OWS Protestors: Who Parented These People??

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I stumbled across an article that gave words to my very thoughts as I have stared in revulsion at most of these protestors currently occupying different streets throughout our country.  Obviously, it’s advice that is sadly belated but serves as a future warning to parents raising little entitlement minded kids all over this nation.  Thank you Marybeth Hicks for saying what we’ve all been thinking.  Here are 5 things that OWS mothers should have taught their children, but didn’t.

Call it an occupational hazard, but I can’t look at the Occupy Wall Street protesters without thinking, “Who parented these people?”

As a culture columnist, I’ve commented on the social and political ramifications of the “movement” – now known as “OWS” – whose fairyland agenda can be summarized by one of their placards: “Everything for everybody.”

Thanks to their pipe-dream platform, it’s clear there are people with serious designs on “transformational” change in America who are using the protesters like bedsprings in a brothel.

Yet it’s not my role as a commentator that prompts my parenting question, but rather the fact that I’m the mother of four teens and young adults. There are some crucial life lessons that the protesters’ moms clearly have not passed along.

Here, then, are five things the OWS protesters’ mothers should have taught their children but obviously didn’t, so I will:

• Life isn’t fair. The concept of justice – that everyone should be treated fairly – is a worthy and worthwhile moral imperative on which our nation was founded. But justice and economic equality are not the same. Or, as Mick Jagger said, “You can’t always get what you want.”

No matter how you try to “level the playing field,” some people have better luck, skills, talents or connections that land them in better places. Some seem to have all the advantages in life but squander them, others play the modest hand they’re dealt and make up the difference in hard work and perseverance, and some find jobs on Wall Street and eventually buy houses in the Hamptons. Is it fair? Stupid question.

• Nothing is “free.” Protesting with signs that seek “free” college degrees and “free” health care make you look like idiots, because colleges and hospitals don’t operate on rainbows and sunshine. There is no magic money machine to tap for your meandering educational careers and “slow paths” to adulthood, and the 53 percent of taxpaying Americans owe you neither a degree nor an annual physical.

While I’m pointing out this obvious fact, here are a few other things that are not free: overtime for police officers and municipal workers, trash hauling, repairs to fixtures and property, condoms, Band-Aids and the food that inexplicably appears on the tables in your makeshift protest kitchens. Real people with real dollars are underwriting your civic temper tantrum.

• Your word is your bond. When you demonstrate to eliminate student loan debt, you are advocating precisely the lack of integrity you decry in others. Loans are made based on solemn promises to repay them. No one forces you to borrow money; you are free to choose educational pursuits that don’t require loans, or to seek technical or vocational training that allows you to support yourself and your ongoing educational goals. Also, for the record, being a college student is not a state of victimization. It’s a privilege that billions of young people around the globe would die for – literally.

• A protest is not a party. On Saturday in New York, while making a mad dash from my cab to the door of my hotel to avoid you, I saw what isn’t evident in the newsreel footage of your demonstrations: Most of you are doing this only for attention and fun. Serious people in a sober pursuit of social and political change don’t dance jigs down Sixth Avenue like attendees of a Renaissance festival. You look foolish, you smell gross, you are clearly high and you don’t seem to realize that all around you are people who deem you irrelevant.

• There are reasons you haven’t found jobs. The truth? Your tattooed necks, gauged ears, facial piercings and dirty dreadlocks are off-putting. Nonconformity for the sake of nonconformity isn’t a virtue. Occupy reality: Only 4 percent of college graduates are out of work. If you are among that 4 percent, find a mirror and face the problem. It’s not them. It’s you.

• Marybeth Hicks is the author of “Don’t Let the Kids Drink the Kool-Aid: Confronting the Left’s Assault on Our Families, Faith and Freedom.” Find her on the Web at www.marybethhicks.com.


About The Author: Brittany Pounders is a conservative political commentator, blogger, and freelancer. She is a frequent guest columnist for The Toronto Sun, and can be heard through many different radio and media outlets such as The Blaze Radio Network, The Chris Salcedo Show, The Ed Dean Radio Show, has appeared on The Glenn Beck Show and regularly on cable news channels, including NewsmaxTv, One America News Network, America Trends, and the Fox News with Neil Cavuto. She resides in Texas with her husband and is raising three of the finest little people in the world. Follow her on… Facebook or @LibertyBritt

  • fred

    Hicks thinks like a hick

  • fred

    dumb name calling! some of those "kids" are veterans who fought for this nation, firemen, teachers-l-what the F have you ever done for the nation except spill cliches? (yes:I served in the military and more than oncez)

  • Mrs. Alfreds

    above should read middle-class moms… not sure why the stars occurred

  • Mrs. Alfreds

    3. “Your word is your bond”
    Your word is your bond! I could not agree more Mrs Hicks. I personally have spent years paying off my student loans and am proud to announce that I am on my last thousand dollars! To imagine an amnesty given to those who still owe after I have paid mine off would be bittersweet, but why would a bail out of student loan debt be any worse than a bail out of banker loan debt or a bail out of an industry which is over-leveraged or facing bankruptcy? Both democrats and republicans have bailed out business, but not people. Why? And if the entity that owned a person's student loan forgave that person's debt, would that person be breaking his word if he didn't continue paying the forgiven debt? I don't think so. Jobs that pay a decent wage in our society tend to require a college degree. That’s why we took those loans out. We were trying to do what our parents told us to do, and I’m sure what you have told your children, go to college so you can get a good job. Quick note, no one would literally die to be a college student…because then they'd be dead. Logic fail Mrs. Hicks.

