|Trust-fund baby Jane Addams|
cleaned up and built up.
Not to know what has been transacted in former times is to be always a child. If no use is made of the labors of past ages, the world must remain always in the infancy of knowledge.
Over at her Corner, Adrienne has published links to on-the-scene reports, photos, and videos of the public health disaster that the Wall Street "occupation" in New York City has become. One look makes one wonder why men in hazmat suits have not yet been called in. Eventually, they will be.
If Zuccotti Square were a foreign country, the U.S. would require entering visitors to first receive inoculations against a variety of diseases. If Zuccotti Square were a detention facility for terrorists, the International Red Cross would be demanding entry and the U.N. would be holding emergency hearings.
In their haste to "give" (as Commie pot stirrer, Van Jones, has ecstatically exhorted the occupiers to redefine the word "take"), these useful idiots have, sadly, displayed an ignorance of the history of the "social justice" movement that would cause their peace-lovin' progressive forebears to disown them.
Back in the day, proponents of "social justice" like Chicago's Jane Addams didn't produce squalor, they fought it. This basic goal is one that their history-scorning, Wall Street-occupying heirs in the progressive "social justice" movement have utterly abandoned.
Addams and others like her fought battles getting fat ward bosses to institute such simple measures as regular garbage pickup and proper sewage disposal to rid neighborhoods of infestations of rats, mice, flies, and other disease-carrying pests.
Addams's generation of progressives fought additional battles to get people access to plenty of clean water because, then, as now, water and soap were humankind's chief weapons against the torments of lice, scabies, fleas, tapeworms, ringworm, and Nature's limitless host of infectious diseases.
Wall Street's old park used to get power washed every evening to clean away each day's gunk. Now that it's been taken over by progressives, it has become a breeding ground for all things unclean.
Today's arrogant progressive "givers" think they have outgrown the need for such basic lessons of survival as their progressive ancestors taught in their lead-painted--but quaintly clean-swept and scrubbed--settlement houses like Jane Addams's Hull House.
Planning a month-long slumber party for, say, 3,000 people, Tweeter? How to dispose of their bodily wastes is not a virtual problem. And neither is how you are going to get all those biodegradable pizza boxes, compostable plates, and plant-starch cutlery to an actual composting facility for real-life rotting.
The fact that the enfant terrible supporters of Occupy Wall Street never stopped to consider such basic lessons of survival (never mind good manners) should give them pause for thought.
It is time the occupiers asked themselves, "What else have we forgotten?"
Linked By Brian J. Dunn at The Dignified Rant, who suggests that the occupiers "live with the consequences of their disgusting personal hygiene and stewardship of their local environment."
That's no problem for the occupiers, it seems, because even now, they are celebrating having turned down the park owners' generous offer to clean up after them (as a stand-in for Big Mommy) and then let them return to "spreading the filth around."
Go to the Rant to watch Monty Python's hilarious commentary on the subject. Thank you Brian.