Why I (Don’t) Love My Generation

So what exactly is this whole “Occupy” protest about?  Why are people calling for the destruction of Wall Street—an ultimate symbol of our free economy?   These protesting individuals calling themselves “revolutionaries” (in the same manner as the Founding Fathers did) need to be slapped upside the head with a history book.

The term “revolutionaries” was given to the Americans by the British out of spite.  Calling someone a ‘revolutionary’ was another way of calling the Americans, who fought for the freedoms that we enjoy today, dirty rebels.  Why were they rebelling against the British crown?  They wanted to live their lives without having to deal with social classes, taxes, and being told how they must worship and acknowledge God.  When the Founding Fathers wrote the Declaration of Independence (and when Congress later constructed the United States Constitution), these men took into account Great Britain’s governmental history.  As Thomas Jefferson said during the first Inaugural Address: “A wise and frugal government shall restrain men from injuring one another, which shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned.  This is the sum of good government, and this is necessary to close the circle of our felicity.” This form of government is what our Founding Fathers created. Because of these heroic efforts that were intended to better lives for an entire nation, the King George sent troops in order to get rid of these dirty rebels.

Quite a contrast to the “revolutionaries” we see today, isn’t it?  In fact, these stinky, lazy, self-righteous, and hypocritical hippies can only be called “revolutionaries” in the very sense of the word that the British intended: dirty rebels.  The way I see it, Americans are rebels in that we live in the only country in the world to hold to free market capitalism.  “Occupiers” would love to see our government system follow that of Europe (a system like the Greeks?!  Somebody slap them with a newspaper too!).  And this is coming from the same demographic responsible for electing President Obama.  Now, after he failed to turn the economy around as he promised, they act as though the entire system is broken.

I’m proud to be from the America that doesn’t grant amnesty to terrorists or give out freebies to immigrants who haven’t earned it.  I’m proud to be part of a nation that breeds innovation and opportunity.  I’m proud to live in a country where I can exercise my right to work hard and earn what I keep.  I am thankful that I can go to sleep at night knowing our borders are secure because we have people who have given up a comfortable lifestyle to serve this country and are willing to go wherever they are needed at a moment’s notice. And I’m part of the small demographic of young Americans that stills holds to those inalienable truths the Founding Fathers wrote about in the Declaration of Independence and our Constitution.  Americans aren’t given a free ride to a comfy life simply because we live in the “Land of the Free.”

Apparently the ”Occupiers” are also misinformed when it comes to statistics. They have yet to explain how they came up with the 99% ratio.  But, I guess you can say I am happily in the “1%” – the 1% of college students that truly use their brain to “think critically” and won’t apologize for the success of America.

There’s a saying that “ignorance is bliss.” If ignorance includes intolerance of research and education of historical truth, then you can count me out.

Elissa Roberson | College of the Desert | @ElissaRoberson

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  1. Catherine
    Mar 07, 2012 - 04:38 PM

    The same goes for you, Sarah. Bad behavior should be obvious; why on earth would you need “research” to support what your own eyes show you to be true? You are the victim of a leftist education that says “if you don’t read about something in an article that the main stream media produced or backs, it isn’t true. The media never lies.” The media is no longer concerned with truth or reality! It is driven by a leftist agenda! Anyone with brains in their head can see that.

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  2. Catherine
    Mar 07, 2012 - 04:34 PM

    Lawsonry.com, you are so out of tough. If you are too blind or too dumb to see with your own eyes or to recognize reality when its staring you right in the face, you need a serious wake-up call, my friend. People like you are ruining this country, because they are allergic to the truth and completely disconnected from reality. You should have spent a week with those losers; then you could tell all of us if you still thought that they weren’t “dirty rebels”.

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  3. Sarah
    Dec 05, 2011 - 02:13 PM

    “There’s a saying that “ignorance is bliss.” If ignorance includes intolerance of research and education of historical truth, then you can count me out.”

    Which is ironic, because you cited no actual research in this article. Clever.

