Are you the 99%? Occupy Dallas – Day 1
October 6, 2011 § Leave a comment
“Labor is prior to, and independent of, capital. Capital is only the fruit of labor, and could never have existed if labor had not first existed. Labor is the superior of capital, and deserves much the higher consideration.” – Abraham Lincoln
This is the age of the mis- and uninformed. Who is to blame? We work and/or attend class all day. We don’t have the time to sit down and actually learn facts and history. We plump on the couch after work and look for a pundit to point at who is to blame for our misery.
After 2 weeks, people are still confused. What is Occupy? Occupy is the crash of 30 years of regressive taxation, conservative economics, and war-mongering.
For the past week or so, the right wing media, if they chose to cover it, has lead a partly successful smear campaign against Occupy Wall St. and the other near-800 occupations across the globe.
Police brutality, interviews of young individuals, and select protest signs are the only mentions of Occupy on corporate, mainstream media.
Truth is, 80-90% of the protestors are regular people, with and without jobs, who are fed up with the current state of this nation. This was years in the making and shouldn’t come to a surprise to politicians and high profile pundits.
Under Reagan, the working people were attacked, smeared, ridiculed, and squished to an oblivion. Reagan’s plans were to wipe unions off the face of the earth and gut social services. Reagan also had an appetite for the military, spending over a trillion in his first four years and believed, in order to pay for his appetite, he must cut $140 billion in social services and in the same period spend $180 billion on defense.
Former President Bush Jr believed the same thing, but, to pay his expensive military appetite, he signed into law the Bush tax cuts, which highly favored the wealthy.
Republicans are not the only ones guilty.
Carter believed in order to maintain peace, one must build more nuclear weapons than the enemy, the Soviet Union. After the fall of the Soviet Union, and despite allegedly dodging the Vietnam draft, Clinton maintained the nation’s military presence around the world (we currently have 1,000 military bases across the world), spending over $250 billion a year.
(President’s love war in case you haven’t noticed)
Being to the Left or Right did not matter on the 6th, the 1st day of Occupy Dallas. We are fighting, among other things, corporate greed and their control (or, more lightly put, influence) over politicians and a jobless “recovery.” Aren’t you angered at this, too?
Indebted to medical and school loans, Whytney, 22 years old, recently left Houston and explains her reason for showing up. “…to earn the money [I moved to Houston] to get a car so that [not having a car] would no longer be my biggest obstacle, and the money I earned could go toward paying my debt. It’s cyclical.”
The above story is a common struggle in the midst of a jobless recovery and record corporate profits.
Does this make us Socialists? Anarchists? Are there groups of these people in the Occupy movement? Sure.
But there are groups of people in the Tea Party that are racist and openly white supremacist.
The media will not confront this. They only defend and lionize the Tea Party because, 1) they are corporate funded, and 2) they side with Tea Party – the single biggest reason.
Do you actually think the Tea Party caused the credit downgrade or shouted to Republicans phrases like, “hold the line,” during the debt deals?
The Right will not show their solidarity with the Tea Party because being an extreme right-winger or staunch Libertarian is bad PR. Look at how the media shuns Ron Paul and Michelle Bachmann.
The people have been left in the dirt and the corporations were bailed out with our tax dollars.
Don’t these people look like you? Aren’t you facing the same struggle? Of course you are. We are the 99%.
Stand with us!
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*To be fair, there was a drum circle in the JFK memorial.