Sunday, October 2, 2011

The Wall Street Demonstrators

It is rare that a group of demonstrators in this country spark something in me that gives me a ray of hope.  Mostly because people in the U.S. are so utterly docile, it is very difficult to feel anything but despair and cynicism about the polity.  Then every once an awhile my fellow citizens will surprise me.  This last week has been a pleasant surprise.

To be sure, our beloved respectable fourth estate thinks the youngins' to be misdirected.  How dare they spend time going after the same people who gave us the greatest economic destruction in the past seven decades?  Here is that bastion of leftist bolshevism (according to the right), The New York Times:
Members retained hope for an infusion of energy over the weekend, but as it approached, the issue was not that the Bastille hadn’t been stormed, but that its facade had suffered hardly a chip.
That blurb in itself is enough to elicit my support.  

Here they are getting arrested and treated like criminals by the armed guards for our criminal business class.

Speaking of which, here is how the New York Times initially portrayed the mass arrest, before realizing that it made the mistake of telling the truth the first time.

What about the veracity of the critiques of the demonstrators from the mainstream, corporate-owned media (i.e., media with a vested interest, even the liberals, with protecting Wall Street)?  The one most bandied about by the respectables is that the demonstrators have no direction, no organization, no demands, and a lack guidance, and that it is just a bunch of young people letting off steam.  I wonder, dear readers, was this question ever thrown out to any of the business-backed teabagger demonstrators?  No, that never happened.  In fact, here is a New York Times article neutrally reporting on a teabag demonstration on Tax Day back in 2009.  Notice, from this liberal icon of newspapers, nothing about how they were unable to figure out the electoral demands of the demonstrators.  Of course, you could tell by when/where they were demonstrating, but I digress.   

How about the teabaggers who showed up at presidential speeches with firearms, threatening violence?  No, the media had a very different response to them.  In fact, since when was it a rule that demonstrators needed to have a five point political agenda with electoral demands?  Is it not obvious enough what they are demonstrating against by their presence?  Of course, they had the same response to the anti-war demonstrations back in the '60s.  

Then again, just envision what the response would be from Fox "news" if one of the demonstrators showed up on the doorsteps of Wall Street like this: guess is they would have called for the death penalty or a surgical strike from one of our drones.  Oh, but the kids lack direction in their demands.
All of us, every non-millionaire in this country, should be supporting what these demonstrators are doing.  They are not just getting arrested and brutalized by the thugs in the New York City Police Department.  They are laying themselves on the line for us and our future.  I cannot count the number of students I have seen graduate in the past few years working as barristas and entry level, minimum wage jobs (and those are just the ones working).  Just like in the UK and Tunisia, this world's governments are run by old people who are taking the futures of this planet's youth and relegating them to a lifetime of poverty and economic servitude, without a care in the world.  

Unless the people getting dumped on by their governments stand up and scream, from the rooftops, and on the streets, I can guarantee you that not a single one of those phony, do-nothing candidates will even pretend to care.  The system is broken, everyone can see it.  Our government represents the interests of the business class of this country, the sponsors of our politicians, like the Roman patritians of old.  These criminals run our economy and way of life with a gun to our heads, knowing that they can pull the trigger at any moment and finish us off, and then have the same government rob our futures and bail them out for their malefesceance.  There is probably not a single corporate executive for a Fortune 500 company who deserves anything less than a lengthy prison stay and transfer of their loot to the very people they have spent the past few decades pilfering.

Remember the 'too big to fail' banks?  The institutions, like Bank of America, we gave nearly a trillion dollars of tax monies to (all pure deficit spending)?  Now, that same Bank of America, not satisfied with stealing our money and using billions to give their executives bonuses on our dime, have decided to charge us an extra $60 a year to use our debit cards (i.e., we have to allow this capricious company to charge us $60 to have the privilege of taking out our own money).  Such believers in financial responsibility.

