Tuesday, October 25, 2011

How Bad is It, When a Mass Movement Won't Even Take You?

This blog should be a "wrap" on this subject, and contrary to what the headline suggests, it's pretty positive. (I had to use the headline because it's funny.) I am happy report: I'm getting over it! Mostly. I am beginning to realize the joke was on me, and — believe it or not — it’s so rich that even I may LMAO about it.

Why didn’t the Occupy Wall Street organizers just say they “never trust anyone over 30” in the first place?

Now, don’t get me wrong, it was the height of rudeness to suggest this movement is open to “the 99 percent” when it’s not, yet. Somebody should teach those whippersnappers better manners than to start publicly announced meetings an hour late. Maybe those wacky kids could run meetings that respect that their elders only have half their lives left. If you say you’re going to march, then march; don’t set up a mike and ask people to sit around with their signs for two hours. An apology would be nice, if people travel a long way and use up a lot of gas but then are turned away … 

(If you’re not at least chuckling a little at my expense about here, I need to work on my comedy skills.)

A brilliant friend of mine commented on an earlier post: "I wonder if they used flow charts in Tiananmen Square." (Pity the poor fellow who found his name in the rectangle at the end, under the title "Stands In Front Of Tank.")

But in a way, you have really got to admire these American youngins' chutzpah. As of this writing, I no longer think their “bad behavior” spells the end of the movement, because their only job is to start it. It may well develop a life of its own, independently of all this nonsense. And the flow charts will be blowin’ in the wind then, and I’ll be there.


  1. Hard to expect that "It may well develop a life of its own..." after a short duration. We can hope the economically disenfranchised pay heed to the potential for change.

    The "over 30" issue is played out quite well in the dystopian future of "Logan's Run." Though not an anthem for the youth, at the time if its release, it did underscore much of the attributed distrust then extant.

  2. All I can say is good for them and you. You have to admire idealism, even if it IS misguided in a certain way. The point is, those people (and you, presumably) are saying that it's NOT OK that they are contributing nothing to society except sucking its blood. They should care that hundreds of thousands are unemployed or struggling largely at their expense. I admire them for taking a stand.

  3. Instead of "at their expense," I meant or should have said that hundreds of thousands are unemployed or struggling largely because of them. Turn it around. When businesses AREN'T struggling but just the little guy is, their attitude seems to be "What. Me worry?" They're the first ones to hightail it for the hills to protect their precious dollar.

  4. Apologies for taking so long to get here you two ...

    I often wonder why it is that the 1% isn't worried about the end of the middle class, which would ultimately spell the end of the 1%. And why is it that they are not worried about tapping out every last resource? Also the end, for them, too.

    I tend to forget about their bunkers in uncharted islands, etc. Although, Dubai isn't working out so well.

  5. No probs. People have real lives to live. You're just doing that. Remember The Ant and the Elephant. The ants are in the thousands. The elephant is just the one. But still, it is the ants who perish with every move the elephant makes, witting or unwitting.