“Why are the streets of Paris lined with trees? So the Rioters can march in the shade.”

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 "France has neither winter nor summer nor morals. Apart from these drawbacks it is a fine country. France has usually been governed by prostitutes." Mark Twain.

How is this for a movie idea?  A French remake of Animal House.  Cast Jaques Chirac as Dean Wormer and Gerard Depardieu as Bluto.  Instead of having the Death Mobile crash the Homecoming Parade, you have millions of smelly French kids stage a massive protest about employment laws and the right to hold toga parties.  Sure, it can’t be any funnier than what is really happening in France, but remakes rarely are better than their predecessors.

Let’s get right to the heart of this.  The Government of France is surrendering to a bunch of college kids.  Can it get anymore humiliating?  In our history, we have had widespread student demonstrations.  Fortunately, we had the leadership of Richard M. Nixon, who with the judicious use of the Ohio National Guard, nipped it in the bud, as Barney Fife used to say.

I’ll give the entitlement lovin’ French students this, they carried banners which read "We Will Never Surrender".  That’s a statement you would never hear their parents or grandparents utter.   And therein lies the problem.  Generations of Frogs have grown up without any fleeting idea of self-sufficiency, work ethic or personal hygiene.  It has been drilled into their heads by the quasi-Communist dumbasses who have been running the country for the last sixty years.

Picking on the French for being arrogant layabouts is pretty easy pickings.   It is almost as easy as picking on Sharon Stone.  You know, them both being arrogant whores and all.

How does this affect us?  Michael Barone compares it to our automotive industry.

We can see something of France in Michigan. Delphi, spun off from General Motors in 1999, is in bankruptcy and threatening to drag its parent down with it. The problem is overgenerous pay and benefits and lifetime tenure (GM has a jobs bank that pays laid-off workers not to work). High costs have hampered Delphi and GM in competing in the marketplace. They tend to produce second-rate stuff that can bring in enough cash to meet the payroll.

Even with the influx of the illegal aliens, we still have a jobless rate of around 4.7%.  Compare that to the 10% unemployment (23% among young workers) that France currently has.  Despite the calls from certain quarters on how unfair it is, our economic system is far more efficient and rewarding than the stagnant slow death that France is experiencing.

"The French are a smallish, monkey-looking bunch and not dressed any better, on average, than the citizens of Baltimore. True, you can sit outside in Paris and drink little cups of coffee, but why this is more stylish than sitting inside and drinking large glasses of whiskey I don’t know." P.J O’Rourke

 

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6 Responses to ““Why are the streets of Paris lined with trees? So the Rioters can march in the shade.””

  1. Aunt B. Says:

    I hadn’t noticed the blatant Midwest bias of your writing before, but it’s clear in this post, with your references to Twain, Belushi, Kent State, GM, me, and O’Rourke, that you have a soft spot for the things and folks of the Great Lakes states (shoot, that would explain the reference to Stone as well).That’s very sweet.

  2. Sarcastro Says:

    I shamelessly pander to my audience.

  3. Aunt B. Says:

    Well, research does show that your readership is 20% current girlfriends, 20% ex-girlfriends, 60% folks from Great Lakes States who’ve moved South, so shaping your content to amuse your mom, Exador, and me is smart.

  4. cliff clavin Says:

    its ‘myself’. Aunt B tried to pull the intellectual overshadowing number but failed to end strong. ‘Me fail English, thats un-possible’ –Ralphy from simpsons-

  5. Bernard Hagan Says:

    The French, unlike many North Americans take their liberty quite seriously and encourage dissent by providing a civilized environment for all its citizens, even those who are at odds with the establishment.

    Only someone locked in a fantasy world created by religion and big business, would imagine such a statement amusing, if not ludicrous.

  6. Sarcastro Says:

    Oh Bernie, it must take a lot of courage to make a witless comment on a post written four years ago. I believe the French call that esprit de escalier.

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