Most people have better things to do with their lives than stand in a park by a filthy tent to whine and rant over issues they’re ignorant about. The real issue with the Occupy Wall Street crowd is substance.
Complicit in this OWS circus is the mainstream media, which expands coverage when decibel levels rise and protestor destruction increases. Minimal coverage is spent on parsing the validity of the OWS message.
So today, let’s explore the question that my media brethren largely have failed to answer: Are these protestors worth listening to?
Seeking the answer is not easy because OWS is inconsistent with their messages, but these seem to be their major complaints, followed by my reactions:
• “Wall Street is evil because they make profits off people.” That’s like blaming lions for eating red meat. Making profits is what businesses do, and if you can’t make a reasonable profit, why would any businessperson ever risk their capital? Profits allow businesses to offer jobs, expand workforces, and increase standards of living for owners and employees.
• “Nobody is offering us jobs.” They haven’t found jobs for a reason. Could it be they lack the education needed for jobs because they chose to be educated in anthropology, philosophy, art history, film, etc.? Now they find they’re unqualified to work at what the world really needs. Many “occupiers” wasted their time on meaningless education courses, and learned things that now have no value. Most of these people are bitter because they never learned to support themselves. Boo hoo. Real life has a way of rewarding smart thinking, and punishing self-indulgence. Finally, no employer wants to hire someone engaging in civil disobedience, destroying property, who’s bent on tearing down our country’s institutional infrastructure; let them get a job out on the organic collective farm.
• “We don’t think we should pay back the debt we owe on our student loans, and all humans are entitled to health care.” What the occupiers are saying is they want something for nothing. They lack the integrity to honor their responsibilities, and want their loans forgiven after they’ve already spent the money on themselves. No one forced them to borrow the money. College students are not victims, they are privileged. Occupiers need to learn that life isn’t fair, your word is your bond, and nothing is free. It’s idiotic to expect hospitals to provide free health care, because hospitals don’t operate on free love, rainbows and peace signs.
• “Government gave TARP bailouts to the ‘too big to fail’ banks.” The occupiers make a point here. Bailouts are an example of “political capitalism,” so I say welcome to the fight against corporate welfare and cronyism that many of us have fought for decades. Yet, I don’t hear OWS screaming about the “too big to fail” unions, or the green energy companies like Solyndra that all gobble down taxpayer money. But the reason occupiers are airheads on bailouts is: of TARP’s $245 billion bailout of banks, all the money has been paid back, and taxpayers will earn a profit of $20 billion.
Taking the gold medal for the most unsurprising news last week was the Fox News revelation that OWS’s leadership is heavily former ACORN people. ACORN, a radical, discredited organization determined to destroy the U.S. Constitution, has worked for years to cause transformational change in America, to introduce Marxist socialism and to redistribute wealth. It’s a hyper-partisan organization involved in criminal voter fraud, which dredged up drug addicts or recovering drug addicts, homeless people, gutter activists and anarchists to serve as the ACORN Red Shirts. Apparently, former ACORN leaders are “playing a key role in the self-proclaimed ‘leaderless’ Occupy Wall Street movement, organizing ‘guerrilla’ protest events.”
OWS protestors are entitled to man the soapboxes, but they embrace a belief system that 2,500 years of the history of governance has proved to be wrong, wrong, wrong. It’s almost a crime that nobody learns from history.