This year has been one of revolt, change, and revolution. The Arab Spring, started and grounded, right here in the computer networks of the internet, have proven to their now crumbling totalitarian governments, that they won't take it. The unseen hand of revolt has crossed into our own borders. In a final defiance that has finally gotten people mobilized and taken to the streets, we here in the US are feeling our own Spring. This one against the 2 % of American that hold the reigns of the economy, and our purse strings.
Don't be fooled guys, the media will not portray this demonstration in fair light. I had to watch the foreign Al Jazeera to get a more balanced opinion. Occupy Wallstreet indeed, doesn't have a clear list of demands and solutions, but by god its a start. I can't stand when people complain about something but do nothing to fix it. Or atleast contribute something to fix it, if your going to open your mouth to complain. What this revolt lacks is a figure head. The Civil Rights marchs had Dr. King, for example, most large scale rallies and long term protests have someone charismatic to sort of 'lead the charge'. Unforutnatly no real tagline is present with this revolt, its just pure passion and anger. What we have are general grievances against the Wall Street model.
The Collapse of the American and World Economy
Basic Human Rights Being ignored
and probably the largest concern... The greed and corruption of Wall Street itself.
In the movie The Network, made in the 70's, the lead TV anchor has this long monolouge on TV about how the country is a mess, and things seem to be falling apart.
"...We don't go out anymore. We sit in the house, and slowly the world we are living in is getting smaller, and all we say is, 'Please, at least leave us alone in our living rooms. Let me have my toaster and my TV and my steel-belted radials and I won't say anything. Just leave us alone.' Well, I'm not gonna leave you alone. I want you to get mad! I don't want you to protest. I don't want you to riot - I don't want you to write to your congressman because I wouldn't know what to tell you to write. I don't know what to do about the depression and the inflation and the Russians and the crime in the street. All I know is that first you've got to get mad. You've got to say, 'I'm a HUMAN BEING, God damn it! My life has VALUE!"
One of my favorite quotes in movie history, it really tells you that the first step to getting something solved is to say 'enough is enough'.
We've been at the mercy of these bigger and bigger wall street companies, for years. Its nothing new. They operate as if detached from the laws that we all are bound to, and have such money and resources to throw around, it seems that they are untouchable. And of course the major slap in the face, is that these are the same companies that get 'bailed out' when the economy sinks. The question that rattled around was "Where is main st's bail out?" These massive bloated companies get to keep their bodies in the water, but smaller businesses are rubbed out. It all seems backwards, its not what the founding fathers wanted, this country has taken a long detour from its original purpose of promoting a government that supports independent business, is truely for and by the people. I don't know about you guys, but I don't feel like my government is run by my fellow countrymen.
To cap this off... Wall street is a symbol of how the US does business. If we the people, who are supposed to be in control of our own government, see what wallstreet does, as a problem, then change needs to be had. But my argument is this. Why stop at wallstreet? I think our political system and the same tired way we run our Political machine is in need of a change. Something our current president said when running for office, but has just given us a re-heated plate of leftover politics.