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Thoughts on the Occupy Movement

Most revolutions – to include our own – are, in the beginning, driven by economic disproportional perceptions (remembering that perception is reality); the Boston Tea Party was an act by petulant protesters reacting to a series of taxes (most particularly on tea) by the government …

The French Revolution was brought on by perceived economic differences between classes and resentment by peasants, laborers and the bourgeoisie toward the traditional seigneurial privileges possessed by the nobility – the French Government was dealing with staggering debt as a result of coming to America’s aid in its own revolution.

The Russian Revolution likewise was a creation of perceived economic differences between the classes and resentment of royalty, and a government dealing with staggering debt brought on by World War I.

The Occupy Movement is also a creation of perceived economic differences between the classes – except its not aimed at a political monarchy – but at a perceived financial upper class (a nobility) in our country. It’s coupled with an economy trying to recover from the worse recession since the Great Depression and a staggering debt brought on by more than a decade of war.

One of Romney’s greatest hurdles is to break the perception he’s one of “them”, something not helped by owning five homes (complete with car elevators), multiple Cadillacs, dressage horses, $990 silk tee-shirts, and offshore accounts in the Caymans and Switzerland … “perception is reality”, and with the country in the grips of perceived economic turmoil, being fabulously wealthy doesn’t help when running for the Presidency; joking that you “like to be able to fire people” doesn’t help. Romney saying he’ll overturn controls recently implemented on the Stock Market and Banking Industry doesn’t help.The political and economic reality is that today’s Republican Tea Party (GOTP) can’t survive by protecting the uber-wealthy at the expense of everyone else; when Willard Mitt Romney fails in his bid for the White House, it won’t be negative advertising that does it, it’ll be his own wealth, and his inability to shake the rich-boy born with a silver foot in his mouth image.

It doesn’t help when Governors like Scott Walker giving huge tax breaks to the wealthy and businesses and then blaming the deficit created on “special interest” groups like teachers and nurses doesn’t help the perception.

It doesn’t help when right-wing talker Sean Hannity (a millionaire) says poor people can make great big pots of rice and beans and live just fine; a definite “let them eat cake” moment.

It doesn’t help when the controlling party in the House appears to be resentful of keeping student loan interest rates low, unless it can cut health care programs primarily aimed at low income women, while fighting tooth and nail to keep tax rates at the lowest level in 60 years for the wealthiest 1%. Congressman Ryan is a mufti-millionaire, and his “budget” proposes deep cuts in social spending while increasing spending on the military and protecting tax cuts for the wealthy (his class); the perception is the ruling class (wealthy “nobility) doesn’t care about the rest of the population.

Remember, “perception is reality”; and the perception is that 1% control the wealth and the government, and some elements of the 99% aren’t staying quiet about it; it doesn’t excuse the destruction of private property, but conversely there’s no excuse for some use of excessive force used by police officers either – that only helps the protest grow, it doesn’t cow it.

Whether you agree with the Occupy Movement or not doesn’t matter, it’s here; the perceived reality for those who are struggling to pay the rent, and to pay for school, and to eat from day-to-day is there’s a huge disparity in our country between those who have and those who don’t.

 
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Posted by on May 3, 2012 in 2012 Election

 

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Occupy protests aren’t spontaneous?

Michele “Krazy” Bachmann weighed in on the Occupy Wall Street movement after having gone by one of the protests in Washington D.C. a couple days before. Appearing on CNN, she suggested the demonstrators should be targeting the president, not Wall Street.

“I don’t know how spontaneous these protests were, but it seems to be that their anger should be directed at the White House. Because Barack Obama’s policies have put us in one of the worst tailspins, economically, that we have,” Bachmann said. “And maybe that’s why the protest that I saw was within shouting distance of the White House.”

Well, actually Krazy it’s been the policies of you and your fellow do-nothings in the GOTP House and Senate who’ve blocked basically everything the President’s attempted to do. So, you’re half right – the protestors shouldn’t be directing all of their angst at Wall Street, and good portion of it ought to be directed towards Congress, particularly towards the GOTP side of the aisle.

Speaking later San Francisco, Krazy let it out that she wasn’t happy with the protestors hygiene; “At least the Tea Party picks up their own trash.”

How very insightful Michele – in a 1950s domesticated, subservient, housewivey sort of way.

