Let’s talk about Occupy Wall Street and why you should be paying attention to the movement that’s sweeping the nation.
Remember not too long after the turn of the last century when women got all uppity and wanted the right to vote? They protested and the cops beat them up and put them in jail, but eventually they won the right and now those of us with lady parts don’t think twice about the fact we get to check off little boxes deciding who our overlords will be.
Remember back in the sock hoppy fifties and the hippy dippy sixties when Martin Luther King Jr. and Rosa Parks and their friends said, “No more separate but equal. How about just equal?”* (* Not to be confused with the chemical laden artificial sweetening product).
Well then, how about back in the big hair eighties, when Kevin Bacon had had enough of a ban on dancing and stood up and tapped a toe about it? (Before he was 6 degrees from people you’ve heard of.)
Luckily you can catch up on this one with the upcoming remake, also called Footloose. Watch a trailer here.
Well, two of these uprisings really happened right here in the land of the supposedly free and the brave, the good ol’ US of A.
I mention them because Occupy Wall Street is very similar; people have been treated unfairly and are upset about it and they are peacefully demonstrating to demand an end to an injustice.
And just as has happened before, they are being arrested and beaten by police and berated by the talking heads who tell the people what they should think. Some of the people have decided to turn off their TVs and think for themselves but that’s not within the comfort zone of others.
The newsertainment writers at Fox News and their pals at The Other Networks say that these unwashed hippies are a bunch of disorganized malcontents whining about the rich instead of buckling down and getting a job like a good American should. Like they, the talking heads themselves, have done. They say the protesters don’t have clear demands.
In case you’ve been confused by the bobble heads about what this movement is all about and why it’s hopefully going to change things for the better, here is a list of the demands of the unwashed masses (I’ve taken this quote from Rep. Alan Grayson’s appearance on Bill Maher. Watch it here.):
“…They’re complaining that Wall Street wrecked the economy three years ago and nobody’s held responsible for that. Not a single person’s been indicted or convicted for destroying twenty percent of our national net worth accumulated over two centuries. They’re upset about the fact that Wall Street has iron control over the economic policies of this country, and that one party is a wholly owned subsidiary of Wall Street, and the other party caters to them as well.”
Something is wrong when regular everyday people are siding with the banks on this, people. I’m talking to you, good-looking reader, especially because I’m quite sure that fewer than 1% of the people reading this blog financially benefited from the Wall Street collapse and bailout. (See what I did there? With the 1%?) And I’m not just upset about what’s happened because I have a high paying full time job and am married to a man who has a high paying full time job and the two of us together can’t afford to buy a decent house in our area.
I’m upset about it because what’s happening in this country is fundamentally wrong. And I’m happy that there are people brave enough and willing to go into a public forum and speak out about the injustice that is being done to us, the American people, on our behalf. And if you’re being told that these people are are wrong in what they’re doing, check the source.
I have no doubt that one day history will call these people heroes, like the strong women who fought for our right to vote or the brave black men and women who took to the streets for equal rights. We still haven’t achieved equality in many ways, as women, as African Americans or as the 99% but as long as we don’t keep silent and take it we’ll get there eventually.
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Keep reading, the news is out there, even though the revolution is not being fully televised.