Well, I stand corrected.
No sooner had my last column hit TH than I saw that some of the Occupiers were in fact moving to occupy Aspen, Colorado, a place, as Steve Martin reminds us, where rich kids with a sense of entitlement clash with developers with a sense of condominiums.
I wonder: Do the good people in Aspen wonder if this is what they voted for in 2008?
As I understand it, the Soviet OSW occupiers are moving to smaller towns across the United States.
Apparently the effort is on to spread the revolution with self-appointed committees formed in soviets issuing demands.
Don’t worry. I am sure it is coming to your town soon, if it has not arrived already.
It’s been interesting to note that these members of the never-tolerant left have called Tea Partiers all manner of vile names, proving that even if the Tea Party and OWS could have some common ground, the OWS crowd is so mired in its propaganda it cannot even engage in a civil conversation
I’ve heard many of the apologists for OWS romanticize the movement and canonize them as new Founding Fathers. But as I write this I am listening to a recording on the Tom Sullivan show which alleges that SEIU has been setting up the whole OWS movement in order to transfer the money to where SEIU needs it to be.
If the audio is legit, then these new Founding Fathers are indeed working for The Man.
I’d almost feel sorry for them if it were not for one nagging question: Where are they going to draw the line of hate? When they are done venting their ire on the millionaires and billionaires? On whom will they turn their guns next?
Let us not forget that these people have been asking for free food, free sleeping bags and free whatever-they-want. And these are the same people who have been using the bathrooms of nearby businesses, some of whom are sympathetic, but many others want no part of this demonstration.
And therein hints the note of caution.
Clearly, these people are interested in more than whatever nebulous cause they are supporting at the moment. They feel entitled to whatever it is someone else has.
Victor Davis Hanson has raised an interesting point. The flash mobs that were making the news before OWS sprang up were not stealing canned food, or warm clothes for the winter or even copies of Das Kapital. They were stealing luxury items. Under the banner of economic justice, the OWS crowd is really saying “Give us that which is yours.”
OWS is the logical result of years of the entitlement mentality. Granted this movement has been Astroturfed, but it was Astroturfed by people who saw a willing mob to go forth to do its will.
As OWS spreads across the United States to other places, including the smaller hamlets small business owners should ask a question. You job creators, you economy stimulators, you who spend money in your own towns ask yourselves: How long until OWS shows up at your door? How long until the local Soviet tells you that you must give up that which for which you have worked?
It’s one thing when the millionaires and billionaires are getting theirs- but can anyone honestly believe that this movement is going to stop with them? All politics after all are local.
And does anyone truly think that the small businessman or businesswoman is not going to wake up one day and find demands that they give all their employees raises that they cannot afford, hire whoever they are and pay more taxes despite whatever investments in the community that they may have already made. Now that the ball has been rolling we could see a veritable witch hunt as to which company, and which person constitutes the one percent of haves in our society.
The day may come when the folks who are not too big to fail but thought they were too small to matter may well find themselves on the business end of this movement.
And so too, eventually, will the organizers themselves.