Annoying the Annoying
WORK HARD AND BE HAPPY
Snow's response is pure snark gold:
It would also annoy me immensely if you did whatever it is that makes you happy and allowed everyone else to do whatever it is that makes them happy. What an annoying world that would be if everyone could work hard and be happy. So please, work hard and be happy.
Yes, a lot of deep thinking went into that bumpersticker-cum-jingoism-for-sale. Uh huh. We liberals (and Liberals) sure do hate it when people work hard and are happy. (On the other hand, I did propose a counter-sticker in the comments:
WORK HARD AND ORGANISE
while the other commenter said "...ASK FOR A RAISE.")
However, the part about Snow's comments that most struck me was the line, "So help them to find a job where they can work hard or help them to find someway, anyway, to live their lives as freely and happily as possible."
I thought, "Yes, isn't it always the way that the worst offenders in the 'Geddafukkinjawwwb!' line are never the ones who actually have the power to hire anyone." I came up with a great way of dealing with these clowns years ago, when I was but a wee thing fresh out of grad school.
Consider this like Real World Experience Project, part two. If you really want to get under their skin, and you'd like to see them backpedal so fast they lay shoe sole rubber on the floor, the next time one of these smug jerks says "Geddafukkinjawwwb!" to you, you say, "Yes, I need a job. Will you hire me? I can..." and start rattling off your credentials.
Pay special attention to the sudden eruption of more backing and filling than Boston's Big Dig, more tapdancing than a Fred Astaire movie marathon, and more petulant self-justification than Rush Limbaugh when his stash is getting low. Enjoy it. If you really think about it, you can probably come up with some creative ways of twisting the knife, anything from, "I work weekends/the night shift/from home, but I could always use more income," to "So, you're just complaining about a problem you're not even trying to fix. I see..."