It would seem that the various occupation events around the country are a weak effort on the part of leftist ideologues and supporters of President Obama to provide a counter to the Tea Party. I say weak, not because I am trying to downplay them, but because they are weak–in numbers and goals. I’m sorry, but “Tax the rich!” and “End greed!” are not goals–they are slogans. In fact, one could roll back to the French Revolution and find similar sentiments. We are all familiar with just how well taxing (and then decapitating) the wealthy worked for the French.
However, the thing that has really struck me is that most of those who are residing in a park in New York City have no occupations. That is, they are, when not protesting against wealth and greed and capitalism and whatever else comes to mind, largely incapable of gaining anything through their own mental and physical efforts. Many complain that they do not have jobs. Meanwhile, they have food, clothes, phones, and everything else necessary for an extended stay in their version of Sherwood Forest. I’ll grant that many of them are students–but even students have jobs unless some capitalistic parent is footing the bill for an
agitation education. If their parents are supporting many of them, where is the honesty in their complaints? Is it just that they cannot get the jobs they want and the pay they believe they deserve? If so, then they have themselves to thank for that.
Herman Cain cut to the quick in a recent comment:
“Don’t blame Wall Street,” Cain said. “Don’t blame the big banks. If you don’t have a job and you’re not rich, blame yourself.”
We have a number of people with no particular occupation (in the sense that they participate in labor of some type to earn necessary funds to support themselves and their families) who are encamped in an area where they may regularly interfere with thousands of people who have occupations and who are engaged in lawful commerce.
Does this not sound like disruption for the sake of disruption and headlines?
If one holds a Tea Party event, it requires several thousands of people before most of the media outlets will acknowledge that it took place. If one is an Occupier, all one needs is to engage in some straight up disobedience (aka lawbreaking) and get arrested to make the nightly news. After the Tea Party events, the participants picked up their trash, gathered their children and pets and headed back to work. The Occupation is apparently ongoing, with the trash and sewage being someone else’s problem.
I wish the occupiers well and hope that most of them are not irretrievably damaged by their foray into wishful thinking. Come January, that park is going to be brutally uncomfortable–much like the Occupiers will be when they figure out that they are individually responsible for themselves regardless of what real or imagined difficulties they may find it necessary to overcome.
Here’s one source for occupiers money.