Occupy Wall Street (or Wherever)
Over the past few weeks, this entire occupy movement has been a made a complete mockery of Freedom of Speech (See video below)
It is painfully clear that the vast majority of people in the Occupy movement have no real focus as to what they are there for, what they hope to achieve, or how their presence is going to change anything. People are mad, I get that. I’m mad too. I’m mad that there are people who aren’t willing to work to earn things, complaining that other people can afford stuff. Sure, some people get dealt a better hand in life; but you know what? I don’t care, they don’t affect me. Would it be nice to have a nearly unlimited pile of money or to have everything I want? Sure, but you know what. Basic economics tells us that humans have a limited number of NEEDS and an unlimited number of WANTS. Therefore, since wants are unlimited there is truly no solution. You can be rich, you can have things handed to you, and you will always want more. Where do we draw a line? Simple, you get what you earn.
“We are the 99%” — you are absolutely right, you’re the 99% of America that can vote, make purchases and effect change in better ways than standing around looking like idiots. You’re mad about rich people? Guess what, rich people pay a far higher rate of taxes than you or I pay. Most people who are “Rich” that I know of, that earn around $80,000 a year pay around 35% of that money to taxes! How much do you pay? Check your pay stub some time? Guess what else, when income tax time rolls around they PAY MORE, while the rest of us get free money. YOU ALL READY GET MONEY FROM THE RICH PEOPLE EVERY YEAR WHEN YOU DO YOUR TAX RETURN!
If you want to protest corporations for having an influence on American policies, right on brothers and sisters I am with you now. Okay, so let’s all cancel our cell phone services, turn off our internet, smash our laptops, stop playing video games, make our own clothes and grow our own food. Sound good? No? Then shut up. It is infinitely easy to complain, and whine when you do not sacrifice anything. How much can we devalue ourselves? Do you have any idea how much you are worth to a corporation? Look at advertising. They spend millions to entice you to purchase their products. And you know what, you do it! You go out and buy MacBooks, you buy Coke or Pepsi, you eat at McDonalds, you smoke, you drink. You buy the big name brands, Sony, Apple, Samsung and you shop at places like Walmart. If you stopped doing these things tomorrow, if all of us stopped. Change could happen. Will we do it? Probably not. Let’s all kindly shut the hell up now and go on living. If you want to make changes, do it. I’m all for it. Make changes with your wallets and convince your friends to give up their iPhones too, they probably won’t do it but give it a shot. Vote. Don’t vote for republicans or democrats because they could give two shits about you. Vote for the honest third party guy that stands no chance because he has no big financial backing (Ron Paul anyone?) Lastly, stop asking the government to give you stuff. If you want health care, get a job. If you want money, work for it. If you want anything at all, work for it. This country was built on working. Nothing has changed in over 200 years, aside from a few stupid people with Twitter and YouTube accounts bitching about the “Haves and the have nots”.
Ps.) When the police ask you to leave because you’re all a bunch of filthy bastards living in your own filth and in danger to yourselves, they need to get the place cleaned but you can come back later. GET THE FUCK OUT! Don’t start shit and say the police are beating you. The NYPD are honorable men and women and don’t need your shit.
PPS.) Take a moment to think over these questions.
Do you purchase books from your local book store, or do you go to Amazon.com? — You probably just supported the corporation, didn’t you?
Do you purchase your electronics from local electronics stores or did you go to Best Buy/Fry’s/Newegg/Etc? You probably just supported the corporations again… not looking good.
Did you even know there are small local cell phone providers out there that are not AT&T, Verizon, Sprint or T-Mobile?
Do you buy anything at Walmart/Target as opposed to a local grocery store/farm market/etc?
Look people, sure corporations do indeed affect politics, no doubt there. If there’s an endangered amoeba in an area Walmart wants to build a Super Center, kiss your one celled ass goodbye. On the contrary, if you’re looking for a job that will give you insurance… maybe that Walmart isn’t so bad. Oh, did you know they give MILLIONS of dollars a year to charity? This is true for almost any big corporation. There are pros and cons to every choice you make. You need to decide as consumers and Americans what is really important to you. Do you want to support local business and perhaps be inconvenienced or pay slightly higher costs? Do you realize that most local businesses can only employ a handful of people, whereas super corporations employ HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS of people. Think about it. Don’t just run with a crowd because your friends think its cool, your idioditic idealistic academic leaders told you that Karl Marx was actually full of great ideas. If you want to see what communism and socialism are like, then you are more than free to move to China. I guarantee you won’t like what you find there. Do you really want your neighbors who work half as hard as you to get the same stuff you have? Next time you get your pay check, go donate half of it to a homeless man. He has less than you do, so it is only fair by the Occupy Wall Street logic which so many people blindly support. There are some good ideas in Occupy Wall Street, but you need to put your time in and actually think about it. As I said, there are an infinite number of choices. We are where we are today because THE MAJORITY made choices that let corporations get to where they are at. I personally have no problem with it, and am happy to purchase an iPhone, or drink a Coke once in a while. There are so many bigger problems in this nation that are being over shadowed by this stupid “Movement”. There are two wars going on that are depleting our money and young American lives. There are people who are crying out for free healthcare, but are not willing to help themselves. The government of the United States was not designed to give you anything but the ability to carry out your lives in the pursuit of happiness in a nation that protects your basic freedoms. No where were you promised unemployment pay, or free health care. THERE ARE NO FREE LUNCHES.