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  4. CJ
    Dec 04, 2011 - 04:04 PM

    “The “point” in pointing out that America is the only country which has (nearly completely) held to free market capitalism is that it is the superior form of economic system.”
    Wow, dressing up opinion as fact does not make it a fact.

    “There is a reason conservatives push for de-regulation – it inhibits job creation. Not NO regulation, just less. Liberals like yourself want MORE.”
    Don’t tell me what I do or don’t want. I’m all for certain environmental regulations, because they (usually) are designed to protect the health of Americans, but I think some regulations are indeed ridiculous.

    “but most of those who are actually coherent describe a system that sounds disturbingly like the European social welfare state. Income inequality is lower there because of their class warfare agenda against the rich”
    Asking the rich to pay back into a system that has served them disproportionately well is not “class warfare.” While I agree that merit/talent/hard work should play a role in how much money one earns, there’s only so many CEO positions and executive jobs out there, right? So not everybody who “deserves” a high-paying job is going to get one, for any number of reasons. For the most part, Occupiers just want people to be able to survive and get an education WHILE working a decent job.
    By the way, Occupy attendees seem to almost entirely be in favor in increasing the minimum wage, which actually reflects what the majority of Americans think, according to recent surveys (many are in favor of raising it to $10/hr.) Can we at least agree on that as something that can be done to improve the American economy?

    One corporation does not equal one person, which is what the Supreme Court has ruled, in essence. It’s simply not logical. Corporations should not have the same constitutional rights as people.

    “The American people have continually upheld this moral view. Every time the issue has come up for a popular vote, it has been defeated.”
    So should the majority have the right to persecute the minority? Should a majority of Americans have the right to persecute Muslims next? I’m not saying we should have no morality in government, but that a minority group should have its rights respected. No group should be able to infringe upon the rights of another group. What happens if gays marry? They’ll be able to be happy and gain a few legal benefits. It’s not like heterosexuals LOSE the right to marry if gays can.

    “Don’t blame the banks, blame the government officials pushing sub-prime loans and then guaranteeing them.”
    This I can somewhat agree with, but they’re both at fault – banks for contributing obscene amounts of PAC money, and officials for being tools of the banks and corporations. Basically a cycle of back-scratching.

    “And that’s a good thing, because in our system, hard work pays off.”
    Are you naive, or privileged, or stupid, or some combination of the 3? Please don’t tell me you really believe this. What about the people who work hard and get their pensions destroyed by the economy? What about the people who work hard, then become permanently disabled, then get thrown under the bus by social security refusing them benefits? What about the happy couple who works hard, and then one of them dies, leaving the other with 3, 4, 5 kids to support? Hard work can pay off, but there are too many variables in life – hence the existence of “safety net” social services and other “liberal” programs.

    Life’s not fair, but we can damn well try to keep people from abusing one another and ignoring those who have fallen on hard times.

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    • kreagantcc
      Dec 05, 2011 - 10:29 AM

      I would argue that that is about as close as an opinion can possibly be to actually being a fact. It is pretty damn hard to argue with a 14-some trillion dollar GDP. It is also hard to argue with the history of other economic systems (see, Soviet Union). In terms of overall economic production, it is definitely the superior economic system.

      I’m not telling you what you want or don’t want. I was merely stating a fact. In general, liberals are inclined to favor more government regulation.

      How exactly are the rich supposed to “pay back into the system that has served them disproportionately well?” What system? Capitalism? Then I agree. I’m all for investment. But that is not what the Left/OWS are asking. They are asking for the rich to take money that they’ve earned and give it to the government so that the government can re-distribute it as it sees fit. “Spread the wealth,” if you will. THAT, is class warfare a la Marx. “Occupiers just want people to be able to survive and get an education WHILE working a decent job.” What decent job are the “Occupiers” working? Is complaining and advocating for socialism a profession? Raising the minimum wage will accomplish little other than to create inflation and lead to the exportation of still more jobs. The government should not be able to artificially place a price on labor. The free market should decide that.

