Dear Occupiers, "Is this seat taken?"

Vancouver Protester Sean O'Flynn-Magee
Waiting on Stand-by for a flight to Somalia

So.  I see the Occupiers all over Canada and the U.S. continue to make a nuisance of themselves.  I came up today with the perfect answer to the problem.

Clearly they are so upset with just how horrible and unfair our capitalist system is - so, why not give them the pick of any country in the world (other than the U.S. and Canada) and give them the opportunity to give their seat up to an immigrant from their preferred country of choice.

Because, while they may think that the situation here is so unbearable that they need to stake out a public park to make their point - there are a few people who would actually be pretty happy about living here.

And it's born out by a recent Gallup Poll.

Between 2007 and 2009 people in 135 different countries around the world were polled regarding whether or not they would like to live in another country.

The results of those polls showed that roughly 700 million people would leave their country to live permanently in another country, if given the opportunity.

And where do you think those 700 million people would live, if given the chance?

Three guesses, the first one doesn't count.

The United States of America - favored destination of 24% of all applicants was far and away the most desired country of choice - some 165 million.

Second place - the great white north - Canada - favored choice of some 45 million.

Think about that.

And then consider that in the U.S.A, there are some 12 million illegal immigrants - people living under threat of deportation, people who quite often do not speak English, people who cannot apply for Employment Insurance, or other government benefits, who, because they are illegal, work for less than minimum wage, crammed into unsafe homes with others like themselves.

Because, quite simply, there is no better place on earth where the little guy has a chance to make something more of himself.

There is, without question, no other place on this earth where the opportunity exists to overcome an impoverished upbringing than Canada and the U.S.A.

That's why people are lining up in our immigration cues, why people are climbing over fences, walking across deserts at night and sitting in the rusted hulls of ships crossing the ocean to get in.

Is it perfect?  Nope.  But it's the best damned imperfect system on this earth - so much so that people will literally risk their lives to get here.

It's so obvious, that you would have to be an idiot not to see it.

Or perhaps some over-educated, lazy hipster squatter.

Someone, say, like Sean O'Flynn-Magee.