Monday, August 1, 2011

On Fighting Tyranny, (Well Not Really, But I Needed A Catchy Title)

Dakota War College has posted on government abuse of free enterprise here and here.  I know that lemonade stands are key to the economy.  In 2011, they may become what apple sales were to 1932.

I'm much more concerned about assaults on freedom of expression like this one: "Miniskirt-Wearing Cyclist Pulled Over by NYPD"

The facts of the case seem to indicate that this situation should unite liberals and conservatives as much as the federal budget deficit divides them. First, conservatives should be upset that the government seems to be intervening in the workplace.
Dutch bicycle company manager Jasmijn Rijcken claims she was beating the heat in a miniskirt on May 3 when she was pulled over by the NYPD for flashing a "disturbing" amount of skin, the New York Daily News reports.
It seems to make good business sense for a manager of bicycle company to ride a bike.  Why are the police destroying free enterprise?

Law and order types should be outraged that this lawbreaker who was engaged in activities described as"very disturbing," "distracting," and "dangerous" was was "let go without receiving a ticket."  Such leniency leads to societal anarchy.

Liberals should be upset that this woman is objectified as "a leggy blonde."  In addition, the woman is being forced to accept socially determined gender constructs that will demand she face dangerous situations like "having maxidress caught in a bike spoke."  Further, the corporate state is using its police power to attack green technology represented by bicyclists.

Where's the outrage?  Where's the Tea Party?  Where's MoveOn.org?  The foot of oppression is at all of our throats.

Of course it's possible that the people involved in either these situations were having a bad day and acting out of ignorance rather than malice, but that that wouldn't let bloggers make absurd points.  What's the fun in that?

2 comments:

caheidelberger said...

She's Dutch! She probably didn't think twice about hopping on her bike, since that's what everyone does in the Netherlands! Free Jasmijn!

LK said...

You're right. I should have added that this situation might cause an international incident.miss

On a personal note, I need to kick off 20 more pounds and then start riding my bike again. It's one form of exercise I truly miss.