Oh, how I love this about Americans!
New York Mayor Bill de Blasio announced a new program to help protect New Yorkers against the Wuhan virus outbreak. It’s quite straightforward, really: report your neighbors to authorities.
“We still know there’s some people who need to get the message,” the city’s socialist mayor said on Twitter. “And that means sometimes making sure the enforcement is there to educate people and make clear we’ve got to have social distancing.”
The simple solution, he explained is to snap a photo of an offending person or crowd, set the location on the image, and “text it to 311-692.”
“Action will ensue,” de Blasio promised.
History has taught us that governments seeking to bend the public to its will “for the greater good” usually seek the cooperation and participation of citizen lackeys eager to ingratiate themselves with their ascendant masters. Fortunately, the United States was settled and created by people who came here to escape presumptuous tyrants and oppressive governments not of their choosing. The contrarian RNA and traditions run deep, and it always gives me a thrill to see that while they may have been diluted a bit over time, in the face of those who either do not comprehend this nation or do not respect its unique values, the old defiance flames forth.
Thus I am proud to report that deBlasio’s new rat line has been overwhelmed with “dick pics,” extended middle fingers, embarrassing photos of the mayor, like when he dropped the Staten Island groundhog, and news coverage of him violating his own directives by going to the gym. One user sent the message “We will fight this tyrannical overreach!” Another texted “Fuck you!” along with a meme showing Adolf Hitler and the words “TO THOSE TURNING IN YOUR NEIGHBORS AND LOCAL BUSINESSES — YOU DID THE REICH THING.” “Start flooding their reporting text numbers with this pics!” the rebel added.
Then there was the photo of a bowl of gummies in the shape of penises with a sign reading, “EAT A BAG OF DICKS.”
As I have noted before, some misconduct warrants extreme contempt, and sometimes extreme means and extreme rhetoric may be necessary. We are seeing too many elected official and bureaucrats exploiting the extra power the pandemic is affording them, and enjoying it a bit too much for comfort.
You know what makes me feel safe? When elected officials who start emulating totalitarian governments are told to “Eat a bowl of dicks!” or words to that effect.
God Bless the U.S.A.
Addendum: After I posted this, I read a post by Bryan Preston on the same subject. His post concluded,
[I]t’s inspiring. A month under house arrest lockdown hasn’t made Americans timid about getting in our politicians’ grills and giving them the business. We’re no more enamored of authoritarians in office than we were a few weeks ago. This 30- or 60-day trial of living in a police state hasn’t made us serfs yet.
28 thoughts on “Let Us Have A Moment of Appreciation For The Rude, The Vulgar And The Defiant, For They Are America’s First Line Of Defense Against Totalitarianism”
Nothing better than an in your face expletive to your authoritarian. Given that this is a public activity wouldn’t the calls be required to be archived for history?
A show host from Fox called the number to report the homeless on the subway to test it. Nothing happened.
I just can’t wait for the first reports of the government’s drones being shot out of the sky to start appearing.
But it seems like drones are being primarily employed by states that have severely curtailed 2nd Amendment rights…
Gosh…who’d’ve guessed THAT?
Nets, suicude cheap drones, even a javelin… There are many ways to disable the surveillance drones and I’d happily sponsor a prize for both the most entertaining and the most cost effective.
I want to see a SpaceX flamethrower.
What would be ironic would be the people being photographed by the drone as they disable it would have their face concealed by a mandated mask.
No doubt there are inventive ways. Firearms just seem most appropriate.
Is #7.5 birdshot sufficient, or do you need to move to #4 to take down drones? Asking for a friend.
I do understand the sentiment.
I am old enough to remember when the lockdown was said to be two weeks.
I am old enough to remember when the lockdown was to be extended to April 19th.
Here is a comment on another blog.
You know…we keep seeing lots of articles about how clear the water is and how nature is returning to cities virtually shut down and how LA and India have no smog….
Would it really surprise us if this was used as a stepping off point for climate change tyrants? Could this be the reason why motorboats aren’t allowed for social distancing in Michigan, but canoes are?
Climatology is a hoax, just like phrenology, Lysenkoism, and Nazi racial science!
