The Deterioration of Occupy Wall Street

Occupy Wall Street has officially degenerated. What began as a well-organized and admirable protest against the injustices of the Wall Street executives–only exacerbated by the fact that none of them have been charged, or even indicted for their clear crimes–as well as the fact that the lobbyists with the most money have congressmen and women in their pocket, has now devolved into the latest hipster trend. It is no longer a progressive movement, but a stalemate. Drug use has run rampant in Zuccotti Park and in other gatherings worldwide. Occupy Wall Street recently organized worldwide protests against wealth, some of which turned violent. The protests have no official cause, causing any displeasure to be a reason to join, and come do drugs with the rest of the motley crew. Where I was once a very vocal supporter of the protest, I now cannot endorse a movement which has become an excuse for college kids to party and be a useless pain in the American rear end; not the kind that causes change, but the kind you hide, and deny, and eventually remove. The parks are being destroyed; the very environment so many of them claim to canonize is being neglected and depleted. If they do not like the fact that that tax payers had to bail out banks, consider this: tax payers will also have to pay to restore the scenic beauty, landscaping, and botanic value of the parks they are ransacking in the name of equality. These kids are not protesting for something better, they are protesting for lack of something better to do.

The most common reason for the protest is the income disparity in the United States. If this is the case, why don’t the rich kids and celebrities hanging outwith them start writing checks in the name of justice and equality? Come on Kanye, where is my money?

Rapper Kanye West is happy to join the trendy movement, but not to create equality.

Protesting the fact that the wealthy have money is like protesting the fact that professional athletes have fame. Anyone in this country who develops their trade to a point where a firm, or private consumers feel they are valuable to the price tag of six plus figures a year can and should be paid that much. I understand it is harder to get a job now, even for kids holding shiny new college degrees, and I sympathize for that. When I graduate in the next few years I will most likely be in the same predicament, but that does not make the system a failure. For that we can blame the big banks’ armed robbery of the American economy, and we ought to protest that. We ought to hold signs, march, and scream at the top of our lungs until every last one of those thieves are put behind bars, but we should not be complaining that people in America can get rich. I find it hard to believe that more than a microscopic fraction of these protesters would complain if they were in the 1%. They are not protesting injustice–because there is none: injustice would be a law which makes it impossible for poor people to climb up the social ladder. That will never happen. Anyone can, though it may be significantly more difficult now, earn more money than they are currently earning if they develop a product or skill with significant worth to others. Again, the fact that this has now become more difficult is the fault of Wall Street, but it was their policies, not their money which caused our predicament. For that we need to protest. Instead, they are protesting true equality. A system which favors none, and gives all the chance to be wealthy is true equality; if the rich were forced to have profit sharing with the impoverished that would clearly be a system which favored the poor, and therefore a system which lacks inequality. Occupy Wall Street has become a striking similarity of two feuding children, one crying because the other “got more than me!” “If they have the new toy I should to!” if the protest is to continue it needs to grow up. We do not need a nation full of overgrown petulant children demanding that for every 90 inch TV a millionaire buys; they must also buy one for a family in poverty. Having everyone in the country dependent on the government to ensure we all have the same toys is not a viable system; that is called socialism, how is that working out for Europe right now?

Moreover, we have protester screaming obscenities to the very country which guarantees them the right to protest. In many other nations these people would have been beaten, imprisoned, or killed: All of them. They are screaming obscenities about the very country which gives them the opportunity to make themselves rich. Other countries around the world would take every penny they have, and starve them in order to keep them suppressed. They are screaming obscenities at the very sovereignty that grants them the freedom–and fights to protect it–to organize and have a voice against injustices. They are screaming obscenities against the government which promises them the right to scream obscenities; think about what that means. F*** the dysfunctional arrogant partisan congress is an understandable slander, F*** the good for nothing banks is a perfectly legitimate cry also, but screaming that about the greatest nation in the world goes far beyond crossing the line. The United States has committed no injustice against these protesters, if you do not like freedom and equality–true equality, where the law guarantees all an equal chance– then take your excuse for a band, and get the obscenity out of our country; go enjoy the socialist European economies swaying in the market wind, and the lower standard of living that comes with them.


The market collapsed, we cannot get that back by protesting. We have to move on; we cannot let the sunken market affect our decisions now. This is where we rebuild, where we band together and profit from one another. Yes, the rich do need to pay a little more taxes: protest that, but do not give me your sop story about how life is so hard living in America and not being rich. A $20,000 American salary is what most kings make every year. A two bed room apartment is a palace to most human beings. If you truly want equality, ship your TV and Xbox to Bolivia and set the example of altruism and generosity for the rich. This protest is no longer noble or altruistic, those lining the streets screaming for income “equality” (wherein the rich just give money to the poor) are every bit as selfish as the rich people are themselves; everyone having the same is not nearly as important to them as it is that they get more for themselves. That hypocrisy is the devolution of Occupy Wall Street. Take your hipster knit hats and witty signs and go do drugs somewhere else. You have worn out your welcome, and your legitimacy; which is entirely the reason your protest will not achieve any of the needed change in America. Your hypocrisy and degeneration is every the hypocrisy and degeneration of congress; you have become the very thing you despise. It is time you liberate Wall Street.

19 Oct, 2011   –Matt Young


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I am studying to achieve a double major in political science and journalism from the University of Kentucky. I am married to a wonderful woman named Sierra. I am starting this blog because I feel the political climate in Washington is carving deep canyons for our children to climb out of. Our representatives, on both sides of the isle, do not represent us, they represent the lobbyists.This blog is not to give answers, but to make people think. I believe the more we think about our ideas the better they will become; as opposed to becoming more and more intrenched in far left or right wing brainwash, where it seems nobody thinks anymore. I hope y'all enjoy.

Posted on October 20, 2011, in Occupy Wall Street, Patriotslog Articles and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. In Salt Lake City, protesters claim that “police are targeting and harassing homeless people in Pioneer Park.” So the protesters are creating problems for the homeless.
    On a positive note, however, maybe they are doing some good.
    “Pioneer Park has long been a place where drug use and dealing have occurred. But some protesters think that drugs in the park have actually decreased. With all the people around, it is harder for drug dealers to operate.
    “To be honest, I think yeah, we’re actually hurting them. We’re kind of ruining their business,” said one protester.
    “Of course, no one is going to tell me that (they are a drug dealer). But I hear they’re mad. I hear that we’re ruining their business. That they have to move to another park.”
    Also, the protesters have been vacating the area, so the farmers market could come in on Saturdays.
    For complete story, see

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