Hey You 99% – Quit Your Whining Already

27 Oct

On the way to work this morning, like every morning I was listening to the Kidd Kraddick show when Kidd began doing a spoof of Kelly and what her views were on the Occupy Wall Street movement.  Now, I have not paid that much attention to this foolishness going on in cities across the country but as I listened to Kidd imitate Kelly this morning I found myself fervently shaking my head in agreement with most of what he was saying.  I realized that I needed to do some more research on this modern-day hippie movement.

I admit when I first really paid attention enough to realize what was going on in New York I found myself agreeing with the protesters.  After all, I am frustrated beyond belief with the government and the position that they have gotten us in.  I usually am good for an idea or two a day on
ways that we could change the status quo but I’ve never been ballsy enough to organize a group of people the way the Occupy movement has.

However, when I visited the movements website I was shocked by their list of “demands.”  Guaranteed living wage regardless of employment!
Across the board debt forgiveness!  Free college education!  What in the hell are these people thinking?  I ran as far away as I could as fast as I could.  I refused to be associated with this group of beatnik riff raff who just expected that everything should just be handed to them without any regards for any moral or social implications.

I am all for peaceful demonstrations, I am for voicing your dislike of the system and for attempts to change what you don’t like, after all that’s what this country is all about but when you get into the outlandish and far-fetched that I draw the line.  I can sympathise with the frustration but expecting not to have to pay for your actions is just absurd to me.

I had planned to blog about the Occupy movement, I started out doing research on it but along the way I discovered that a different movement of people.  I decided that I didn’t want to give any more attention to the Occupy movement but rather I wanted to bring attention to this new movement, the We Are the 53% movement.

The 53% movement, founded by Erick Erickson, a CNN contributor who founded the blog RedState.  He started it with a simple Tumblr account with a picture of himself holding a picture of a sign that read:

“”I work 3 jobs. I have a house I can’t sell. My family insurance costs
are outrageous. But I don’t blame Wall Street. Suck it up you whiners. I am the
53% subsidizing you so you can hang out on Wall Street and complain.”

I quickly joined this group of people, some with jobs, some without, black, white and everything in between, young and old, but all of who pay taxes and struggle to make ends meet but yet don’t bitch about it.  We are the people who pay taxes so that the other 46% can sit in that park and
bang away all day on their drums.  The 53% are a collaborative that believes in hard work and self-reliance.  Co-founder Josh Trevino was quoted as saying,

“Even if you’ve had a difficult time, that this is America, and there is
still value in hard work, and individual self-reliance…times are hard, we are
in the worst economic crisis since Great Depression, but nonetheless, the same
American values are really the way out of it,”

At the end of the day, ultimately, the responsibility is yours and yours alone.  You are the captain of your own destiny and the only way to make it in this crazy world is through hard work and determination.  Sure we all make mistakes, I myself can’t even get a gas card in an attempt to help build my credit; I pay 19.99% interest on a car loan just grateful to find a bank willing to take a chance, I am having to rent to own my bed because I couldn’t afford to buy it out right all of this because I made mistakes when I was younger that I am paying for now.  At the end of the day, it’s no one’s fault but my own and I am the only one who can get me out.

Quit blaming others for your choices!  Quit living off the system and grow up, it’s not as bad as it sounds.

I am the 53% and proud of it.

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