      No, one corporation does not equal one person. It equals a whole bunch of people. If anything, the Supreme Court limited corporations’ influence. They could have weighted it so that corporations were more influential than single people. Also, if corporations have no constitutional rights, how exactly are they supposed to conduct business? Should the government just have the right to regulate whichever aspect of the business that it wishes?

      There is no persecution in civil unions. Gay rights groups have long been offered the same basic legal rights afforded by marriage, and they continually reject them. Why? Because gay marriage is not about legal rights. It’s about social acceptance of their agenda, their morality. I have no problem granting gay couples the same legal rights, but I have a problem calling it marriage. Marriage is (correctly, in my opinion) widely regarded as a religious institution/sacrament. If the government is going to legalize gay marriage, it should concurrently expand its protections of religious objections to it. The Left’s favorite question is, “Well how does legalizing gay marriage affect you?” The answer is that it is going to lead to forced legitimization of a certain morality by individuals who hold a deep-seated religious objection to it (look up the case of the wedding photographer in New Mexico).

      Read this article for the real history of the financial crisis and then see what you think. http://www.forbes.com/sites/peterferrara/2011/11/10/media-parrot-obama-financial-crisis-campaign-propaganda/

      Another typical liberal argument. The American Dream is dead. Hard work doesn’t pay off. People get screwed, etc. Therefore we need welfare! As I said before, life is not fair. Yeah, people get screwed and have bad luck. Conservatives don’t disagree on whether we need a safety net. We just fundamentally disagree about the nature of the net. We are wary of government programs that foster dependency. The current state of our “safety net” is a pit of quicksand. Once people fall into it, it is incredibly difficult to pick themselves back up. Conservatives believe the net should be a trampoline. Instead of encouraging dependency, encourage self-reliance. Yes, give out some benefits, but tie them to work. Help teach people new skills for new jobs. If conservatives took over welfare spending, its focus would be on programs designed to promote work. It would also encourage faith-based organizations to play a greater role in these services. The government should create more tax incentives for people to give to charities and faith-based organizations who do good work in these areas.

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  5. CJ
    Dec 04, 2011 - 12:35 PM

    Oh my.

    “The way I see it, Americans are rebels in that we live in the only country in the world to hold to free market capitalism.”
    What is your point with this? Yes, we have free market capitalism, and it has brought about the mass exporting of jobs to countries with lower wages. Are you saying that this is a good thing?

    ““Occupiers” would love to see our government system follow that of Europe”
    Not necessarily? There’s some things to be said about the matter of massive income inequality here as opposed to Europe, yes, but we’re not advocating for that dramatic of a change.

    “Now, after [Obama] failed to turn the economy around as he promised, they act as though the entire system is broken.”
    Yes, the system is broken. Do you have any evidence to refute that? We live in a society where corporations are classified as “people,” gays are not allowed to marry because of draconian notions that Christian morals belong in government, and houses sit empty and boarded up while people are homeless and are being foreclosed on every day because of corrupt banks. Obama hasn’t managed to fix that, and that doesn’t surprise many, because of how much money he got from banks and other corporations’ PACs in his campaign. Can you honestly disagree with some Occupiers’ demands that corporate money be kept out of elections? There is so much that needs to be fixed in our system, and that’s just the tip of the iceberg.

    “Americans aren’t given a free ride to a comfy life simply because we live in the “Land of the Free.””
    You’re right, and we shouldn’t be. But should anyone have to work 60+ hours a week just to make ends meet? Should people have to graduate from a public college with $50,000 in debt, plus interest to pay off? Should people who are stuck in an hourly job with no benefits have to either go without healthcare or end up thousands of dollars in debt because of an emergency?

    You fail to understand that the platforms of OWS are not, for the most part, for socialism or communism or “a free ride.” We just want ourselves and our fellow Americans to be able to live decent lives and participate in a more fair and just political system.

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    • kreagantcc
      Dec 04, 2011 - 01:30 PM

      CJ,

      Since you profess to speak on behalf of OWS protesters, hopefully disabusing you of your warped view of America will make some impact on the movement (highly doubtful, but I can dream, right?).

