Now, barring communism and socialism from the equation, I do believe those who have stolen, committed fraud, or are actively corrupt whether in the private or public sector should be prosecuted to the furthest extent of the law. What this country needs is not violent revolution, or radical ideologies but a little honesty, integrity, and valuing the merits of hard work and discipline. If one is unwilling to go and get a piece of the pie for themselves then they deserve not to have it. The lone individual decides how much they want in this life, and not some collective. The blame needs to be placed on the doorstep of the Capital, because they have forgotten their place as duly elected stewards of this fine Republican Democracy. They would rather be comped or wine and dined by lobbyists instead of doing what is right regardless of the consequences to their political career. Republicans and Democrats are equally guilty of it.
As for this wealthy one percent that is being scapegoated by politicians and more or less these Wall Street occupiers? They should be prosecuted if it is found that the law was broken in their pursuits of business and wealth. However, just because they have more than I or the next guy, the government or the people have no right to summarily confiscate their assets and property because of having encountered a twist of bad luck. That one percent is not all guilty as some have pointed out. Some are where they are through honest, and legitimate business dealings. Now, there are some who belong to that group who have partaken in fraud, corruption, and deception and those who are found out should be prosecuted. Enough with the insanity already!
For those kids and the misinformed gathering in protests? If they should have any questions about socialism and communism? It would be a credit for them to seek out those who have lived under it from the former Soviet Union, Eastern Bloc countries, and other regions where it has presented itself in practice. They will tell them the true ins and outs of it by experience. It is not all peaches and cream, and far from utopia. Well, I can go on and on about this, that, and everything else. Like others, I too am skeptical about the Wall Street demonstrations, and their true intent. One thing I can agree with them on is that our economy, and country is in dire straights.
I firmly believe this country needs to have a renaissance in accordance to our preexisting principles and ideals, and not a radical change to anything else. We need to remember the values of honesty, integrity, work ethic, reason, and logic. The mob rhetoric has never solved anything but led to insanity and chaos. Just my two cents.
edit on 5-10-2011 by Jakes51 because: (no reason given)