Marybeth Hicks

Except I’m not. An idiot, that is. I’m also not a millionaire with a lobbyist. I do have a lot of dirty work, but in the interest of good taste, I’ll leave my toilets out of this discussion.

Fortunately, the vast majority of folks who have taken the time to send emails have shared with me their dismay, not only about the substance of the occupiers’ demands and calls for collectivist (read: socialist) solutions, but equally at the essential character of the folks stubbornly overtaking parks and public spaces across the nation.

The reality is, much of what is happening in the occupier encampments isn’t pretty, but it also conveniently is being ignored by the dominant liberal media.

Occupiers and tea partyers alike agree that greed and corruption may have become the defining features of our public institutions. On this the nation seems to be undivided.

But make no mistake; The people occupying drum circles from coast to coast aren’t “creating consensus” around their vision of America. Overwhelmingly, I’m hearing from folks who wish they could lead the human megaphone with the words, “Quit whining and clean up after yourselves.”

Yes, there are protesters who played by the rules but were burned by the system. But for every occupier who has lost a house or a job or carries a student loan balance, there are tens of thousands more who can’t spare the time to shake their fists at Wall Street.

They’re too busy starting over, making ends meet, fulfilling their obligations and serving their communities.

Marybeth Hicks

Marybeth Hicks is the author of Don't Let the Kids Drink the Kool-Aid: Confronting the Left's Assault on Our Families, Faith, and Freedom (Regnery Publishers, 2011).