In my more curmudgeonly moments, I complain that progressivism is turning us into a Nation of Grifters. None more egregious than these
What a wonderful time it is for the scammer, the conniver, and the cheat: the underage drinkers who flash fake I.D.s, the able-bodied adults who drive cars with handicapped license plates, the parents who use a phony address so that their child can attend a more desirable public school, the customers with eleven items who stand in the express lane. The latest group to bend the law is pet owners.
Take a look around. See the St. Bernard slobbering over the shallots at Whole Foods? Isn’t that a Rottweiler sitting third row, mezzanine, at Carnegie Hall? As you will have observed, an increasing number of your neighbors have been keeping company with their pets in human-only establishments, cohabiting with them in animal-unfriendly apartment buildings and dormitories, and taking them (free!) onto airplanes—simply by claiming that the creatures are their licensed companion animals and are necessary to their mental well-being.
What about the mental well-being of everyone else? One person’s emotional support can be another person’s emotional trauma.
Later in the article, one Special Snowflake asks
Are you going to ruin it for all of us?” one of my dog-fancying friends asked, when I told her that I was writing this article.
Geez, I hope so.