Monday, November 01, 2004

Work for us now... or work for us later,

This is a yahoo / AP news item:

DURANGO, Colo. - A part-time college instructor has apologized for kicking a student because he was wearing a Republican shirt.

Fort Lewis College student Mark O'Donnell said he was showing people his College Republicans sweat shirt, which said "Work for us now ... or work for us later," when Maria Spero kicked him in the leg at an off-campus restaurant.

First let me say that impulsively kicking someone for wearing (even a dumb) shirt is foolish and wrong. I am of the opinion that barring racial, sexual, or other forms of harrassing, threatening, pornographic, or profane expressions that it's pretty silly and stupid to ban people for wearing clothes. Clothes are generally a harmless way for people to express themselves and generally I feel sorry for fashion victims rather than being offended by their outre tastes.

So clearly the instructor was out of line not to mention not being a very good role model.

However the content of the shirt's communication "Work for us now ... or work for us later," is at the very least heavy-handed in its humor and to me at least disturbing in its sentiment. There is at the very least an implied if vague menace along the lines of moral suasion.

"Do it if you know what's good for you." can depending on its tone and context for instance be construed as potentially coercive.

What's disturbing to me is that this kind of sentiment leak I'm afraid is just the tip of the iceberg as far as the real sentiments of what the movement has become. With people like Delay and Rove setting the tone at the top, this kind of sentiment is far more pervasive than for instance William F. Buckley who had the integrity to both disavow the Iraq war and suggest that the proper analogy for it was the French retreat from Algeria.

3 Comments:

At November 2, 2004 at 12:19 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The GOP IMO has become a cancer on this nation that is slowly killing it.

And this gutless GOP footman is representative of this cancer in a more benign form.

That said, his t-shirt's logo is representative of contemporary GOP thinking which sees most Americans as part of the "supporting class". BTW the teacher was right in kicking him in the leg - though she have went for his nuts IMO. She correctly understood the implication of that logo.

Personally what I've seen of the GOP rank and file they'd be right at home running southern Plantation replete with black slaves.

Whats worse, these new GOPers can't be reasoned with. They are ignorant, cruel and revel mindless ideology and catchphrases. This applies to the boomers I know as well.

The aging boomers may be the worst of the lot, these folks still believe we're fighting AQ in Iraq and OBL is on the run, global warming is a myth and view Bush as a tough, brilliant leader whose fighting the good fight for all. Even worse their primary news sources seem to be Fox and Limbaugh.

Eventually I see open warfare between the GOP and the rest of America.

Rodger

 
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