In Praise of America’s Political Perverts

We’re back in the US after a delightful summer in Europe. Americans get much less wound up by important matters than they do by trivial ones. Barely had we stepped off the plane when we were struck by the latest trifling national emergency.

He apparently asked told some women in the mayor’s office not to wear panties.

Is that illegal?

It’s considered sexual harassment.

Yes, dear reader, you can barely read a newspaper or watch TV in America without finding an account of some poor man whose sex drive has run him into a ditch. ‘It’s horrible!’ ‘It’s criminal!’ ‘It’s sick!’ Says the commentariat.

Psychologists explain it. Preachers rant and rail against it. Lawyers prosecute it. And nearly everyone condemns it.
One press source we consulted warned it has reached ‘epidemic’ proportions. There we have to challenge the reporter. When we were in high school there was at least one in a class of 30 who was considered creepy.

Magnify that onto a population of 300 million and there should be at least 10 million creeps in the country. But there are only a handful of reports of such kinky behaviour in the press.

What do we conclude from that?

We don’t know. But it appears that, far from becoming a major threat, the creeps are thinning out…and losing their mojo.

Only in the public sector do perverts seem to be on the rise. This has its benefits. A government employee who is harassing the women in his office is at least not doing his job!
That is probably a good thing. And for all its negative press, creepy behaviour is a whole lot cheaper in lives and treasure than drones and Obamacare.

Today, we rise on behalf of Bob Filner, Anthony Weiner, and perverts, deviants and weirdoes everywhere. We rise because someone needs to stand up in their defence. But we’re not about to bend over!

You can search the press yourself. You won’t find a kind word for a pervert in any major news and opinion outlet. Instead, they are considered either laughingstocks…or criminals.

What’s happened to those good old days?

Remember when the only way to lose an election was to be caught in bed with a dead woman or a living boy? And if you were a pig, you could say something salacious to a coworker and not lose your job? You could ‘reach out and touch someone’ and not go to jail.

Those were the days when America was a kinder, gentler, more forgiving place. A jackass was just a jackass, not a felon.

Now women are coming out of the closets and getting on Bob Filner’s case. Sixteen have claimed to have suffered at his hands. And here come the billboards in east Baltimore:

‘Did your boss say something to you that wasn’t funny? You may be entitled to money! Call the Cochran Firm.’

But we would like to return to the panty issue, if you don’t mind. Filner’s defence, if we read it right, is to turn the blame onto the city’s human resource team. They should have given him instruction on sexual harassment, he says.

Yet, if you read the accounts, he didn’t seem to need it. Even without formal training, he was pretty good at it.
Still, we find his defence weak and cowardly. He should use more imagination. (That’s the trouble with perverts. They lack imagination. It forces them to ‘act out’.)

Besides, he was on the right track!

Filner merely has to articulate a proper ‘Anti-Panty’ agenda. And he would quickly have the press and the public on his side. If a woman is properly covered up, with a heavy skirt well below the knee, she hardly needs panties. They are a waste.

How much is spent each year on unnecessary drawers? We did a little research at home. Based on our admittedly limit sample, we conclude that American women spend about $37 billion a year on panties. By our calculations that money could feed 50 million starving people. Has anyone thought this through?

At a bare minimum, so to speak, America’s women could donate their excess underwear to poor women in Africa and Asia. Better yet, they could dispense with it altogether!

Think of the energy savings. All the people now engaged in making the flimsy fabrics… stitching and sewing…packaging…shipping…retailing.

All of it takes energy that could be liberated for more important things — like making alcohol-free beer or organizing pre-teen beauty pageants.
There is also the environmental angle. How many gallons of fossil fuel are used making superfluous knickers?

At some point, if you believe some of the climatologists, we’re going to reach an apocalyptic tipping point. Someone will burn a gallon of gasoline and the carbon dioxide released will tip the entire world into a doomsday inferno.

There are, of course, good reasons for using fossil fuel and risking the End of the World as We Know It. But just putting on a pair of $100 skivvies seems hardly worth it.

Bob Filner needs to take to the offensive: People Not Panties!


Bill Bonner
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Since founding Agora Inc. in 1979, Bill Bonner has found success and garnered camaraderie in numerous communities and industries. A man of many talents, his entrepreneurial savvy, unique writings, philanthropic undertakings, and preservationist activities have all been recognized and awarded by some of America’s most respected authorities. Along with Addison Wiggin, his friend and colleague, Bill has written two New York Times best-selling books, Financial Reckoning Day and Empire of Debt. Both works have been critically acclaimed internationally. With political journalist Lila Rajiva, he wrote his third New York Times best-selling book, Mobs, Messiahs and Markets, which offers concrete advice on how to avoid the public spectacle of modern finance. Since 1999, Bill has been a daily contributor and the driving force behind Markets and Money.

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