Open Message to “Occupy Wall Street”

Dear Occupy Wall Street:

GROW UP!

Hi, my name is Deanna. I work hard and go to school. I’m paying a lot of money for school because I want to better myself. I work hard at my job because I believe the American Dream is earned, not given by the government. I take out student loans, and I understand why they need to be paid back. I went two years without health care and didn’t complain. I live within my means and do not blame any one else for any debt that I accrue. I am in the Tea Party. I do not get paid for that, I do not quit my job to participate. I do not call for violence or violate the law in my protest. I do not violate property rights. I know what I believe in:

God

The Sanctity Of Life

A Small Government

Low Taxes

Hard Work

I don’t expect anyone to give me things for free. I don’t think the government is my sugar daddy. I might fall in the category of “poor” but I do not blame wall street, and I know that increasing taxes on the people who create jobs in this country will NOT CREATE JOBS!

So I have some advice for you:

Go Home

Take a Shower

Go to class

Get a Job

Get off your butt

Work Hard

GROW UP AND STOP BLAMING EVERYONE ELSE FOR YOUR PROBLEMS!!!!!!

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4 thoughts on “Open Message to “Occupy Wall Street”

  1. are you kidding? you are so naive, you think it is so easy. what would you say to each of these responses to your “advice” ? go home: oh wait, i’m sorry, but because my rent was equal to 85 percent of my income, i’m homeless now because i got really sick and couldn’t go to work for a week.
    take a shower: but wait a minute, i have no hot water because i can’t afford propane on my minimum wage job that has to support me and my two kids that i didn’t abort because their lives are so precious. sorry, my water ration allows me to bathe only 3 times a week.
    go to class: it is hard to take one’s upper education seriously when the prospect of getting a subsistence level job is low at best. i would love to go to class, however, because i am a single parent, and they cut back child care subsidies, i can’t. must work to get any help with childcare, which costs more per hour than what i make btw. little ‘uns are too little to leave alone. or is that what you would have? i know my niece was raised like this, coming home alone as a kindergartener. now she is a fat, disabled sloth from the neglect she received being raised by a single parent who worked two jobs to make ends meet instead of giving the child what she really needed, time and love.
    get a job: oh wait, i’m sorry, there are no jobs, here, at any rate, maybe there. but damn, i know people who have been looking for over a year going on two and now they are starving cuz they have no more unemployment benefits. the state won’t permit them to go pick up recycling along the highway, says it is a hazard, it’s illegal to get it outta dumpsters and most of them are locked anyways. they are too proud to beg, america’s bred deep and dark this stigma. another girl i know was laid off cuz her job went outta business (she was a waitress at a ma and pa cafe) and it not only took her over half a year to find another job, but it is part time and does not pay her bills.
    get off your butt: well, lets see, i think that is what the occupy wall street people are doing. they are demonstrating that enough is enough, we are “human beings”, not “human doings” here to be exploited by greed. maybe you don’t perceive it that way, but i am sure the protesters do believe they are off their butts and doing something that enlivens them and that they feel passionate about.
    work hard: most people will only work hard when it is work that feels their souls for one reason or another. for some reason, the work ethic in this country has dimished to nothing because their is nothing to work for, “all work is empty save when there is love.” i’m sorry, but i rarely see the burger flipper who loves what they do. no one wants to do work that is empty and has no meaning to them. i work in love for my children. but unfortunately, to change the attitude of this nation on work, it will take a cultural revolution.
    grow up and stop blaming everone for your problems: this is so assinine, i won’t even grace it with more of a comment than this. i mean, really, grow up? is that the best you can do?
    here’s a piece of unsoliticited advice lady, no one is asking for advice, quit giving advice and actually listen. we are no longer discussing government handouts and people who are pissed about not getting them, this is about the raping and pillaging of the earth set about by a few elite people (ie corporations in the u.s. have the power of “i”, meaning they are given legal and human rights although they were never “born). plastic impulse buys at the counters? clothes made by the hands of a five year old child who is compelled to make the clothes instead of playing and learning and laughing. these things are not substitutes for happiness, they are part of the tools used to keep EVERYONE ON THIS PLANET SUBSERVIENT TO THE GREEDY CORPORATIONS WHO DO NOT WANT TO PAY ANYONE ON THIS PLANET FOR WHAT THEIR LABOR IS ACTUALLY WORTH. my time, my love, my life, my body, that is all i truly possess. if one can not work in peace and happiness, then one is better off as a beggar. good for you, you’ve cleaned toilets and have had to actually labor. but how would you feel if that was the only job your little miss educated pants could get and you had to do it day in, day out, for the rest of your life? you went to school as a personal investment, what about the thousands of others who went to school to better themselves and then found there were no jobs to match their education because the corporations who shouldn’t be taxed so they can make more jobs have downsized or labor is contracted offshored or whatever (remember nafta?). go ahead, don’t tax them, and see if there will be anymore jobs. i can tell you the answer just by analyzing historical patterns: there will be no more jobs. what got us outta the last mess wall street created in 1929? any takers? that’s right, big government. bigger and bigger and bigger till it grew to what you see now. do you even know how the monetary system works? if you did, i bet you would be out there with the protesters. why don’t you spend some time researching that and blog about it? in fact, if but a minor fraction of people who spew off like you understood the monetary system, revolution would have happened generations ago. but what you don’t know is that this is happening because it is meant to happen and there is nothing anyone can do to stop it. no amount of force. go ahead and rant and give all the meaningless advice you want, because that is what it is. you are powerless and your time is gone. a new cycle is beginning on this planet, even your god is going to sleep. may you walk in love’s path and see through love’s eyes.

