Terry Paulson

"Climate Change Is Not in Our National Interest"... The "occupiers" love lecturing Americans on their environmental crimes but show little respect for the environments they occupy and march through. They fight global warming while trashing parks and local business establishments. "Occupiers" must never have been taught to clean up their own messes and to better the environment where they are!

"If Jesus comes back, kill him again!"... This sign doesn't speak for many demonstrators or citizens, but points out a danger. We've taken God out of the schools and the Nativities out of our public squares, and we wonder why believing in God has given way to believing in government. The "progressive" believers want forced "economic justice" that steals from the few to fuel the envy of the masses while trashing equal Constitutional justice. A humble appreciation for charity and community support has given way to arrogant demands for more tax-funded entitlements. Our spoiled children have become spoiled adults.

"Debt Is Slavery"... These "occupiers" funded a standard of living they couldn't afford on debt and now want bankers and politicians to erase the consequences for their irresponsible choices. Thankfully, my depression-hardened father would've said: "If you don't want the debt, don't take the loan. Work your butt off, save every dime, and buy what you want when you can afford it!" Responsible citizens blame the borrower not the banker.

Unfortunately, our "spread the wealth" president's own words have helped fuel the rage at the "rich." But when has taking down the rich ever helped the poor? Has communism worked? Has Europe's socialism worked? Class envy may provide a target for their anger, but redistribution has always ended poorly...spreading poverty instead of opportunity.

"Occupiers" have the right to exercise their freedom of speech, but their irresponsible behavior and incoherent demands are awakening the "true" majority of average Americans who recoil from their messages and actions. There's one of their signs that might come close to being embraced by the 99% of Americans they claim to speak for--"Hope Takes Work!"

Finally, a truth worthy of support. No fairy godmother will just grant you a job. You must find one and earn the right to keep it. As my parents said, "The world doesn't owe you a living." Here's my sign for the "occupiers:" "Clean up after yourself. Invest your demonstration time into making something of yourself and helping others in your community do the same. Forget occupying Wall Street; try occupying a job or starting a business of your own. Someday, Wall Street might just invest in you."

Terry Paulson

Terry Paulson, PhD is a psychologist, award-winning professional speaker, author of The Optimism Advantage: 50 Simple Truths to Transform Your Attitudes and Actions into Results, and long-time columnist for the Ventura County Star.

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