In 2010, I wrote a very heartfelt rant called “Generation Where the Fuck Are You,” which can be found here http://electricwitch2009.blogspot.com/2010/01/supreme-court-abomination.html wherein I vented my spleen about the epidemic of complacency in recent generations. The day I woke up about a month ago to Tweets about Occupy Wall Street, I closed my eyes and went back to sleep. But when the “occupants” were still there two weeks later, I sat up and cheered. I’m not sure what it finally took to shake up the 99%, but I’m breathing a sigh of relief that they’re sitting up now and paying attention.
I am very disappointed, however, to note that the various government entities, from Congress to local police and municipalities, seem to have learned nothing from the sixties revolutionaries and Kent State http://alancanfora.com/ and all that led up to it. After that generation fought so hard to make people read and remember Article 1, Section 1 of the Bill of Rights, I guess we thought it would stick, but the whole knee-jerk reaction against the “Occupy” protesters is just a reprise of the bigoted, ignorant, greed-driven, intolerant, misinformed reaction that it was in the sixties, and, much like the sixties, it was created by the same propagandizing politicians and religious leaders foisting self-serving rhetoric upon what can only be called their willing fools who believe their bullshit to the great detriment of their own well-being and who react to real-life issues as if it were a college ballgame.
Speaking of ballgames, I live in Dallas, where protesters have also been arrested, and I would just like to tell anyone interested that there is more violence and trespassing and public rioting in this town during and after any Dallas Cowboys or Texas/OU weekend than there is from Occupy Dallas protesters, and yet we do nothing but encourage those activities and spend endless city dollars doing so.
You’re not a good American if you don’t respect your Constitution, and here it is:
Article 1, Section 1 of the Bill of Rights:
“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”
Anyone who resents these protesters for trying to make survival possible for the 99% of us who aren’t rich are either politicians with a personal agenda or they’re fools, plain and simple, who let those politicians brainwash them. These people are fighting for their livelihood, not some stupid ballgame, and they are within their rights to do so. Conservative rhetoric is that these protesters are socialists and against a free market system. Well, guess what? At the point former generations sat quietly by and let politicians give extreme tax breaks to their rich cronies and corporations who fund their campaigns, while placing the majority of tax burden on the drastically poorer 99% THAT’s the day the U.S. ceased to be a free market system, and it’s your own fault for letting it happen! Not only are the protesters within their rights; but at this very moment, they are the most patriotic Americans in the United States because they are laying themselves on the line to preserve our basic rights by challenging those who wish to take those from them.
Related link:”The Greatest Political Statement of the ’60s” http://electricwitch2009.blogspot.com/2010/09/hendrix-greatest-political-statement-of.html