The most frightening thing about the mobs that are proliferating in our cities is their unabashed ignorance. One is tempted to say stupidity, but that wouldn’t be accurate or fair. Stupidity implies the “occupiers” were born lacking the capacity for rational thought. That’s not the case. It took years in the public school system and in college to arrive at their present condition of ignorance. No, that’s not accurate either. They know what they have been taught.
They have been taught that capitalism is bad and socialism is good. They have been taught that it is noble and moral to take money away from “the rich” (i.e. anyone who has more than they have) and give it to the more deserving (to them) or anyone they have been taught to regard as victims of “the system.”
The poster child for the mob is Illinois Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr. The descriptor child is used deliberately because one can hardly say that the inane drivel Jackson is spouting is the product of mature thought.
“I believe in the direct hiring of 15 million unemployed Americans. At 40,000 a head, some more than 40,000 some less than 40,000, that would be $600 billion. It could be a five-year program,” Jackson said, going on to add money to bail out cities and states. “For $804 billion, we help Americans, we bail out the cities and bail out the states and we do it through direct hire.”
Jackson wants the president to do that by fiat. Forget Congress. Forget the Constitution. Where the money comes from is not Jackson’s worry. Dictators have absolute power of redistribution, don’t they?
The “occupiers” have been nurtured on multiculturalism and the moral superiority of diversity. Never mind the e pluribus unum stuff. The 20 somethings camping out in Zuccotti park would be unable to answer even the most elementary questions about the system of government that allows them to defecate on police cars and disrupt traffic. (See The Price of Ignorance for a more complete exposition on this topic.) They have been taught an adversarial culture in which American history is simply a record of injustices at home and abroad. See An Educational Retrospective for more of what they have been taught. Long gone is the public school system that was tasked to transmit a common culture rooted in English literature and Western European history.
The mob knows nothing about the struggle to build the republic or the thinking that created the Constitution. They know nothing about what happens when mobs mobilize for equality, or the French Revolutionists willingness to sacrifice liberty in the belief that they could attain it.
They don’t know the derivation of the term “useful idiots” or that it describes the naivete of those who think they are a force for good when they support a cause that will inevitably enslave them. Perhaps they have forgotten or weren’t listening when candidate Obama announced his “National Service” plan.
“We will ask Americans to serve. We will create new opportunities for Americans to serve. And we will direct that service to our most pressing national challenges.”
Rahm Emanuel elaborated on what this means in a 2006 interview on CNN. In the Obama/Emanuel lexicon “ask” is a euphemism for “require.”
It has been widely reported that the “occupiers” do not seem to have a coherent message or purpose. It isn’t coherent but it boils down to “more.” But in the ‘brave new world’ they think they want it won’t be the more they are expecting.