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American Sensibility

Updated on April 20, 2014

By: Wayne Brown

This week America witnessed a new chapter in the “class warfare” debate which our current President seems bent on pursuing with his public remarks. Demonstrators showed up on Wall Street to declare their desire to “Take Back the Dream” and make America what it should be. Based on the commentary of some of the participants in this demonstration, I have to wonder what the “dream” of America ever was to them.

I did some looking around on some of activist, Van Jones’ websites to get a feel for what might be going on here given the fact that Jones is predicting a growing unrest to be demonstrated across America in the month of October. I came away from my visit thinking that I had found the reincarnation of both Jessie Jackson and Al Sharpton in current day terms. Here is a man who has managed to combine politics, racial tension, and green jobs economics into one single movement all designed to keep him in the spotlight and as the focal point. Both Jackson and Sharpton have to look at what is going on here and turn green with envy…which seems to be Jones’ goal in the first place.

It is interesting to see the focus of the movement thus far is not to blame the current administration or Congress for the economic woes of the present but instead to insinuate that the problems have arisen from the existence of the Tea Party. In the video below, Jones goes on and on about how young Americans are having difficulty finding jobs yet makes no correlation to the activities of the current administration in stagnating the economy by ignoring the needs of the private sector and continuing to simply spend money and increase regulation. Then, the answer to the whole problem is simply to tax more and to obtain more funds from the “rich” of this country to solve the problem. The proposed solution has little or nothing to do with the problems facing this country and the unfortunate shame is these young people are being used in this process to carry out the President’s agenda.

As this demonstration has evolved organizing groups have moved to the forefront. Union parties, MoveOn.Org, and even elements of the American Communist Party all attempting to focus the frustration of a short of jobs for young people at the feet of the Tea Party. In reality, what we have here is an attempt to regroup the youth vote of America behind Obama once again in 2012. We have an all out effort to turn these young minds against the capitalist system by an administration which is doing more to suppress jobs than to stimulate the markets which provides them. The understanding by these young people that jobs exist because there is a “business need” is lost in the excitement of demonstration. Here again is yet another example of the residual aspects of ignorance in our society. Based on the appearance of some depicted in the film footage, one can start to understand why they might not appeal to a particular business that is attempting to fill a job. The question arises as to how one can afford so many expensive tattoos when one has no means of support?

For those who may not remember, President Obama appointed Van Jones as his “green energy czar” for a short period of time early on in his presidential term. Jones ended up resigning the position within a matter of months as the questions begin to fly about his activist role and controversial activities. In the best interest of the Presidency, Jones quietly took his hat and slipped out the backdoor. Oh, but he didn’t leave the President’s side as an advisor, official or not, his influence is still there. Jones is an integral part of the strategy playing out currently in the attempt to re-elect this president. If this strategy works, it will be one of the boldest attempts at manipulating elections since the Watergate fiasco came to light.

One of the comments quickly apparent on Jones bio site is a statement noting that “the top 1% of Americans control more wealth than the lower 50%”. This statement is made as something which is supposed to have shock value to the reader. Well, call me some kind of warped reader but I would fully expect that there would be far less wealthy people than those with little or no wealth. Wealth is difficult to obtain; if it were not, all of us would be wealthy. What then would we complain about?

Back in the 50’s and 60’s era, there was a comedian by the name of Dave Gardner. He packaged himself as “Brother Dave Gardner” in that he related his stories in a backdrop against the hippie culture and in many cases related them to events in the Bible. Gardner was a theologian having studied for some time at the ministry before deciding to chuck it all and just be funny. He had a keen insight into political matters and could bring out the humorous aspects of almost anything in the current events of our society. One had to be up on current events to fully comprehend the laughter with Brother Dave.

I bring up Gardner because I remember a bit he did on one of his albums. Brother Dave made the observation that “it would be a drag to get up in the morning and not see any poor folks.” Now Gardner did not make this statement to be cruel or show a lack of support for the poor, he made the statement as a backdrop to go a bit further and ask the question, “What would success mean without any poor folks?” Gardner was making the point that poverty is the baseline in our society and in some sense he was also making fun of the concept of wealth. But more than anything else, he was making the listener think, compare, and make some of his own conclusions about the concepts involved. There is no basis for success without a baseline or a goal. How do we measure it if not for those things?

