The people who are currently occupying a park near Wall Street are protesting something. They claim it is the Wall Street Banks. That is fine but they are protesting the wrong place. Here is what they say on their website in reference to their mission.
Occupy Wall Street is leaderless resistance movement with people of many colors, genders and political persuasions. The one thing we all have in common is that We Are The 99% that will no longer tolerate the greed and corruption of the 1%. We are using the revolutionary Arab Spring tactic to achieve our ends and encourage the use of nonviolence to maximize the safety of all participants.
Let’s address the 99% stuff. It is an arrogant statement by these few hundred people to think they represent 99% of America. I sincerely doubt that the couple of thousand protestors nationwide. Seattle had a grand total of 50 people. hardly the 99% the Occupy Wall Street folks are talking about. Even the Tea Party which has really effected the political debate over the last three years will claim to be less than 20% of just one political parties voting block. This shows the fallacy in the very nature of their movement. Here is the 99% statement from these misguided Marxists.
We are the 99 percent. We are getting kicked out of our homes. We are forced to choose between groceries and rent. We are denied quality medical care. We are suffering from environmental pollution. We are working long hours for little pay and no rights, if we’re working at all. We are getting nothing while the other 1 percent is getting everything. We are the 99 percent.
Well Occupy let me introduce you to the 20% and what we believe. They are entrepreneurs, small businesses, managers, engineers, working people with mortgages and families. We provide a service to our employers and receive a salary negotiated with that employer. We believe it is government intervention that caused the current financial mess we are in. The banks were given the money by Washington. And you go to Wall Street to protest? Do your homework, revolutions are ugly people die. Often those people are the very people who unwittingly started the revolution. Because once you get the anti-rich revolution going the power void opens the door for someone who does not share your goals to step in. The 20% in the Tea Party is not advocating revolution but we are advocating common sense. Which in your movement is sorely lacking.
You think the Arab Spring was a good thing? Yes dictators were overthrown. But the void in power and the very scattered nature of the overthrow has left these nations open to an even more powerful force. Islamic Fundamentalism. And you in your dream world can’t see that. Or you think it is a good thing. Good or bad many of the Dictators who have been toppled in the Middle East have one thing in common. They ran a secular Government keeping religion out of the rules. Why would they do that? Because the Islamic Fundamentalism that is the undercurrent of much of the Middle East is too strict and needed to be controlled. And you want to emulate this in a country that was founded as a Democratic Republic? There is no reason. And that my little occupying troop is why when you look around you see yourselves sitting in a small park in New York having almost no impact on the Real American 99%.
As for your stated goal of overthrowing the banks. I want you to read this. This little tidbit was taken from a story on the 8 day Chicago Occupy group. Posted on Enews park Forest.
There are committees: a treasury committee, a press committee, an art committee, a bicycle committee. “If anyone asks you why you don’t have a job,” someone says into a megaphone that doesn’t work, “hand them your resume and ask them for one. And if you have a job, tell them! But if you don’t, join a committee and really put your time in. Your new job is to make a change in this country.”
How delusional are you? You rail for the overthrow of our system and at the same time you tell the protestors to ask for a job? Where do you think that job stems from? Wall Street and the banking community! You are out there biting the hand that feeds you and crying that it is unfair. See the 99% remarks. Then you tell people to ask for a job? Go Home. Take a shower, write a resume, get out there and pound the pavement. The rest of us are tired of carrying you. Register to vote and do so in every election. You want to effect change? Do it the American Way, that is what the 20% on the right are doing.