Funny! 21-Year-Old Wisconsin Recall Activist is Angry She Can’t Retire…at 21!
You get to be 21 years of age, and look at what you’ve had to endure. Potty training, learning to ride a bike, being forced to eat vegetables (or worse…meat!), fascistic mandatory bedtimes, having to conform to your parents’ definition of “good behavior” (who are they to judge your lifestyle?), and suffering through twelve grueling years of school under the suffocating thumb of “the man.”
By the time you’ve completed your first Marxist-Feminist Transgendered Yaqui Indian Free-Verse Liberation Poetry course in college, you’ve come to a stark realization…
You’ve worked enough.
For 21 years, you’ve slaved away, being exploited by the system, following its rules. Now, it’s time to get back what you’ve given, to reap the just fruits of your hard work. It’s time to retire. I mean, these are your golden years. The first 21 were for “the man.” The next 60 or 70 are for you. You’re not being greedy…it’s just what you deserve.
As our president would say, it’s only fair.
21-year-old Tina Treviňo-Murphy, of the University of Wisconsin-Madison Student Labor Action Coalition, made this salient point during a speech at a recent symposium on the upcoming Wisconsin recall election. The symposium was held at Madison Technical College, and sponsored by the socialist Center for Economic Research and Social Change (it also included labor activists, and a columnist from “The Nation”). At a time when certain other 21-year-olds – you know, the saps – are looking forward to getting out into the working world and actually contributing to it in some way, perhaps building a ground-floor company, or perhaps starting on the ground floor of an existing company and making their way up the ladder, Ms. Treviňo-Murphy (and don’t dare forget that tilde; she never does) is already dreaming of retiring…and lamenting the fact that she just can’t imagine when she can stop working and just, you know, live, man.
With the nodding approval of her fellow panelists, Ms. Treviňo-Murphy lamented:
I used to think about retirement, and it just, it didn’t seem like an issue for me…um…I can’t actually imagine a time when I would be able to stop working, and, like, just kind of live, like, what would you live off of…I don’t get it. I can’t…I can’t picture that world. You know. So I try, and that’s why I do this work.
Apparently, since she “used” to think about retiring (before that blessed dream became so damnably unattainable), I’m assuming she’s been thinking of retiring since she was a teen. It’s hard to fathom why some young people actually spend those years dreaming of going out into the world to make their fortunes. What suckers!
If you listen to the entire symposium (viewable here…although I’ll warn you, it’s grueling), you’ll hear lots of standard leftist boilerplate about the “working classes” and how wonderful they are. But young Ms. Treviňo-Tilde’s words prove the emptiness of that socialist rhetoric. Anyone actually wanting to work for a living is a loser. At 21, we should all be dreaming of retiring, so we can “just kind of live.” Sure, there’ll always be those idiots who see value in working for a living, but hell, without those morons, who else would the others “live off of?”
One last bit of unintentional humor from the symposium: In-between speakers, the moderator repeatedly advertises a “socialist potluck dinner” planned for the next week.
How can you tell you’re at a socialist potluck dinner? Everyone shows up with an empty pot and an expectation that someone else will fill it.