Tuesday, January 25, 2022

Ben Shapiro: The Quest to Destroy Work

 This week, after spending time vacationing in the disease-ridden hellscape known as Florida, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., came down with COVID-19. It was a tragic blow to the irrepressible Instagram star, who was forced to quarantine. But then, like an extraordinarily inaniloquent phoenix rising from the ashes of the dread omicron variant, she returned to her web audience with a message for the ages. 

"Welp, so it happened," she wrote, in truly Tolstoyan fashion. "Got COVID, probably omicron. As of today I am thankfully recovered and wrapping up quarantine, but COVID was no joke. For a while I've noted the term 'mild' is misleading when the bar is hospitalization and death." After dispensing with the preliminary medical advice, Ocasio-Cortez got down to business -- or rather, to the business of avoiding doing business. She explained, "The idea of forcing people to work just 5 days after symptoms start is sociopathic and 100% informed by a culture that accepts sacrificing human lives for profit margins as a fair trade."

Now, this is, to put it mildly, dumb as a box of rocks. No one is suggesting that people with significant COVID-19 symptoms ought to go back to work. And nobody is sacrificing human lives by encouraging those with waning or no symptoms to return to the office. Businesses cannot run without employees. 

Fortunately for us, the brilliant, "So Fresh, So Face" congresswoman has a solution: community. And by community, she means government. And by government, she means your money. "If you've noticed," she writes, "much of the emphasis on media conversations on COVID are individualistic -- if there's one lesson I think we as a country are repeating until we learn, it's that community and collective good is our best shot through our greatest challenges -- way more than discorded acts of 'rugged individualism' and the bootstrap propaganda we've been spoon-fed since birth ... In a world of MEs, let's build team WE. (Blue heart emoji)"

So, what exactly is the illustrious congresswoman proposing? Presumably, that businesses pay people to stay home if they are mildly symptomatic or asymptomatic; or that the government regulate businesses into such activity; or that taxpayers pay the freight. This accords with other proposals from Ocasio-Cortez, such as her Green New Deal idea to provide "economic security to all those who are unable or unwilling to work."

And Ocasio-Cortez's message is mirrored by even higher-level politicians like Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, who once proposed that Americans be provided nationalized health care so that they could leave their jobs en masse, thereby freeing them to "be a photographer or a writer or a musician, whatever, an artist." In the view of the far Left, work is a bad, foisted upon unwilling individuals by a cruel and arbitrary system. If only the system could be run properly, in top-down fashion by great minds like Ocasio-Cortez or Pelosi, Americans would be freed from the tyranny of everyday life.

Of course, precisely the opposite is true. Someone, as it turns out, has to pay the bills. And what's more, Americans generally like  working. They find work fulfilling. Depression rates are twice as high among the unemployed than the employed -- and more than three times as high for those unemployed for more than 27 weeks. Most Americans aren't eager to spend their days locked in their apartments waiting for government checks. And they're even less eager to spend more money at the store thanks to supply issues caused by lack of production due to labor shortages.

But Ocasio-Cortez and Pelosi don't have to worry about all of that. Ocasio-Cortez can always Instagram Live from her apartment or Zoom into congressional conference calls. And she never has to worry about the profit margins she spends so much time deriding; she can undercut those for others at her leisure.

Democrats used to pose as the party of labor. Now, they're increasingly the party of those who wish to avoid it at all costs.

Ben Shapiro, 38, is a graduate of UCLA and Harvard Law School, host of "The Ben Shapiro Show," and editor-in-chief of DailyWire.com. He is the author of the New York Times bestsellers "How To Destroy America In Three Easy Steps," "The Right Side Of History," and "Bullies." To find out more about Ben Shapiro and read features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate website at www.creators.com.



Anonymous said...

Hell when I got it in august I didn’t want to miss any work. I wanted to pretend I didn’t until my wife made me stay home wed-Sunday for a total of 5 days. I’m self employed I have shit to do and the nanny state government can’t pay me what I want to be happy. F yeah I’m about profits over covid or whatever Titty Cortez said.

Anonymous said...

