Friday, July 18, 2008

To SF progressives: Leave us alone

A city progressive on one of our local chatboards:
"That law[requiring restaurants to post nutrition information] passed unanimously on the board. Even Elsbernd and MAP didn't oppose it. Who exactly do you want to compromise with? Moderates support it too. Perhaps the narrow scope of the law was in response to progressives 'compromising.' The final product is something that has the support of virtually everyone. You guys don't even realize what a tiny minority you're in. Or perhaps you want to 'compromise' with the restaurants. Well, they aren't after compromise. They want to kill the idea entirely. Sometimes there's just no compromise, Miltie."

Rob responds:
That something was passed unanimously by this Board of Supervisors probably means it's bullshit. Recall that the Bicycle Plan passed unanimously, too. The problem people have with SF progressives is that they are nagging, self-righteous and meddlesome. They are utterly convinced of their own rectitude and political wisdom and are constantly looking for new ways to bully people into changing their behavior to conform to their half-baked notions. Progs want to tell us how to eat, how to travel (bikes of course); how, what, and where to smoke; how to "improve" our streets (punish drivers and encourage bike twits); where to live (in residential highrises near transit corridors); where to send our kids to school, which often means the other side of town; and the latest: close off streets and bully us into exercising. I left out the anti-JROTC effort, which expresses contempt for our military and all who serve in it. Next time the Islamic crackpots attack an American city, should we call SF progressives for help?

My campaign against Mr. Green Party super-prog, Ross Mirkarimi in District 5, is based on my Leave the Neighborhoods Alone Plan in opposition to Planning's Better Neighborhoods bullshit, against the Geary BRT, against encouraging excessive population density based on the false Transit Corridors theory, against UC's hijacking of the property on lower Haight St. for a massive housing development, against redesigning our streets on behalf of an aggressive, PC minority. Maybe we also need a Leave Us Alone Plan, too, covering all the other issues we are being hectored about by our smug prog citizenry. Even SF voters may eventually get fed up with this shit.

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At 1:22 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"I left out the anti-JROTC effort, which expresses contempt for our military and all who serve in it."

Would you like to regale us with stories about your own military service?

At 3:42 PM, Blogger Rob Anderson said...

I was a draft resister in the Sixties and went to jail for refusing to report for induction. But that doesn't mean, a la Supervisor Sandoval, that I think we don't need a military. Besides, the US attack on Vietnam was a foolish, completely unworthy endeavor, as opposed to Iraq and Afghanistan, which we very much need to win.

At 6:07 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

how many votes did you get rob?

At 8:26 PM, Blogger Rob Anderson said...

You mean if I'm so smart how come I haven't been rich in votes? Is that how you judge ideas, how popular they are? Can you give an example of an idea that Supervisor Mirkarimi has had? Banning plastic bags? Regulating the pot clubs, but not regulating them much? Endorsing Critical Mass and giving the bike people a blank check? The Market/Octavia Plan? Greasing the skids for the UC property? Voting for the Rincon Hill luxury highrise condos? SFPD foot patrols, which were supposed to reduce gun violence? Has Ross ever said anything halfway interesting about homelessnes?

At 9:42 PM, Blogger murphstahoe said...

Typical. The war being waged when I was of fighting age was unjust. The war being waged when I am too old - important.

At 10:07 PM, Blogger Rob Anderson said...

Your point: all wars are the same, and our age determines our opinion? Or all US wars are the same, and the US is always wrong?

At 4:30 PM, Blogger murphstahoe said...

my point is that just when I thought you had enough character flaws it turns out you are also a hypocrite.

At 4:49 PM, Blogger Rob Anderson said...

Even though we've never met, you think you're justified in making that kind of judgment/insult? It would surely help me improve my character if you would enumerate these flaws. I understand the biggest "flaw" in my character from your perspective---failing to understand the supreme historical importance of bicycles.

And why am I "a hypocrite"? Like a lot of the bike people commenting on this blog, you evidently think it's okay to insult me under cover of anonymity. Perhaps you can include a discourse on the morality of the anonymous insult with a list of my character flaws.


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