The demonstrations taking place on Wall Street and spreading to other cities are nothing new. This sort of thing has gone on since the formation of our country. We have always had to deal with the unhappy, the grumblers and those who are seeking a cause to pursue. I wonder how many are thankful they live in a society where free speech and other forms of lawful expression are acceptable? As I viewed some of those demonstrators I saw signs that read down with capitalism and others showing hate and disgust for their country.
I would like to pose a question to those who would abolish capitalism. What do they have in mind to replace it? Could they possibly believe the government could do a better job? Look what a mess they've made trying to manage Social Security. How about the $15 trillion debt they have created and left for our grandchildren and their grandchildren? They're unable to balance the budget. Those who yearn for social justice so they may share the wealth and are willing to accept socialism are ignoring history, because it has never worked. It was a failure in Germany, Russia and is failing miserably in Europe.
Man has never come up with a perfect form of government and never will. Lincoln said, "You cannot help the poor by destroying the rich, you cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong."
I find something disturbing about these demonstrations. First they have the Democratic Party and the president in their pocket, which should not surprise anyone. I'm concerned the major labor unions including the teachers union are actively involved and the movement has monetary backing from a well-known billionaire whose radical views are well-known throughout the world.
Some are comparing these demonstrations with the Tea Party. There is no comparison. The Tea Party's platform is quite simple. Smaller government, reduce spending and abide by the Constitution. Compare these simple requirements with what we see on signs being carried around by this group. At the Tea Party gatherings there were no confrontations with the police. No one was arrested and they left the grounds clean. These people cluttering up our streets today are showing a complete lack of discipline. They are urinating and defecating all over the grounds and the news people have reported drugs are easily acquired.
I don't wish to imply there are no well-meaning people in the group. I'm sure there are and I think they should disengage themselves now.
If these people are trying to send a message I don't get it.