In the past few days, the Occupy Wall Street Protests have started to get violent and ugly, especially in Oakland. It appears that President Obama has finally gotten the class warfare that he wanted so bad and that he desperately so needs for his re-election. For the first time in my almost 50 years on this planet, I have begun to think that a large majority of this country wants to attack the wealthy. Have we become the France of the late 18th Century or the Russia of 1917? Have we become the class society that we have always avoided thus far?
As you all know, I am a Republican. As such, I believe in Free Enterprise and the power of the individual. I do not believe in the State. In lots of ways, I feel the same as Herman Cain. Your successes and failures in your life are based upon your own accomplishments or faults. You should not blame the government or anyone else if you have not been able to succeed. Now, I am far from rich and based upon current United States statistics, I am middle class. I have worked my way from an Italian Blue Collar immigrant family, to a white-collar position. I am able to support myself and am able to have a certain amount of discretionary income. However, I do not blame or envy the rich for what they have. I strive for what they have because that is the American spirit. I know that with a little luck and hard work, I may be able to achieve what they have as well.
President Obama is trying to take this American Spirit and drive for success away and is actively trying to turn us into a nanny state. In fact, if I didn’t know better, I would say what he really wants is central planning, and we all know how successful that was in Soviet Russia. He will not be satisfied until everyone in this country is dependent on the government either directly for their jobs or indirectly through unemployment extensions, welfare and the two biggies; social security and medicare; the very things that are bankrupting us as we speak.
Occupy Wall Street started a few months ago and initially sounded very much like the Tea Party. They were upset about the bailouts and the power of big business over the government. Now, they have become a mob bent on attacking the wealth in America. Please review our article, “Chase CEO Dimon Targeted by The Mob.” Essentially that means they are attacking the American Dream. The want to take all of the entrepreneurial spirit away from us. Without that, what are we? We are, at best, Western Europe and at worst, Eastern Europe before the collapse of the Berlin Wall. If you destroy the incentive to achieve from human beings, you are left with empty food shelves and a subsistence lifestyle. But, everyone will be equally poor.
Is that what American Exceptionalism has come to? Is that what the whiners and protesters in Occupy Wall Street want? They want forgiveness of mortgage debt. The want forgiveness of student loans. They want medical insurance for everyone. The list goes on and on (assuming that they even know what they want as there is still no coherent manifesto from the protesters). I only have one question to ask these people: Who is going to pay for this all? Where is the money going to come from? Are you going to tax the rich until they are no longer rich? Are you going to eliminate the wealthy and make everyone the same? Then, we will have nothing! Our country will be gone. Because as Margaret Thatcher has been oftly quoted, “The only thing wrong with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people’s money.”
The country has some serious problems right now. We all agree on that. There are no easy solutions. In fact, things may have to get worse before they get better. But, by attacking the rich and taking the incentive to succeed away from us, we are guaranteeing things will never get better. In fact, things will just continue to get worse until American Exceptionalism becomes a thing of the past and this great experiment in democracy and freedom has failed.
So, do not attack or blame the rich. Strive for what they have. Do what is necessary yourself to achieve you goals. The government will never be able to do it for you.