Hats Off to the French for an Entertaining Riot

Why we're so different than France, part umpteen.

We have a massive demonstration on Saturday in Los Angeles. Half a million people protest.

First, it's peaceful.

Second, it's about working. The half million illegals and their supporters do work and want to work. They want legal status.

You can argue about whether we should or shouldn't do it, but let's be happy the issue is working while legal.

In France they have a big demonstration Tuesday.

First, it's about not working. The rioters don't want to work and the threat of firing if they're lazy or won't work is what they're mad about.

Second, it's not peaceful. French youth are angry they won't have the same chance at a lazy do-nothing job which they can't get fired from — same as their parents. The idea they might have to compete against workers in other countries who do work hard and don't take six-week vacations, well that's enough to burn cars and attack the cops.

Personally, my favorite moment Tuesday was the water canon.

This is a very effective device. Attack the cops, get blasted by a high-pressure fire hose on specially built riot trucks that can fire blasts of water at rioters in all directions.

Hats off to the French for that one.

And hats off to the French for a thoroughly entertaining riot.

May I confess to the guilty pleasure of a satisfying laugh at the sight of a French protester getting knocked on his butt and rolled down the street like a burger wrapper?

I know, it's unkind and I should feel sympathy.

But somehow a guy rioting over being able to keep a job he doesn't do but thinks he has a right to anyway, that doesn't produce much sympathy in me.

Now compare this with our problem.

I understand the half a million illegals and their friends on Saturday were a disconcerting sight. And we do have to do something about border security and 12 million illegals.

But these people work and they want in the system to work legally and their protest was peaceful.

The French, they've got another problem altogether.

Frankly, I'd rather have ours.

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