I am going to break one of my cardinal rules. I am going to discuss politics. This probably won't be pretty. I mean I am not going to get ugly and hateful and spew vitriol all over the internets, because honestly I am not that sort of person. No it will be ugly because I am not a political person and therefor I am certain someone will have less than stellar reviews on what I have to say.
seems like you can not swing a dead cat lately without hitting something
on the internet talking about "I am <fill in the blank>%". At
first I diligently ignored it, as I do most things of a political
nature*. Only you can only ignore things for so long, and honestly I was
starting to become curious as to what everyone was getting so worked up
about. What was it about these "99%" people sitting in protest that
these "53%" people are so damned pissed off about?
From what I understand, and I will admit I could be
missing something, the "99%" people are sitting on Wall street, and
elsewhere in the country, to protest greed among other things. I was
unable to find a comprehensive list of grievances since they don't seem
to have one. What it boils down to though is a bunch of citizens who are
frustrated and fed up with the current state of economic BS we live in,
and are exercising their right to let people know that they are pissed
off and it needs to change.
The other people, the "53%" people, seem to be pissed off at the
protesters because they seem to think that the people holding "99%"
signs are a bunch of lazy people who don't want to work hard and are
looking for a free ride. I have also gotten a very strong idea that they
view protesting as highly un-American.
So what do I think about it? Well mostly I think that both sides
have the right to do or think whatever they like, though I am leaning
more towards the second group being woefully underinformed or misguided
towards the intentions of the first group.
There is nothing wrong with protesting. In fact I think
there is a lot right with protesting. This protest seems to have started
in a more organic fashion and might be a little disorganized and hazy
in their goals, but it is still not a bad thing. It shows that the
American people are frustrated and coming to a breaking point. I do not
think that these are a bunch of shiftless layabouts, or radical hippies
(or is that an oxymoron?), or crazed liberal/communist/socialists
looking for the end of the American way.
I think these are probably all hard working, tax paying, voters
who have reached the end of their rope. Just because you got laid off
and found a new job in a few months does not mean everyone is that
lucky. My husband has been through five or six jobs in the last three
years due to constant lay offs, and we are just damn lucky that sales is
a field where you can find new jobs. I know hard working, brilliant,
college educated people who are going on three or four years of being
unemployed despite constant job searching. A lot of people have hit a
place where what they are qualified for has no jobs, but their
qualifications make them over qualified for anything more menial to pay
The "53%" people keep saying they live under
their means and work multiple jobs with crazy hours just to get by and
they are not complaining. They say that they are alright having no
cable, no internet, no smart phones, no modern luxuries. They say they
are alright with that because they have no debt and have savings for the
future. On one hand, good for you for being that diligent and that
focused and that responsible. On the other hand, shame on you for your
complacency. Shame on you for not wanting more than a cheap apartment
and a case of Naty Lite on a Friday night while watching a Red Box
The whole point of America and the elusive American Dream is to
want more. It is to want to have a nicer more comfortable life. Yes it
is a totally capitalist thing, but face it people, we are capitalists.
We are a nation of consumers, and there is nothing wrong with that. We
should be able to afford a few little luxuries. We should be able to
spend $100 a month and have cable and internet if we want them, or save a
little and have a cool phone, or even be able to take a nice week long
trip to Vegas once a year. We should be able to work hard and yet still
enjoy our lives, because what is the point otherwise?
The problem comes down to the fact that so many of us are working
ourselves to death just to get by and we have become complacent and
accepted that this is our lot in life. We accept paying $4 for gas, we
accept crappy 1 bedroom apartments in a not so great neighborhood, we
accept that two people working two jobs each at 70 hours a week with no
benefits or vacation is the norm, we accept substandard schooling for
our children, we accept that execs of major corporations are going to
get 6 figure bonuses even if they caused an environmental disaster, and
we accept that major corporations will pay no taxes but still get
millions in tax refunds.
That is what is wrong with this
country right now. We accept all of that. As far as I can see the "99%"
are tired of accepting that. I say good for them. Someone has to do it.
I agree voting is important. You have to get out there and vote for
people you think will make the choices that will represent us, but in
the end you have to remember that once elected those people will not
always do what is best for us. By standing up and showing that we are
fed up we send a message to the lawmakers that are in office that we are
I leave you with the tale of the ants and the grasshopper. The
ants toil all year long in order to live comfortably through the winter,
while the grasshopper plays all day. When the winter comes the ants
have plenty to eat while the grasshopper is starving.
The American people are the ants. We work hard all day long to
have something nice in the end, only when winter came we had nothing to
eat. The major corporations are the grasshoppers and they have been
playing all day long and are still living fat and happy despite the cold
winter. Always remember though that ants are many and grasshoppers are
few, and once organized, the ants can be devastating.
*I have my reasons for ignoring politics, and maybe
someday I will go into them, but not today. Keep your judgements on the
matter to yourself.