Khalil Gibran (1883-1931) is a highly regarded Lebanese mystic and a Maronite Catholic whose profound writings and insights centered around Christianity and a belief there was a seamless existence between all faiths. One of his books, The Prophet, has not been out of publication since its 1923 release and has now been translated into nearly 50 languages. More on Mr. Gibran in a minute.
In the interim it might be instructive to peek under the circus tent and see what the carnies are cooking for the Occupy Movement, especially when the intent of that collection of court jesters and flimflammers is to be recognized as a Political Action Committee. One of the movement’s “ministers”, John Paul Thornton, recently said the purpose for forming the PAC was to be able to raise unlimited amounts of money so as to be able to combat the unlimited amounts of money that influence politics, before adding such a mission might seem a bit “counterintuitive.” Apparently, the word “hypocritical” is not in Mr. Thornton’s vocabulary. If successful in bending enough laws to qualify as a PAC, the movement will be the first to list “envy” as a motivating force for its creation and “sloth” as its ultimate objective. Rumor has it that the New Black Panthers are next, with a stated mission of thuggery and voter intimidation and an attorney general who has already signed off on the project.
First of all, occupiers do not represent the majority of Americans, a vainglorious, unchecked presumption excused by the lilliputian minds that litter today’s media, and an insult to 99.99% of all taxpayers. It might have seemed like a swell idea for people of their ilk to write a college thesis on how gays and lesbians influenced the Ming Dynasty, but such an indulgence was never undertaken to provide a path for self-sustenance. Instead it was a forum selected specifically for a pseudo-intellectual purpose with the ultimate intent of commiserating with like-minded idiots who squandered 8 years in undergrad programs analyzing cave art. Too harsh?
Not harsh enough. Conspicuously missing from occupiers’ rag-tag group of miscreants and reprobate are current and ex-military personnel and people who went to school to learn a practical trade. Nobody in uniform. No plumbers, electricians, roofers, framers, pipe-fitters, plumbers, or sheet metal workers to be found. Why? Because serious people pursue education or a path for their lives with a result in mind. That result is to provide for themselves and not be covetous of their neighbors or to look to others to change their diapers.
People who became successful did not pursue their dreams with a proviso that one day they would become the host upon which all underachievers could suck for nourishment. Instead, oftentimes against unimaginable odds, they sacrificed their time and energy to first provide for themselves and their families, and then, after driving themselves relentlessly for 25 or 30 years found prosperity, often to their own surprise, for they were dedicated to a cause and not the end game of wealth. I have a close friend who was the youngest of 13 children, none of whom had the benefit of a “formal” education or being able to discuss the essence of being in wi-fi coffee rooms. He began as a lowly sheet-rocker and now runs a successful contracting firm. Like so many others, he is another “30-year-over-night-success”, the very person the parasites repeatedly vilify, and whom the current administration whacks like a piñata.
Proposing an endless number of bureaucratic impediments and restrictions on a specific class of people is inconsistent with the very concept of liberty, while conversely, destroying property, urinating and defecating in public, and singing “I Don’t Want To Work. I Want To Bang On The Drum All Day” is not a platform for change that anyone could or should take seriously, unless of course one is counted among the prostitutes and enablers that comprise today’s media, or a subversive public official who promotes national discord from a lofty perch in Washington D.C.
A plan to rule is the antithesis of a plan to lead. Once the legerdemain of Blame it on Bush ceased to provide cover for an unqualified president the mantra of Blame it on The Rich was adapted in hope that a new lie repeated often enough will somehow morph into the truth. Impossible?
Hardly. Nearly any American with a modicum of historical knowledge would credit to President Kennedy the prolific quote “Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country”, when in fact Kennedy stole the line without any attribution whatsoever from a piece written by Khalil Gibran in 1925 entitled The New Frontier: Are you a politician asking what your country can do for you, or a zealous one asking what you can do for your country?
A dissembling president and assemblage of wash-outs and flunkies consider themselves the arbiters to define the amorphous concept of “fairness.” It is high time, instead, to expose them all as artless posers who see anarchy and Marxism as solutions.