- Politics and Social Issues
The Rise of the 99 Percenters: More than Just a ‘Flash in the Pan”?
Occupy Wall Street is a leaderless resistance movement with people of many colors, genders and political persuasions. The one thing we all have in common is that We are the 99% that will no longer tolerate the greed and corruption of the 1%. We are using the revolutionary Arab Spring tactic to achieve our ends and encourage the use of nonviolence to maximize the safety of all participants.
Hope springs eternal; thank God people are beginning to wake up. As defined in its mantra, this is a new movement reminiscent of what happened during the 1960’s, without the violence. I am referring to the protest of people in the thousands that start with “Wall Street” and is finding its voice in communities across the country. With a recipient of the Nobel Prize in Economics, moveon.org, Michael Moore among other stars representing the disaffected, we are on a roll. This energy needs to be channeled against the GOP and its philosophy created by and for its plutocrat, oligarchic base. People power will trump the power of money and corruption associated with the GOP and it is more than possible that a different outcome from what they anticipate will be the reality in the electoral contests planned for next year.
This has the potential to be, and to date appears to be, a progressive answer to the Rightwing Tea-Party. We are ‘calling out’ the ‘heads I win, tails you lose’ philosophy of the plutocrat who is more than happy to have you just sit on the sidelines and be quiet. Well, so much for that. I have written several articles hoping that this the day would come when the sleeping giant would finally awaken. This energy, this rage and frustration with actual disparity and unfairness needs to be channeled toward getting those that obstruct job creation and who prop up the interests of the aristocrats at our expense removed from political office next year. A small cry will now become a deafening roar, where the pusillanimous packaderm (GOP mascot) is forced on the run. A monkey wrench has been placed in the GOP design for the political contest next year. I could not be more delighted. I stand with these protesters in ideology and in spirit, and with what resources I have at my disposal.
To the young college participants; beware, the right-winger is ruthless in its treatment of dissent and will send forth its goons to discourage you at every turn. But its penchant for violence as with what occurred at Kent State in 1970 will just add more fuel to the fire and spread the movement throughout the nation. They're going to tell you that you are naïve, unsophisticated and that you need to go home to mom and dad, but don’t be marginalized or patronized. You are asking the right questions and your instincts are good. Stand your ground and we will prevail. The reactionary controlled legislatures will attempt to inhibit your right to vote. You must resist the machinations of your adversaries.
We will use the communication technology of today to spread the message and include the involvement of people on an ever greater scale, both in breath and depth. We won’t let anybody turn us around! A small, unruly crowd can quickly become a disciplined army with a focused goal. I am proud that this group has chosen to take a stand and demand answers from the aristocrat as to the concentration of so much wealth in hands of so few, and how is it going to be sustained over time now that you insist on being heard. The right-winger says that you are all being brainwashed by a liberal education establishment, ignore them as just more ‘bs’ and consider the source. They assume that you are so easily manipulated and that only THEY have the right answers such that you should defer to them, poppycock!
No one knows for sure what is going to happen with all of this as it is a nascent movement. But if it is indeed a counter to the rightwing hysteria currently sweeping the nation, then I am all for it. While, I listen to opposing arguments, I have yet to be convinced of any serious merit to be found in much of the conservative philosophy in this country, hence my position.