French Snakes and Cowardly Winemakers
I’m struggling to try and figure out how to wrap my mind around this statement by a group of whiny, good for nothing, burdens on society (actually, it appears I have found a way to wrap my mind around the statements of this group, doesn’t it).
For the past few years, Regional Committee for Viticultural Action (CRAV), has been taking "direct action" against certain sectors of the French wine industry through violence and intimidation. Their goal? More subsidies for a business model so terribly unworkable that it has led those following it to fall on hard times.
Now they are threatening the new president of France: "If Sarkozy does not support the interests of the wine industry, he
will be entirely responsible for what happens. We are at the point of no return….See to it that our children know what it is to make wine."
These incompetent wannabe winegrowers and thugs can’t even light their own threatening video sufficiently. What makes them think that state subsidization of a business model so thoroughly out of whack with the realities of the current day wine market is going to in any way preserve their selfish "way of life" or allow their children to "know what it is to make wine"?
In the demanding video they sent to France 3 television, CRAV gives French President Zarkozy 1 month to aid the wine industry in the south of France or violence and potential deaths will occur.
Of course, these folks blame "globalization" for their plight. I wonder what happens to members of CRAV who stand up in their clandestine meetings and ask, "hey, what if we replant to premium varietals, make better wine, brand it in a real snazzy way, target export markets, build demand and slowly raise prices as more and more folks want our wines?"
My guess is that nothing good results from this kind of suggestion in those meetings. After all, it rarely pays to reason with snakes.