Bring Your Kids to Occupy Day!
If you happened to be earning your wealth yesterday -- Columbus Day -- you might have missed the "Kids Speak Out at Occupy Wall Street" event in fragrant Zuccotti Park. Face-painting, balloons, playing with the products of the evil Crayola corporation, and plenty of clowns.
Why bring kids to Occupy Wall Street?
Our children are the 99%. Even as banks got bailed out, American children have witnessed their parents get tossed out of their homes and lose their jobs. Public school kids have lost arts, music and physical education. Many don't have appropriate healthcare. We can't be afraid to discuss these issues with our kids. The longer we stay silent about these problems, the longer they will persist. Now our kids can see activists take these issues to the streets in a democratic forum at Occupy Wall Street.
Why [not] call it Un-Columbus Day?
We believe kids should be in school on October 10 -- not celebrating the life of Christopher Columbus, who ultimately got lost on his way to India and ended up opening the gates of colonization in the North America forever.
What is the 99% school? The 99% School page is here to represent the children whose voices are too often disregarded.
Surprising to many, our kids are deeper and smarter than the grown-ups who have somehow managed to mess this world up. Let their voices and thoughts be heard!!! (www.occupywallst.org).
I'll give them their kids have to be smarter than that. Most kids are born smarter than the progressive grown-up imbeciles -- seemingly unaware that the colonization of North America made possible their eventual independence, including their right to protest -- raising children of such grand potential under a cloud of damning resentment.
I can't help but think of the glaring difference in the lives of TEA Party children and those of park squatters. Give me a child of the faith, flag, small government, power to the individual, taxed-enough-already crowd any old day. Contrast the parents who participate in or endorse organizing against success, defecating in public, destroying private property, desecrating the flag, vandalizing, blocking, exposing body parts, sharing drugs, and, even if only unknowingly, welcoming government control of their children's lives, all in the name of...do they even know what? Fairness?
And yet there are lessons, even beyond sanitation and decorum, that need not be lost on the children of protesters. For one, protesting the most free, prosperous, and equal nation on Earth simply because you're presumably not one of its winners is unbecoming. And it's a sure way to guarantee losers.
Second, this "general assembly" nonsense is an embarrassing crock. It might look all hopey-changey and cerebral to sit on the ground and repeat two words at a time after some guy who has unequivocally declared himself not a leader as you pantomime show-choir moves, but that's just conformity of another kind. Worse, it's spooky, and it begets subjugation, not liberation. It's the kind of zombie-like behavior that gives thugs a voice at the U.N. and elects a man who speaks of consensus and then gives marching orders as he rules by executive fiat.
It is simply reality that collectivism breeds conformity and inevitable hierarchy. Human nature is human nature. Go to that cardboard sign in the park that says "People's Library" and look for a copy of Lord of The Flies buried amongst the books by Gloria Steinem, Noam Chomsky, and Howard Zinn. That should give youth some idea of the inevitable fallout of denying human nature.
Parents, teach your children well. Turn off the Alinsky app on your iPhone and unwrap your voice from around that green tea soy latte -- the path to prosperity for all is less government and more individual liberty. What if all of our children knew that? I'd give happy fingers to that future!