Given the fact that we have poverty in America, the attainment of wealth by any individual is seeming looked upon as an evil thing. Granted, there are those who obtain their wealth in less than ideal ways. But, for every one of those people, there are many, many others who have worked exceedingly hard at devoting their entire life to achieving a concept or goal. Once they attain it, we have people within our society who have achieved nothing but are more than willing to point their fingers and state publicly than the successful person does not deserve what he has earned thus he should not be allowed to keep it. That is an easy enough statement to make when you are not the successful person with the fingers pointed at him, but what if someday you are? How do you feel about that statement now? How do you feel about your new found success and wealth? We asked the wealthy man to strap on the poor man’s shoes but what of the poor man walking for a day or two in the rich man’s shoes and seeing the challenges there?

Contrary to propaganda that activist like Van Jones like to spread around in order to feather their own bed, no one has stolen the “American Dream”. It may have been misunderstood or poorly explained, but it has not been stolen. There are those who would actually believe that success is controlled by a list of names and if you name is not on the list success will evade you no matter what you do. This is the kind of hogwash that is placed in the heads of young minorities who have not yet learned to think for themselves and make rational conclusions. This is exactly the kind of thinking that inspires a crowd like that which showed up on Wall Street this past Sunday. These are people who have been convinced through the mumbo-jumbo of “community organizers” that they do not have an opportunity in America because their name is not on the list. These are people who quit before they even tried. They quit because someone told them they were wasting their time.

Now, we have a Van Jones who comes along and wants his brothers to take to the streets and demand their share of the “American Dream”. They want their government run healthcare; they want a guaranteed income for life; they want, they want, they want. They list their demands and post them but where do they list the basis for their entitlement? Is it because they are Americans that they are “entitled” to these things which they demand? What effort has been put forth which has earned these things for them? Where is it written that any American who demands it will get a paycheck for life; where is it written that we no longer need to work and make an effort to better ourselves in order to achieve success and insure our future? As American citizens, the Constitution provides us with life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. We are allowed by law to live our lives and be free in the process and we are award the right to “pursue” our own happiness. That does not guarantee that we will be happy, it only guarantees us the right to pursue it. There are many wealthy people who have never achieved happiness in their short lives.

One of the greatest flaws in the American society is ignorance. For all the billions and billions of American taxpayer dollars which are flushed down the drain in the name of public education each and every year, we are not defeating ignorance in our society. Oh sure, we are handing out education and diplomas but we are graduating people who have little or no understanding of the concepts on which this country was created and functions. Our education system today is filled with political correctness, cultural diversity, and entitlement. My mom taught me to be polite to others…I didn’t have to go to the schoolhouse for that lesson. Luckily, she also taught me the correlation between dependability, hard work, and success. Sadly, too many parents do not teach those concepts anymore and neither do our schools though billions and billions of dollars are thrown into that money pit year after year.

Ignorance is a cancer on the American society which can be manipulated by every Van Jones who comes down the road and believe me there are plenty of them out there. Mr. Jones is not doing what he does as a “contribution” to the American Dream. He is in business to make money and one will not have to dig very deep to find that he is probably living a very hypocritical American dream. Ignorance can be shaped, formed and channeled into a rage which though misinformed is certainly deadly. It not only creates violence on our streets but also erodes the foundation of our society. Ignorance allows people to be easily manipulated and fall quickly into the “group think” mode. Ignorance is surely not part of the American dream. The “Van Jones” of the world understands the concept but they have no qualms about manipulating it to their benefit.

Where does the President come into all of this you might ask? Well, like Mr. Jones, the current president was also once a street activist or as he calls it, “community organizer”. He understands the impact of conflict and violence on outcome. Obama has publicly spoken of his admiration of Saul Alinsky and his writings on radicalism. The President also subscribes publicly to “class envy” offering up commentary in his speeches which basically point a finger at those successful people in our society and insinuating that they have more than “their share” thus it should be taken from them and redistributed among the rest of us. That may sound pretty good to some of these folks in the street last Sunday but we all need to remember that “wealth” is a relative thing. In the land of the blind, the one-eyed man is king. Once we start taking things from each other eventually the system will stair-step its way down to you and yours.

