Monday, December 12, 2011

Occupy This

We have moved homeless families into empty foreclosed homes
We have spread our message by occupying the highway.

Ahhh...the morning CNN and a cup of wonderful coffee. Damn! I cant seem to get the Occupy protesters out of my mind, let alone my morning ritual. Here we go...

Occupy is a group that was founded by..... who actually knows? Basically... Occupy is a group that marches for.... hmmmm. No, I am not a stupid man. With a MA in Sociology, I can appreciate the Occupy movement as a whole, but not the method. I can appreciate the non-violent means they using, but not the criminal violations. For Occupy, I can also appreciate that 99% of them have no actual reason to march but just to march out of either a trendy appearance or out of spite. There was a man once who was very similar to this...his name was Karl Marx.

Before you stop reading because you think I have just called all Occupy protesters communist, I want to take the time to say you are right to do so; Communism really isn't a scary creature with ten legs and five arms. Communism fails on it's own.

There is no such thing as a society where people will always be nice to each other; this society lives in dream land along with the Tooth Fairy and Santa Claus. I may be grim and dark, but telling the truth has never been popular. If Communism broke out in America tomorrow and was considered by all to be the new form of government (and yes, I realize that Socialism comes first), I would give it no more than 2 years before a new dictator became the most powerful Godfather of a new mafia. This would not be the choice, of course, of many Americans, however would be the end result. You do not have to believe me, but if you have actually read a history book. With the small exclusion of China, Communism fails. But look at it this way Occupy...North Korea would be a great place to live. Kim Jong IL seems like a upright guy. Oh, let's not forget his new political structure known as the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, or DPRK for short. And yes...I know that North Korea technically is not Communist. I also know that the infamous USSR was not technically Communist either. No such true form of government exists. I use this example only to show that (A) No one ever gets to the finish line with Communism (it becomes a fierce dictatorship) and (B) Karl Marx was a rich teenager who needed something to complain about and rebel against his parents (*Cough* Occupy Movement).

I truly believe in doing something when governments go wild. Side note, this may make for good on FOX 2, when Governments go Wild. And...Im back. When governments do cause harm to their people, a rebellion is necessary and warranted. When corporations cause harm to their people...well STOP buying their products. If Coke (sorry Coke, I actually like you and this pains me to use you as an example) decides tomorrow to pay only minimum wage to all of their hard working employees, should we march on their facilities? Should we stand outside and take up space on a public street, causing hard working people to be late to their job? No....just stop buying Coke as a group. When asked why you don't buy Coke, cite the real reason; we demand you to pay your employees a livable wage. Now...Coke has 2 options presented...either (A) Pay workers a reasonable wage, or (B) go out of business. Which do you think they will choose? Capitalism is only as strong as the consumer.

So yes...Occupy...I think you are sad kids who want to rebel just to rebel. If you want to actually protest, do it in a meaningful way that will not break vagrancy laws and disrupt business for those who are actually gainfully employed. We are not at a point in America yet where laws need to be broken to win the objective. Please though Occupy, try not to wear your Hollister to a protest about how the 99% cant live. Thank you.