The 99% !

11 Oct

Frustrated with the “1%” (those tireless ‘job-creators’ we’ve been hearing so much about) that have screwed everything up in the economy for everyone else, people have taken to occupying Wallstreeet – in an effort to democratically voice concern to politicians, the media, the government, each other, and the world – that a change is needed.

I’m extremely happy that, even after three weeks, these protests have not quieted but increased! It’s not just a group of hippies, it’s all sorts of young people – and older people – and unions – that have joined in as well, along with growing support from the mainstream media…

Now, now EVERYONE in the media is happy, to be certain, but it is fair to point out that when it began, the mainstream media seemed completely confused and infuriated by the whole thing, but now many news stations and talking heads are starting to come around. Maybe they see the light, and they know this isn’t some two-hour bongo-fest like FOX NEWS wants to believe – or maybe they’re afraid of how big it’s going to get, and they want to be on the right side. But either way, I’m starting to slowly see the media START to come around, here and there..

Here’s one example. CNBC, the country’s premier financial news channel was initially baffled and annoyed at these “idiots” who wanted to, “I don’t know.. ban money, or something?” (that’s a real quote, they actually asked that, on-air, sarcastically) but sooner or later, Jim Cramer stood up for them, and a few others as well; and just today I read this article on CNBC’s website:

I agree with the notion that things are changing and that there is “something in the air,” as the article puts it. It goes on to say that would could take place in our generation is something similar that happened in 1968 in this country. Let’s make sure we don’t get burnt out and give up and vote for Reagan, like so many of the 1960s and 1970s activists seemed to..

One thing to notice, though, is that even though CNBC probably realized it’s a bad idea to fight this kind of populism, at the very end of that article they still kind of stuck it to these young people in New York for not being able to completely invent a new idealogy or show support for some non-capitalist-based-system.. Because after all, it’s already been three weeks, isn’t that long enough to completely and democratically start over and then figure out the best way to rebuild a country? Ha! Oh, mainstream news.. It’s funny how a group like CNBC would interpret a movement against corporate corruption as being completely anti-capitalist. It’s either fuck-the-poor or fuck-the-rich, I guess? No middle ground? No one’s saying we need to burn the place to the ground and start over, we just need to fix what’s wrong with America.

How about bringing the criminals (the ones who ruined the economy on purpose) to justice in a court of law and send them to prison? How about we put regulations back onto corporations that Bush (and, to a lesser extent, Clinton) repealed, so that corporate America isn’t able to swindle us or take advantage like they did, and then get away with it legally? How about we say “Fuck Your ‘Too Big to Fail,’ BS!,” and we actually consider a company that is “so big that it could almost topple an economy,” as a bad thing to have in place. Maybe we shouldn’t let companies become THAT powerful. CEO’s don’t need to make 40 or 50 times what their employees make when some of those employees have to also go on food stamps (or if they get laid off, unemployment) just to get by. And finally, why should we allow corporate news to paint a peaceful movement as being violent or bongo-driven?

As more and more people get involved in the Occupy Wallstreet movement, people will see what’s really going on, and people won’t forget how the major media tried to represent the whole thing… So, they’re really just shooting themselves in the foot by inaccurately and obtusely reporting on the situation. Maybe SOME of them realized that already, which is why you start getting articles like the one on CNBC I just posted three paragraphs up. They must know, deep down, that when people get screwed over the way we all were, that they aren’t going to just, “play a bongo,” for an hour and then give up and leave. It’s bigger than that.

What an interesting and weird time we are living in.

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