page shows over 1,500 planning to attend the dump-in and another 4,652 are still making up their minds. The event is scheduled for Saturday and apparently will last through June 30.
It’s almost insulting to you for me to lay out what is wrong with this, but just for the record:
- It’s unfair, as Speaker Boehner is no more responsible for the shut-down, if it comes, than any of his House Republican colleagues, any of the Democrats, Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi, Barack Obama, George W. Bush, Dennis Hastert, or any of the other politicians and elected officials whose flagrant spending and irresponsible avoidance of tough policy choices has brought the United States to this point.
- Harassing public officials at their personal residences is a bright line Golden Rule breach. They have a right to their privacy when they are not on the job…
- ….as do their families. Bringing an elected official’s family into the cross-fire of political protest is irresponsible, unfair, and cruel.
- “If Boehner shuts down the government I am taking my trash to his house” is little different in principle from “If Boehner shuts down the government I am throwing paint on his car” or “If Boehner shuts down the government I am making midnight phone calls to his mother”or “If Boehner shuts down the government I am spitting in his face.” They are all threats and attempts at vengeance and intimidation, which is neither civilized, civil, fair or responsible.
Demonstrations are fine, if usually simple-minded, pointless, futile and dumb. This is no demonstration. This is the juvenile tantrum by two unethical activists whose approach to policy debate is to trash the lawn of someone they disagree with, and anyone who joins in this exercise in gutter politics is as revolting as they are.