      Answering your questions in order:

      -The “point” in pointing out that America is the only country which has (nearly completely) held to free market capitalism is that it is the superior form of economic system. You point to exportation of jobs and decry the “evil corporations” that do so, but you fail to see WHY they do. Two words: regulation and unionization. Both, when taken to the extreme levels that progressives continue to strive for, are pernicious to businesses. There is a reason conservatives push for de-regulation – it inhibits job creation. Not NO regulation, just less. Liberals like yourself want MORE.

      -Yes, necessarily. Many of the “Occupiers” have no idea what the hell they want, but most of those who are actually coherent describe a system that sounds disturbingly like the European social welfare state. Income inequality is lower there because of their class warfare agenda against the rich (being taxed at 70%, because that’s “fair”). If not that, it’s open socialism/communism.

      -The argument that the system is broken is ludicrous. 1) Corporations ARE people. What, are they staffed and directed by robots? OWS demonizes these corporations as though they are some great monster. 2) The American people have continually upheld this moral view. Every time the issue has come up for a popular vote, it has been defeated. Just curious, should we have NO morality in government? By arguing that the system is broken in this respect, you are really arguing that the American people are broken. If you feel that way, that’s fine. You’re free to live elsewhere (I suggest Europe). 3) Don’t blame the banks, blame the government officials pushing sub-prime loans and then guaranteeing them.

      -Yes, the cruel reality is that some people will have to work longer and harder to make ends meet. And that’s a good thing, because in our system, hard work pays off. We are a magnet for dirt-poor immigrants because they know that they have a chance to work hard and be successful here. Their minds are in the right place. They don’t feel entitled to anything; they are simply grateful for the opportunity.

      Your statement at the end says it all. Liberals are all about “fairness” and “justice.” Hate to break it to you, but life’s not fair.

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  6. David
    Dec 01, 2011 - 05:53 PM

    How exactly am I showing my ignorance? I’m stating facts. Facts of which I have actually done research.

    - “I think this had more guts and backing than the “Faux News” coverage.”
    That’s like saying herpes is a better venereal disease than syphilis.

    And list me a percentage that wasn’t 1% and 99%. While you’re at it, list me a single damn source this guy cited, and then compare that to what I cited. No, I didn’t miss the ONE quote he used.

    - “…this is good stuff.”
    If this is the case, then hell, I’d really hate to see what “bad stuff” is.

    I have checked my facts. An act that the rest of you have blatantly failed to perform to even a minuscule degree.

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  7. John Davis
    Dec 01, 2011 - 09:44 AM

    Wow, I wish I had time to rip someone apart with a 800 word response stating my opinion. But no, I have not the luxury of time nor the character. Lighten up “dude”, don’t be so trigger happy to show your ignorance – it’s not bliss. I thought this was good work. If it were meant to be a dissertation, perhaps it would have more sources and documentation – but this is a blog, lighten up.

    “un-researched, biased Fox News parrot article on the movement. If you’d have spent three seconds outside of the ‘Faux News’ bubble, you would clearly see the movement for what it is.” – (David)

    I think this had more guts and backing than the “Faux News” coverage. “[U]n-researched”? Oh wait, maybe you missed all of the quotes and percentages, I checked – their legitimate. Check YOUR facts buddy, this is good stuff.

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  8. David
    Dec 01, 2011 - 04:22 AM

    It actually pained me to read this article. I was expecting a well-researched conservative retort to the insanely popular Occupy movements, because I enjoy hearing the other side of things. Instead, I wasted 15 minutes reading, re-reading, and re-reading again, only to find that this is another un-researched, biased Fox News parrot article on the movement. If you’d have spent three seconds outside of the ‘Faux News’ bubble, you would clearly see the movement for what it is.

    - “Why are people calling for the destruction of Wall Street?”

