£££By Rebekah Maxwell – BarbWire guest contributor
This Week’s Sign the Apocalypse is Upon Us
They say every girl dreams of being a bride (well, when the militant feminists aren’t within earshot, they say that).
Every girl wants a special fairytale wedding, all her own, and all about her…groom optional. A fancy dress, a giant party, an exotic location…you might say it’s her human right. Okay, you might not– but only because you’re resisting the next round of societal evolution.
One unemployed woman has her heart set on a ‘fairy-tale church wedding’ – and believes the taxpayer should foot the bill as it is her “basic human right” to be a bride.
At 33 years old, Anna Broom has been on welfare ever since she was 19, when she was declared “too overweight to work.” Over the last 14 years, she’s claimed more than £100,000 from British taxpayers (about $150,000) in benefits.
Still not working, but now engaged, Miss Broom has requested that the public give her another £10,000 ($15,000) for her dream wedding and another $3000 or so for a honeymoon in Mexico. Because it’s her “basic human right” to be a bride.
The size 24 bride-to-be told the Daily Mail: “I’ve dreamed about being a bride since I was 12 years old. I deserve a fairy-tale church wedding and a party in a castle – but there’s no way I could afford it on benefits and I can’t work because I’m overweight,” she says.
“I want the taxpayer to fund my £10,000 dream wedding – it’s a basic human right to be a bride. I don’t see why I should have a small wedding at a registry office – I wouldn’t be able to fit in all my guests and a church wedding is far more romantic.”
Quite. Far more expensive, too…but not when you can use other people’s money. Miss Broom also says that she needs this wedding subsidy to help her lose weight:
“I’m stuck in a rut at the moment and can’t find the motivation to lose weight, but if I was getting married I know I’d slim down because all eyes would be on me.”
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And isn’t that the way it should be?
Miss Broom met her fiance, Jordan (who is also on welfare and has never worked) at a pub in 2009, and it was “love at first sight.” But for a wedding, she decided that it’s a full-on bridal blitz, or nothing: “I’d rather not get married than have a cheap do – it’d only make me unhappy.”
And isn’t that what the taxpayers are there for, madam–to make you happy?
She says she could pay the $18,000 back to the tax-payers in small doses. Presumably with her welfare checks…which they pay her. That seems reasonable.
But why should she have to hold back on booking the castle and ordering the champagne? This is her “basic human right” we’re talking about. After funding her daily life, pub trips and all, upon what grounds can they deny her anything else she wants…er, needs?
In America, we’ve already declared that weddings are basic human rights; that a business owner must participate in them, if the couple demands it. Well, at least with Christian business owners and same-sex couples. But why is principle any different here?
We’ve already agreed that food, housing, medical care, health insurance, jobs/income, etc. are “basic human rights”…which means, when you want them don’t have them, the government (from whence our rights come) will graciously provide…by confiscating from those who do have them. That’s the way human rights work.
And we’ve established that government can force businesses to provide goods and services to people who say they want/need them, against the business owners will or ability to do so, from elective abortion coverage to bouquets for the groom and groom.
How then could any progressive government refuse to fund this woman’s lavish “fairytale wedding,” after they’ve funded everything else they’ve labeled a “basic human right”? Government itself buys and sells the fairytale…and forces the taxpayers to foot the bill. That’s our duty: to pay for other people’s “rights.”
Say it with me now, comrades: A”right” is whatever our government says it is. No right exists that do not spring first from government approval. All rights are equal…but some are more equal than others. All rights flow first to the protected class. You are not a protected class.
Now, get back to work: those welfare weddings won’t fund themselves.
Rebekah Maxwell, producer of the Steve Deace Show, began reporting and producing at WHO Radio in 2007, with on-air work recognized by the official alphabet soup: the AP, IBNA, NBNA, RTDNA, NAB (all the while staying far from the TSA and UFOs). She delights in debating religion, politics, and all other subjects impolite at the dinner table. Her favorite time of year is Caucus season, and she’s an accomplished slam poet, ready to spit the truth…in mad rhymes, if necessary.
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