If America is to go through a “fundamental transformation”, as the President so desires, we must mark the death of capitalism at some point in the process if we are truly making progress. Capitalism and the Constitution are really the only things standing between what Obama wants for America and what it is at the present. Once those two factors are proven to be failures, then the clay is moldable into any desired shape. Look to the writings of Saul Alinsky to see the direction things are going here. In his book, “Rules for Radicals”, Alinsky writes that the purpose of the rules is to, “create mass organizations to seize power and give it to the people; to realize the democratic dream of equality, justice, peace.” Alinsky goes on to say that it is better to die on your feet than to live on your knees and then declares, “This means revolution!” Now, let your mind wander back to that crowd on Wall Street in the past weeks and you start to get the idea. This is simply the start of bringing the “have-nots” to bear against the “haves”. Given the size of the American middle-class, it would appear the “haves” have a lot to lose by such actions.

Alinsky goes on to say, “A Marxist begins with his prime truth that all evils are caused by the exploitation of the proletariat (common people) by the capitalists (wealthy). From this he logically proceeds to the revolution to end capitalism, then into the third stage of reorganization into a new social order of the dictatorship of the proletariat (common people), and finally the last stage…the political paradise of communism.”

The actions taking place in New York with the assistance of some organizer groups is setting the stage for a level of unrest in this country which will continue to grow and escalate in the level of violence right up to the elections of November 2012. In fact, it is logical that these types of demonstrations will be so associated with the campaign and election process that it just might stymie a large portion of the voting public away from the polls on election-day. Given that outcome, one who has a dismal chance of re-election might just fare quite well in the ballot box.

It is that plain and simple and it is playing out before our very eyes. The Wall Street crowd is just the beginning as the manipulation and exploit ensues. Some might think this precept absurd in that “it cannot happen here in America because we wear coats and ties to church.” While that premise might make one feel good, but it shows the ignorance of even those with education in their background.

Alinsky defines the desired traits of a good community organizer as follows: A strong ego approaching a “God-like” image; A questioner, one who raises questions that agitate; Irreverence…nothing is “off the table” and nothing is sacred; Imagination…constantly generating new ideas and directions; A Sense of Humor employing the use of both satire and ridicule; and a confident, organized personality capable of presenting the “right” reason for his ideas as the moral high ground. One might look back on Obama’s performance and judge for one’s self how many of these traits he exhibits in their own judgment but why depend on an inexperienced analysis when we can get some insight from a more experienced person? Listen to what David Alinsky (Son of Saul) had to say with regard to Obama as an organizer, “Obama learned his lesson well. I am proud to see that my father's model for organizing is being applied successfully beyond local community organizing to affect the Democratic campaign in 2008. It is a fine tribute to Saul Alinsky as we approach his 100th birthday."

The effort to disconnect Van Jones from the Obama Administration has already begun. Vice-President Biden claims that he has never heard of the guy. Apparently he was not around when the President announced his czar choices nor had any dealings with them afterward if what he says is true. It certainly should be interesting to see how the President responds to these demonstrations as they continue and they most certainly will continue. The President has lit the fires of class envy and has no intention of stepping away from the flame as he continues to fan it into a full roaring fire.

We all must remember the following directives from Alinsky as we go forward. "'The organizer's first job is to create the issues or problems,' and 'organizations must be based on many issues.' The organizer 'must first rub raw the resentments of the people of the community; fan the latent hostilities of many of the people to the point of overt expression. He must search out controversy and issues, rather than avoid them, for unless there is controversy people are not concerned enough to act. . . . An organizer must stir up dissatisfaction and discontent.'" Adding an air of attitude to this position, Alinsky writes in the Prologue to his book, "The Revolutionary force today has two targets, moral as well as material. Its young protagonists are one moment reminiscent of the idealistic early Christians, yet they also urge violence and cry, 'Burn the system down!' They have no illusions about the system, but plenty of illusions about the way to change our world. It is to this point that I have written this book."

Our sensibilities as American citizens should be toward our rights under the Constitution of the United States of America and the Bill of Rights contained therein. If we are maintain our country as a democratic republic, our citizens must maintain that focus at a time when even our leadership and those with hidden agendas are escalating a potential class war on the streets of our cities. We must maintain our focus on life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness if we are to truly survive as a people and sustain as a nation under God.

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    • Wayne Brown profile imageAUTHOR

      Wayne Brown 

      7 years ago from Texas

      @ddmiller...No sir...I have not forgot that bit of history between LBJ's legislation giving the government free-rein over the Social Security funds, Clinton's work over of the Fair Housing Act, the mid-term elections of 2007, and the election of Obama and 2008, I think you can put the pieces to the puzzle together. The tracks are not that well hidden. WB

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      7 years ago

      I Wonder if all of you forgot that Bill Clinton weakened the rule and regulations that governs the way banks loan mortgages. That was the downfall of this current economic situation.

