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The Coming Riots – Part 1

Considering the Occupy Wall Street Protests

So I wanted to write a bit about the great minds gathering on a bridge and blocking traffic in the name of giving 20 dollars an hour as minimum wage (including to the unemployed), and for abolishing all debt in the world, then putting limits on how much any person can earn.

But honestly I’m a bit torn.

The political left got a serious face last week and recognized these unkempt thinkers as citizens with legitimate grievances. Is this true? Maybe.

As the weeks have rolled on (in the fourth, now), it becomes clear that there is no unified message or specific goal in this movement. “We will be here until things are better,” several shaggy stewards of deeper thought have claimed. There are as many different protest sign topics in the crowds as there are conga drums and lip rings, and when a row of women take off their tops and chant “WE CAN’T AFFORD A SHIRT. WE CAN’T AFFORD A SHIRT,” one begins to wonder if these gatherings just might be big frat parties for kids who you wouldn’t catch dead in a Greek house. “DON’T LOOK AT ME, LISTEN TO ME,” read one sign held high above two boobies. Uhm, could you just please shut up, I thought. I’m trying to read.

I confess that one of the signs brought a smile to my face, “The middle class is too big to fail,” it read. A crafty response to the lies we were handed during the bailouts about so many businesses being too big to fail.

Of course, the irony is, she has no clue what she is saying. While such a protester would obviously agree with me about such government bailout behavior, had a few of those ‘too big to fail’ failures been allowed to… fail.. she would have defecated herself and gone to the streets demanding that people with jobs be made to pay full employment wages and insurance to all those people who lost their jobs because of getting no bailout. Ok, actually that IS what she’s demanding right now.

So why am I a bit torn?

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