 
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Posted by on October 28, 2011 in 2012 Election

 

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Fear not 99%, Mitt knows how you feel?

Not to be out done by the Pizza Man, Mittens Romney has also chimed in on the “Occupy” protests, telling a small crowd at a retirement community in Florida, he was unsympathetic of the Occupy Wall Street movement. “I think it’s dangerous, this class warfare,” he said. Romney declined to comment further when asked about the protests by ABC. His response? “I’m just trying to get myself to occupy the White House.”

Yep, that’s it in a nut shell; all Mittens cares about is occupying the White House – god luck with that Mittens; you hold on to that happy thought – that and some fairy dust and one day you’ll fly!

Of course later Romney had to walk back his comments. “I worry about the 99 percent in America,” he said, later adding, “I understand how those people feel.”

Please Mitt, you don’t have a fricken blue clue how these people feel; the only time you went hungry was when the maid was off and you had no one to fix lunch for yourself, and couldn’t work the microwave – that was a hard day now wasn’t it?

 
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Posted by on October 28, 2011 in 2012 Election

 

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Occupy Wall Street Protesters Should ‘Go Home and Get A Job and A Life’?

Huffington Post is reporting that Republican Tea Party (GOTP) presidential hopeful Herman “Pizza Man” Cain has taken another swipe at the Occupy Wall Street protesters, telling them to “go home and get a job and a life” while speaking to a crowd in Arkansas.

The “Pizza Man” made the comments in response to more than a dozen Occupy protesters who were gathered outside the event, according to the Tolbert Report. “Nobody knows what their cause is,” Cain said before telling the activists to go home.

Cain also had harsh words for the left in general during the campaign stop, saying “the American dream has been hijacked” by liberals, “but we can take it back.”

This is of course a phrase often bantered by the uber-conservatives, the likes of the Tea party and Glenn Beck, but they never define what that means. Which version of the American Dream are you referring to Pizza Man? Are you referring to the American Dream of the millionaires like yourself, or to the American Dream of the 99% of one day owning a home, and supporting their family, maybe helping to put their kids through college and then having something to retire on? Open your eyes and shut your pie hole, there aren’t enough jobs! Tax cuts for the wealthy – as in your 999 plan – haven’t created many jobs here in America during the past ten years, but they’ve created lots of jobs overseas. Is that the American Dream of which you speak?

Of course Cain’s blasted the Occupy movement every chance he gets; earlier this month he told the Wall Street Journal that the protesters who don’t have jobs have no one to blame but themselves:

“I don’t have facts to back this up, but I happen to believe that these demonstrations are planned and orchestrated to distract from the failed policies of the Obama administration. Don’t blame Wall Street, don’t blame the big banks, if you don’t have a job and you’re not rich, blame yourself! … It is not a person’s fault if they succeeded, it is a person’s fault if they failed.”

Cain – has an estimated net worth of somewhere between $2.9 million and $6.8 million, according to recently certified financial disclosure forms, so of course he feels threatened when a group decides to protest government policies protecting his “hard earned” millionaire status, and like many of his “class” he can’t understand why the 9% of Americans who are out of work might not appreciate tax cuts to the wealthiest 2%.

 
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Posted by on October 28, 2011 in 2012 Election

 

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First Amendment alive and well

Occupy Wall Street and the Tea Party have one thing in common – they’re both proof the First Amendment is alive and well – even if one group advocates the overthrow of Wall Street while the latter advocates the overthrow of the freely elected democratic government (by violent means) if necessary.


Now, which do think is the true “domestic” enemy spoken of in the oaths our public officials, and members of the military, swear to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States against?

When protestors from the various “Occupy” movements disrupt the flow of traffic, or allegedly throw things at the Oakland Police, that is not becoming a “domestic” enemy; it may be becoming a public nuisance, but it is not a “domestic” enemy.

When you hold up signs claiming the next time you come back you’ll be armed, or if you show up at rallies with weapons, and spout phrases proclaiming the need for “Second Amendment remedies” then you have truly become the “domestic” enemy, as in “I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic”.

So, go ahead conservatives, bad mouth the Occupy groups and vilify what they’re doing while supporting the Tea Party; but when they try to “take back” the government, and to usurp your constitutional protected liberties, don’t come crying to me when I’m standing in a line between them and you.

 

 
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Posted by on October 28, 2011 in Constitution

 

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