Saturday, December 3, 2011

Convenient Villains by Richard Carroll

Two Sisters From The Right  once again proudly welcome author Rich Carroll to our website.  Mr. Carroll is a keen observer of people, life, political and social situations. In this essay he has truly captured the essence of the OWS movement.  We are in complete agreement with his assessment.
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Convenient Villains

by Rich Carroll

Once upon a time in America young people were raised to believe if they worked hard, studied hard and applied themselves they would become successful in all ways. According to OWS (Occupy Wall Street) bums, those who work hard and achieve are now “America's villains.” How convenient for the lazy slobs to hang that handle on the go-getters!

Our nations great entrepreneurs who created jobs and wealth are now “villains.” One cannot help but wonder if these “OWS” people broadcast their hatred for success via their ipods and computers (both inventions of the villainous successful Steve Jobs and Bill Gates). What about the thousands of other people responsible for Apple's success, including vast numbers of investors? Can we be certain that their willingness to risk so much on a hazardous new venture would have been unaffected by the higher marginal tax rate the “Occupiers” seem to be demanding? A radically more redistributive state, resembling the one championed by the Occupy Wall Street movement would damage the entrepreneurial spirit that has, for so long, been such an exceptional American strength.

Are we becoming Europe? Recent polls show 60 per cent of Americans believe that the poor are lazy, a view shared by only 26 per cent of Europeans. In this same poll (Pew Research) 36 per cent of Americans believe that success in life is determined by forces outside our control, but a whopping 72 per cent of Germans and 57 per cent of the French take the view that outside forces determine their individual success. How sad. These polls help explain why 58 per cent of Americans but only 36 per cent of Europeans believe that freedom to pursue life's goals without state interference is more important than that the state guarantees nobody is in need.

When did we give up and want to be taken-care of instead of pursuing success via our own self motivation and drive? When did we become lazy and shiftless and envious of those who were not? All those people sitting in parks and streets holding picket-signs are our first wave of the really weak: We give up. We are too lazy to tend for ourselves. We don't really want to work if we have a government to take care of us! Socialism is good!

What message does this deliver to younger Americans with a full life ahead of them? Gripe and complain and the government will take care of you? What isolates the OWS demonstrators against the welter of modern life working Americans? Are these OWS people in a condition of psychological stand-by,? A dreaming space of oddly spiritual origin that big brother will swoop-in and take care of all their needs? Oh what horror to have their self-conscious dreaming spaces violated by some external force – LIKE WORK! Human beings pooping on police cars carries a tincture of comic absurdity. The only message they managed to deliver after all this time is: “We are too lazy to find a job and take care of ourselves.”

In a world of “survival of the fittest” the OWS people are the losers. The dropouts; the unfit, the infirm and lame through no one's fault but their own. They no longer wish to compete and have thrown themselves in front of the court of mercy, or the wolves. Let's not let these losers set a precedent. As long as the television camera desires to put these people on some kind of pedestal, point and say “this is what happens to people who don't study, do their homework, and apply themselves. If there is any good to come of this, point to OWS and remind our young “you don't want to sit-around, smoke dope and become a loser like this.”

14 Comments:

At December 3, 2011 at 7:56 PM , Blogger BoRhap77@aol.com said...

The saddest thing about OWS is the widespread support they receive from our young people. The up-and-coming generation apparently welcomes the nanny state,which might explain why they are slated to become the first generation since the inception of the USA that has NOT done better than their parents. No coincidence here. America was the land of opportunity because Americans understood that determination and hard work led to fulfillment of the American dream. Once we lose that concept, we're doomed.

 
At December 3, 2011 at 7:57 PM , Blogger BoRhap77@aol.com said...

BTW.....great article, Rich!

 
At January 27, 2012 at 6:35 AM , Anonymous BDickerson said...

While I appreciate your perspective, it seems to me that you may be missing a salient point. Complaints against Wall Street are ambiguous, to say the least, but they originated around the world wide market collapse of '07-08 and went viral when US debt was downgraded. US fiscal policy has been driven by big money for quite awhile; decades of questionable practices have brought us here. The financial industry scrapes their millions off the top while others as unwilling participants take the hit.

The market fluctuations are a minor annoyance for folks like us with resources. House, cars paid for, no significant debt, and a more than adequate income make it a minor event when the market loses 30% and prices go up a bit. My friends in Kenya, on the other hand, saw the cost of maize meal double in two years. That's their staple; it's usually all they have. Which of their children do they get to feed? The death toll around the world has been staggering, all triggered by the 'hard working folks' in the financial district. And Congress.

The impact in America has been less, but stunning nonetheless. Or hadn't you noticed? I lost perhaps a third of my fairly conservative retirement investments. Most of my 'hard working' friends lost much more.

Our young people are on to something. Greed kills. If you rake it in, it had to come out of somebody's pocket.

Democracy and capitalism are woefully inadequate tools. They're just somewhat better than the alternatives. I admire the OWS crowd for pointing in anger at the decayed spots in the national structure.

 
At January 27, 2012 at 7:13 AM , Anonymous BDickerson said...

Don't read this article; it's likely to trouble you a bit.

In a blog post from July 13, 2011, the Canadian-based Adbusters Media Foundation, best known for its advertisement-free, anti-consumerist magazine Adbusters, proposed a peaceful occupation of Wall Street to protest corporate influence on democracy, the absence of legal repercussions for those behind the recent global financial crisis, and a growing disparity in wealth.

... it "was spontaneously taken up by all the people of the world.”

Adbusters' website said that from their "one simple demand, a presidential commission to separate money from politics," they would "start setting the agenda for a new America."

 
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