Friday, November 18, 2011

A Friday Rant

I had vowed to myself that I wasn't going to post anything about the Occupy Wall Street protesters, I am sorry but enough is enough. In the early days of the protest, I was all for them, but now I don't see them as accomplishing anything, and lately, it seems as if most don't even know what they are protesting anymore. At this point, they have turned into a mob, and a  me, me, me, attitude.  The 1 % that they are supposedly protesting against are getting a good laugh out of them.  It's us,  the REAL  99 %,  those of us who work for a living who are being hurt.  In fact, many of the 99 % they are supposed to be fighting for are  becoming what one would call collateral damage. 

Small businesses in the Wall Street area are hurting and are being forced to lay their workers off.  For example, not too long ago, 21 restaurant workers lost their jobs  because  the disruptions caused by the Occupy Wall Street protesters was making it difficult for patrons to get to the restaurant.  And, yesterday they decided it was in 'everyone's' best interest to literally shut the city down.  Who made them judge and jury?  Who gave them permission to speak for me?  I'd like an answer to that one.  What gives them the right to hold up trains or to try to stop people from going or coming home from work?

As time goes on, whatever support these idiots had is dwindling away.  No longer a group of protesters speaking for the good of man, they've now become a mob force infringing on the rights of the very people they say they are fighting for.  The very fact that they threatened to hold up the trains was proof to me.  The 1% they say they are rallying against don't ride public transportation; it's us, the working man/woman who does.  There was an article this morning about a man who put in his day's work and was trying to get to the babysitters to pick up his children, but 'they' were holding the doors.  When he yelled out and asked who was going to pay the babysitter for his lateness, one of the morons responded, "He's so misguided.  We're doing this for him."  What a laugh!!!  

You are doing this for 'you', to make yourself feel important.  You are doing this to gain notoriety for yourself.  Please don't insult me by saying you are doing this for me.  I went to school, too, and I worked in a bar, flung burgers, and handed out fliers to make do until I got the job I wanted. What have you done?  Have you ever worked a day in your life?  Yes, I know, there are workers out there protesting with them, but the original 99 % are a bunch of college educated morons who want everything handed to them.  The funniest thing I heard was about those who had a job, quit the job, and now are out there picketing because they don't have a job.  Go, figure!!!!  Perhaps we should thank them for giving up jobs so somebody who REALLY wants to work can find one. Heck, it's not even Wall Street they should be picketing.  It's the politicians.  They can't even get that straight. 

The morning I got up for work and saw on the news that they had been chased from the park, and it was being cleaned up, I breathed a sigh of relief.  With flu season arriving, and who knows what else, that park was a health crisis waiting to happen.   I was a child of the 50's, and in the 60's, I, too, fought for rights, but not in this way.  We marched and picketed, yes, but we never hurt the ones we were supposed to be fighting for.

I agree that there is a huge gap between the rich and the poor, and it breaks my heart to see the homeless living out there on the streets.  I agree that something has to be done, but, how is stopping people from going to work to earn a living going to help anything?   It has to start at the top.   We all have to get out there and vote, speak up to our politicians.  Closing off Wall Street is going to accomplish nothing, absolutely NOTHING, because the rich made it to work yesterday, didn't they?

It hasn't really affected me yet, but I know in the long run it will.  Someone is going to have to pay for all this overtime paid to the police, and who do you think that will be?  Your average Joe, your working person.  It will hit us in higher taxes.  Enough is enough. 

After two months of this, I've had enough.  It's getting old to say the least...

Thanks for letting me share.   I know some of you may disagree with what I said, but controversy is allowed.  If we all agreed with each other, where would we be?


  1. I totally agree. We were just talking about this and because my husband and I are from a generation that remembers protests we know this is a different kind. I'm sure there are some sincere people out there, but really - shutting down the city is not what we need right's only going to hurt the people who are already struggling.

    It's true - protesting is not illegal, but to camp out in public parks (that are maintained through tax dollars) and disrupting traffic and public transit is against the law. How can the police drive the homeless out of the parks and then let the protesters camp out there?

    I think these people need responsible organizers. They have to understand that lawful protests are just as effective, more so as abiding by the laws adds credibility to the cause - otherwise this whole movement is doomed and all the hard work others have done to create change will have been for nothing.

  2. I agree with you, especially because now there have been several crimes, including four rapes in particular in NY that have been reported then the whole thing will be associated with criminals and malcontents, and nothing good will come of it.

  3. There has been a lot of violence, too during these so-called protests. These protest do not represent me or my family at all. I believe they are doing nothing more than making a mockery of themselves and any "issues" they may be calling attention to.

  4. Well written. You already know how I feel: although I supported it initially, it soon devolved into such a mishmash of causes and negativity that it has lost credibility and focus.

  5. Well said everyone. This is getting way out of hand. I hope they wake up real soon and see who they are really hurting. I'm afraid that time won't come soon enough. Like you said, they are just in it for themselves now. it's like a game and bragging rights to them.

    Blessings, V.

  6. I AGREE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    At their age, we didn't whine because some one else was rich. We got down to work and worked. And we lived by "pay as you go or don't go."

    They are a sniveling bunch of cry-babies and "Gimmmmmmmmme, gimmmmme, gimmmmme" people. Interrupting working people's commute, etc. How dare they?!?

    Guess what, all those who want to *equalize* everything... Yes, all you who dream of so doing... The world is not fair, and it never has been, and never will be. Stop whimpering. Stop shoving Socialism down our throats.

    Please and thank you.


  7. Yes, I definitely think that these people have got the wrong end of the stick, so to speak.

  8. Bravo! I so agree!
    Blissful tidings my dear..and congrats on the new apartment! Wishing you many a happy & blissful moment in your new home! xo

  9. Maybe they should camp out in front of their representatives houses instead - maybe we all should. This would likely get more of them arrested, but I think it would make the point more apparent.