“Occupy” This

Hey there. Just wanted to do a quick bit of ranting as I watch the St. Louis Blues hopefully mount a comeback against the Toronto Maple Leafs.

As I may have explained on here before, I attend a Liberal Arts University in a very rural town in Northeastern Missouri (Truman State University; Kirksville, MO). This school is in a county which is more than fifty percent below the poverty rate. Let me tell you, nothing screams capitalist greed like Kirksville, MO. (In case the sarcasm didn’t come through to well, let me be clear, I’M BEING SARCASTIC!!)

A few days ago, they held an “Occupy Kirksville” event on the campus quad. I didn’t care much, other than my amusement at their thinking Kirksville was a city deserving of Occupation, and my incredible amusement at the rainy, cold night they decided to do it on. Then I walked past their “campsite” the morning after and saw a sign that read thus:

“If you think education is expensive, you should try ignorance.”

I was stunned. I was shocked. I was brought to laughter by the incredible hypocrisy. As I understand it, one of the few things many Occupants have been clear about wanting is free higher education. After all, they’ve done nothing productive in their life, so why shouldn’t the government they’ve never paid taxes to take money from the rich to give them free college? And then I read this sign and thought to myself: “how could they be so hypocritical.”

Yes, education is expensive. Even at a notoriously inexpensive state university, I wish I paid less for college. But that’s just the thing… I still pay for it. College isn’t a right. It’s a privilege. For the same reason someone who got a twelve on their ACT shouldn’t get into Harvard, no one should go to college for free unless they deserve it through merit. Ignorance is not more expensive than education, actually, it’s absolutely free. I should know, because these Occupants were full of it. If they weren’t, they wouldn’t have that sign in front of their tents, and they wouldn’t be Occupying a city with more people who wear overalls to work than business suits.

This is my basic problem with Occupy movements. They’ve got all these problems, and no answers. America has plenty of problems right now, we don’t need ignorant citizens adding more. Perhaps the rich don’t pay enough taxes, but should they be punished for success in a capitalist system? I understand that in the eyes of the Occupants, they should, but it’s a ludicrous proposition. If you want to raise taxes (which I’m not condoning) raise them on everyone. Don’t punish the rich because they have been successful. This is America. We wouldn’t be the great nation we are without the influence of capitalism and entrepreneurship.

We need answers. We don’t need more complaints. If ignorance is so expensive, you should have no qualms paying for your education, but that’s just the thing about Occupants, their entitled to everything without having to work for anything. The ignorance of these Occupants is overwhelming, and it far outweighs that of the so-called “1%.” At least they had to work for what they’ve got in life.

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