I ask them exactly what it is that the OWS movement wants. They usually reel off a dizzying list of things. The one word that crops up most often, however, is “equality.”
I suppose I’m a natural skeptic, but when I ask them precisely what they mean by that, they’re never able to tell me. Usually they look at me as if there’s something wrong with me because I even have to ask.
The government does not have it in its power to grant people “equality.” It is not (all statist expectations aside) a magical fairy godmother. All it does have the power to do is to recognize everyone’s equal status under the law. It can treat us all equally. It can do no more than that.
Equality has become a magic word. It conjures dreams of unicorns and ice cream fountains out of midair. But true equality — in the existential sense — can be granted only by God.
I’m sure there must be a few sane and reasonable people amid the OWS crowd, but I must be frank. Most of them come across like loonies. A great many seem to be viciously nasty. If they really want to be taken seriously by the rest of America, it might be a good idea to stop behaving like a pack of baboons.
Thus far, they have been so inarticulate and irrational that they scare most people. The trouble with that is that Americans don’t like being scared or threatened. We have a history of making those who menace us wish they hadn’t. If somebody doesn’t put on the big-boy pants and start giving this movement some grownup guidance, they’re going to be taken to the woodshed very soon.
Most of this country’s present ills stem from the fact that we’ve allowed idiot children to run the show. Fortunately for all of us, we’re sick of idiot children. Hopefully there is truth in the old saying that it’s always darkest just before the dawn.
The only kind of equality that can be bestowed upon human beings by other human beings is slavery. If only those who place their hope in “Occupy Wall Street” understood that. Because they don’t, most of the rest of us must.