If you’re willing to follow your slight curiosity as to why I believe this, then please good sir or madam or thespian: read on.
In a Nov. 7th post, entitled ‘Anarchy,’ Miller authored a response to the Occupy movement, that has a few people talking — this guy right here included.
But what I’m going to do, is not jump on Frank in a general spew of outrage and “what-the-fuck-bro” reactions. Nay good sir, I will debate this gentleman of the graphic novel, in the most respectable and civil place on earth: the interwebs.
1. The protesters? They’re so unconstitutional right now.
Miller begins his piece with a pretty bold statement, citing both Occupy Oakland and Occupy Wall Street, and labeling them cowards… Cowards who shut down major city ports and march down freeways. This isn’t the kicker though.
Some of you may believe that Occupy is simply exercising their right “to peacefully assemble and to petition the government for a redress of grievances” — but they’re so not. No sir, according to Miller, the Occupy movement is “anything but an exercise of our blessed First Amendment.”
This makes tilt my head to the side and say “uhhh…” Last time I checked, one of Occupy’s eastern philosophical mantras was this crazy, crazy new idea about ‘peaceful protests.’ It’s something they talk about again and again.
2. 99 percent? Yeah, more like hipsters who dabble in a little rape and thievery.
This isn’t an uncommon view of Occupy, actually. Many of the critics contend that these protesters are well-to-do trust fund babies complaining about lack of jobs and opportunity. I’m not sure why people who don’t need jobs would be protesting unless they’re sticking up for people who do need jobs, or at least better quality jobs. That would actually be pretty altruistic, and awesome. That would be very awesome.
Anyway, Miller doesn’t refute any of those angles, calling the movement an “ugly fashion statement by a bunch of iPhone, iPad wielding spoiled brats.” Ouch. I totally love Macs… But this isn’t the whole description of protesters. Not only are they stuck in their “sheltered, comfy little worlds,” but Occupy is a “pack of louts, thieves, and rapists, an unruly mob, fed by Woodstock-era nostalgia and putrid false righteousness.”
Holy shit. Miller was mad. I can maybe see why he’d call them louts, maybe an unruly mob. But I never once saw any signs downtown at Zuccotti Park saying “Rape is Great,” or “Thievin’ is Achievin’.” I think Miller might be referring to the sexual assault in Philadelphia. Alright, let’s shed light on this. The 50-year suspect is connected to a string of robberies in Kalamazoo, Michigan for chrissakes. I don’t think he was there to protest the growing disparity between the rich and poor. Nope. He’s just an ordinary criminal taking advantage of protesters.
3. Occupiers hate jobs with the passion of thousand suns.
This belief is kind of a spin-off of the former. Evidently, Miller agrees with the age-old adage we always offer the homeless, that they should “stop getting in the way of working people and find jobs for themselves.”
But that isn’t the point actually. Many of these people do actually have jobs, and just return to the site to protest. Others live at the sites and leave only to go to work. In fact, some studies are showing that there is a lower unemployment rate in the Occupy Protests than the Tea Party. But what I believe Miller hasn’t jumped onto yet, is that the conditions in which they work. For example, having to work multiple jobs and at least 60 hours a week like yours truly. So yes, many of these men and women are upset that they’re now out of college with four-year degrees and are still working at the BK Lounge. It sucks. And it shouldn’t. Hence the 99 percent thing.
4. Occupiers are basement dwellers who play ‘Lords of Warcraft.’
Miller keeps it trill again. “Go back to your mommas’ basements and play with your Lords of Warcraft.”
That’s all. Carry on.
5. Occupies should all enlist.. again?
Miller ends with another amazingly ill-informed point of advice. Instead of moving back into their ‘momma’s house,’ he offers another solution: “ Enlist for the real thing. Maybe our military could whip some of you into shape. They might not let you babies keep your iPhones, though. Try to soldier on.”
I actually couldn’t come up with witty comebacks for this one. It’s kind of just,.. wrong. Not just to those who are fighting for their company both abroad and domestically, but to the fact that Miller doesn’t know about Scott Olsen. It’s the fact that he gets upset about things he seems to not know much about. Three days before Miller wrote these words, police injured a second Iraq War veteran in Occupy Oakland.This all occurred after a video of an Iraq veteran shunning police for their brutality went viral. But with all that said, I think the real question is: when did Miller serve?
And with that ladies and gentlemen, I await further news on the subject. It is my sincerest belief that the Occupy Movement is indeed imperfect, but not malevolent or pointless. There is depth.