I, for one, do remember when Pelosi openly advocated portable insurance for those wishing to leave their 'mundane regular job where they are covered by health policies' and become full time 'artists' with that insurance coverage following them down the yellow brick road. I laughed and thought 'How insane. That will never in a million years happen!'

I'm betting most of you either never knew or have forgotten that the P in HIPAA stands for 'portability'.

Anonymous said...

The obsession with AOC is not appealing.

Anonymous said...

She needs to be allowed to keep yapping. Every time she opens her donkey mouth an independent/moderate is born.

Anonymous said...

Just keep your mouths shut and continue with your regular routine. Bet you'll find this done by many citizens.

Anonymous said...

I think you mean Trotskyan (Leon Trotsky), not Tolstoyan (Leo Tolstoy).

Mentioning the name of the great literary giant Leo Tolstoy with the name of bimbo communist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is just wrong!!!!

Anonymous said...

@11:12 - what exactly makes AOC a bimbo? Please explain your thought process. I’m genuinely curious how this type of delusion manifests and resonates within a political ideology.

Anonymous said...

@9:35 said…
The obsession with AOC is not appealing

I will try to explain the deal with AOC to you.

It is not simply an obsession. She is just too deluded to properly plan out her political theatrical stunts. And she relies on the MSM to carry her water and make it all believable. Unfortunately for her, the stunts are too amateurish and too easily debunked. Just like her last minute staged photo OP at an airport where she leaned against the airport fence in tears, and pretended it was the prison fence around Trump’s Racist Migrant Child Internment Camp,

She and her handlers never thought that someone would recognize location of the staged political theatrical event and call her out. And when people did call her out, she came up with some ass-pulled story about how she was overwhelmed by emotion later at the airport and leaned against the fence and someone happened to take the picture.

But since you never hear about this stuff because CNN and HuffPo never talk about it. You just assume the right is obsessed with her.

Anonymous said...

@1:36pm "What exactly makes AOC a bimbo? Please explain your thought process. I’m genuinely curious how this type of delusion manifests and resonates within a political ideology."

She was nothing more than a skank bartender before being elected. I'm a former bartender who had lots of her type over the years. Party girl who read some books and now knows enough to just get in front of a camera and let the leftist media do the rest. She will be old news soon enough, and probably bartending again. It will be interesting to see her when she's sixty years old. Bagged out and burned out like most old bartenderesses.

Anonymous said...

11:36 : She's way to good at saying her idiotic words to be a true bimbo. What we do know is that she is a damn lie. She got her seat by telling folks in the hood she grew up poor. She grew up affluent. She worked in food service AFTER college. Her parents floated her education and lifestyle. Bimbo ? No. Con artist ? Indeed.

Anonymous said...

@12:36 - I looked up the story you are referring to about the fence photo and you couldn’t be any more delusional. Where do you guys come up with this crap? Do you just repeat whatever some lunatic you follow on Facebook said as a joke without catching on to it yourself or do you just not care what is actually true so long as you can continue the delusional bliss?

Anonymous said...

It was actually reddit who exposed the staged photo and a guy even visited the site and photographed the very spot. All threads and subreddits discussing it have been removed by reddit. The only references you find now are revisionist articles “debunking” the story. We are truly living in Stalin-esque times with a Pravda-tier media.

Anonymous said...

Well... it's the height of hypocrisy to focus on AOC when you have Marjorie Taylor Greene.

You so win the "crazy bimbo" award!

And, way to omit the men in Congress on both sides of the aisle who are extreme idiots. It's hard though to top Jordan and Rand for " lies" and bizarre behavior.

Anonymous said...

Whataboutism is a logical fallacy and isn’t a valid argument.

Anonymous said...

Watch Jesse Waters interview the "antiwork" movement moderator. All you need to know.

Anonymous said...


Slut-shaming, really? She graduated cum laude from Boston University with two majors and she's a US Representative. Obviously, as a misogynist, you feel threatened by well-spoken, educated women. I'm certain you don't know what that word means so turn on dial-up in your parent's basement and look it up. Just be sure to turn off the PC before you leave to tend more bar.

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