#Occupywallstreet doesn't appreciate the irony of its movement

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By Caroline Curran, Reporter



Want to occupy the nation’s financial district in protest? There’s an app for that.

There’s also a hashtag. Actually, there are at least two hashtags I’ve found: #ows and #occupywallstreet. For you non-tech-savvy folks out there, hashtags are a web mechanism used with Twitter to maximize your audience.

Don’t forget about their newspaper. It’s the Occupied Wall Street Journal. Clever, but I’d guess at least one lawsuit may be sprung from this movement.

There’s a website, too.

What anti-capitalism protest isn’t complete with all the modern luxuries of capitalism, er, technology?

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, the movement is called Occupy Wall Street, and its participants have no idea the irony of their movement.

Their mission? Down with capitalism and those evil, ne’er-do-well Wall Street bankers.

It’s those greedy bankers, they say, who are destroying our great nation by putting bottom lines in front of employees and worshiping the almighty dollar rather than the human spirit.

Wall Street bankers (or anyone remotely associated with the financial industry) are to blame for high unemployment and stagnant recovery, they argue.

In a nutshell, capitalism is bad.  Some say the best alternative is communism, but some involved with the movement are hesitant to be associated with those folks.

Now, unions and community organizers are involved. Teachers, autoworkers and writers are among unions involved in the occupation.

Of course, a lot of the people occupying Wall Street or Any Street USA in some of the offshoot occupations are unemployed. I don’t mean to be cruel, but I don’t think that’s where they’re going to find their next paycheck. I hate for anyone to be unable to support themselves or their families, but perhaps their energy and time are misdirected.

Then, there are those who quit and/or didn’t show up to their jobs so they can protest not having a job.

It’s a mind-boggler, I know.

I certainly don’t mind the fact they’re protesting. Trust me, you’ll find it difficult to find a more ardent supporter of the First Amendment than me. It’s just that there’s a beautiful, underlying irony of the movement that lends itself well to political satire.

Every few generations or so people get antsy. They protest. They march. Sometimes change happens. Sometimes the movement just becomes a punch line.

More often than not, protests, marches, movements, etc., take place because people want something: Equal rights, for example. They’re fighting for justice, equality or freedom.

It’s still unclear exactly what the occupants want, but according to their website, “Occupy Wall Street is a leaderless resistance movement with people of many colors, genders and political persuasions.”

Their common bond: “We are the 99 percent that will no longer tolerate the greed and corruption of the 1 percent.”

They might not like capitalism or banks, but they do like money. In fact, they ask for it on their website. And food—they need that, too.

So if anyone is feeling particularly generous (or if you just hate money), you can mail donations to the following address: The UPS Store (Re: Occupy Wall Street), 118A Fulton St. #205, New York, NY 10038.

UPS? The poster child of American ingenuity achieved through capitalism. What’s next, are they going to Tweet their messages out via their iPhones?

They do request you send money orders. They can’t cash checks yet.

Yet? I guess when things get bad enough, the banks aren’t that bad after all.

If they were true anti-capitalists, they’d light signal fires and yell at each other to communicate because UPS and Apple would fail to be here today if not for capitalism.

So, they can chant and assemble playing knights of the roundtable. But, if you ask me, it’s time they get back to work. After all, without hard-working Americans, how are they going to fund their Camelot?

Sunshine and rainbows still aren’t accepted in as many places as American Express.