What originally started out as a peaceful protest by a group of people that are frustrated with America’s job market and economy is turning into a movement to help promote and sell the Democrat’s socialist agenda. Early on, a number of those gathered in front of Wall Street spoke out about how the financial sector received so much government bailout monies and then gave huge bonuses to their top execs.
One protester interviewed said, “Wealthy individuals who own the giant corporations have bought off our Congress and bought off our government and the people no longer have a voice anymore.”
Another protester said, “I think the message if very obvious. I think that the wealthiest one percent has benefitted by taking advantage of working class people. They’ve been selling us faulty financial products. They’ve been taking huge bonuses while depending on society to bail them out.”
And yet another said, “Ninety-nine percent need to be prospering, not just the top one percent. Every community knows they’re hurting. What’s going on is wrong and it’s time to stop this and make a difference and do things that allow all people to prosper.”
I agree this is a travesty, and should not have been allowed. I also agree with their frustration about how the economy is going and how ineffective the federal government has become. But I am also growing concerned by what I am hearing three weeks into the movement. A growing number of protesters are blaming the top execs of all businesses as being the culprits. They want the wealthy and successful business people to fork over their wealth and distribute it to the populace.
Spreading the wealth has long been a primary platform for socialism in any nation. It penalizes the business owners and operators who have been successful in their careers by taking away the rewards of their hard work and effort and give it to those who are less successful and who don’t even try to be successful.
Socialism has two classes of people: those in control and everyone rest. If you look at most of the socialist societies in the past one hundred years you will see that the working class does not enjoy the prosperity being sought by so many of these naïve protesters.
This past weekend, Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain said, “It’s anti-American because to protest Wall Street and the bankers is basically saying that you are anti-capitalism.” Cain went on to explain that the task of businesses is to make money and if they can make more money working overseas then it’s an unfortunate reality for many Americans because businesses are concerned about their bottom line.
In response to Cain’s comment, former Democratic Senator Russ Feingold went on the Early Show to defend the socialist agenda of the Democrats when he said, “There’s nothing more un-American than a person like Mr Cain trying to intimidate people from exercising their right to protest. There’s nothing more American than peaceful protest and if people are being hurt and they can’t get a job and students go to school for five or six years and take out student loans and come out and see that they’re getting no job and no opportunity and people in Wall Street continue to get whatever they want and are not properly regulated, that’s the time to protest. This is the time to protest, it is the most American thing you can do.”
If you notice, Cain was addressing what the protesters were saying about distributing the wealth and making the wealthy give what they have to everyone else, whether they deserve it or not. That is the American free enterprise system that has been one of the mainstays of our rise to greatness. Many of the protesters are protesting free enterprise and capitalism and Cain was addressing his remarks to that, not to their right to protest.
But in typical Democratic fashion, Feingold turned what Cain said into something totally different and accused him of being un-American and wanting to gag the protesters and violate their First Amendment right to free speech. Feingold went on to condemn the current system from stripping away the collective bargaining rights of citizens in various parts of the nation and condemning businesses for taking their business overseas and not taking care of their workers here in America. He also condemned America’s wealthy for not being more passionate and caring and helping the rest of the nation.
In reality, Feingold as well as other Democrats are supporting the Occupy Wall Street movement in hopes that it will force Obama’s plan to increase the taxes on the wealthiest people to help distribute the wealth.
Some unions are also jumping on the bandwagon to support Occupy Wall Street. Yet some of the complaints being made by the protesters concerning businesses taking operations overseas, can be directly attributed to unions and their higher wages and benefits demands on employers. In a depressed economy when profit margins have dropped in many sectors, some businesses have no alternative but to either move out of the country or close their doors. Perhaps some of the Wall Street protesters should be taking their protests to union offices and headquarters around the nation instead of Wall Street?
But what if you started a small company in your garage thirty years ago and it cost you dearly to do so. You put everything you had into that company. You ate Ramen noodles, macaroni and cheese and perhaps splurged on a hotdog once a month for several years because you couldn’t afford anything else. You kept your old car running with bailing wire and duct tape and sat on an old blanket because the seats had worn through, because you couldn’t afford anything else. For several years you were on the verge of complete bankruptcy and ruin, but you sacrificed everything else possible because you believed in your dream. Then slowly your business starts to take off and grow. You’re finally able to buy a reliable car and eat real meat and veggies. Your company continues to grow until thirty hard years later you’re a millionaire and you now provide jobs for several hundred people. Then a group of individuals, such as those occupying Wall Street along with the Democrats, want you to take your hard earned money and give it away to complete strangers just because you nearly killed yourself to become successful and they didn’t. Is this the American way you want?
This is exactly what many of the protesters are demanding and this is what Democrats having been trying to do for some time now. It doesn’t matter that you worked so hard to become what you are, they are demanding that you be penalized for your success. And if they get what they’re demanding, then what is the incentive to work hard, to create a successful business if you know that all of your efforts and success goes to others and not you?