You may wonder why I refer to our illustrious rulers as the "gubmint"?
it is quite simple really. I hold them in such deep contempt that to use the word "government" is to afford them a level of respect which frankly they just don't deserve.
I don't hate them as such. Hatred is a self defeating emotion that would burn me up and wouldn't affect them one iota. Contempt is better as I can then justify my ignoring them and all their actions. Giving them titles such as Minister or Taoiseach implies a level of respect which is non existent, and implies that they are somehow superior to me, which they are not. They are technically my servants though you wouldn't think so by their attitudes and actions.
There are only two things that really annoy me about them. Only two, you ask? Well, they are two fairly important factors.
The first is their attitude that they are entitled to my money and possessions. They seem to think they own me rather than owe me. There is virtually no aspect of my life where they don't try to skim some of my earnings. They demand a tax on my pension, my house, my water, and virtually everything I buy. They examine my accounts to make sure I am not spending too much and to see if I may have some "undeclared income". They watch every move to see if they can raid extra cash. If I save some money, they skim some off that. If I spend it, they skim some off that too.
And if I fail to pay them what they think is due to them, they can get an attachment order and just take it directly out of my pension before I even get to see it. I get the bones after they have picked off the meat. I would love to hear an argument that this isn't downright theft of private property.
The other thing that really pisses me off is their attitude that they know best what's good for me. I am no longer an individual but just a number who has to be told what I can and cannot do, sometimes "for the public good" and sometimes because I may harm myself.
In my book, the individual is supreme and trumps "society" except in those cases where I may harm others. If my actions pose no threat to others then it is none of the fucking gubmint's business what I do. If I want to smoke, drink or eat fatty foods that is my business and no one else's. If I want to install an extra power socket in the house, why should I have to "obey the law" and get a "government approved" rip-off merchant to do it? If I want to drive without wearing a seat belt or cycle without a helmet it is no one's business but my own. If I want to put cyanide in my e-cigarette then what fucking business is it of theirs?
Contrary to the gubmint's opinion, I know the risks involved in my actions. If I want to take those risks that is entirely up to me. The fact that they seem to think they know better than me shows that they have zero respect for my intelligence and experience so why should I have any respect whatsoever for them?
So I shall continue to ignore their actions and their attempts to rob me and rule my life, and shall continue to treat them with the same contempt with which they treat me.