- Politics and Social Issues»
- North America Political & Social Issues
Is America Waking Up OWS
Reality is Harsh
The People Have Spoken
Two years have passed since this was written and the media, the people and OWS have spoken. The response to OWS has been a gigantic yawn. While the Tea party, love them or hate them, has maintained vigor and voted themselves into elected positions, OWS has largely disappeared from the news.
Meanwhile, corporations are still people, cash is equal to free speech leading the wealthy to have more free speech, unemployment is decreasing as more people take low wage jobs and Washington has tied itself in knots. Ted Cruz and the Tea Party are still threatening to shut the government down regardless to how this affects the country and the people unless Obama agrees to stop people from getting health insurance.
Hippy slacker Malachy McCourt
Ninety-nine Versus One Percent or 53 Versus 47 Percent
Who do you identify with, are you a “99”er or do you make over 350K per year? Perhaps you are part of the tax paying 53% that resents the “free” ride given to the 47%. Do you even recognize that the 47% still pay sales taxes, property taxes, gas taxes and all the hidden taxes buried in the system that we use? The “free ride” is not so free after all but you can join the ride when you lose your job.
The Occupy Wall Street movement has gained traction globally, there are gatherings now across not only America but they are taking place in places like Japan, the Philippines, Australia, and Europe. In Rome a small group broke away from the main protest, smashed shop windows and torched a car. Marchers in Manila denounced "U.S.-led wars and aggression," while also railing against economic decline and disparities fueled by Wall Street. Protesters in Tokyo said they were waging war on economic inequality. Larry Coleman in Flint, Mich. summed it up pretty well; "There's a lot of things wrong in our county that need to be corrected and the only way to get them corrected is to start with a grassroots movement."
Suck it up you whiners
The Malcontent Mob
In our current economy, the young have no reason to expect to own a home, have a good job, with or without health insurance. Do you like to breathe? Well the EPA is under constant attack; all those regulations are stifling business so we need to step back to the polluted skies of the fifties. I suppose you’d like clean water too? Well you Liberal Hippy slacker, regulations are holding businesses back so they want to eliminate the EPA, not just modify some of the more stringent rules. Do you remember when the Cuyahoga River caught fire because of all the waste dumped it? That can be our future once we get rid of all those annoying regulations. It’s a brave new world, each person for him/herself.
Now the Republicans are referring to the 99% as a "mob of malcontents and slackers". How dare they actually object to the inequities of a system designed to favor the wealthy? A photo of an ex-marine shows the proper Tea Party way to respond to the system. Work 70 hours a week at two jobs, without health insurance and take no days off for years on end. In other words be subservient and grateful for the crumbs that fall off the table. This is “Supply Side Economics” and with thirty years of practice, we can see how well it is working. Oh and “cutting taxes creates jobs.” Obvious how well this canard is working, taxes are at their lowest in sixty years yet no one is creating jobs, instead, business is reported to be holding onto a total close to two trillion dollars while they wait for the economy and demand to improve.
Corporations are People?
Conservatives, or “Regressives”
So what does the 99% have to lose in this environment? It was "malcontents" like this that finally ended the Viet Nam war. The young then were considered hippies, druggies and slackers, but their cause grew to a national protest that finally ended the war and the draft. Maybe the conservatives remember this and are afraid of this movement because they cannot control it, and need to kill it. Conservatives, or as Robert Reich likes to call them “Regressives” would like to turn back the progress of the last century to the days “before the federal income tax, antitrust laws, the Pure Food and Drug Act, and the Federal Reserve. A time when robber barons -- railroad, financial, and oil titans -- ran the country.” Paul Krugman says Wall Street, the GOP, and other "economic royalists" are "hysterical" over the protests. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, called them "mobs"
Malcontent mob says what?
The System or the Rich?
Well, good luck with that but each time in American history when the “haves” gain too much power, the “have nots” have taken it back and returned some measure of power to the people. This happened in the “Gilded Age” again during the Great Depression and perhaps this may be the start of the next age of reform. Is this “class warfare?” Does the left resent the rich or do they resent a system where the rich take everything for themselves? Many of the rich have created companies with innovative products and ideas while other companies just take advantage of tax laws and ship well paying jobs overseas. The class warfare is in the eyes of the beholders, what the protestors want is a just system with progressive taxes and concern for the least fortunate.
Still, much needs to be done, there is little organization and the message is confused in a cacophony of voices. Pundits say that it is typical of the Left, that anyone with an issue has joined the movement and this may be their undoing. On the other hand, this lack of coherence may simply indicate that unlike the Tea Party, there are no big money interests controlling the message. It is easy to be opposed to the inequities of an unfair system, being in favor of specific reforms takes work. In a system dominated on all sides by big money the work has to come from grass roots and people like us.