Blaming the victims is nothing new; letting the criminals walk and arresting the protesters seems right to the ones who love the status quo and imply that the public outrage against Wall Street is limited to a few lazy bumps that are asking for “class warfare”.
There are many more people that have not YET joined the demonstrators, but do not discount our outrage; we did NOT cause the near collapse of the financial system, but we all paid the consequences and saw our savings disappeared and out 401K go to dust.
We are not lazy and we are no bumps, dear candidates; we worked hard and saved, we were hoping to retire one day. The Wall Street criminals made it impossible for the rest of us and we are barely surviving, while they are getting rewarded for their greed and incompetence.
The police are arresting the protesters and the authorities are coming short of calling them hooligans that are disrupting the “business as usual”.
I have never been happier to be a hooligan if that’s the case. I am cheering on the “hooligans” and I am booing the fat cats that are still getting gold parachutes and are landing safe. I can just see the smirk on their face
Good for you Romney and Cain, at least now we know how you are preparing to run the country!
It's unfortunate that those that hate the Corporatism aren't joining behind the one candidate who's actually speaking out against it.
The only anti-corporatism, anti-war, anti-inflation, recession-predicting, doctor is Ron Paul
I'm simply disgusted that the Occupy Wall Street movement can't seem to rally behind Paul.
Yes, well, he's also anti-gvt. and buys the 9/11 story....
Says Israel is our friend
and believes abortion is not a Universal right for women, but a state's issue...
He has good credibility on pounding the Fereral Reserve, but you can get that with Kucinich, Frank and Sanders as well.
These protestors would most likely lose their student loans and their new-found healthcare access with Paul.
Funny, I was just thinking the same thing today!!
Blame the victims...
Blame the ones who got the sub-primes instead of the ones PUSHING the sub-primes!
Blame the jobless instead of the ones who out-sourced the jobs.
Blame the homeless instead of a system that LETS people be homeless in the first place!
Blame the students, instead of the Loan Sharks.
Blame the consumers, not the credit-card bookies.
Boy--they have got people Twisted. All because everybody thinks they too, can be rich!
And don't you DARE touch the rich.
These are not the values we grew up with. I reject them. And looky looky....so does most of America.
It's the astounding ignorance and crass stupidity of America's right wing - Tea Party supporters condemning people who are prepared to protest on behalf of Tea Party members rights is nothing short of lunacy.
I don't remember Tea Party demonstrators being arrested. They were marching to get this country in even more trouble, so I guess they were "patriots"
We in the other hand, the 99% are just UN-AMERICAN
Pretty accurate description Petra - Besides Tea Party are unhuman from the neck up
When Politicians, Corporations and the Media are all owned by the same people what else are we going to hear? These people are destroying precious advertising dollars and stealing more air time for commercials that tell us to buy more crap. Unfortunately most of us have nothing left to buy with and suddenly we realize we are no longer Consumers but Citizens of the United States.
Becoming Citizens rather than Consumers is the best thing that can ever happen to us.
We should all STOP buying their crap, whether is propaganda "we are the greatest country in the world" or regular consumer goods that are not indispensable to life.
Our out of control spending is their blood line and we are providing the oxygen that keeps them alive.
NO MAN IS EVER FREE WHEN IN DEBT and by keeping us broke they can control our lives
That may be a little over the line, Petra. I LIKE having my computer and internet connection. I LIKE having a car and a nice house (at least by my modest standards). I LIKE having an RV and somewhere to take it. Although I have the room to grow a garden I don't need that room and hate gardening; I would rather buy from the grocery store.
In addition, if none of us buy the computer that your neighbor helps to build he won't have a job and you will have to support him as well as yourself. No man is an island; we are all interdependent.
I was reffering more to the 12 pair of shoes most waman feel they have to have and the latest gadget every man competes for.
And here I certainly agree with you. I once watched a woman just raise holy *ell with a satellite installer because he couldn't be there within hours to install her satellite dish. She had 3 kids and HAD to have it for survival.
We seem to have a very twisted idea of what a necessity is today. We all want more than just the necessities for life, but so many go so far overboard it becomes ridiculous.
The lies our so vast I often wonder where to begin. Should I start with health and nutrition or perhaps medicine. Maybe science or Government, trust me its all for sale regardless of the consequences. How about agriculture or the environment and every research and place of finance and development that denies what is in the best interest of humanity. Instead we only care about selfishness in the pursuit of wealth and promoting this agenda.
I hear you; things are for sell because there are buyers ready to buy them - we are so brainwashed we are convinced that we need this and that and the other and we let "things" control us rather than the other way around.
