The Beginning of the End of America

I’m worried that the Occupy Movement is doing more harm to this country than any good that could possibly come of it. It’s turning American against American, not just protesters against rich people, not just cops against protesters, but citizens against citizens.

Facebook is full of dissent: anti-government rhetoric, anti-establishmentarianism, pro lawlessness and pro civil unrest and disobedience. And for what? The rich shouldn’t be rich. The wealth of this country is in the hands of the few. Capitalism should be abolished for equal financial security for all… ah… as I recall, that’s been done before. It’s called Socialism. Its brother is Communism. If you don’t know what these government ideologies are, do some homework. http://www.diffen.com/difference/Communism_vs_Socialism 

Occupy protesters stand against social inequality. They offer no solutions (other than anarchy) and band together under the banner of free speech to break the law. For their efforts, they get clubbed and pepper sprayed and tossed in the slammer. As they well should be.

But wait. I must be wrong about that. At UC, Davis on Thursday, protesters erected tents on campus. They were told to take them down by 3:00 pm Friday or they would be removed by force. The protesters chose to defy the order. Police were called in. So protesters linked arms and blocked the sidewalk and grassy area to bar police from removing the tents. They were warned to disperse or they’d be forcibly removed and arrested. The vilified cop even paced back and forth in front of the seated protesters showing them the pepper spray canister he would use on them if they didn’t move. Still, they refused to comply.

What were the cops supposed to do? Say okay and go home? Kick back and have a beer (which I’m sure they’d rather have done). Hell no. They did their jobs. But to hear the outcry on Facebook and other blogs about police brutality and the end of free speech, the protesters become the martyrs. Not because they are martyrs (they’re criminals) … but because Americans are turning against Americans.

I’m not part of the 1%…far, far from it, but I’m also not part of the so-called 99%. I’m tired of these occupiers claiming to speak for me. They’ve hijacked the rest of us law-abiding Americans to tear down our country, raise hell in the streets, and make it look like the cops are at fault. Then an alarming number of fellow Americans sympathize with the protesters. I don’t understand how mob mentality can be tolerated. I hope I’m not the only one who feels this way. If so, it’s the beginning of the end of America.

And that’s the American Pork truth, as fat and dirty as it is.

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4 Responses to The Beginning of the End of America

  1. Terry Wright says:

    After the great depression, laws were put in place to control the banks and investors so history wouldn’t repeat itself. Over the next 60 years, lobbyists for banks and mortgage companies convinced (bribed or otherwise) Congress to rescind those laws (or parts of them) so certain people in high places (including congressmen) could make huge profits on mortgage speculation and insider trading. This set in motion a repeat of the financial meltdown that occurred during the great depression. This created a huge inequality in wealth, the haves having a lot, and the have nots having next to nothing. Some would say it has eroded the middle class, which supports the poor (via welfare programs) and funds government (via taxes) and industry (via consumer spending). I was unaware that the OWS protesters wanted tax reform. They want a lot of things, but none of them can agree on a straight forward message (like Civil Rights – or – Stop the Vietnam War)…

    According to Bloomberg Businessweek, protesters want more and better jobs, more equal distribution of income, bank reform, and a reduction of the influence of corporations on politics.

    More and better jobs: Business has to flourish for this to happen, so anything that stifles business hinders more and better jobs. FDR and the New Deal put unemployed people to work on government projects – Obama has a jobs bill he wants passed to put people to work – unfortunately – these kinds of government programs cost money, which the government must borrow, and they’ve borrowed way over their ability to repay already. So what suggestions do the protesters offer to get more and better jobs? The answer is NONE.

    More equal distribution of income: To achieve this, the government would have to regulate wages and salaries. Unions would have to be abolished, and the right to strike for higher wages must be rescinded. The government has already established the minimum wage, which has put further hardship on business, which adversely affects more and better jobs. So what suggestions do the protesters offer to get more equal distribution of income? NONE

    Bank reform: Been there, done that, but Congress dismantled all the fail-safes their predecessors had initiated to reform banks, lending, investing, and mortgage brokering. To achieve bank reform, Congress would have to reenact or pass new laws to control banks (etc). However, lobbyists and special interest groups put so much pressure on individual congressmen and women, any reform is highly unlikely. It would be akin to congress shooting itself in the foot. What suggestions do the protesters offer to achieve bank reform? None.

    And here’s the biggy… a reduction in corporate influence on politics. Now we’re back to the lobbyists and special interest groups who control the re-election funds for congressmen and women, who grease palms and bestow favors upon them (which is illegal but still practiced). It would take a thorough house cleaning of corruption from Washington DC. Everyone is guilty, so everyone has to go, which would mean a referendum and special election to replace them all. What are the chances of that happening? OWS suggestion? NONE.

