Occupy Mayhem; Why Now?
A MIKE REPORT EDITORIAL – This evening found Downtown Seattle’s sidewalks covered in the broken glass shard remnants of a day of violent protests while the sharp aroma of pepper spray still hung in the air. Similar riots occurred in New York, Oakland, Los Angeles and San Francisco among others.
If there is any message to be made of the convergence of left wing causes known as occupy, it is that the private sector is preying on the average citizen with such unchecked greed that the government must step in to even the playing field.
It seems counterintuitive that the occupy movement would be born during the tenure of President Barack Obama. No administration in recent memory has been more sympathetic to the principals and goals we now associate with the occupy movement. He has championed greater regulation of the financial sector through the Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Acts and forced through the greatest wealth redistribution program since the Income Tax with the passage of his landmark healthcare legislation.
It is this very expansion of the role of government that is fueling the flames of protest.
But rather than placate the unrest and dissatisfaction, it is this very expansion of the role of government that is fueling the flames of protest. For if it is the charge of government to care for us from cradle to grave, to provide us with food, shelter, education, healthcare, employment and housing, than to whom should we direct our disappointment when lacking any of the above? Certainly not to ourselves.
Whose windows would one break if one is responsible for ones own successes and failures?
But in a society such as our founders envisioned, where the government interferes only in the areas where it must, it is the duty of the individual to chart his own destiny, and to turn when neccesary to his family, his friends and his community of faith. Whose windows would one break if one is responsible for ones own successes and failures?
Thus it is the very dependence on government fostered by the current administration, an administration sympathetic to the goals of the occupiers, that has in fact been the primary source of the frustration and anger expressed by a generation of the entitled.