    4. “A protest is not a party”
    A protest can be whatever you want it to be! It can be a party, dancing, solemn silence, sitting, running, skipping or whatever goes against the grain. Have you ever been part of a protest Mrs. Hicks? I'm wondering why you are an expert on how protests should be. When a protestor says that the old ways of doing things are not working, even the old ways of protesting, what sense does it make to tell someone to protest more like you've seen it done before? Wanting OWS to be something that lacks fun or humor means you are unimaginative, humorless, and rigid, a perfect manifestation of the old way of thinking that has led us to this current economic, spiritual and cultural crisis. I think that you don't see as much as you think you do when you are making your mad dash from the hotel to the cab. Try to avoid mad dashes and look around, talk to people, read more and maybe you will learn more.

    5. “There are reasons you haven't found jobs”
    To judge a person solely by their appearance is a poor lesson to teach children, Mrs. Hicks. To ask someone with a Graduate Degree to work at McDonalds, just so they can say that have a job, rather than make a living that affords them to pay their student loans as they are bonded to do, is poor advice. They are better served joining OWS and changing the way things are done in their society. Some people don't care about the poor or homeless or disenfranchised. They can be excused as smelly, or high, or silly-looking. But some of us care about all people, and even if everything is OK in our lives, on our suburban street, we are less stable, safe or strong as Americans if so many of us languish in poverty or unemployment. 49 million Americans live below the poverty line. Were you aware of that, Mrs. Hicks? And since so much wealth is concentrated in so few, we at OWS will continue to do what OUR parents taught us to do, share with others and love our neighbors, even you Mrs. Hicks.
    Bio-diversity is an acknowledged virtue. Diverse thinking is a virtue. Why is non-comformity not a virtue? I would argue the opposite. Conformity is not a virtue! Conformity leads to ignorance and genocide. The conformity of thought is what OWS is fighting against. Movements may not need leaders, as OWS has shown. Protesting in new ways, which may include dancing in the street, can lead to a national conversation, can lead to the elimination of bank fees, can lead to the exposure of police brutality. Protesting in new ways can also create fear of change in the hearts of average (or less than) middle-American, white middle-class moms with small minds and loud opinions.

  • Mrs. Alfreds

    Dear Marybeth Hicks,

    I would like to respond to your article, "Belated Parental Advice To Protestors", with five things your mother should have taught you, but obviously didn’t, so I will.

    1. “Life isn't fair”
    No one, including OWS, expects life to be fair. Our mothers and/or fathers did teach us life isn't fair and we know that some people have natural abilities or plain old good luck that propels them further than anyone else. However, OUR parents, as opposed to yours, Mrs. Hicks, taught us that we should share and we should not cheat! If hard work and determination gives you a house in the Hamptons, then enjoy the traffic. But if you inherited three houses in the Hamptons from your wealthy parents, or if you were given a bonus for unloading junk bonds onto unsuspecting buyers, then something is obviously wrong with the system of distribution. Our parents taught us that you should earn the luxuries you acquire in life, and that you should not expect any hand-outs. The majority of America’s wealthiest citizens (also known as the 1%) were born rich. They didn’t pull themselves up by their bootstraps or perfect their natural abilities to acquire wealth. When the rich become the super-rich and the poor keep getting poorer and more numerous, your argument that "you can't always get what you want" makes you sound like an ignorant, condescending parent.

    2. “Nothing is ‘free’”
    Actually, some things are free. Your basic premise is wrong. If you've never shared a "free of charge" moment with someone, or never received a gift of any sort from your loved ones that required nothing in return, then I not only feel annoyed by you, but sympathy for you. To think that there must be a monetary charge for everything in life and survival for only what is profitable, is a sickness of the mind and soul that originates from capitalism unchecked. This is one of the many things OWS is fighting against. Also, your choice of "placards" to argue against reveals your inability to debate the stated goals of OWS, which has targeted corporate greed, banking immorality and a corrupt political process. Linked by these stated goals, various individuals with various grievances or messages have joined OWS and some of those messages are more esoteric, like "Everything for everybody", while others are more concrete. To pick one of the more esoteric messages to debate is lazy journalism. There are placards that advocate universal education and healthcare and those things are no pipe dream as other countries have enacted these measures. They have costs, and would involve tax reform, and everyone at OWS is aware of this. However, not having education or healthcare has costs as well. You can add those costs to your police overtime and property repair invoice.

    • rufio

      You are dillusional…..probably never worked a real day in your life, and are sitting on your head as you are typing your shallow Hal complaints…..obviously your parents allowed you to do your own thing, piece your nose/lips/tongue and made sure your debit card had plenty of dinero in it…..your premises hold little if any water in the real world….work is obviously another word that is not in your vocabulary……..life is but a crap sandwich, everyday is another bite!

    • Mr. USA

      LOL Mrs. Alfreds! Your analogies are without merit. Read them again and then take your head out if the sand.