  2. The Great Dictator (Excerpt)

    written by Sir Charles Chaplin

    I’m sorry but I don’t want to be an emperor. That’s not my business. I don’t want to rule or conquer anyone. I should like to help everyone if possible; Jew, Gentile, black men, white. We all want to help one another. Human beings are like that. We want to live by each others’ happiness, not by each other’s misery. We don’t want to hate and despise one another. In this world there is room for everyone. And the good earth is rich and can provide for everyone. The way of life can be free and beautiful, but we have lost the way. Greed has poisoned men’s souls; has barricaded the world with hate; has goose-stepped us into misery and bloodshed. We have developed speed, but we have shut ourselves in. Machinery that gives abundance has left us in want. Our knowledge as made us cynical; our cleverness, hard and unkind. We think too much and feel too little. More than machinery we need humanity. More than cleverness, we need kindness and gentleness. Without these qualities, life will be violent and all will be lost. The aeroplane and the radio have brought us closer together. The very nature of these things cries out for the goodness in man; cries out for universal brotherhood; for the unity of us all. Even now my voice is reaching millions throughout the world, millions of despairing men, women, and little children, victims of a system that makes men torture and imprison innocent people. To those who can hear me, I say “Do not despair.” The misery that has come upon us is but the passing of greed, the bitterness of men who fear the way of human progress. The hate of men will pass, and dictators die, and the power they took from the people will return to the people. And so long as men die, liberty will never perish.

    Soldiers! Don’t give yourselves to these brutes who despise you, enslave you; who regiment your lives, tell you what to do, what to think and what to feel! Who drill you, diet you, treat you like cattle and use you as cannon fodder! Don’t give yourselves to these unnatural men—machine men with machine minds and machine hearts! You are not machines! You are men! With the love of humanity in your hearts! Don’t hate! Only the unloved hate; the unloved and the unnatural. Soldiers! Don’t fight for slavery! Fight for liberty! In the seventeenth chapter of St. Luke, it is written that the kingdom of God is within man, not one man nor a group of men, but in all men! In you! You, the people, have the power, the power to create machines, the power to create happiness! You, the people, have the power to make this life free and beautiful, to make this life a wonderful adventure. Then in the name of democracy, let us use that power. Let us all unite. Let us fight for a new world, a decent world that will give men a chance to work, that will give youth a future and old age a security. By the promise of these things, brutes have risen to power. But they lie! They do not fulfil that promise. They never will! Dictators free themselves but they enslave the people! Now let us fight to free the world! To do away with national barriers! To do away with greed, with hate and intolerance! Let us fight for a world of reason, a world where science and progress will lead to the happiness of us all. Soldiers, in the name of democracy, let us unite!

    ~this movement is not new, it was started thousands of years ago. quit being so nearsighted and look far back and far ahead, and then ask yourself, WOULD I REALLY WANT TO BRING CHILDREN INTO A WORLD LIKE THIS?

    AND THAT CONCLUDES THIS PORTION OF MY UNSOLICITED ADVICE.

  3. Was there a point to that rant? You provide no warrant that the conditions you are describing is actually why there are protesters. In fact much of what the media has uncovered about the protesters is directly contradictory to what you are saying- many of them are middle class or even wealthy, not destitute as your fake hypothetical “stories” would have others believe. Many of them have admitted that they have quite their jobs, or taken time off of their jobs to protest, many of them against the companies they work for. Talk about hypocritical. And if your kids need you so badly, stay home, don’t go to a protest that will accomplish nothing (mostly because you are protesting the wrong people). And I hate to burst your bubble, but millions of people go to work at jobs they hate EVERY DAY! So yes, grow up and get over yourself. No one cares if you don’t “feed your soul” by flipping burgers, man up and do what needs to be done to provide for yourself and your family. Stop acting like it is anyone else’s job to make sure you are happy. The Declaration supports your right to PURSUE happiness, its doesn’t grant you the right to demand that the government makes you happy. Grown ups have to do things they don’t like, they have to realize that responsibility comes before selfish desires and even happiness. It is immature to complain about there being no “good” jobs- not my problem. Go work a bad job, we’ve all had to do it. I get that it sucks, but seriously- put your big girl panties on and go to work.
    And as far as ranting about Big Government- you are barking up the wrong tree on that one. I’m a conservative, I’m against Big Government. If you want to fix that, forget OWS and come to the Tea Party. Instead of having slumber parties in public parks, these people go out and WORK HARD to get people elected who will SHRINK the size of government, including ending bailouts for corporations. If you want things to change, you have to BE THE CHANGE, you can’t just sit around with a sign all day and expect someone to fix it for you. Get off your butt and make a difference.

  4. I agree that there were probably some issues with the occupy wall street movement, but I also think that some of the things said in this post are extremely insensitive. For example ” I went two years without health care and didn’t complain”.it’s good that you didn’t need to complain, that you weren’t in a position where you needed medical care that you couldn’t afford, but there are people who do. There are people who need to grow up, get to work, and take responsibility for themselves, but there are also others who are having genuine difficulty making ends meet. I think it is only fair to acknowledge that both scenarios exist. And I can say that I hope we live in a country that has some measure of compassion (even if it weren’t deserved).
    I will also say that I have a lot of respect for people like you, who take out lones to pay for college, who are willing to work there way to the top.
    -lily

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