If you are one who still thinks…even after all of the stories of criminal behavior and general indecency that have been revealed to us...that the Occupy movement is replete with a strong sense of nobility and coherent, righteous indignation, I have, quite literally, news for you.
Courtesy of the November 8, 2011 edition of the Boston Herald, we learn that Occupy Boston has been encouraging participants to avail themselves of services meant for the homeless. According to the article (Occupiers Poach Homeless Services), Andy Claude, who works in “logistics” for Occupy Boston, said, “It’s for anybody; they’ve opened it to anyone who is in need.” The “it” to which he is referring here is St. Francis House, a long-standing, Boston-area homeless shelter that receives its funding from private donations as well as from the state and federal governments.
This behavior, in part, clarifies what the Occupy movement is largely about: taking from others…any others…to give to oneself. The mentality is as clear and succinct as it is frightening: if you have something, and I do not have it, I am entitled to take it from you. If this movement was ever about any sort of high-minded ideals regarding corporate excess, it is that no longer, and now seems to be a simple expression of the same sorts of inclinations that characterize petulant children: to get whatever they want, whenever they want it, and if that does not happen, to throw fits…and, in some cases, extremely violent ones.
In the very, very beginning of all of this, if someone perhaps thought that the Occupy movement was going to be an intelligent, peaceful-but-still-vocal expression of populism against some of society's grossest economic inequities, I can at least sort of understand that person according a measure of sympathy to the movement; there is plenty that has taken place within corporate America in recent years that has been nothing short of disgusting, and I have been a strong supporter of those that are revolted by the excesses that seem to have profited only the richest in society while so many rank-and-file Americans have lost homes and seen their jobs shipped overseas to Third World shitholes, all in the name of bolstering shareholder value. Mind you, there is nothing wrong with shareholders making money, and, in fact, when they do, it can benefit us all, but when shareholder value becomes such a priority that it comes at the acute expense of organic American industry and jobs, then there is plenty wrong with it.
However, now that it is abundantly clear to any clear-thinking person that the Occupiers are just people who feel entitled to redistribute to themselves anything that anyone else...including a homeless person, for God's sake...has, then any person who still signs on to the "movement" can be justifiably characterized as either dumb as a box of rocks, or an outright enemy of a society that chooses to exist right-side up, and either way, the rest of us can happily do without you.
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Bob Yetman, Editor-at-Large at Christian Money.com (www.christianmoney.com), is an author of a variety of materials on personal finance and investing, as well as on topics of fitness and self defense, to include the book Investor's Passport to Hedge Fund Profits (John Wiley & Sons, Inc.) and the unarmed combat training DVD Thunderstrikes - How to Develop One Shot, One Kill Striking Power (Paladin Press).