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