Yesterday, protesters dressed up as zombies to protest supposed police brutality. Over the weekend, 700 protesters were arrested on the Brooklyn Bridge after the group tried to shut down traffic. Police had no choice but to arrest the protesters, who were trying to impede traffic on a major thoroughfare.
The protesters are quite upset at any authority figures, such as the police, Wall Street, corporations or the government. According to one of the protest organizers William Stack, “The real criminals are in the boardrooms and executive offices on Wall Street, not the people marching for jobs, health care, and a moratorium on foreclosures."
Stack is not alone in his rage at financial institutions, but there seems to be a basic misunderstanding of how our economy works. Americans who work on Wall Street and invest in the stock market pay for the services that Stark and his colleagues enjoy. Someone has to pay the bills for police and fire protection, sanitation and other government services, such as unemployment benefits.
Most of the protesters seem to be unemployed and clueless. They rail against capitalism, yet don’t understand the dangers of the alternatives, such as socialism and communism. In a communist system, there is no freedom of speech or labor unions. Such a Wall Street protest would be outlawed and anyone trying to demonstrate would be arrested and sent to a “reeducation camp.”
It is ironic that one of the chief cheerleaders for the Wall Street protest is former Obama administration “Green Jobs Czar,” Van Jones, the self proclaimed communist. Jones views the Wall Street demonstration as a left wing version of the Tea Party.
Yet, there are major differences. Most Tea Party activists are hard working Americans who have to go back to their job once their rally is over. These Wall Street protesters obviously are unemployed, so they can camp out all day for weeks at a time at Zucotti Park.
While the Tea Party wants this country to return to the U.S. Constitution and unleash the capitalist system, the Wall Street demonstrators are opposed to our constitutional principles and want to demolish capitalism. In fact, one of their heroes, documentary filmmaker Michael Moore, addressed the protesters the other day. He pumped up the crowd by bashing his favorite villain, capitalism. Moore, who has become wealthy because of the capitalist system, displayed his ignorance and blatant hypocrisy by proclaiming that he “totally rejects the system.”
Moore is not the only celebrity to embrace this movement. Hollywood stars such Susan Sarandon and Alec Baldwin has expressed their support for the anti-capitalist throng. These liberals profit off of capitalism yet reject the system as unfair. Ironically, if America had any economic system other than capitalism, no one would know any of these Hollywood stars, because there would not be a movie industry.
These protests are indicative of what is wrong with our country. Too many people expect the government to solve everything and too few people have a good old fashioned American work ethic.
As these protests expand across the country, the movement will find plenty of support in cities where there is a high unemployment rate and young people with nothing to do.
The sad truth is that the solution to our economic problems does not lie in demolishing our capitalist system, but in unleashing it from the shackles of government regulation, red tape and interference.
These unwashed youngsters believe that more government control is somehow the answer to our ills. Too bad they don’t have any historical perspective and don’t realize the horrors of the alternative, communism. The real zombies are not the corporate executives, but the communists who want to destroy the very system that made America a great country.
Our capitalist system, for all of its flaws, is one of the bulwarks against total government control. It should be celebrated and cherished, not demonized.
Jeff Crouere is a native of New Orleans, LA and he is the host of a Louisiana based program, “Ringside Politics,” which airs at 7:30 p.m. Fri. and 10:00 p.m. Sun. on WLAE-TV 32, a PBS station, and 7 till 11 a.m.weekdays on WGSO 990 AM in New Orleans and the Northshore. For more information, visit his web site at www.ringsidepolitics.com. E-mail him at [email protected]