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      Wayne Brown 

      7 years ago from Texas

      @breakfastpop...Can you imagine how ignorant these folks might be had they not attended college? I have to take my hat off to their professors who must have done an excellent job of convincing them that a move toward socialism is the right thing for America. These are these same ones who will turn into snibbling whiners as soon as the reality of a ditatorial state is revealed. Thanks much. WB

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      7 years ago

      Brilliant article Wayne. To those that hate corporations and say "corporations" aren't people, well tell that to the millions of folks who work for corporations. Without them there is no corporation. As far as feeling frustrated with the greed on Wall Street, well tell me what all these protests are going to do to stop Wall Street from making money. Is that what they want.? Do they want to destroy the stock market? If so, and many say they do, they can kiss their parents security good-bye,. Oh and tell the unions to kiss their pension funds good-bye too. I am sick of all the stupidity. Up interesting and awesome.

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      Wayne Brown 

      7 years ago from Texas

      @WillStarr...The Bush warned Congress that the Clinton Era legislation was allowing loss of control in the financial markets and particularly in the housing market was had extended for beyond its potential real market...Barney Frank and company did not want to hear it and we ended up with a large bubble burst which lead to TARP and Stimulus. The 2007 Congress took office and further reeked havoc in this disasterous era of spending and then Obama amplified on their efforts with his wasteful Economic Stimulus. The hand-writing is on the wall...the intent is to break America. Yet, these young heads full of mush can blame Wall Street and The Tea Party for their lack of employment. Totally illogical. WB

      @50 Caliber...You only have to look from the 2007 Congress on to see the spending damage. You are correct...the whole thing stems from Clinton's loose legislation on the Fair Housing Act. Thanks, Dusty. WB

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      50 Caliber 

      7 years ago from Arizona

      I look and see 2 rounds of the Clinton's in the house opening the free trade [giving away jobs to any where] then two rounds of Bush who ultimately challenged the world [if you don't stand with us, you are against us] when I heard that statement it was 2008 on a video as I lived with no TV and had just learned computer basics and saw 9/11 2001 in videos past. It made my skin crawl getting up to speed. I didn't vote in his second election because I really had no information. I voted for him the first time as Gore was an extension of Clinton in my mind. I voted for Huckabee in the 2008 primaries. I read obamas autobiography's that told me he would abandon the US for Muslim beliefs if the political winds shifted that direction and watched videos by the 10s and a series from a black reverend, James Manning of ATLAH Ministries, from the Bronx who warned that obama would run whitey back to the fields of Mississippi and I was totally soured by all the rhetoric from Rev. Wright, Michelle and her first proud moment and then who ever said we were bible and gun hugging fools, I could not vote for him, mostly not from what he said but what he alluded to and stopped before actually saying it. He didn't lie, he just masterfully covered it all up and then after being elected he delivered it and I'm not surprised at it at all.

      Now we have Herman Cain, he, in my opinion is what we need a financial physician to fix our money problems, there will be plenty of dirty politicians left to carry that load and what Cain lacks in that area he can easily fill his cabinet with those who deal in dirty politics.

      He needs air time from the media and to generate funding to run a campaign and with those two things he can win, I for one find him the sole candidate worthy of my vote and I intend on giving it to him regardless of his financial ability. His lack of funding sets him above the rest. It marks him as not being bought by the crooked unions and other creatures like lobbyists. no?


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      7 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Did Wall Street take advantage of the opportunity afforded them by Frannie, Freddie, and the CRA? Yes, but therein lies the real problem...government meddling in the housing market, which ultimately led to its collapse.

      The left is always loathe to admit that not only do their schemes not work, they have led us to disaster.

      I don't know whether Obama is the worst President in history, but he is certainly the most radical, and left wing. His policies and the policies of the Democrats have brought us to the brink of ruin, just as they have done for Europe. We will be lucky if this does not end in depression and World War Three.

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      Wayne Brown 

      7 years ago from Texas

      @50 Caliber...Great comments and good points, Dusty. We have a leadership that has no intent of taking this country in the right direction...that has been the case since the 2007 Congress took office and the movement of Obama into the White House only increase the speed and direction. 2012 is the last stop before Thelma and Louise arrive at the cliff...I think it's time we join hands and decide what our fate will be. WB

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      50 Caliber 

      7 years ago from Arizona

      Wayne, great article that was well lain out easy to read and chock full of information for one to consider. I see the uneducated masses as the participants to this rally, protest, or what ever you want to label it. They really[from what I've seen] appear to have no idea why they are there or what it is they intend to gain there.

