January 09, 2012, 3:51 PM — Most people know – thanks to relentless, pepper-spray-flavored attempts the OccupyWallStreet movement spent months reminding us during 2011 – that the wealthiest 1 percent of Americans took in a quarter of all the income available to individuals last year. They also own 40 percent of everything there is to own, according to Census and U.S. Treasury figures
That inequity prompted enough Occupations that defenders of or aspirants to the 1 percent worried aloud that the various Occupations would turn into an American version of the revolutions dubbed "Arab Spring" earlier in the year.
That was alarmist hyperbole, of course, painting the protesters as dangerously unstable, potentially violent criminals intent on destroying all the things that made America great just to satisfy their own self-obsessed senses of entitlement.
"Blame the Victim" is a really good game if you're the one being accused and can't come up with any plausible reasons to explain why a decades-long obsessive, pathological selfishness is not only legal(ish), but more Constitutional than allowing the victims to stand up and complain about being dismissed, marginalized and robbed of what used to be called the American Dream, and permanently relegated to lower socio-economic classes no matter how great their talents or ambitions.
That's all about life, liberty and pursuing happiness, though – issues about which people tend to be sensitive because all three got a passing reference in some archaic, handwritten notes that are obviously irrelevant in the 21st century except the parts that allow the owning of guns, slaves and monopolies.
Warning to Congress: Give carriers a break before iPhoners eat us all!
Will anyone get anywhere near that upset following revelations that users of the iPhone 4S are nearly as blatant hogs of cellular bandwidth as "the 1 percent" are of the income, property and civil rights titularly available to every American?