I've tried to stay out of the "Occupy Wall Street" hysteria mainly because I have lots of things to say that aren't very nice. I found this post on Facebook that sums it all up very nicely. The original post was written by a guy named Chris Handford and can be found here.
Here are five things the OWS protesters' mothers should have thought their children but obviously didn't:
• Life isn’t fair. The concept of justice – that everyone should be treated fairly
– is a worthy and worthwhile moral imperative on which our nation was
founded. But justice and economic equality are not the same. Or, as Mick
Jagger said. “You can’t always get what you want.” No matter how you
try to “level the playing field,” some people have better luck, skills,
talents or connections that land them in better places. Some seem to
have all the advantages in life but squander them, others play the
modest hand they’re dealt and make up the difference in hard work and
perseverance, and find jobs on Wall Street and eventually buy houses in
the Hamptons. Is it fair? Stupid question.
• Nothing is “free.”
Protesting with signs that seek “free” college degrees and “free”
health care make you look like idiots, because college and hospitals
don’t operate on rainbows and sunshine. There is no magic money machine
to tap for your meandering educational careers and “slow paths” to
adulthood, and the 53 percent of taxpaying Americans owe you neither a
degree nor an annual physical. While I’m pointing out this obvious fact,
there are a few other things that are not free: overtime for police
officers and municipal workers, trash hauling, repairs to fixtures and
property, condoms, Band-Aids and the food that inexplicably appears on
the tables in your makeshift protest kitchens. Real people with real
dollars are underwriting your civic temper tantrum.
• Your word
is your bond. When you demonstrate to eliminate student loan debt, you
are advocating precisely the lack of integrity you decry in others.
Loans are made based on solemn promises to repay them. No one forces you
to borrow money; you are free to choose educational pursuits that don’t
require loans, or to seek technical or vocational training that allows
you to support yourself and your ongoing educational goals. Also for the
record, being a college student is not a state of victimization.
It’s a privilege that billions of young people around the globe would die for – literally.
• A protest is not a party. What isn’t evident in the newsreel footage
of your demonstrations; Most of you are doing this only for attention
and fun. Serious people in a sober pursuit of social political change
don’t dance jigs down Sixth Avenue like attendees of a Renaissance
festival. You look foolish, you smell gross, you are clearly high and
don’t seem to realize that all around you are people who deem you
• There are reasons you haven’t found jobs. The
truth? Your tattooed necks, gauged ears, facial piercings and dirty
dreadlocks are off-putting. (I too have this problem with life choices I
made when I was younger) Nonconformity for the sake of nonconformity
isn’t a virtue.
Only 4 percent of college
graduates are out of work. If you are among the 4 percent, find a mirror
and face the problem. It’s not them. It’s you.