Occupy Wall Street? How about Occupy Idiocy?
Occupy Wall Street, otherwise known as a bunch of unemployed twenty-something communist pot heads living off their parents’ money. OK, maybe I’m generalizing a bit there, but there do seem to be a lot of them at these protests. Either the protests are full of these fringe elements of society or Occupy Wall Street has a serious PR problem.
It seems like every time I see a video or read an article about people at these protests they seem even dumber then I gave them credit for, and I thought they were pretty dumb to begin with. You have people there blaming corporations for their student loans, even though their former messiah, President Obama, nationalized them with his healthcare bill. Then you got the people who if asked about what they’re protesting have no clue, they’re just there because there’s free food. You have my favorite idiots, the people who think that communism is actually more humane than capitalism (apparently they’ve never heard of Cuba, the USSR, China and Cambodia under the Khmer Rouge). And of course there are the people with signs like “Who needs oil? I ride the bus”.
The Occupy Wall Street movement is full of hypocrisy. They oppose greed, but at the same time want people with more than them to give them free stuff. That sounds pretty greedy to me. They complain about corporations violating human rights to make cheap products, while using an iPhone made by underpaid workers in China (which doesn’t stop me from using my iPhone, but I don’t spend my days complaining about income inequality and human rights violations). They say corporations are the devil while they sip on their venti caramel-soy espresso from Starbucks while tweeting (obviously on Twitter, which is a corporation) about corporate greed on their iPhone made by Apple and wearing various name brand clothing, made by corporations. They also complain about special interest money in politics while unions, some of the biggest donors to political campaigns, are taking part in these events.
Occupy Wall Street is not the same as the Tea Party (and I’m not just saying this because I agree with the Tea Party far more than I do with Occupy Wall Street). First of all, any Tea Party protest lasts maybe six to seven hours tops, not over a month. Tea Parties also tend to leave where they are protesting free of litter and even cleaner than it was before, while Zuccotti Park, where Occupy Wall Street is camped out, has turned into a virtual garbage dump (I’m waiting for a cholera outbreak). To my knowledge no one has been arrested at a Tea Party protest, while just this weekend, over 100 Occupy Wall Street and other Occupy members were arrested. Also, I just don’t see a bunch of spoiled twenty something pot heads putting in the effort to campaign for candidates or lobby politicians. Hell, I don’t even see half of them voting in 2012, even they aren’t happy with Obama.
Some of the people at these Occupy protests are also just plain crazy. You have people blaming corporations for 9/11 and the war (I thought those were Bush’s fault). And of course you have the people that think it’s OK to eat out of garbage cans (for the planet and stuff).
Occupy Wall Street also has its fair share of total creeps and weirdoes. The protests have people there who think it’s cool to defecate on police cars. There was also the Occupy Seattle member who was arrested after making sexual gestures at 12 year old girls on the swing sets at the park where the protest was held. A band at Occupy Portland, who’s drummer was playing on pots and pans like a child and whose guitarist was wearing a golden shirt and a jester hat, sang a song with the creative lyrics of “F*** The USA”, which sounded like an idiot banging on the drums while someone else just screamed “F*** The USA” over and over.
An idea supported by many Occupy Wall Street members is the total elimination of all debts held by people. This is by far the stupidest economic idea ever (yes, even stupider than “we have to spend money to keep from going bankrupt”). If all debts were eliminated banks would lose massive amounts of money on loans, which are their primary source of income. Assuming that the banks survive the loss they suffered on loans, which they probably wouldn’t, they would not be offering loans at all. Without loans new businesses couldn’t open or expand. The economy would grind to a screeching halt. The resulting economic disaster could even be worse than the Great Depression. Sure your mortgage would be gone, but you’d be waiting in bread lines for your meals.
I really hope Occupy Wall Street stays around for a while because I am having a lot of fun mocking the protesters and their idiocy is going to end up helping conservatives. With the majority of the US population self-identifying as either a conservative or a moderate Occupy Wall Street is far more a fringe movement than the Tea Party ever was. Sure, Occupy Wall Street has support from celebrities, but their views are not in line with that of the American people. So please, continue camping out in the pile of filth you’ve made Zuccotti Park and calling the police fascists when they arrest you for breaking laws, you’re only hurting yourself and any politician stupid enough to support you.
by Greg B.