So Greece went bonkers again over the weekend, rioting for the debt-funded luxuries they’ve been entitled to for so long.
Sad as the chaos and destruction is and was, it’s not at all surprising.
Greece rioted repeatedly last year, perhaps more than any of the other socialist or socialist-leaning European nations.
To be sure, Italy, Spain, France and the UK all made the news in 2011 for their immature response to proposed government spending cuts. Their locals attacked police, destroyed property and basically acted like a bunch of… well… spoiled brat socialists too used to having the nanny state government take care of them to act like mature, rational adults.
But the Greek citizenry went a step further and acted like rioting was their calling.
That’s not to say that the Greeks are by nature so much more pathetic than the rest of Europe or the rest of the world. They only won their gold medal in hoodlumry because their government had to take more drastic action than other nations so far.
Rachel Marsden, writing for Human Events, explains:
“Greece was spending beyond its means by injecting cash into a public-sector system that wasn’t in turn producing anything of real value on which it could then turn a substantial profit. When this system slid into the negative, they borrowed on credit until their credit rating tanked and they couldn’t get loans. So they turned to Europe and the IMF, which are made up of countries borrowing money themselves on credit to manage their own debts. Where in all of this is anyone actually producing anything that’s turning a significant profit? While in China, they have enough cash floating around to buy up the treasury bills of every other cash-strapped country, thereby stringing them up by the short and curlies and ensuring the red carpet treatment anywhere and everywhere they might wish to go on a round-the-world tour.”
That’s frightening in and of itself, but perhaps not more so than the basic immaturity so prominently on display in Greece right now, where over 80,000 rioters burnt down over 40 buildings in central Athens alone, outnumbering the already taxed police force five-to-one.
Could that happen in the U.S.? Unfortunately, the answer is a definite yes.
We already saw a miniature version in Wisconsin last year when Governor Scott Walker cut back on government spending, particularly when it came to union benefits. In turn, the unions went nuts, occupying the state capitol building and trashing it repeatedly.
In other words, Greece isn’t something for the U.S. to roll its eyes at or poke fun of. It’s a harbinger of what we will become if we don’t start acting like adults and taking care of ourselves.