      Alas there are those who know why them being there is advantages and will use them to their own benefit and twist them to appear to support their agenda.

      It worked in the late 60s and early 70s. On Easter 1972 the powers that be quit a war, only they failed to tell the soldiers or the protesters. The protesters then wanted the war to end, they just didn't know why, and to this day many still don't know why.

      Now here we are again, only they are just in part protesting war. It's money and the blame on wall street as the main course. It was monetary in the 70s as well but "baby killers" was the menu item sold to them. Now they are selling "Wall Street" as the main course. You can't quit this item, load them on ships and planes and bring them home. They are home and the misuse of funds the key that is offered as a sacrifice, never mind the men and women responsible for doling out the money with no guidelines as to how it was to be used. Some paid it back others got on their yacht and went to the Bahamas never looking back. This time it will turn out different. America will fall to the violence and looting in the streets, MAYBE. It may fall to marshal law and heavy restrictions placed on the free.

      Either way the best way to stop this after the subjects become tired of it, is to turn to those who started and fuel it, cave to their guidelines and like magic it will subside. Only an oligarchy will have no use for a constitution. Those who knew it will miss it, the rest will just realize that it's always been the way it is as they grow up in it. History proves it all out as a cycle of life. This time there will be no north American continent to flea to for relief and starting over.

      I don't reckon I'll waist my waning years worried with it past the election of 2012 where a "financial physician" is elected above a hollow politician or not. If the voters re-seat obama, it's time to max out your credit cards and party like there is no 2014, 'cuz you'll probably be right.

      Good job, Peace, 50

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      Wayne Brown 

      7 years ago from Texas

      @dahoglund...I agree with that observation DA and it seems that no matter who has control at the federal level, the education process remains in the hands of the those with liberal agendas. I find that troubling and not likely a coincidence. WB

      @dallas93444...Great comments and so very true. Eventually all things make their way back to the consumer. The liberals in Washing cannot figure that out thus they create even more of mess. Thanks much. WB

      @justmyopiniontoo...The insidious nature of socialism/communism is that it is built on the assumption that people will pay according to their ability and share according to their need. In reality, those who would "pay" soon figure out that being a producer is a losing proposition because the non-producers are benefitting at the same level so they too become "non-producers" with their feet under the table. Eventually the pie is shared by more and more but it is getting smaller all the time until finally there is no one to produce the pie or that knows how anymore. That is the danger of building a government centered state but far too many Americans are naive to the danger. WB

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      7 years ago

      To be honest I don't know much about politics apart from all leaders, no matter who they are or what they stand for seem to look after number one first and foremost. They will make sure that their government has their pockets lined before distributing any wealth. Is it just me, but half the problem exists when those that are wealthy lose some or all of their wealth and begin to see from the poormans position. Thus we go on a merry-go-round until everyone falls off and no one wins!

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      Dallas W Thompson 

      7 years ago from Bakersfield, CA

      Another "awesome" article. I feel compelled to share there is a principle called The Pareto principle (also known as the 80-20 rule, the law of the vital few, and the principle of factor sparsity) states that, for many events, roughly 80% of the effects come from 20% of the causes. As you know there will always be the "rich," and "poor." Our "rich" already pay. The Top 1% income earners pay 29% of all taxes. The Top 5% of taxpayers pay 50% of all taxes.

      Most people think businesses pay taxes. Businesses do not pay taxes. They pass along to the consumer what they are taxed.

      When I owned a Honda Dealership, I collected Department of Motor Vehicle Fees. I collected a lot of money. I sent the money to the state. I collected tons of sales tax. I sent to the state. I paid lots of taxes. I adjusted my prices to enable the consumer to pay my taxes.

      Business must make a profit. They will always pass the cost to the consumer. When they do not, they join the poor, unemployed...

      Given the 80/20 rule - this applies across all activities, both social and businesses - There will always be the "bell-shaped" curve where the top will influence the majority. The movers and shakers dicate what the "sheep" do.

      Given our "Obamamized" socialist "take from the rich" and give to the poor thinking, we must simply replace him. Unfortunately, our choices are not very good ATT...