These folks are fighting our fight, fellow progressives (for that matter, anyone who is willing to read and think).  And the response of the thugs of the NYPD have had one positive affect.  It has led to the intervention of many of our members of the armed forces, including the Marines (with respects to

Semper Fi: Marines Coming To Protect Protesters On Wall Street
October 1, 2011

The thousands of indefatigable Wall Street protestors, risking their eyes and recording equipment against Wall Street’s personal jack-booted thugs in the NYPD, recently garnered even more support– the US Marines. That’s the type of support that may make an NYPD cop think twice before he decides to go all Tiananmen Square on a group of teenage girls, armed with chalk and cardboard signs (maybe it’s because they are spelled properly?).

The Occupy Wall Street movement may have thought it broke new ground when the NYC Transit Union joined their movement, but that ground just tipped the Richter Scale with news that United States Army and Marine troops are reportedly on their way to various protest locations to support the movement and to protect the protesters.

Here’s the message Ward Reilly relayed from another Marine, on his facebook page:
“I’m heading up there tonight in my dress blues. So far, 15 of my fellow marine buddies are meeting me there, also in Uniform. I want to send the following message to Wall St and Congress:I didn’t fight for Wall St. I fought for America. Now it’s Congress’ turn.
My true hope, though, is that we Veterans can act as first line of defense between the police and the protester. If they want to get to some protesters so they can mace them, they will have to get through the Fucking Marine Corps first. Let’s see a cop mace a bunch of decorated war vets.I apologize now for typos and errors.
Typing this on iPhone whilst heading to NYC. We can organize once we’re there. That’s what we do best.If you see someone in uniform, gather together.
A formation will be held tonight at 10PM.
We all took an oath to uphold, protect and defend the constitution of this country. That’s what we will be doing.
Hope to see you there!!”
Kudos, Mr Reilly!Thank You for having the courage and foresight to see past the transparently false and empty patriotism perpetually touted by the defense skanks and petro whores in Congress in order to keep their campaign coffers filled to the brim. Meanwhile, your brothers and sisters suffer massive cuts and are forced to live with PTSD, with little if any help from the very government and country for which you have sacrificed so much. Thank you for recognizing this movement not as a bunch of screaming white liberal kids with Henna tattoos, but as a universal and profound rejection of the unchecked and undue influence the plutocrats on Wall Street have had on the decision-making in Washington. Thank You for your service, and thank you for seeing through all the mountains of bullsh#t being shoveled around the clock by the Koch Bros. puppets in Washington via their lapdogs in the media.

It’s safe to say to if Mr. Reilly and his fellow marines lend their voices, it could be a defining moment that gives the Occupation of Wall Street movement the just right amount of fuel it needs to catch fire. After all, it would be interesting to see the media ignore  NYPD cops pepper spraying decorated war veterans, assuming the donut marchers dared to even consider the notion of trying.
Michael is a comedian/VO artist/Columnist extraordinaire, who co-wrote an award-nominated comedy, wrote for NY Times Laugh Lines, guest-blogged for Joe Biden, and writes a column for affiliated Cagle. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook. Seriously, follow him or he’ll send you photos of Rush Limbaugh bending over in a thong.


This makes even more sense than the students, when you think about it.  No one has been sold a bigger bill of goods than the people in our military.  Being sent off for several tours, fighting wars of preemption for no good reason, watching many of your friends die, and meting out numerous killings on others (while having PTSD issues ignored by your superiors and branch, under the false notion that only 'weak' people seek help), from all that our government has compelled these men and women to endure.  And for what?  So, the capitalists of this country can keep the sweeper on, sucking dry like vampires the middle-class into extinction, and subsidizing politicians who blame it all of gays and Mexicans.  No one has a greater interest in the future of this country than those who have most recently served it, and to those young men and women on those streets I wish I was near New York to join you.  I think this the happiest I have been in many a year.  You give all of us hope.

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