The movement known as Occupy Wall Street has branched out into many other cities across the country. Occupy Tampa has positioned its participants along Ashley Street in downtown Tampa. Visiting the site, it appears that approximately two dozen twenty-somethings, many being students, have become involved in the protest.
Speaking with several of the protesters, they do not have a central organizer and are all there for their own personal reasons. They do not like big corporations and big government so much in bed with each other. Sounds a bit like the tea party.
The signs are hand written in much the same fashion as the tea party events in previous months. The messages are also similar:
- “I don’t hate the rich or cops, just corruption”
- “Corporations should not make our laws”
- “I pay taxes, you pay taxes, Bank of America doesn’t”
- “Join us or crash with the system”
- “It’s not about capitalism, it’s about corruption”
These young adults are not aware that they are being used by the radical socialists who have been infiltrating this country for many years. They are becoming the “useful idiots” for an agenda that is intent on crashing the economic system in this country.
Visiting their website Occupy Tampa.org it is apparent that the organization has embraced a socialist philosophy, as can be seen by its format for collective participation in the organization. They make all decisions through a Townhall type meeting. The General Assembly is a “consensus-building public forum to hear all perspectives, opinions and suggestions”.
While it tries to make it appear that everyone’s voice will be heard, it explains that by collective thinking a consensus can be achieved:
“The aim of Collective Thinking is to construct. That is to say, two people with differing ideas work together to build something new. The onus is therefore not on my idea or yours; rather it is the notion that two ideas together will produce something better, something that neither of us had envisaged beforehand. This focus requires of us that we actively listen, rather than merely be preoccupied with preparing our response.
Collective Thinking is born when we understand that all opinions, be these opinions our own or others’, need to be considered when generating consensus and that an idea, once it has been constructed indirectly, can transform us.”
These kids have not been educated to understand the unique value and rights of the individual in American society. It is alarming to see them so easily co-opted by such a radical element. It is a true indication of the collapse of our school system in this country, which has been in decline since the federal government began instituting policies and mandating social programs in our schools. Much of this “general assembly” and “collective thinking” can be seen in the doctrine of the International Baccalaureate programmes that have been implemented first in our high schools and now in many middle schools and even in some pre-schools. For more information on the International Baccalaureate programmes, click here and here.
The youth of today are unlike any in previous generations. They have grown up with so much more than their parents or grandparents. For the most part they were given everything they needed, and much that they wanted, without having to earn it. They have not been taught how to think critically about the world around them. They have been taught to question everything and to understand that there is no right or wrong. Everything is relative in their view of the world. With no anchor to hold them fast they are easily set adrift to be influenced by whomever or whatever shows them some attention or gives them something to believe in – even if they are not quite sure what that might be.
Saturday October 15th is supposed to be the beginning of a global Occupy protest. Occupy Tampa expects many more to join their group.