Americans are getting an idea of what “From each according to his ability to each according to his needs” really means. It means others decide what you need, not you. It means that production shifts to meet the needs specified by those in authority. And it means that you can’t leave your house for a walk without Mrs. Kravitz calling the secret police.
There are Americans left in New York City!
Who knew? After they elected Bolshevik de Blasio, I assumed they had all left for warmer climes or had been driven upstate.
It went national. People are sending these from all over the country. Probably not safe to do from NYC, but what does Führer Warren Wilhelm II think he is going to do to someone in Texas?
Oh. Well, I had hoped…
The real test, I think, is how much effort the governments promoting these police state tactics will put into finding the vulgar, treacherous, resentful, dick-pic senders and making an example out of a few to see what happens to the level of legitimate resistance after public raids a la Roger Stone.
There is a great deal of conversation [cyberspace] as to why and what is happening is happening. That is to say why it is that our government or governing structures are doing what they are doing. Is it totalitarian political control’? A sort of giant coup or the imposition of something like martial law? But if that is happening Who is doing it and Why?
The conversations that are going on in cyberspace swing from paranoid fantasy to genuine expressions of befuddlement and confusion but always with some attempt to explain, in balanced terms, what is going on here and why it is going on.
The interesting thing is in the examination of the suspicions; of ‘being in the dark’; of being the subject (as they say) of something that looks like military or intelligence planning, and that in relation to very powerful and *tyrannical* business interests. Consider for example the speculations about the connection between the Gates Foundation, the W.H.O. and ‘Big Pharma’.
How odd it is to be here on this ‘patriotic’ blog. Here most only see the US and its governing structures in the most rosy light: like in one of those great American films that are referred to often here. The US is seen as ‘a force of good’ in the world and something (metaphysically) necessary. But yet here we get a glimpse of something that is darker, and also frightening.
So, is this all an elaborate plot by those pesky devilish ‘Democrats’? And the administration of DT is ‘fighting the good fight’ against these usurping forces? Those who are ‘paranoid critics’ of US government and its machinations paint a very different picture. This is ‘para-governmental’.
Those who deal in these *paranoid theories* connect this event (the use of it) with the subtraction of civil liberties after 9/11 and the use of forms of fear and terror to control and direct people.
Today’s NYTs: Chinese Agents Spread Messages That Sowed Virus Panic In US:
Even in my Red state, cities with Democratic officials are shutting down churches. The city of Moore, OK has forbid a pastor from letting his parishioners drive into the parking lot, listen to the service on their car radios, and watch him preach. This, like other church shutdowns across the country are unconstitutional, but you see what they do first. You see what the government targets are. I can’t even find a parking space at Lowe’s on the weekend, but you can’t drive to the church parking lot.
Nice post. I continue to be amazed how docile and scared the vast majority of the American populous appears to be. And absolutely terrified of death. Keith Olbermann before he went nuts: “So and so is currently listed as ‘day to day.’ We’re all just day to day.” Woody Allen playing … Woody Allen in one of his movies: “I want to become immortal by living forever.”
From Prof. Reynolds:
“Ultimately, this rising resentment is itself a failure of public health, and of public health administration. You can complain that people are irrational and resentful, that they don’t “believe in science,” or whatever. But people are what they are, and their response to epidemics is surprisingly predictable. If your messaging — and your behavior — inspires resentment that causes people to resist and ignore public health messages, then you have failed at your job, whatever the amount of scientific knowledge you bring to bear.”
It’s fun to speculate about which of the founders would have sent a dick pic to King George III, if the technology had been available. Not Adams, Washington or Jefferson… perhaps none, being gentlemen of their time. I do think that if a young revolutionary officer like Aaron Burr were to do so, an amused Benjamin Franklin would only very lightly condemn him, for ungentlemanly behavior.
Sam Adams. I have no doubts whatsoever.
Yes! The bad boy from Boston! He would have organized a non-stop deluge of obscene texts to King George.
I shared this article on Usenet.
First response: “By that you mean foreigners like yourself. America has no appreciation for people like you and never will. Go back to where you came from!”
That’s hilarious for so many reasons.
Loose Cannon hates the truth so he denies that I am an American!
My contribution to saving NYC. Having trouble with links…maybe one of these will work: