Friday, November 18, 2011

The Occupy Morons

Yeah, this one is going to ruffle some feathers. Hey, what do I care? This blog is an arena for me to voice my opinion, especially if it differs from those of total idiots. So, here we go.

I tried to talk to one of these people the other day on Facebook, and got un-friended for my efforts. All I asked was for them to explain why they were part of this movement. Not a single one of them in the thread could provide any answer. I’ve known this guy for something like seventeen years, too.

I asked what their education levels were and they all skirted the question, so I asked again. Finally, they said their education levels did not matter. Oh? I saw a recent statistic that only 4-5% of college graduates are unemployed. Maybe these guys should occupy a classroom. By the way, “it doesn’t matter” means that their education level is zero. I have a decoder ring.

I think some of them are angry at corporations. They can’t mean the same corporations that provide their vehicles, their computers, their game systems, their groceries, and their lifestyles, right? That wouldn’t make any sense. If they are against corporations making oodles of money, they should stop shopping at Wal-Mart and pay double for stuff at the Mom and Pop franchises. My bet is that they don’t. Oh, and no more fast food for them, either. Damn corporations. Time to get an old Marlin rifle and hunt for dinner, you ass clowns.

Some of them think that it’s unfair that poor people exist. What? I mean, yeah, it sucks, but setting up a tent downtown with a protest sign isn’t changing a thing. Trust me on that one. Donate to charity, buy a poor family a really nice Christmas gift, help a homeless guy at a gas station; do anything but join a bunch of pot smokers who wish their generation had its own hippie movement. Anything at all.

I could go on and on about these Occupy morons, but I won’t. I have money to make. At my job. Once this stupid-ass bandwagon trend passes, there will still be greedy corporations, poor people, and crooked politicians. If you want to incite change, go through the proper channels.


Andy said...

I have a PhD in chemistry and a great job, and I support the Occupy movement.

At least I WANT to, anyway.

One list of demands I saw was incredible, eye-opening, and something I agreed with 100%. It was about reinstating the Glass–Steagall Act, among other things, and taking specific actions to ensure that we don't have a repeat of the series of events that lead to the current recession. Because if nothing is changed, another one is basically inevitable.

Unfortunately, that was just one list of demands, and not something universally agreed upon. That's the problem I see with the Occupy movement. I'd like to point out that they're not against corporations specifically, but rather the Wall Street practices that caused the current recession, but who knows, maybe some of them actually are against corporations. Based on what I've seen in the news some of them are indeed pretty dumb.

Still, I can't say that I agree with your condemnation of the entire movement. And if I were you I wouldn't put this kind of thing on your writer blog, as it's bound to turn a lot of people off your literary work.

Lauryn Doll said...

I am in agreeance with Andy's words.

I understand your frustration, and there's a lot of chaos involved with this movement... and there seems to lack cohesion... but they're trying to send a message many of us have agreed with.

And I have a Master's Degree and am self-employed with my own company.

Jenn said...

I'm not sure that I agree whole heartedly with the OWS movement either. For a few reasons. First, Greed is everywhere. It is not solely in corporations or Wall is also heavy footed in the Government sectors as well. Work for any entity of government and you will see greed around every corner. This could be scary if we give them more power to control the private sectors including Wall Street.

Second, as a former business owner-(yes Mom and Pop style), the goal has always been to be successful. To have a business where you make enough money to not only make it but thrive. To employ others so they can have a job. But also--to make enough money to retire early or in my case take a few years off of work while I am raising my kids. We sold our business when I had my 5th child so I could afford to stay home. I don't find that greedy. I certainly worked my butt off and paid my dues. It is part of the American Dream to actually go from rags to riches. If you want the dream--go after it--make it happen!! No ONE will hand it to you, that is for sure!!

There are more reasons--I won't go into them here--I can get wordy. But that said I'm with you on this one.

Jenn with a BA in Communications

Anonymous said...

The name calling needs to go. It demeans the blogger, not the Occupiers.

Anonymous said...

if u think their morons why do u even talk about them they are trying to help people. and your make fun out of them... try to help others and you will see how hard it is

Justin said...

Anonymous strikes, even on a blog! The problem is that what they're doing isn't actually helping anyone. Their ire is misplaced. Go look at the politicians and government system that allows them to be so dangerous. Our government has created an atmosphere that gives the big corporations a lot of power over our elected officials.

Tod said...

Well, it's difficult to have a reasonable conversation about a topic, when you're going to start by attacking the opposition as 'morons'. I get it, it's your blog, you may call them whatever you wish. But if you want to be taken seriously, you'll catch more flies with honey, as opposed to vinegar.

There is a revolving door between big business and government. I believe that the line between them becomes blurred, as each tries to benefit the other. As an example, a president can not be elected (so far) without corporate money. In order to win the election, he will have to accept that money. But what has he sold in return? How much power and influence does the corporation have? I don't think it's very difficult to figure out. How much money did Obama take from the financial sector? Has he (or any other politician) called for criminal prosecutions for those responsible? Why or why not? There was an investigation into the crash of '29, known as the Pecora Investigation, after Chief Counsel to the United States Senate Committee on Banking and Currency, Ferdinand Pecora. Where is our Pecora Investigation? We won't get one unless we petition the government for it. This means protesting until they have to deal with you. If you show up for a few hours, wave signs, and go home, nothing will ever change.

What I have seen many of the OWS protesters calling for is the enforcement of existing laws. But we have one system of laws for elites, and another set for everyone else. Shouldn't the law be applied equally to everyone? Is that a principle worth protesting for? Isn't that at least part of the reason our country was founded? That we are all treated equally in the eyes of the law?