    This is a fallacy and an overstatement. OWS is calling for justice to be brought down upon the CEOs of financial institutions such as CitiGroup, BOA, Goldman Sachs, Sallie Mae and Freddie Mac who figured it’d be a swell idea to gamble with the most powerful economy in the world. And, haha, guess what? They did. And caused the largest financial crisis in the history of the planet. Best part of it is they also knew exactly what they were doing and got away with it just so they could stuff their fat wallets a tad more. Land of the free right? Okay, awesome. In that case, I guess I’m free to purchase my assault rifle and free to discharge it at whomever I please. Oh wait, there’s laws against that, because, you know, brutally (and intentionally) sending a 5.56mm round at 3,000 feet per second through the chest, head and lung of someone is kinda bad. And intentionally giving out, rather predatory might I add, loans backed by toxic assets to individuals with terrible credit history and then betting against these loans for the sole purpose of capital gain, leading to a massive financial crisis that wrecked an entire nations’ economy overnight is pretty terrible as well. This, people, is what happens when you deregulate too much.

    - “In fact, these stinky, lazy, self-righteous, and hypocritical hippies can only be called “revolutionaries” in the very sense of the word that the British intended: dirty rebels”

    Hey, here’s a fun fact! 70%, yes, seven-zero, of Occupy protestors are employed. Most report actually going to protest after work. And as far as hippies go, I’m sure that the 92% of them with a collegiate education would appreciate being called that. And wait! Don’t hit that keyboard! Have a source: http://www.accelerated-degree.com/faceoff-occupy-wall-street-vs-tea-party-movement-infographic/

    - “The way I see it, Americans are rebels in that we live in the only country in the world to hold to free market capitalism.”

    Fun fact #2: The U.S. economy isn’t a true free market, buddy. Sorry to burst your bubble. We are, in fact, a mixed economy. We blend many ideas from pure capitalism and pure socialsim and strike it rather in the middle with a bit of a lean towards the side of capitalism. Ever notice that cool “USDA” symbol on basically every slab of meat you purchase? It stands for U.S. Department of Agriculture, which is, last time I checked part of the government. Basically, they make sure the meat we’re eating isn’t full of nasty viruses and rotten flesh so those steaks you chow down on don’t end up killing your whole family. I could list a dozen more examples, but that’d be rather redundant, so I’ll leave it up to you to investigate (Hint: Check out the FDA).

    - “Apparently the ”Occupiers” are also misinformed when it comes to statistics. They have yet to explain how they came up with the 99% ratio.”

    Uh, dude, have you actually done any research? Like, any at all? This statement is riddled with so much naivety that I would have suffocated from a massively swollen trachea had I been allergic. Allow me to educate you. In the U.S. the top 1% earners control 23.5% of every single dollar earned, spent, and saved. Just to put that in perspective, that’s more than the bottom 50% control, i.e. 150 MILLION people earn LESS than the 1%. Oh and also, would you like to know the ratio of CEO to average worker pay in the U.S.? ’bout 325 to 1. And it only gets more fantastic from here. Starting at around 1979, income divide skyrocketed. Before then, peoples’ incomes regardless of how much they made, grew rather evenly. Then, 1979 happened. The bottom 20% saw a decrease in their spending power (-7%), the second 20 grew pitifully (6%) and the middle 20 (11%) and the fourth 20 (23%) and the top 20 (49%) and the top 5 (73%) as well, when compared to the top 1% which grew AT LEAST 169 percent. And that’s the conservative estimate (http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/statements/2011/jul/05/united-fair-economy/liberal-group-says-family-incomes-grew-equally-pri/).

    Also, before you slander these protesters as anti-capitalist hippies, know that one of their primary goals is to remove corporate influence from our representatives. They are failing to align the nation in the interests of the people instead of the companies and lobbyists that give them campaign money and private jet flights to the Caribbean.

    - “But, I guess you can say I am happily in the “1%” – the 1% of college students that truly use their brain to “think critically” ”

    Stop kidding yourself. It’s pathetic.

