If you were ever tempted to think that “Big Government is the way to go,” this should dissuade you pretty effectively.
Give me all the environmentalist, permissions, control, legal, moral, indignant arguments you want, the guy was just planting morning glories, cardinal flowers and cypress vines that he was donating to the city (Washington, DC). But, as it turns out, we can’t have that!!! Oh no, no, no!
Here are a couple of key snippets from Robert McCartney’s Washington Post article:
It turns out I underestimated Metro bureaucrats’ capacity for folly. [Editor’s Note: Kind word! How about: stupidity, idiocy, moronia, nitwittery, jackassery, brain-deadedness, retardedness(*1)]
Two weeks ago, I wrote that the transit system would look silly if it let perish 1,000 flowers planted secretly at the Dupont Circle station by local garden artist Henry Docter, the self-described Phantom Planter.
I feared that Metro would merely neglect the flowers. Instead, last Sunday, it sent workmen to yank them out.
“It never occurred to me that Metro would think it was more efficient to rip out the plants than to let someone water them,” Docter said.
Metro tore out the foliage without waiting to solicit the neighborhood’s opinion, as it said it had planned to do. [Editor’s Note: What?!? A government entity didn’t live up to a commitment to a citizen?!? No freakin’ way! Hold, on while I pick my jaw back up! Wait! Wait! Did the earth just flip on its axis?!? Did the sun just wink out?!? Did the moon just jump over the cow?!?(*2) ]
“We want to meet with the community and see what the community would like. We will move forward with their wishes, as long as they are reasonable, sustainable and safe,” [Editor’s Note: Can’t have those “unsustainable” morning glories, now can we?!? Extremely dangerous gorgeous flowers!] Michael McBride, manager of Metro’s Art in Transit Program, said June 21.
No meetings have taken place since then. Local leaders were aghast [Editor’s note: Really? Why? How’s all that school choice going in Washington, DC?] that Metro ignored their wishes for a compromise to keep the flowers in place. [Editor’s Note: we’re aghast that they’re aghast. strikes us as an obvious response from a government that just doesn’t give a fig.]
According to the official explanation Friday, Metro removed the flowers because it needs to repair the paver blocks on the embankment. [Editor’s Note: Gotta have those paver blocks! Ever so much prettier than morning glories!]
Sigh…what will it take to convince people that we need to shrink the living daylights out of the size, scope and reach of the government — at all levels — so that you and I don’t have to finance the blithering idiots that took down the “phantom planter?”(*3) Again, this country has no need for gun control…we need Democrat control!
(*1) – Oh, no he didn’t! Yes … yes he did…
(*2) – You might be detecting a teentsy-weentsy bit of sarcasm here…that is intentional.
(*3) – Note: I have nothing against preventing the “phantom planter” from doing his thing, if, on a local level it makes sense to do that. However, you can see, can’t you, that those who were ripping out those morning glories were following orders from way, way above. Furthermore, you could see and smell the inflexibility of the IQ-deprived bureaucrats who simply couldn’t see any way to allow the flowers to remain in place for just a bit more — say, through the July 4th Holiday. Let me guess: IQ-deprived? Inflexible? Bureaucrats? Removing beauty? Yep. Democrats all the way.