COLBY, Kan. - What is Occupy Wall Street all about? What are they protesting or supporting? How many of the participants have any idea of how to correct the inequities they are protesting? How many of the masses have the ability and fortitude to accept responsibility, if given the opportunity to manage their own financial affairs and daily work agenda and schedules?
I admire their willingness to face the elements and stand their ground in protest. I agree with them in their assessment of unfair rewards for individual contributions toward the success of the capitalistic system of commerce and manufacturing enterprises.
But, protesting the status quo of the system without realistic proposals for more equitable distribution of the profits is not going to improve their station in life or society. Back in the days when 'marble shooting' was a favorite pass time on the playgrounds, the kid who knew how and had the ability to shoot straight always ended up with all the marbles at the end of the day. You could make him divide the marbles equally with his peers at the beginning of the next day, but if his peers didn't know how to shoot straight he always ended the day with his sack full of marbles again.
How many of those people on the streets can name their senators or representatives? How many people, even if they can name their legislators, know how they vote on specific issues or programs? More disturbing to me is the evidence that so few even understand the concept and workings of our government system. Do they know the difference between Administrative Branch, Legislative Branch, and Judicial Branch of our government? Do they accept the responsibility of 'we the people' in setting priorities and standards of government? Slick salesmen and advertisers (lobbyists) have unbelievable power, but it is the ultimate consumer who sustains the honest and just business world.
How many of the protestors have a vested interest in their employer's business other than a paycheck waiting for them on payday? How many have moral or ethical standards that go beyond their own needs and wants? Do they really want equitable distribution of wealth based on individual ability, responsibility, and contribution?