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Quinnipiac has polled the American people about Occupy Wall Street. The numbers are not what Adbusters would have hoped for. Thirty percent overall view them favorably, 39% wish to see the occupation ended. 31% wanted to know when LSU vs. Alabama kicks off.
The poll makes for some interesting reading. The movement seems most well known by people with incomes over $100,000 and least well known by people making less than $30K/ Year. It is viewed negatively by people at every income level. Remarkably, the negativity ratio is highest for people making $30K<income <$50K. At this income level, people familiar with #OWS reject it by 2:1.
On further thought, this doesn’t surprise me. A bunch of wealthy, left-wing college graduates and trade unionists hold signs complaining that the government isn’t giving them enough. This is anathematic to people whose children attend High Schools too poorly run to even prepare someone for college. It infuriates those who can’t even get a union card and are forced to cook fries or say hello to all the wonderful Wal-Mart customers as a result of the big labor cartel.
The #OWS Movement is rightfully disliked by Americans of intelligence and discernment at every income level. It is the living embodiment of what Goerge Orwell saw Leftism morphing into when he wrote 1984. His old description of INGSOC fits the aims and goals of #OWS pretty well.
“In each variant of Socialism that appeared from about 1900 onwards the aim of establishing liberty and equality was more and more openly abandoned. The new movements which appeared in the middle years of the century . . . had the conscious aim of perpetuating unfreedom and inequality”; because the true goal was to end history upon becoming the perpetual High ruling class — composed not of aristocrats or plutocrats, but of “bureaucrats, scientists, technicians, trade-union organisers, publicity experts, sociologists, teachers, journalists and professional politicians” originally from “the salaried middle class and the upper grades of the working class”.
Yes, behind the cute and endearing up-twinkles, the #OWS movement is class warfare amongst the symbol-pushers. A group of young professionals-in-training have discovered that there is no longer enough surpluses left to loot. You really can’t work at the non-profit of your dreams, unless somebody else busts the sod and makes enough money to support such good intentions.
Thus #OWS becomes a fight between the entitled and the entitlement-seekers to see who gets to avoid having to risk failure in a world of shrinking safety nets and non-existing guarantees. Like the pension plans of Pritchard, Alabama and the State of Rhode Island, all the guarantees these people were given are vanishing into the ether. Yet why don’t they get more sympathy?
They don’t get sympathy because the vast majority of Americans earning $30K – $50K already learned all the cruel lessons that the Dear Little OWSers are being taught. They didn’t throw any tantrums, trash municipal parks or shut down the port of Oakland, CA. They went about doing the best they could with what they had and said a prayer of thanks to God when they made it home after work with enough to feed and shelter their loved ones.
People who have been tightening the belt and trying not to lose their houses since 2007 or 2008 are not going gush sympathy for someone who can’t pay back all the student loans for four years at Yale or Columbia. As the weather gets colder and the economy probably worsens in synonymy with the collapse of ratiocination over in Europe, people will become less sympathetic with the complaints of how useless a four year degree is these days. To know that type of person during times of deprivation is to loathe them.
The OWSers, like the people called by Quinnapiac, are going to have to go through a nasty Come to Jeebus Meeting with the guy staring back at them in the mirror. Hard economic times are not conducive to people who loudly and publically display an arrogant and immature bottomless sense of entitlement.