The Occupy Wall Street volunteer kitchen staff launched a “counter” revolution yesterday — because they’re angry about working 18-hour days to provide food for “professional homeless” people and ex-cons masquerading as protesters.
For three days beginning tomorrow, the cooks will serve only brown rice and other spartan grub instead of the usual menu of organic chicken and vegetables, spaghetti bolognese, and roasted beet and sheep’s-milk-cheese salad.
They will also provide directions to local soup kitchens for the vagrants, criminals and other freeloaders who have been descending on Zuccotti Park in increasing numbers every day.
I think this is my favorite part:
“We need to limit the amount of food we’re putting out” to curb the influx of derelicts, said Rafael Moreno, a kitchen volunteer.
A security volunteer added that the cooks felt “overworked and underappreciated.”
Good heavens! They sound like…like…callers to the Rush Limbaugh show advocating spending limits!
Many of those being fed “are professional homeless people. They know what they’re doing,” said the guard at the food-storage area.
Today, a limited menu of sandwiches, chips and some hot food will be doled out — so legitimate protesters will have a day to make arrangements for more upscale weekend meals.
So, there you have it: in this living experiment in socialism, it turns out there are “legitimate” people and the illegitimate. And the legitimate people, who actually are working for something, they should get the good food, the “chicken and vegetables, spaghetti bolognese, and roasted beet and sheep’s-milk-cheese salad.”
They should have the “finer things.”
Meanwhile, the other people, the “not-legitimate” people who are not actually working for anything and just taking advantage (because they are “professional homeless” who “know what they’re doing,” and how to game the system) — they shouldn’t get the finer things. They shouldn’t even be there. They should go away.
And the homeless, seeking a nice meal instead of garbage pickings?
They should get directions to the soupkitchens! It reminds me of Ebenezer Scrooge asking: “Are there no workhouses?” Isn’t there some other place than here, for those people?
The Occupy Wall Street folks must be stunned to find that all that they hate they are so quickly become.
Assuming they’re even cognizant of the fact.
I’m a little fuzzy here, are the legitimate people who get the better food, are they the 99% or the 1%?
Capitalism is a flawed, imperfect system that too often serves the impulse to greed that is part of our broken human nature. But socialism — unless it is rooted in something larger than the secular world and its wonders — is also flawed, and it too can serve our worst impulses to over-control and dictate.
The a humbling of the human heart, one that roots itself in a larger understanding of service to something inborn and fundamental and free, is where all revolution must truly begin. Without that, it’s a continual battle between weeds and wheat. It’s not a judgment. It’s just the world, as it really is.
Meanwhile, in related news, occupations are beginning to get violent. Oh, gee. Who couldn’t see that coming?
This is not going to end well.
PHOTO: Chad Rachman, NY Post
MORE IRONY: I love this! “We wanted to join the protests,” she added. “And we weren’t going to hire a baby-sitter.” Job creation and wealth distribution, not uppermost on your mind then. Good to know.
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