The Occupation of Wall Street...

FVRcoly-BernieFlowerPowerFor whatever reason, Americans don't feel that there is anything wrong until they start seeing news reports of students going nuts.

We have seen genocide camps, bloody civil wars, and horrific acts of terror committed in the name of "political frustration" but it isn't until we see students "taking it to the streets" (especially white students as they are the more socially conscious and less likely to riot) that we for whatever reason seem to all scratch our heads and say "hmmm, might be something to this...".

It could be the romantic notion of it all... lives with nothing but potential at their feet deciding to say fuck it all upon realization that the system is wrong; opting for bricks and Molotov cocktails as opposed to a life more traditional. Or perhaps the feeling we all feel for the underdog and the downtrodden (as historically, most rabble tend to be made up of those the rest of us forgot existed).

 

But for whatever reason, you show Americans a group of pissed off teenagers and their hearts open right up…

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Except of course when it’s American teenagers…

Then they are nothing more than just filthy, smelly, dirty, hippies.

And there ain’t anything Americans hate more than filthy fucking hippies…

Hell No… We Won’t Go…

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(Until the Police ask us nicely to do so…)

For weeks now my friend and I have been going back and forth over these "Occupy Wall street" protests.

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In his efforts to garner my support for these guys, my friend reminded me of my previous grievances towards the banking class (not to mention my paranoia involving bankers and their visions for the future of the planet)... how these roused rabble were the visceral reaction we are all having towards the culture of "fuck you pay me"-ism that seems to be born, bred, and nurtured in the gold paved streets of Wall Street.

And while I do understand their rage (if it is real) and their anger towards the AIG/Goldman Sachs of the business world, upon further and further pondering of the so called movement I cannot escape the notion that this is nothing more than a political stunt.

There are some things I do tend to agree with…

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Debt forgiveness, more inexpensive college, and accountability for the bullshit “Get Rich Quick” schemes that these banker pricks dreamed up are all things I really could vibe with and stand shoulder to shoulder with my long haired, pot smoking brethren BUT their obsession with causing the total end of our Capitalistic system and the bringing of corporations to their knees while not seeking the same sort of French Revolution style justice to come to our corrupt and ignorant politicians seems a little narrow sighted to me.

Sure these assholes did the book cooking and selling of worthless stocks to unsuspecting people, but there was a reason these fuckers were allowed to pull this shit off…

And that’s the government…

The only party involved with this whole economic meltdown that doesn’t have people clamoring to see them swing off the ends of rope.

Who runs Hippie town????

For a while I was almost buying into the legend of this Occupy movement…

Student-protests-006Two and a half years after when they thought was the election of Black Jesus into the Presidency, a sense of betrayal has washed over certain more idealistic Leftists (myself included).

Their ideology proving to be bankrupt and their messiah impotent, it seemed reasonable that there would eventually be an outpouring of progressive shouting (especially when the right wing version –the Tea Party- seems to have garnered such mainstream support).

But then last Friday, I heard a clip of President Obama essentially standing shoulder to shoulder with these shouting malcontents, seeing their point and applauding their efforts.

At that moment, it seemed undeniable to me that this Occupy movement was not this organic outpouring of pissed offedness at the current state of occupywallst

the Union but rather a contrived political movement intended on changing the discussion from the shortcomings of Washington (which is something that can be fixed upon the removal of the parasites that currently reside there, an idea more and more Americans are foaming at the mouth to give a try to) to the dishonesty and all around shittiness of the sharks working on Wall Street.

That’s not to say that there are not some real motherfuckers out in those sleeping bags that really think they are out there “doing something” in the face of all the ills of the world… I’m sure that there are…

Nor am I saying that when this thing started in mid-September (September 14th I believe), it was a total political stunt attempting to change the dialogue among the people by creating a “happening”.

democrat-logoAll I am saying is somewhere between those first few organic “let’s do something” protest gatherings (which may have been organized in principle by pro-Government and pro-Obama factions) and this current incarnation (which has satellite solidarity protests sprouting up all across the nation in a way the group organizers would love nothing more than for us to believe just happened), someone got their political fingers all in the mess.

It has to be…

What responsible leader would look at that powder keg of a situation and say anything other than perhaps they need to disband…

Not encourage the volatile emotionally reactive mob from persisting to gather and foment (something that will end in the police eventually getting Occupy-Wall-Street-Protestheavy handed with the protesters).

But he put the Occupy-ers on his shoulders, citing that the expression of the people on the streets is the voices of ALL Americans and that Congress could do much to quell this insurrection by passing his Jobs Plan (something some factions of the Occupy movement have conveniently said would send them home). Be it by purpose (because he feels he hold their leash) or because he is an opportunistic ass who feels that the security of the American people means less than his trying desperately to gain any sort of foothold on the 2012 political landscape (a landscape seeming more and more to be tilted hard against him), in a few short phrases Obama took total ownership of this movement. He tied it to himself and to his party (something other leading Democrats have been doing for weeks now), hoping to perhaps turn this into a Liberal Tea Party of sorts (where you replace racist remarks and obama-occupy-wall-streetanti-government rhetoric with faux-outrage and insane hippie jibber jabber) in an effort to shore up his increasingly disillusioned base.

So he wraps himself in these people… these well-meaning but naïve young people believing that the world owes them something more than the air in their lungs who in some sort of cosmic way feel that the best way to make their futures better is to strip those who got theirs from that which they got because they feel like it had to have been ill-gotten since they have not yet gotten it. (As little sense as that makes, it is a solid representation of hippie+boys+girlsthose demanding something in the Wall Street Bitch Off… Lots of words saying less and less as more of them that arrive.)

And that’s why I can’t show solidarity with these dullards…

They seem like useful idiots to me.

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