      I know American will "wake-up." When, is anyones guess...

      Keep the faith and raise hell!

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      Don A. Hoglund 

      7 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

      Voted across except for funny. You mentioned how much is spent on education but I am not sure if anyone is getting an education anymore. It is a bad thing that the government owns education.It should be free of politics or it is in danger of being nothing but indoctrination.

    • Wayne Brown profile imageAUTHOR

      Wayne Brown 

      7 years ago from Texas

      @RealHousewife...Thank you, Kelly. This subject has many facets so writing about it comes rather easy, especially with the Obama Administration as the centerpiece. This man could go down in history as the pivotal centerpiece in the destruction of America for it appears that before he is through nothing but history will be left. WB

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      Wayne Brown 

      7 years ago from Texas

      @Sheri Sapp...Thanks much, Sheri. Much of what we see going on is right out of Alinsky's playbook as innocent as it might all appear. Young minds are the easiest to manipulate as we saw back in the 60's. People who consider themselves an above average intellect will be manipulated by socialist thugs all in the name of tearing down democracy and capitalism. Obama is George Soros' waterboy.

      @cheaptrick...Thank you for the read and the commentary. I think, based on your comments, you see the evolving danger of what I speak of here. The same individuals who criticize the Tea Party to no end will stand up for these demonstrations and defend them. In the end, our youngest minds are being manipulated to incite chaos in the streets. The current administration is certainly capable of following your prediction as they have no plans to do anything to improve the situation...simply control the money, pile up the debt, and break America's back. Thanks much, Dean. WB

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      7 years ago from the bridge of sighs

      Hello DR Brown.I read a ton of hubs every day though I rarely comment.Usually I rate or flag as I deem appropriate.Your article is well thought out,well written,and your presentation is top notch,voted up.

      I no very little of politics as I don't believe politics or politicians control what is happening to our country. I spent well over two years for love of country in a horrendous war that had no purpose therefore,I believe I've earned the right to speak my mind.

      I do have a grasp of trends in general,trends that would take many hubs to go into.So I'll make what appears to be the most insane prediction,one that most folks laugh at.

      Within 18 months America will be under Marshall law.Sorry for the ramble and again,great hub.

      "Give me control of a nations money and I care not who makes it's laws"M Rothschild


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      Kelly Umphenour 

      7 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      WB - WB - up and awesome -article and commentary.

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      7 years ago from West Virginia

      Great article, and full of facts and documentation. I can only guess the nasty words the libs will throw at you because you are honest AND use factual support. Really impressive work on this hub!

    • Wayne Brown profile imageAUTHOR

      Wayne Brown 

      7 years ago from Texas

      Hello Mr. Happy...Thanks for your comments and viewpoints. I did not write this in defense of Wall Street or the financial systems in the USA or the rest of the world for that matter. The emphasis on Jones here is that he appears to be one in the role of "community organizer" here. Not to say these people are following him per se but to point out that he is done there doing some of the early work...educating, showing people how. This seems all innocent enough until you see MoveOn.Org, a few union organizations, and the American Communist Party show up to help out...that pretty well strains the objectivity out of that particular function. I agree these folks are not singing Obama's song but keep in mind this is the early what happens as things progress. You point out the global movement here and the fact that a similar thing is going on in Toronto. These efforts are really no different than what happened with the Tea Party movement yet that movement was criticized and still is for attempting to squeeze out the lies, over-spending, theft, and political influence. The approach is essential the same but the wrong people are in control of the process it would seem to me. Our problems is America are not just rooted in redistribution of wealth. Certainly there is some greed and there always will be in a system which there is a reward for achievement. At the same time, I do not have a lot of tolerance for a group of people who list their demands only to say that they believe they are due a guaranteed paycheck for the rest of their lives...for what? As much as the humanity aspect of things seems so warm and fuzzy, a economy will not function if it is not productive...not in a free market society and I certainly would not want to consider the alternative. As to the productivity side of things, my point here is to say that although I have worked steadily since the day I graduated college, I have not earned to right to point my finger at anyone who is better off than me and say that they are not deserving of what they have earned. There are people who have less than I yet I do not expect them to look at me in that light. I did not cheat, lie, or steal to get what I have...I got an education, found a job, and worked hard to prove myself to my employer. How much does he owe me? In all fairness, nothing but the next paycheck if I keep showing up for work. I didn't make the investment and I did not take the risk. At the same time, myself and my family have had a good living for all of my working career through good and bad times. In 1989, the company I work for plunged into almost one billion dollars in red ink over the course of one year due to market conditions and overhead expenses. Not one employee was laid almost bankrupted the company. A decent company will reward its employees in a reasonable manner because they want to keep them there and working. To offer an example, in the company I work for, a 1% raise to the workforce of the company equates to an additional $12 million dollars in payroll costs. If the company hands each employee an average raise of 5%, the increased payroll costs in the next operating year rises by $60 million dollars without a single guarantee that sales will remain the same or increase and without a guarantee that prices can be raised to offset some of the increased overhead. There may be some aspects of the capitalist spectrum in which greed overwhelms rationale but I for still believe that is a minor case.

