I still largely intend on keeping my mostly-radio-silence regarding the complete and utter disaster that is known as "Occupy Wall Street" or "Occupy [Insert Location]" (And, really, what have they accomplished in the past few months? Is it any wonder they cannot get or keep a job?), but that does not mean that other people are not penning outstanding articles on the same.
To begin with, you need to read this whole article written by the inimitable Larry Correia:
I’ve been told repeatedly by people on Facebook that I am wrong to insult OWS because they have some “good points” and how the Tea Party should totally work with them, because we want “the same thing.”
No. We. Don’t. We can agree that cronyism is bad, but the proposed solutions are completely divergent. The Tea Party wants smaller government. OWS wants (as far as anyone can tell because they still don’t have a coherent message) a government that can do absolutely everything for them. Leave me alone vs. Fix all my bad choices for me. We pay too much in taxes vs. Eat the rich and give me their stuff. Freedom vs. Fairness. These ideals are opposite ends of the spectrum. There is no middle ground here.
The title alone should tell you how it is going to go.
… along with this post:
The first and most principled issue is that while I agree that there is a problem, I have a strong disagreement with the proposed solution coming out of those involved in occupy. Their solution to the corruption is more government power and expansion. Completely disregarding the fact that large government provided the power to create this problem in the first place, much less grow it to its current size. Give the more power to the government to regulate industry, never mind that government interference in the market is what allowed the bailouts.
So between that and the type of behavior I see out of occupy, it limits the support I’m willing to give. Instead of fellow protesters acting to remove or turn in those committing crimes, they are acting to shield them from the police. This makes them as guilty as the criminals. See aiding and abetting.
… which introduced me to this graphic by the Greater Boston Tea Party:
And, finally, there is this all-too-poignant image, found at Nobody Asked Me, original source unknown:
With things like that floating around the cortex, what else needs to be said?