It may well be that the determination of the government (in which, gentlemen, it will not waver) to punish certain malefactors of great wealth, has been responsible for something of the trouble; at least to the extent of having caused these men to combine to bring about as much financial stress as possible, in order to discredit the policy of the government and thereby secure a reversal of that policy, so that they may enjoy unmolested the fruits of their own evil-doing. . . . I regard this contest as one to determine who shall rule this free country—the people through their governmental agents, or a few ruthless and domineering men whose wealth makes them peculiarly formidable because they hide behind the breastworks of corporate organization
You know what I hate? I hate how people like me have to keep explaining to people like you the way things work in this country. Well, tonight's my last show, and I can only do it one last time. Yes, I'm retiring, this is the last show, and honestly, I'm glad to go because, well, and I've been waiting forty years to say this, but the chair in this office gives me haemorrhoids the size of frankfurters, and this network is just too cheap to do something about it. And it's not just the cheap chairs, it's also the burned coffee, pens that don't work and now they're trying to tell me I can't keep my jug of Chivas in the wastebasket, so ...
Too much cannot be said against the men of wealth who sacrifice everything to getting wealth. There is not in the world a more ignoble character than the mere money-getting American, insensible to every duty, regardless of every principle, bent only on amassing a fortune, and putting his fortune only to the basest uses —whether these uses be to speculate in stocks and wreck railroads himself, or to allow his son to lead a
life of foolish and expensive idleness and gross debauchery, or to purchase some scoundrel of high social position, foreign or native, for his daughter. Such a man is only the more dangerous if he occasionally does some deed like founding a college or endowing a church, which makes those good people who are also foolish forget his real iniquity. These men are equally careless of the working men, whom they oppress, and of the State, whose existence they imperil.
Now every man claims to be the toughest and the meanest
Watch your crocks, because soon the losers will be your weenus
And the winners in all the gladiator arenas
Are always the ones that go straight for the penis
"I feel like it's all supposed to be building to something, but I'm really not sure what [...]"
posted by albrecht at 6:08 PM on October 2
if they aren't arrested we truly aren't a nation of laws
What's ironic is that the police aren't arresting the people who ruined the economy, who were given billions of dollars to fix things and didn't end up using any of the taxpayers' money, and who ruined the livelihoods of millions of Americans. There's so much public call for arresting demonstrators under the pretext of maintaining "rule of law", but no call for incarceration of the ones who are responsible for the demonstrations happening in the first place.
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 5:30 PM on October 2
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