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  9. fr0thing
    Dec 01, 2011 - 01:39 AM

    Great article!
    A couple of points for whiners and naysayers like Lawsonry to consider:
    – When I graduated college it was a terrible recession and I felt ripped off much like OWS. But I got a job selling computers for minimum wage plus commission. Over the years I got more experience and switched jobs for more money. I kept my nose to the grindstone and eventually landed a decent job because of my experience and I now have a family, a nice home, and two cars in the garage.
    – Moral of the story – being in the 99% or 50% or even 1% is TEMPORARY. People’s financial situation or “class” is fluid. You are not condemned to being in the 99% forever. That’s what makes America the greatest country in the world.
    – Remember this – Apple Computer started with two dudes in their mom’s garage with no money.
    - The goal is not to “get rich” but rather achieve financial independence. In other words make enough so that you are not dependent on others to survive.
    - Ron Paul, Gingrich, Romney, or a ham sandwich, 2012!

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  10. Joshua
    Nov 30, 2011 - 10:38 PM

    This is great! A very intelligent argument! People have to stop being lazy and do something with their lives – besides making $100 bets on the internet coughLawsonry.comcough ;-) This piece is already serving as an inspiration to our generation to take responsibility of our own lives and make something out of it. Well done!

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  11. Steven Johnson
    Nov 30, 2011 - 08:17 PM

    Excellent article.The “stinky, lazy, self-righteous,and hypocritical hippies” (Johnson, 2011), is hilarious.

    Johnson, Steve.(2011). Origin of Demented Illustration.Proven Science.334(6052)

    Good work author!

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  12. Purple Crayon
    Nov 30, 2011 - 08:15 PM

    One could say that the empty promises of Obama are what led people to start occupying. http://middleclasspower.blogspot.com/2011/11/barack-obamas-empty-promise-creates.html Anyway, I hope you are wrong about your figures. If there are only one percent of college students who are able to think for themselves, there is little hope. But I happen to know that a large number of college kids have decided to keep quiet about the fact that they are seeing through the troubles. Because it is simply not worth it to disagree in an environment which is so hostile to independent thought.

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  13. Amanda
    Nov 30, 2011 - 07:30 PM

    Very impressive and inspiring article. I wish more people our age were in the “1%”.

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  14. Lawsonry.com
    Nov 30, 2011 - 05:54 PM

    I would bet $100 that each of the commenters is a well-off privileged white person.

    Come on, who wants to take the bet.

    This includes the original poster.

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    • clownlucky
      May 16, 2012 - 01:07 AM

      If by well-off, priviliged white person, you mean we have a roof over our heads, plenty of food, and a good family, then yes. Maybe you should stop playing the dusty old race card here because that’s as old as the Stone Age.

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  15. Lawsonry.com
    Nov 30, 2011 - 05:53 PM

    If you don’t provide sources for your opinion on them being “stinky, lazy, self-righteous, and hypocritical hippies” then you really only have highlighted your own ignorance in this piece. Congratulations.

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  16. Alyssa
    Nov 30, 2011 - 03:34 PM

    First of all in reference to the first comment made: delegitimizating is not a word. Perhaps some people should be slapped with a dictionary as well. Second of all I found this entire article to be a great and well written piece on the current “Occupy” movement. Seems as if no one these days really truly stops to think of all the opportunities this great nation has provided them with. Instead too many people have the notion that freedom is free.

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  17. ron
    Nov 30, 2011 - 01:26 PM

    keep it up! dont let the bitter haters like the douche above me get you down. this site is exactly whats needed. not everyone under 30 is a mindless liberal sheep. time to show the country that there are a lot more of us (conservative) then there are of them (apologist, PC police, entitled, pushers of class warefare).

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  18. Crap
    Nov 30, 2011 - 03:32 AM

    This hit piece is Fox News gold.

    You don’t even try to criticize the substantive issues underlying the OWS protests, instead focusing your efforts on delegitimizating the movement through sniping character attacks and historical non-points.

    Suffice to say, the College Conservative is off to a great start!

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