I love protests. Peaceful rallies and gatherings of people with a cause fill me with joy. Even if I disagree with what you’re saying I love the fact that we live in a country where you are afforded the ability to voice your opinions to the masses. With this being said I’m pretty torn regarding my views of the Occupy Wallstreet movement.
Not torn over what I really think of it, but torn about how my love of protests are being slightly hurt due to a bunch of people who don’t really know what they are protesting. Sure, you could say that it’s essentially a referendum on corporate greed. I get that. There has always been a discussion on the merits of greed. On one hand you can say that greed destroys people and ruins lives. On the other, the argument can be made that without greed nothing gets done. The world would be in a constant state of static. It’s human nature to want. So if a corporation wants to increase profits, can you really blame them?
But I’m not here to talk about why they are protesting because, as I said before, I’m not really sure what they are protesting. What I do want to talk about is how many of the people protesting are incredibly hypocritical. Case and point.
You have a group of young Americans who have taken to the streets because of their inability to find a job. Being fueled by the feelings of anger over not having a job after spending four years of their lives to get a liberal arts degree from an overpriced university seems justified. I’d be angry too. And to be honest, I feel that college is one of the biggest scams in America (which is what you say when you’re 23 and you don’t have a degree and make less money because you lack a slip of paper). So I get why they’re pissed off. But while they are blaming corporate America for their strife they are all slaves to the very capitalist society they want to destroy. How many of these true belivers are sleeping in the park wearing clothing from large companies? How many of them have gone to Walmart or Target to purchase their graphic tees and converse? What about the people on their iPhones while barking about the “evil” practices of global companies such as Apple? Or the girls walking the streets wearing cosmetic products from companies such as Cover Girl and Loreal? Or bras and thongs from Victoria’s Secret (this excludes the nude female protestors of course)?
If you really believe that corporations are souless and evil than feel free to voice your displeasure over them. But don’t show up at the party while wearing the mark of the beast. You just look foolish. It happened in the 60’s and it will happen again here. And that’s just how things work. Winter will come and it’ll be a little harder to muster up anger when you’re freezing in a park. It’s at the point where you look to your right and see a homeless person who is rifiling through the trash to find something to sustatin his life where you have to feel pretty bad about yourself. At least you get to gohome after you’ve had your fill of the drugs, sex, and yelling. That guy, if he’s lucky, gets to go to a shelter assuming that they have occupancy available. God life is tough sometimes, but, you know, the homeless guy did drugs and probably suffers from mental problems so it’s not the same as what we’re doing. Though, I’m sure that homeless person had a plan and something happened and the planned got messed up. And things changed and making blunders with money caught up to him. And that sucks so much more than being a kid fresh out of college not being able to find a job but who can still go home and get a home cooked meal with a roof over their head.
And lastly, God, these punks just took Wendys Whats your 99 and made them look like jerks. I apologize to the fine people at Wendys for all these rebel rousers. Give it time. They have to go home sometime.