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BAUERLE: The First Occupier

Buffalo, N.Y. ( - A long long time ago there was a man who lived a very disappointing life.
He worked long hours and made very little money in an age of considerable economic expansion and tremendous fortunes that were being accumulated by others.
The people establishing these vast dynasties were innovators who saw the opportunities in various areas such as transportation, building and high-speed communication.
Like smart and ambitious business people of every age, these titans had the skills and made the connections needed to succeed and they did. Wildly.
They threw big parties. They travelled in style. They lived in houses that would put Chris Rock’s palace to shame.
But this did little for the pockets of the man who lived a very disappointing life, and he grew bitter.
We’ll return to his story later.
A short distance away, there was another man growing up as the seventh child of nine in his family.
We’ll call him Wilhelm.
At seventeen he was forced to end his advanced education because his health failed and he ran out of money.
Within months his country was attacked and he left home to fight to defend it.
His bravery in battle and courage under fire were noticed, and he won promotion and was soon on the staff of what we’d call a general.
After serving his country, Wilhelm returned home, married a woman with special medical needs and entered the business world after immersing himself in studies.
As Wilhelm prepared and advanced himself, the man who led the disappointing life-we’ll call him Lee-held various jobs.
Lee joined various clubs, and listened to speeches about the plight of the 99% and the despair of the working man. When a foreign king was murdered, Lee began to think. Deeply. Broodingly.
One day Lee quit a job and never worked again.
Instead, Lee attended speeches where orators of note decried the plight of poor workers, and called for a revolution to address the unequal distribution of wealth and the gap between rich and poor.
One day, the lives of these two very different men, Wilhelm and Lee,  crossed paths under the brilliant sunshine of an early fall day.
Wilhelm didn’t know Lee, but Lee certainly knew of Wilhelm. Everyone did.
As the two very different men came face to face to shake hands, the disappointed Lee pulled a gun and fired two shots at the brave and hard-working Wilhelm, who had made something of himself.
As Wilhelm stumbled and collapsed, he urged his many friends to go easy on the man who’d just shot him, and Lee was hustled away from the scene.
When Wilhelm’s ailing wife learned of her hero husband being shot, the already labile lady fell into a deeper depression than ever; one from which she would never recover. You might say that Lee shot two people that day.
As Wilhelm underwent the primitive surgery of the day for a gunshot to the abdomen, Lee was questioned by the authorities: “Why did you shoot Wilhelm?”
Lee, having consumed the speeches of the Anarchist movement declared, “I did my duty. I did it for the American people. It isn’t right that one man should have so much and another man has nothing.” I’ve paraphrased to make the words mean something in 2011 terms.
I’m sure you’ve figured out long ago that the disappointed man I’ve named “Lee” was Leon Czolgosz, who mortally wounded President William (“Wilhelm”) McKinley here in Buffalo in September 1901.
Today, Czolgosz’s philosophical descendants in the “Occupy” movement are camped out at Niagara Square in Downtown Buffalo.
There’s a monument there.
It was erected to the memory of William McKinley.

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11/17/2011 5:53AM
BAUERLE: The First Occupier
Let me know what you think...
11/17/2011 7:36AM
Good one Tom
I like this commentary!
11/17/2011 8:36AM
According to census data:
8.9 percent of U.S. total income in 1976 went to the top 1% of American households; in 2007 that number ballooned to 23.5 percent. The resulting elimination of the American middle class is the biggest story of the past thirty years. You and your ilk are paid to promote and exacerbate this crisis, which is why we get Allegories For Morons in lieu of truth. Of course this post will never see the light of day due to your station's craven cowardice when it comes to allowing opposing viewpoints. Or maybe it's just your anti-Americanism. Or more likely both.
11/17/2011 8:58AM
The First Occupier
"WASHINGTON (CNNMoney) -- A group of two dozen millionaires stormed Capitol Hill on Wednesday, demanding lawmakers raise their taxes." It would seem that a few of these 'hard workers' think that it is morally wrong to get such aneasy tax burden per earned dollar then the rest of us?
11/17/2011 9:32AM
well done Tom
very good commentary
11/17/2011 9:45AM
The media has told me that the biggest story of the last 30 years was the election of Barack Obama. They wouldn't lie to me would they?
