Thom Sudol / October 17, 2011

What’s the Point of Occupy Wall Street?

The Occupy Wall Street rabble has been soiling lower Manhattan for a month now in their attempt to overthrow western capitalism as we know it. That is what they want to do, right? I’m not really sure – there’s no leader or a platform and there are no demands being issued as the slovenly-dressed trust fund babies whine about everything under the sun. No organization is just one of their primary problems.

I mean, how do you conduct a protest, hoping to accomplish something if no one knows what you are protesting? It’s as pointless and wasteful as a WTO protest, complete with clashes with police, bad sanitation and disrespect for anyone and everything around them. Scanning a variety of blogs, news sites and photos only adds to the confusion. If these folks are occupying Wall Street, ostensibly to protest big banks and corporate greed, that message is less than clear. Take a look at some reasons given and signs drawn as to why people are protesting in lower Manhattan and around the nation:

  • “Against the war” – OK, which one or ones?
  • “Future generation’s welfare” – What – you want to increase payments already?
  • “New government policies” – Be specific, people!
  • “Retirement rights” – Rights as in Medicare/Medicaid, SS? – If you don’t know, how do you expect the Wall Streeters or anyone to know?
  • “Government reform” – OK, I can definitely agree with smaller government. Oh, that’s not what you mean?
  • “End the Fed” – The first protest issue that even approaches specific
  • “Control of government by wealthy corporations” – Ahhhhh, the much ballyhooed government-industrial complex rears its ugly head here.
  • “Public awareness” – Of what, specifically?
  • “Fight homelessness” – Looks like OWS is increasing the homeless population in lower Manhattan
  • “Help vets” – A noble cause but somewhat out of place at this demonstration.
  • “Equality” – Careful now, this one is code for equality of outcomes and redistribution of wealth; they are not interested in equal opportunity.
  • “Tax the rich” – Shouldn’t this protest be happening in Washington where tax laws are created and passed? Nah, the goal here is to tick off the Wall Streeters by squatting in their back yard.
  • “Eat the Rich” – Cannibalism is apparently back in vogue with elements of this crowd. Was Hannibal Lechter holding that sign?

If any of it makes sense to you then you and San Fran Nan are probably in the same boat, thanking God for the protestors. As inchoate as this effort seems to be, there are Dems (and MSNBC) beginning to give a tip of the cap to the protestors. Why? Do they see the anti-capitalist, mantra-spouting protestors as their TEA Party? Do they think this might be a defining, liberal grass roots movement that will take back the momentum for progressive politics?

Frankly, I don’t see any more here than meets the eye, and minus goals, objectives and an organization, the future of this movement is murky at best. It’s nothing more than a gathering of fringe groups, each touting their own issues. And if they are not talking to anyone in particular about anything specific, then who is listening? There’s some resemblance, at least in terms of the lack of coherence, to the Biblical story of the Tower of Babel.

This is the result of the decades-old demonization of the rich, an art form perfected by the left, and wielded by this administration as the primary weapon in their class warfare arsenal. Yes, Dems, and especially our “Uniter-in-Chief,” have taken class warfare to new lows in their efforts to raise taxes and redistribute wealth at any cost. It has become the thing to do to blame the rich for all our problems; these protestors have thus become the useful idiots of the ruling party.

A note of caution to you liberals: so many were fooled by the so-called “Arab Spring” that began with so much hope: people everywhere were uplifted by the possibility of democracy sweeping through lands where it has never been! Now we are seeing the harsh reality that the Arab Spring is more likely to initiate the new Caliphate before we see a burgeoning of democracy. The OWS protestors are intent on using the occupying tactics that toppled Mubarak in order to somehow force change (and what change is that?…). But moreover, they seek to destroy rather than build. That is the formula for a cold and harsh winter following this autumn in America; it is most certainly not a breath of spring.

Follow @RedCav on Twitter

Start a conversation using these share links:

Who We Are

The Patriot Post is a highly acclaimed weekday digest of news analysis, policy and opinion written from the heartland — as opposed to the MSM’s ubiquitous Beltway echo chambers — for grassroots leaders nationwide. More

What We Offer

On the Web

We provide solid conservative perspective on the most important issues, including analysis, opinion columns, headline summaries, memes, cartoons and much more.

Via Email

Choose our full-length Digest or our quick-reading Snapshot for a summary of important news. We also offer Cartoons & Memes on Monday and Alexander’s column on Wednesday.

Our Mission

The Patriot Post is steadfast in our mission to extend the endowment of Liberty to the next generation by advocating for individual rights and responsibilities, supporting the restoration of constitutional limits on government and the judiciary, and promoting free enterprise, national defense and traditional American values. We are a rock-solid conservative touchstone for the expanding ranks of grassroots Americans Patriots from all walks of life. Our mission and operation budgets are not financed by any political or special interest groups, and to protect our editorial integrity, we accept no advertising. We are sustained solely by you. Please support The Patriot Fund today!


“Our cause is noble; it is the cause of mankind!” —George Washington

The Patriot Post is protected speech, as enumerated in the First Amendment and enforced by the Second Amendment of the Constitution of the United States of America, in accordance with the endowed and unalienable Rights of All Mankind.

Copyright © 2022 The Patriot Post. All Rights Reserved.

The Patriot Post does not support Internet Explorer. We recommend installing the latest version of Microsoft Edge, Mozilla Firefox, or Google Chrome.