Tuesday, December 20, 2011
What the Occupy Movement has gotten wrong!
During the spring of this year, I received emails containing links warning about the Occupy protests. I looked at the links and saw they were crudely built and passed it off to a bunch of fanatic nuts. My mistake was in ignoring the warnings. These are protests created by true anarchists that are not harmless. But just who are they harming? Republicans? Conservatives? Big Business? Wall Street? Bankers? No! They are harming themselves, their President, The Democratic Party, Unions and the tax payers.
Let’s look at the movement’s issues. Oh what, just what are their issues? The 99%? They are against anyone of wealth… Hummm, Michael Moore? Barbara Streisand? Lady GaGa? Pres Obama? Is anyone asking any of these people to empty their bank accounts to feed , cloth and house the poor? No, they are attacking business owners who are providing jobs, that allow individuals to feed, cloth and house themselves and their families. They are squatting on public and private property in violation of numerous laws with impunity because they are the latest darlings of the MSM. They hamper the traffic of hard working average Americas attempting to provide for their families by blocking their ability to get to and from their jobs. They are impeding small businesses in the area of their protests by abusing their toilet facilities, blocking store and office entrances and trashing the local neighborhoods. Just how is this helping the 99%, when they have done everything to ensure that they remain poor?
Is it about jobs? I have seen numerous attempts by various business owners and head hunting firms go into the crowds offering jobs, only to find themselves shouted down and ridiculed. So where is their argument?
Is it about free college education? Just where in the Constitution is it government’s job to educate the populace? I fail to see it. The Federal Government has already overreached in mandating the curriculum of the public school system for Pre-K to Grade 12. Their indoctrination has already lead to the heavy handed dumbing down of the last 2 generations in history! Just where is it written that a college education is mandatory and guaranteed? Already government grants have allowed career college students free lifetime rides in degrees of arts, literature and basket weaving. Today’s students graduate with few marketable skills and wonder why they can’t land a job above mim wage.
Is it against Big Corporate America? I don’t think so, when you see everyone has iPhones, iPads, Designer scarves, sneakers, whatever and swilling those Café Mocha Double Lattes. Instead of berating the Crony Capitalistic deals of the Obama Administration and corrupt Congress, they attack companies that are honest and employing people with good wages and benefits. The same companies that pay the shareholders a decent dividend. The shareholders who are you and I, invested through our savings accounts, retirements funds, insurance policies, mortgages and other financial instruments.
What OWS has gotten wrong is they have no clear message. The unions backed them until they marched on the ports shutting down Union Jobs. The Greenies were with them until they left tons of garbage and human refuse in their wake. The Democrats were with them until they called for the ouster of President Obama, Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi. The only ones still with them is the MSM, simply because they are not the Tea Party people.
The Tea Party has a clear and direct message, which when advanced has affected policy and legislation. There are clear results. Limited Government, Less Taxes and adherence to Constitutional Law. This is what the OWS lacks. You see the Tea Party swarm in for a 2 hour rally and leave, often leaving the area far cleaner then when they arrived. You don’t see anyone arrested for illegal behavior. You don’t hear of assaults, rapes or murders at their gatherings. No one drops trowel and defecates on a cop car. Yet all of these things have happened at the Occupy encampments, along with rampant drug abuse.
OWS has gotten just about everything wrong except for the right to exercise their free speech. Now if they can only harness all of their destructive energy into something constructive and beneficial, maybe the 99% might listen. But I don’t foresee that in the near future.
The main problem is the brainwashing of our children education system, courtesy of the federal government that has instilled this false feeling of entitlement. This is not Generation X or the Millennium Generation, these are the generations of GIVE ME! It’s no longer a “Chicken in every pot”, it’s free phones, free internet, free TV’s, free housing, free clothing, free medical care, free, free, free. Now the government is paying you to stay home and not look for work. Oh that dirty, dirty word! WORK.
They can’t imagine being responsible for their own actions and welfare. The Twinkie defense threw all of that out the window. I stole that car because my parents yelled at me! I killed that innocent person because I never had a pair of designer jeans. I took drugs because the teacher made me study harder. Sorry, those excuses don’t fly with me & that’s why the OWS doesn’t wash either. No one told you to pick up that gun and no one but you decided to pull that trigger. No one told you to buy that crack or cocaine and no one but you made that conscious decision to light that pipe or shove that needle into your arm! No one but you decided to buy that booze, get in that car after you drank that bottle and drive. You made that decision, not that Twinkie!
If you choose to make basket weaving your course major in college, then be prepared to find a job in only that field. Just don’t expect me the tax payer to pay for your education, or should I say lack there of! As for spreading the wealth? If you refuse to work, don’t expect a penny from me. I am willing to give a hand up to any worthy person, but NOT a hand out! If I work 40 hours or more for my wages, I am willing to pay taxes to provide necessary and emergency services in my community. I am not willing to pay for a slacker and leech. Yes leech! There is nothing wrong with working for personal wealth as long as it is honestly earned. The greatest beauty of these United States is that it is the only nation in the work where the poorest amongst us has the potential to become wealthy. We deserve to ability to retain the maximum amount of that wealth and spend or distribute it as we each see fit. You do not have the right to demand that I or anyone else must work for your wealth or benefit against our wishes. That is called slavery, by the way! And don’t say I owe you because you didn’t ask to be born! I have yet met a person who Asked” to be born. We all came into this world the same way, but the miracle that God has given us, called life. We arrived naked and how we leave it is up to each one of us. Do we leave fulfilled with the wealth, love and joy of family and friends or with our hands out still looking for the freebies? I may not have material wealth, but I am glad to say I am blessed with the best wealth there is, that of friends and family. Which will you choose?