….Matt Taibbi dissecting the anti-OWS propaganda now being hastily manufactured by America’s real economic parasites:
I was at an event on the Upper East Side last Friday night when I got to talking with a salesman in the media business. The subject turned to Zucotti Park and Occupy Wall Street, and he was chuckling about something he’d heard on the news.
“Okay, I’ll bite,” I said. “Why is that funny?”
“Well, I heard they’re trying to decide what bank to put their money in,” he said, munching on hors d’oeuvres. “It’s just kind of ironic.”
“Dude,” I said. “These people aren’t protesting money. They’re not protesting banking. They’re protesting corruption on Wall Street.”
“Whatever,” he said, shrugging.
Can you say “disconnect”?
I knew you could.
Part of the corruption that real people are protesting is indeed that type of disconnect – a mentality bred in the petri dish of Republican-fostered greed that has led people like the person to whom Taibbi was talking to actually believe (1) that no matter how much money they have and no matter how they got it, they’re actually entitled to it; (2) that ‘job creators’ are entitled to never have to worry about any possibility of losing any part of any invistment that they might have to make in the process of starting and/or running a business; and (3) real people are incapable of seeing the difference between legitimate success and fraud and, in turn, appropriately reacting differently to each one.
There’s a reason that Bud Selig was terrified that Barry Bonds would break Hank Aaron’s home run record in one of the 29 ballparks whose fans would feel no home-team obligation not to pelt Bonds with rocks and garbage upon stealing the baseball milestone from a guy so classy that even my racist father openly admired him.
I watch a lot of minor league baseball. There are four teams within an hour’s drive of where I live. The closest one is a Cardinals farm team, the Quad Cities River Bandits. If Albert Pujols boogies from the Cardinals to some other team in the off-season, his likely eventual replacement at first base will be a guy named Matt Adams, who played for the Bandits last year.
Don’t be surprised if he outdoes what Pujols has done over the last decade.
And if, as I’m wheezing and drooling 20 years from now, Adams erases Bonds – as well as Aaron – from the top spot on the MLB home run list, no one will begrudge him or anyone else who might come along and do so…
unless, of course, he – or whoever – does so by becoming the next Jose Canseco instead of the next Hank Aaron…
which brings me back to Wall Street:
[T]here have always been rich and poor people in America, so if this is about jealousy, why the protests now? The idea that masses of people suddenly discovered a deep-seated animus/envy toward the rich – after keeping it strategically hidden for decades – is crazy.
Success is the national religion, and almost everyone is a believer. Americans love winners. But that’s just the problem. These guys on Wall Street are not winning – they’re cheating. And as much as we love the self-made success story, we hate the cheater that much more.
In this country, we cheer for people who hit their own home runs – not shortcut-chasing juicers like Bonds and McGwire, Blankfein and Dimon.
That’s why it’s so obnoxious when people say the protesters are just sore losers who are jealous of these smart guys in suits who beat them at the game of life. This isn’t disappointment at having lost. It’s anger because those other guys didn’t really win. And people now want the score overturned.
The fact that Hank Aaron didn’t form a one-man ‘Occupy Candlestick Park’ a few years back doesn’t change that.
We want our country back – and that includes our money.