Published On: Sat, Oct 8th, 2011

Steve Jobs and the Occupy Wall Street Crowd

The story of the death of a true American genius who chose to leave college because the costs were bleeding his parents dry is juxtaposed with the story of demonstrations by self indulgent, self absorbed, wannabe radicals whose primary demand seems to be that someone else pay for their college tuition.  Oh, and cancel their college loans and credit card bills. The two stories provide a stark contrast between the productive and the non-productive. Steve Jobs working from his parents’ garage helped make the world a better place. The crowd occupying Zuccotti park are just making that part of the world a messier place.

Steve Jobs represented American exceptionalism. He walked in the footprints of other exceptional Americans like Alexander Graham Bell, Thomas Edison, and Henry Ford. His like does not appear often. The OWS crowd represents a European style self-indulgence. They seem to believe that someone owes them a living. They are not satisfied with the opportunity to pursue happiness but demand that it be provided for them. While Jobs devoted his life to creating innovations that changed the world, the protesters demand that the world stop to listen to their whiny plaints. As they listen to music on their iPods and communicate with each other on their iPads they condemn the capitalism that made those products possible.

The story of Steve Jobs is an inspirational one. This one man’s genius provided us with so much technology that has improved our lives immensely. From the iMac to the iPod, to the iPad, Steve Jobs provided us with the world at our fingertips. What will be the legacy of the crowd occupying streets in downtown Manhattan? It will certainly not be that they made the world a better place.

Liberal pundits want to compare these protesters to those of  Tahrir Square and others of the so called Arab Spring, but the OWS crowd so much more resembles the rioting Greeks who oppose any changes in the benefits that they receive from government. The Greeks seem to be running into the problem that Maggie Thatcher described “The Socialists always run out of other people’s money. It’s quite a characteristic of them.”  The OWS crowd seems not to have gotten that message yet.

It was a sad day when America lost one of it’s greatest innovators, but he will leave behind a legacy of having improved the lives of millions, if not billions. The silly kids marching in downtown Manhattan will not even be a footnote in history.  Their movement will be like the Seinfeld show, it’s about nothing. They are being co-opted by Democrat operatives, hard eyed union thugs and the left wing media. They are merely pawns in a larger game.

About the Author

- Paul Bianco, retired from a career in sales, now spends his spare time as a gadfly on the many political blogs. Paul says he is just going through a phase, but that phase seems to have lasted two decades. Paul's conservative political philosophy was formed well before conservative talk radio and Fox News came along. Paul remembers the days when conservatives like William F Buckley Jr were voices in the wilderness "standing athwart history, yelling stop!" From time to time Paul contributes some of the insights he has gained from observing politics for so many years, and hopes that readers will be entertained and perhaps even enlightened.