By playing their game, we get what we deserve...
They want to belong, rage against the machine, revolt to be cool, fit in to something that will accept them. They want to change the narrative from "I'm a loser" to "the Man is holding me down "...
These people are useless to society but useful idiots to the left... The end game is chaos and destruction. They want a "reset" with a ridiculous list of " demands " that were written by a high school dropout with the IQ of an ice cube...History would enlighten them but they believe they are better than the last crop of losers who tried this...
This " 99% " is indeed the great unwashed...The stench they are generating compliments the hundreds of condoms, cigarette butts, and and other garbage they are strewing all over " Liberty" park...Liberals are proof that evolution is only a theory. Nothing that stupid could evolve past a monkey...
The Tea Party called for revolution while cheerleading for the wealthy.
Now, a populist movement is sweeping the country and those same people whose movement was co-opted by the wealthy are disdainful of this authentic populism.
With all the respect I ever had for you Larry, this time I have to strongly disagree.
While I agree that the protester’s set of “demands” are totally off the wall and prove painful immaturity and lack of direction, the movement itself is not only justified IT IS A MUST; it is the voice of discontent and frustration that millions of people are raising against the greed and irresponsibility of Wall Street.
Asking for accountability is NOT anarchy and is not against capitalism; it is about the transparency we have been promised, it is about reclaiming control in a world of chaotic financial manipulation.
Petra...If this group of whining losers had articulated their position with the intelligence and clarity you have stated I would be standing shoulder to shoulder with them...Well, maybe not that close, but in full support...As it is there is a full spectrum of radical agendas on display, including Grandmothers for Peace, anarchists against capitalism, and college kids wanting free college tuition...The message is garbled and ill-defined...What is coming out, loud and clear, is that they want free stuff, deny personal responsibilities, and tear down the very system that would provide free " stuff "...
With this comment I agree a 100%; I can't even imagine a more detrimental set of demands that could have compromise their cause more.
I still hope that some intelligent leader will come along and bring some clarity and common sense to the movement; the sooner, the better!
Tea Partiers want to belong, rage against the machine, revolt to be cool, fit in to something that will accept them. They want to change the narrative from "I'm a loser" to "the government is holding me down "...
These people are useless to society but useful idiots to the right... The end game is chaos and destruction. They want a "reset" with a ridiculous list of " demands " that were written by a high school dropout with the IQ of an ice cube...History would enlighten them but they believe they are better than the last crop of losers who tried this...
The Tea Partiers and 9/12ers are indeed the great unwashed...The stench they are generating compliments the hundreds of condoms, cigarette butts, and and other garbage they are strewing all over parks all around America...Conservatives are proof that evolution is only a theory. Nothing that stupid could evolve past a monkey...
Nice co-opt, LL.
One minor "edit" I'd suggest.
I don't think TPers use or believe in condoms, as they disrupt God's flow of creationism.
How about we change that one to ....
Couldn't you come up with something original...simply proves my point: Liberals are proof that evolution is only a theory. Nothing that stupid could evolve past a monkey see, monkey do ...
That is an unbelievably idiotic statement.
It's about time! The government that we pay our tax dollars to protect us from these wall street criminals can't police wall street because of its own inefficiency, corruption and favoritism. Its a shame they arrest the protesters but the guys that destroyed the financial system of the entire world sip wine,sail in yachts and live lavish lives.
Petra, after reading your original post, I am reminded of an article I read a while ago, Why Isn't Wall Street in Jail?. It's a good article.
http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/ne … l-20110216
While the protesters are using their voice, they need more organization and overall there needs to be more consumer and investor boycotts, Wall Street criminals sent to jail, new laws.
While some may not agree with their demands, I say power to the people. It's about time someone did something. So many are willing to sit and let whatever happens happen.
Thank you for the link and for mentioning your hub; I will read it as soon as I can; the title says it all: WHY ISN'T WALL STREET IN JAIL?
Who is protecting the criminals and arresting the ones that are trying to bring attention to the unfairness and manipulation of the financial system?
Those are legitimate questions we have to ask and we need to get answers that are more than just another excuse;"stock market is regulating itself" - BS and nothing more - gas prices are kept artificially high while demand is falling, house prices were artificially high, but the correction would have not been as desastrous without the "helpful intervention" of the greedy Wall Street and the calculated incompetence of the CEO's of banks and corporations.
And you are proof that you have no intention of hearing anything but the drums beating in your own head.
GD CON servatives...always come with the NASTY.
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