I just can’t stop shaking my head over this matter. I wish we could get a clear indication from the good people down at Occupy Calgary (or even Occupy Wall Street for that matter) what exactly it is that they would want in order to stop squatting in and destroying our downtown. People carrying signs, and talking to reporters at Occupies all over the world have offered a variety of demands. I’ve seen and heard everything from: abolish capitalism, down with Wall Street, more entitlements, tax the rich, “pay off my student loan” and even a few have been seen holding anti-Semitic signs and claiming that Jews have all the money and should be run out of town! And no one was even stopping the last lot! No one that I saw even said, “Hey man, racism isn’t cool. You need to beat it with those signs. Your signs aren’t welcome here.” It seems that all causes are welcome in this mash of people dissatisfied with…uh…life?
Estimates this morning rose to around $40,000 to clean up the damage in Calgary’s Olympic Plaza. This number is miniscule compared to the cost to clean up larger occupies all over the globe. Further, this little “campers village” is now infringing on the plans of other organizations which had plans to “occupy” Olympic Plaza for a respectably short period of time this coming week, and with a clearly stated purpose. Celebrations for Muslim Heritage Day were meant to take place in the plaza, and now have to be shared with this group of people among whom there have been rampant reports of nudity, drug-use, and public urination. So the rights of Calgary’s Muslims who wish to come down and celebrate their day, are now being infringed upon, as they are forced to “share” the space with the Occupy Movement, and risk having to cover their young one’s eyes should anything happen which is not appropriate. Being that a very sizable majority of Muslims happen to uphold modesty as a major tenet of their faith, it’s not hard to see a recipe for disaster about to happen by mixing these two groups.
When I look at the happy little photo that the Calgary Herald posted this morning of the Occupy camp in Olympic Plaza, suddenly it all makes sense: You’re a young kid, just out of college, or maybe in college, and you hear that you can camp-out down town for free? Ummm, yes please! Hold on! These people are advocating for the government to forgive your student loans? Yes please! I’ll take two! Loan payments are boring! IPads are fun!
I’ll tell you one thing, I am grown woman with 4.5 kids, and to this day if my father saw me down at an Occupy holding a sign that said I wanted the government to forgive my student loan because…that’s what I want, he wouldn’t hesitate for a moment to take me over his knee like I was 2 years old once again, and God bless him for that! My dad taught us that a person needs to work hard for whatever they have. He is a man who never failed to tell us that there is nothing free in this life except the grace of God. Where are these kids’ parents? These kids down there want to abolish capitalism, and most of them—when asked---cannot even identify what system of economics they think should replace capitalism! The ironic thing is that capitalism is what produced the fancy iPhone in their pocket, the iPad in their backpack, and has marketed and funded the careers of Susan Sarandon, Tim Robbins, and all the other radical left-wing celebrities who promote this kind of demonstration.
Yes, capitalism means that some will be rich, and some will be poor. However, capitalism also provides the opportunity to change all of that! One CAN make the transition from poor to rich! If you work hard, you can make it here in Canada. You can become wealthy if that is what you want. Every other system of economics makes everyone poor, with no opportunity to ethically change their lot in life. How depressing is that?
One of the common complaints is that the gap is too wide between the rich and poor. So what? If one is focused on one’s own work, by the time one looks around, one would be further ahead than standing there whining about how much the next guy has! And really who cares how much the next guy has? Is that all there is to life? Is it all about acquiring as much as possible? Is that what these people want? To have as many toys as Bill Gates or Warren Buffet? I was raised to believe that a roof over your head, healthy kids, and food in your belly, is an enormous blessing in and of itself. Have we so lost track of our values and relationships, that we’re not teaching our children what is important in life? We’ve raised these kids that are so busy looking over their neighbour’s fence to see what the Jones’ have, that they can’t even be bothered to show up for class. They’re too busy protesting the system that raised them!
In closing, I would like to offer a statement that a friend of mine posted on Facebook a couple of weeks ago, that I feel applies to this whole Occupy debate:
There are some people who are so poor, all they have is money.
The Vanderveen Team
Maxwell South Star Realty
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