Visiting the "Occupy" movement encampment in Toronto yesterday, it became clear that it is neither a "movement" nor a "protest." There are many sides to it. It's a cacophony of confusion and an excuse for people who have been dubbed as "flea-baggers" to get together, engage in meaningless political debate, smoke joints, express frustration and political and economic systems about which they they quite obviously don't have the slightest understanding, and basically have fun while pretending to be a "rebel".
|This kid had the right idea - there for fun and the best sign of the night|
|The usual suspects trying to control the message|
The more one listens to the insane hodgepodge of irrational demands and unworkable, idiotic proposals from participants in the "Occupy" characters, it becomes very clear that they do not represent the 99 per cent of the population that they claim.
suffers from serious mental illness. That is a substantial number in a country with Canada's 34 million plus population. It means there are over a million and a half Canadians with serious psychiatric problems, the incidence of psychiatric problems among homeless people is very high, with estimates ranging from fifty to eighty per cent. Along with the professional protesters and curiosity seekers, the mentally ill are very obviously over-represented in the Occupy "movement."
These are the people who want to demolish a system that has provided the best standard of living and greatest opportunity for people of every background in the history of the world. They want to replace it with a socialist system that has invariably led to totalitarianism wherever it has been implemented in the past. It was tried in Cuba, the Soviet Union, Communist China, Cambodia under Pol Pot, North Korea and other failed states. This is what these people want for us. And they want to be the 1% who control it.
(Blog Wrath and Blazing Cat Fur also did excellent coverage of yesterday's start to "Occupy Toronto")
|Got an issue? Any Issue? Come make your sign at the signage stop|
|Here's a cause someone last night was pushing that I could actually get behind|
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