I was still confused about what the occupation movement stood for, so I went online to occupywallst.org. According to the site, the movement is “challenging systems of oppression in solidarity with people who are most marginalized by inequality, uniting to recognize that economic exploitation impacts all of us, reclaiming public space, practicing direct democracy. The system is broken; we’re building a new one.”
It sounds like an outline for economic redistribution to me. But should occupiers direct their anger at corporations and the top 1 percent? No. It isn’t corporations that created the problem in the first place, but rather the lax regulations on the banking and housing industry by the federal government.
But there is more to the problem than this. What happened to the old American mentality of picking oneself up by the bootstraps and working your way up from the bottom toward wealth? Apparently, that’s too much work for the occupywallst.org crowd. Instead, they would rather beg the government for more welfare and entitlement programs.
Of course, there are many among us that are always inclined to take the path of least resistance. Getting money from the government is way easier than working for it. Whatever happened to the American belief of manifest destiny; that nothing is impossible, no barrier too large, no enemy too great, no task too immense? A half a century ago, such a belief still existed.
Among the illegals—who at great personal risk cross our southern borders in search of a better life—it still exists. They beg for a piece of the American dream. But it clearly does not exist with the denizens of the filth ridden tent cities that are the home bases of the occupation movement. They are at best, the noisy voice of the lesser-Americans who expect everything and who in return are willing to give nothing.
Fortunately, there is another America. American soldiers give everything (including, all too often, their lives) and ask for nothing in return except for respect for themselves and the flag for which they fight.
So I started this article with the question “What should occupiers occupy against”? They should occupy against the poor economic and political system created by the federal government. They should occupy against Congress for behaving like third graders. Occupy to better America. Occupy for re-industrialization.
For example, Black Friday may have been one of the single largest transactions of wealth from the U.S. to its foreign manufactures, such as China.
Imagine if all the goods Americans bought on Black Friday were made in the U.S.? Good American jobs would be in abundance. Foreign companies don’t have to give up producing goods. Have them bring their industry to the U.S. Hyundai, a Korean based company, which manufactures over half of its vehicles in the U.S., keeps Americans employed and stimulates the national economy. Why can’t we impose manufacturing quotas on foreign industry?
Lastly, occupiers need to ask themselves “where is the leadership in our country?” According to history, the greatest leaders are born from the greatest crisis. Examples include Presidents George Washington, Abraham Lincoln and Franklin Roosevelt. They all possessed great intellect, an ability to effectively communicate and a plan.
Well our current president is a man of intellect, and he is an outstanding communicator, but where is his plan? Apparently, he has none.
I believe that all Americans should better themselves in order to better the nation. It is our sacred duty to protect democracy, not destroy it. Occupiers blame everyone but themselves for the poor economy. Maybe they should pick up a book in economics or history and learn something about their country before jumping on the “99 percent” bandwagon. Maybe they should work to build rather than destroy the nation that gives them the opportunity to do or become whatever they are willing to work to become.
My home is in the suburbs of Washington D.C. and during Thanksgiving break I saw the demonstrators in D.C. complaining, and on a daily basis I saw the illegals working. The paradox was not lost on me. One group was busy detesting itself and its country, and the other group was busy working and saving and building a life that was never available to them in their countries of origin. I ask you—who are the good guys here—the workers or the whiners?