Unethical Website of the Month: Facebook Event—“If Boehner shuts down the government I am taking my trash to his house”

Hypothesis: If you can't persuade your adversary he is wrong, dump this on his lawn.

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.

2 thoughts on “Unethical Website of the Month: Facebook Event—“If Boehner shuts down the government I am taking my trash to his house”

  1. What a coincidence that this concept was promulgated by 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. Just innocent, misguided, concerned residents of the District of Columbia, right?

    And gee, does this mean that if I decide that Obama’s the one who held things up on the budget, should I encourage people to dump trash on the White House lawn?

    If these morons actually did this, I would think it would be actionable by Boehner. The fact that they threaten it is stupid enough, but encouraging others to do the same carries some other kind of risk, I think. (Don’t know: you tell me.)

    And if they do, I hope some property damage is incurred… as in:

    “Property Damage (n): injury to real or personal property through another’s negligence, willful destruction, or by some act of nature… Property damage may include harm to an automobile, a fence, a tree, a home, or any other possession. The amount of recovery for property damage may be established by evidence of replacement value, cost of repairs, loss of use until repaired or replaced, or, in the case of heirlooms or very personal items (e.g. wedding pictures) by subjective testimony as to sentimental value.”

    We can all thank the likes of Barbara Milkulski, Eleanor Holmes Norton and the rest for their over-the-top descriptions of the “effects” of a government shutdown for this kind of vitriolic attitude… purposefully espoused to take all the blame off the Democrats and slander Republicans. (Still very interesting to me that the president of the most powerful nation in the free world waits until the 10th hour to ask for “ideas,” and then at the 11th hour continues to play his signature blame-game. Real leadership there, Mr. President. I wouldn’t be surprised if soon he’ll be attacking Alexander Hamilton (if he knows who he was) for Hamilton’s economic policies — during George Washington’s Administration! )

    I am NOT amused by people who talk trash (no pun intended) out of willful ignorance or for political gain. Unfortunately, that probably includes about 80% of the Democratic party at this point. We all know “who let the dogs out” and why.

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