      As for Warren Buffet, there are things I admire about him but that perspective is not one of them. There was also the man who retired from Google after five years as the VP of Marketing. He showed up at one of Obama's town hall meetings and asked the President to please raise his taxes. Either one of these gentlemen is free to pay the government as much money as they care to pay one is stopping them so in that light I find both of them disingenuious in their remarks. The point is this, collecting more taxes will not fix the job market nor will it put those people sitting in the park by Wall Street back to work. It will simply put more money in the hands of the same people who have squandered it for years on end now as they will invent new things to spend it on and route some of it to the wrong places. They don't need more...they need to do more with less. When I see demonstrations that take that perspective, I can assign some credence to them but I have a problem with demonstrations that simply convey a message that "we feel entitled to more of the pie that we have receive in the past and in return, you get the status quo". That is a slap in the face to every man and woman working to making a living in America today. The activity which taking place on Wall Street is at best just another stage on which socialism will be peddled as the utopia which will fix all of this and that is just not the case in my opinion. Thanks for the feedback and good commentary. I appreciate it. WB

    • Wayne Brown profile imageAUTHOR

      Wayne Brown 

      7 years ago from Texas

      @Peter Lometa...I hear what you are saying,Peter and I don't necessarily disagree with regard to how some of the money was squandered from 2007 and forward. But ultimately these folks are complaining and demonstrating due to a lack of jobs (supposedly)and they are focusing that blame on the Tea Party which I must say has not had much hand in the state of affairs with the economy or the availability of jobs at the present. In that process, these young minds are being misled and any number of things can be taken from that ranging from violence to a perceived shift in polling popularity for Obama policies. Historically, I think what you say is correct but I think our future rides heavily on getting the emphasis back to getting the private sector up and functioning. This is our only real hope of providing real employment to these people and to others. Thanks for the good comments. WB

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      Mr. Happy 

      7 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      Greetings Mr. Wayne,

      to begin with I must say that I thank you for writing this piece. I do realize you have put a lot of time/work into it and I am happy to have read your opinion on a variety of issues. I am also happy to have the opportunity to make a comment regarding my opinion on the issues discussed in this piece of writing. It is all opinion ...

      After reading the entire article, I must say that I think that this Van Jones guy really upset you. You more or less dedicated your article to him, from my perspective (him and the president).

      I have no clue who this Van Jones is ... I keep thinking of Van Dame, the kick-boxing actor ... I don't know - I do think it is irrelevant though, whoever he is and I will tell you why.

      In my opinion, you are looking at this "Occupy Wall Street" movement as a partisan thing, or a political movement in the United States. In fact, I would say this is a world-wide movement.

      What is going on now with the new demonstrations and protests in the United States, is the same thing that is happening in Greece, Egypt, Israel, Great Britain ... there is "Occupy Puerto Rico" now!!

      We are starting our "Occupy Toronto" on October 15th so, in a week and a bit - planning is important. And now that I came to talk about planning, who do you think is planning it? It is us, people on an individual basis. Of course, organizations are encouraged to support us but if you take a look at our "Occupy Toronto" website ( there is no one leader - everyone is a leader and all opinions are valued.

      Some of us have realized that going after politicians is useless because whatever politician you put in power gets bribed by lobbyists and ends-up being a corrupt-pig, to put it plainly. Thus, this movement is going after those who pay the pockets of politicians: bankers, corporations, etc. That is why these protests are not happening in front of government buildings but in the trade districts of major cities all over the world. Corporations are trans-national so we must take our protest world-wide - that is what is happening.

