Okay, so I’m not going for shit for subtlety in the title of this post, but anyone who knows me (and thus questions my sanity) knows I rarely go for the subtle approach. Or write political post where I don’t try to piss off at least a few people on both sides of the political divide.
Naturally, my first reaction to the “occupation” of Wall Street was that it was a gathering of idiot kids, dirty hippies, anti-business pukes, the crazier elements of the Ron Paulistas, and the usual anarchist bunch that are against everything, along with the fun that hacktivist group Anonymous always brings to the table.. Thus, I was rolling my eyes with the rest of the right in the country.
Of course, the results were as you’d expect. Since they were organized under some grabtastic idea of organic demands and purely democratic demands, and didn’t seem to have a lot of real clear objectives other than to take up space in lower Manhattan, it devolved mostly into a story about police brutality; this is an expected result as you have a lot of unruly kids, with a few of the bad seed anarchists facing off with a police department that hasn’t pulled out the riot gear (thankfully) and of course has a few bad seeds of its own in the bunch. I’ll let the ACLU chew their asses.
But in the stories that I saw that weren’t brutality-focused, I noticed a common thread: The protestors often cited the unhealthy effects of the inbreeding of Wall Street and Washington, the rise of corportatism, the cancer of crony capitalism as the biggest problem with Wall Street. And that bullshit bailout in 2008? They hated that too.
Should I pull a quote from my post on that Wall street bailout from my old blog which I think summed up the future Tea Party’s thoughts on the idea of government bailing businesses out? Is the Space Pope reptilian and do a hog love slop?
(Yes, this is exactly the first paragraph of a post that gets even more vulgar)
Once again Washington has let us down, bent us over, and commenced the fucking. The Halfwit halfasses in the House responded positively to the shit this asslicking dickwit bill had added to buy votes to justify passing this Marxist fuckwit shitball.
So, knowing my thoughts, and the Tea Party’s general thoughts on the bailouts, I began examining this movement. And as I got further into my examination of the collection of partially-deluded souls squatting in the designated zones next to Wall Street and Ground Zero, two thoughts occurred to me:
First, you’re all protesting in the wrong place. Wall Street is what it is: A collection of people who are focused like a laser on making money and will do most anything to serve that goal. If that involves playing the market by whatever rules are set to maximize said profits, effects on the rest of the world be damned, they’ll do it. And if they can mitigate the associated risks, they sure as shit will do that. And the bailout mentality in Washington absolutely mitigates risk. And NOTHING!!!! that a bunch of hippies, kids, and anarchists will do on the street will change that. In fact, they’d probably stand on balconies and piss on the idiot mobs below if they could, just for shits and giggles. The only place change is going to happen is in Washington, where the actual power is. So stop occupying Wall Street; fill up the Capitol building instead. At least then you’ll be shitting in the cereal of the people who are the cause of the problem.
Second (and yeah, I’m finally getting to the point that the title of the post promised), we need this bunch in the Tea Party. Maybe not all of them, like the anarchists and the ones that believe that the best way to fix things is to let the government do everything. Mainly, we need those that may not agree on all the fiscal things the Tea Party stands for, but understand that the problem is there not being a clear divide between business and government. We may disagree on the amount of regulation businesses should have to put up with, but we both understand that businesses buying political favors from politicians for donations, and the politicians using their power to take money from people at gunpoint and pass it to their buddies in the form of subsidies and bailouts benefits no one but the establishment.
So on these points we can find common ground. And if we can turn that common focus into electing candidates that want to stop shoveling money into benefits for their favored allies, causes, and groups (that’s defense for the GOP, organized labor for the Dems, and business for all), then maybe Wall Street might not need occupied.