Posted 7 years ago on May 27, 2012, 1:02 a.m. EST by ElSolTaino
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My parents moved to the United States from Puerto Rico with not much at all in their pockets. My mother is a housewife and my father is a carpenter that makes not much money at all. Along with my younger brother, they live in a house cramped with many other relatives. And they are very happy with what very little they have. One relative has cancer, one is mentally handicapped . . but in a house of 13, where food isn't always guarenteed, they dance every night. They laugh. And they are grateful for the opportunities in the United States of America.
My younger cousins both graduated high school - the first in the family, after me - and are attending Uni for free because of academic excellence.
My best friend from high school, Jarvis, was in a homeless shelter in a rough neighborhood since 7th grade. His mother was a prostitute addicted to crack who was killed, and his father, as far as he is concerned, doesn't even exist. But in 10th grade, he started buying shoes and selling them for higher prices. Just flipping shoes, he makes on average, $1500 a month. In his last year of school, he wore a diamond-studded rolex, worth $3200, every day. He got accepted to an Honors Business program in school for - you guessed right - free, due to academic and personal excellence.
I've been through enough shitty events in my life to be completely screwed in the head, like many of you OWS'ers love to self-diagnose. But I pulled through. I pulled through my sister's suicide, seeing people killed right in front of me multiple times, and poverty. I am now finishing my master's degree in Chemistry and have excellent career prospects, no matter which path I take.Why can't you all do the same?
I agree that American corporations have become too powerful. I believe that they should be practicing business in a more ethical ways, and that, as a whole, capitalism must be fixed not because it is broken, but because the Amercan consumer culture that Broken Capitalists begat BECAME capitalism. And, in turn, we live an unsustainable lifestyle that has become out of accordance with mother nature. And yes - the ultra rich should exist solely because they make ultra-contributions to society.
But don't blame the system because you chose a competitive career like acting, writing, or art. Don't blame the system after you are trying to go to school while on your own with two kids. Don't blame the system when you want healthcare and university education for free, while you are probably contributing NOTHING back to the system. Don't blame the system when you aren't willing to do HARD LABOR for your money, because many of you Americans aren't.
Of course I am not talking about ALL of you - to do that would be prejudgmental and that is unfair. But from what I have seen from personal interview and conversation, many of you are just simply . . . lazy. Many of you have fantasies of living bohemian lifestyles with no worry. I mean no offense, friends . . . I really don't. :-/ But in this democratic society, I can say what I feel, right? :-/
I've seen many members in my family not eat and feed the young, because they were too proud to take federal assistance. Has the modern American lost all pride?
I always thought I was liberal when I made friends from Germany, Denmark, Scandinavia, and many parts of Asia. But when I came to the United States, I realized the average American liberal is no better then the average American conservative. Hell, American liberals don't even follow true Liberalism.
I would support OWS. And I would bring MANY followers with me down to OWS. But it isn't about corporations with too much money influencing American politics. It isn't about making environmental regulations tighter to help replenish the Earth we live on. It isn't about ANYTHING legitimate. It's labeled as such, but it is not a real protest with real people.