      You wrote that we should "blame current administration" ... we are beyond blaming administrations - they are all to blame, the ones in power now and the ones who held power in the past decades - they were more or less all crooks, chasing personal profit, fame and power. If they were true "civil servants", they would not live such pompous lives, while the majority of people struggle to make ends meets.

      "We have an all-out effort to turn these young minds against the capitalistic system" - I was born under the Iron Curtain of Easter Europe. I saw Communism fail and now I am seeing Capitalism fail ... nothing new. They have both failed - we move on.

      You also spoke of people forgetting that jobs come from a 'business need'. To that, I must say that we forgot how to be men and women because we chased a goal of becoming the best business men and women. We put business and jobs before the spirit, before humanity. Thus we have degraded our souls, we have corrupted our minds and we are in a constant and escalating process of bringing total decay to this planet.

      We must put people first and then business. We must realize that corporations are not people and that bankers must serve the people and not the other way around - the same is to be said about politicians too.

      "Given the fact that we have poverty in America, the attainment of wealth by any individual is seeming looked upon as an evil thing." - There are several comments to make regarding this sentence.

      Again in my opinion, one has to look at our situation from a greater perspective. This is not about poverty in America. It is not about poverty amongst the Aboriginal people of the Americas or about poverty reigning in Africa - no, this is about great poverty, famine and disillusionment all over the world.

      All this while bankers and corporations are taking in massive amounts of profits ... this is about fairness and justice. Corporations and billionaires would have made zero dollars if it was not for the working class who make and buy the products and services offered.

      "We have people within our society who have achieved nothing but are more than willing to point their fingers" - I think this comment is a bit of a generalization and if I was any dumber, I could have taken it personally.

      What about Warren Buffet speaking-out against the system (since if I speak out I might be considered as one who has achieved nothing lol)? Is he good-enough to speak-up? How much money does one have to make before one can make a complaint against the way things are done (to not be judged as a complaining bum)?

      "Success is controlled by a list of names" - I agree with you that success is not controlled by a list of names but a list of names are controlling more than it is morally defendable. Again, it is about fairness.

      "Now we have a Van Jones who comes along and wants his brothers to take to the street" - lol This Van Jones guy seems to be very popular where you are from.

      People of all sorts are coming out to protests against the aristocracy who have held the political system hostage for too long ... there is no one particular person leading any one particular protest, in my opinion. Anyone is welcomed to join and anyone is welcomed to invite others. That is the way it is working: word of mouth and through social networks. It is the quickest way and no one individual can control a movement that is growing at such a speed.

      "One of the greatest flaws of the American society is ignorance" - I think that is a general trend. People sometimes get too comfortable and ignore what is going on around them. The, they wake-up with the house burning ... lol We'll do fine in the end, I do believe that.

      I think what has been ignored for too long is the financial slavery that people have been forced to endure while "banksters" and corporate thieves enjoyed their billionaire life-styles of fame and privilege.

      The President is as big of a crook as Bernanke and his "bankster" friends - he is their puppet. he was put there to give them bail-outs and he did. The people on the streets have seen that and they are not chanting pro-Obama songs. I do not think Obama can be linked in any positive way to the protests on the street. The street does not welcome him now. He failed (not that he tried to do any good to begin with).

      "The actions taking place in New York with the assistance of some organizations and groups is setting the stage for a level of unrest which will continue to grow".

      I agree that the movement is growing but it is growing world-wide and not due to any one group or organization - it is growing because individuals have chosen to join. People are saying "enough is enough" - no more corporate greed, lobbyists in politics and so on. People want democracy not a system ruled by those who have money and make laws to serve themselves.

      People have been used as mules for too long. The pendulum swings both ways and this was foreseeable.

      Thank you for the conversation Mr. Wayne. I just offered my opinion as I see things from the street level. All the best!

    • PETER LUMETTA profile image


      7 years ago from KENAI, ALAKSA

      Wayne, an artful article with lots of quotes and backup as well as research. But not once did you mention that those people on Wall Street and the Big Banks were the ones who ruined the economy not Bush or Obama. They got bailed out with our money and then paid themselves billions in bonuses. Don't you think that that may have a little to do with the frustration and protests on WALL STREET! The real crooks and theives did not even get a slap on the wrist they got billions of our tax dollars because they were "to big to fail" and the rest of us lost millions of jobs and our homes. That to me is the real reason those people are protesting not the boloney FOX news or MSNBC is feeding the public. I think you're beating the wrong drum Wayne, Thanks for the good read,



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