    As for tax reform, making the rich pay more… this is what Obama suggested to Congress… Occupy Wall Street (to the best of my knowledge) has not taken credit for that proposed solution to the debt crisis. I’ve seen where some 1%ers went to Congress to request higher taxes on themselves – but I believe that was a publicity stunt more than an honest attempt at solving any problems. Besides, it would take all their money and more to get the US out of the hole Washington has dug.

    I am totally sympathetic with the idea behind OWS. Things need fixing. Big things. But rioting in the streets, blocking public thoroughfares and civil disobedience is not the way to a solution. Lawlessness adds to the problem. It’s taxing the already stretched resources of cities and local governments. It brings out the worst in people, living in squalor, defecating on sidewalks, drug sales and use, rape… and all manner of debauchery that scars the movement and tarnishes our human experience.

    From http://www.occupywallst.org in the protester’s own words:

    “this site was brought to you by various radicals”
    AND:
    “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.
    This #ows movement empowers real people to create real change from the bottom up. We want to see a general assembly in every backyard, on every street corner because we don’t need Wall Street and we don’t need politicians to build a better society.”

    This kind of talk sounds like anarchy in the making. So it’s hard for me to sympathize with the protesters.

  2. sandi says:

    First off, I would like to add to my previous comment by asking, do you know how long it took for our Constitution to be written? The Constitutional Convention started, May 25, 1787; and when it adjourned, September 17, 1787, 116 days had elapsed. These men were allowed to converse, for almost 4 months without interference from the law. Most of these men were from business, scholastics, law and politics. They had little specifics in mind as to what they wanted so much as what they did NOT want.
    Now in response to your statement -
    I’m not sure where you got the notion OWS is about solcialism. It is a protest of unregulated capitilism. Adam Smith, the father of capitalism believed that unrestricted businesses tend to engage in “conspiracy against the public.” John Kenneth Galbraith said “Capitalism left to its own devices, doesn’t work properly; it excludes the poor, ruins the environment, and fails to deliver enough collectively produced goods, such as roads, reservoirs, schools and hospitals.” (exerpt from FDR inaugural speech).
    OWS is about tax reform. The current tax system favors nonworking income over working income. For those who think taxing nonworking income at the higher rates of working income would discourage investment, what do you think a heavier tax on WORKING income encourages? It’s about unethical abuse of the tax system. A system that allows corporations and some individuals to continue to use credits that were originally intended to stimulate growth in a weak industry or lagging technology, credits that are now obsolete. People complain about generations of poor with their hand out, we have generations of corporations and wealthy with their hand out! And these are the entities who need it the least!
    Those that do complain about socialism need to take a look around at the “socialist programs” they now enjoy. Highways, parks, police, military, libraries. The list goes on. The poor use these programs far less than anyone. Let those who utilize them more, pay more.
    Teddy Roosevelt critisized the “small class of enormously wealthy and economically powerful men, whose chief object is to hold and increase their power…We grudge no man a fortune in civil life if it is honorably obtained and well used…We should permit it to be gained only so long as the gaining represents benefit to the community.
    There HAS TO BE more to this life than profit. For some it is a struggle to achieve basic comfort.

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  3. Terry Wright says:

    And if the Occupy Movement goes the way of the American Revolution and the Civil War, are we prepared for the anarchy that will end our way of life? Would you give up your business to the control of a socialist government? Of course, your bank accounts, investments, and retirement funds will be confiiscated and given to the less productive to raise their level of living. There’ll be no more rich people, no more philanthropy. You’ll no longer have the right to excel above the norm, nor will you have the right to fail. So many people look at the negative things – unemployment over 9%, that equates to employment over 90% – 14% of home mortgages are behind or in forclosure, that means 86% of home mortgages are being paid on time. Granted, things could be better, but take away capitalism, things will be much worse.

  4. Sandi says:

    And I’m sure, prior to the civil war, there were a great number of folks who wished the anti-slavery movement would just “quit making waves”. Quit speaking for everyone. But it was the right thing to do and SOMEONE had to do it. I am normally one of those people who feel if you don’t like something, get out and vote. However repeated polls show a vast majority of Americans are aware of the disparity. Even parties from the 1% have spoken up and said the tax system is skewed in their favor. Have the politicians listened? It will be even harder for the politicians to hear the average American now over the drone of corporation money (candidate backing, ads etc). Again, I will remind you our founding fathers did not seek permits to protest. They were traitors in their own land but they KNEW there was a better way and we would not be where we are if it had not been for them and their “anarchy”.