11/17/2011 9:52AM
Thank you for sharing this story. I agree the occupiers have a right to protest but as you were talking yesterday, they don't have the right to block businesses, squat, etc. I wonder if a single occupier even realizes the irony of where they are camped out...somehow I'm doubting it
11/17/2011 9:53AM
Thank you
Thank you for taking the time to point out what should have been obvious to the rest of us.
11/17/2011 10:01AM
Who Owns WBEN, And Who Pays Tom Bauerle, and Sandy Beach?
Both of these guys seem to love putting the Occupy Movement down, and denigrating its participants, while they both come across as very materialistic and condescending to those who are less well off, financially, than themselves! These two guys appear to love reveling in their wealth (always talking about their love of new cars, restaurants, etc), gotten from large corporate sponsors and owners of radio stations, while trumpeting the corporate/radio station propaganda line. Sorry, I'm not buying their brand of corporate Kool Aide.
11/17/2011 10:10AM
Here's how this "essay" makes sense:
Picture it being read by a sneering, unpleasant man wearing a top hat and a monocle.
11/17/2011 10:45AM
Injustice Leads to Violence
If people feel abused, things will happen. If it's just a small number of people, the things they do will be only minor acts of violence - violence toward self or family, petty theft, etc. The larger the number of people feeling abused, the larger the acts of violence - gangs, murders, grand theft. When it reaches a tipping point. the fiber of society is threatened. If the "haves" don't allow enough of the others to prosper, they are shoot the goose that lays the golden eggs.
11/17/2011 11:23AM
I've never read anything so stupid
or ignorant in my entire life. And I've read a lot of ignorant nonsense.
11/17/2011 11:25AM
The biggest mistake the movement has made is to let others define it.
11/17/2011 11:58AM
Love the writing
But I'm more inclined to agree with the last comment, I mean, I agree Capitalism is probably the best system, but at what point do we have to rein in the greed. I mean, if I invented a device, a button, that would destroy the world would I be able to extract 99% of the wealth from everyone on earth, or would they be lining up to take a shot at me?
11/17/2011 12:28PM
What do they really aspire to Occupy?
Aside from having no realistic objective, very few if any of the 'occupiers' seems to realize that the '1 percent' they keep talking about is literally changing all the time and that, aside from ones own efforts (or lack thereof),there is absolutely nothing in a free capitalistic society that prevents anyone from moving in and out of that 1%.
11/17/2011 2:01PM
Baurle pro's & cons
this commentary is weird- I thought the article would be about Baurle who is also weird but does a good job on civil and public emergencies- he is intelligent but speaks too much of his sexual prowess (????0 and also has a bombastic and condencending sp?? presonality RC
11/17/2011 3:11PM
Someone's asleep at the wheel.
Normally WBEN won't allow any comments that don't praise the hosts and their lies, the narrative, and the agenda. Interns maybe?
11/17/2011 3:12PM
"aside from ones own efforts (or lack thereof),there is absolutely nothing in a free capitalistic society that prevents anyone from moving in and out of that 1%. " -- this may one of the most idiotic observations ever. Someone listens to Rush every day.
11/17/2011 4:15PM
Great read
Thanks, Tom, for a great read about an event that sadly, is forgotten or unknown among many in WNY. I'm planning on using this as part of our history lesson--we're homeschoolers).
11/17/2011 4:39PM
not learning from the past
Good commentary, you know that all they(school) taught us was that he was shot in Buffalo, and that was it. I went to school 40 years ago,but they never told the students all the circumstances.The schools have to tell more about the history of our country, if our children want to survive. Everybody has the right to better themselves, if you don't, you lose.
11/17/2011 7:05PM
BAUERLE: The First Occupier
Tom, Great commentary. I was on the road when you told this story. I did not hear it all, until I read it on your WBEN's website. Keep up the great work you do.
11/17/2011 8:51PM
Tom, I actually got this in my Fortune Cookie with my lunch today at work:
"Only you can change your life. No one can do it for you." Your commentary was fantastic.
11/17/2011 10:23PM
Very well put.
Thanks Tom.
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