I’ve been intrigued by this movement “Occupy Wall Street”.
It is a rag-tag army that looks like it is going to grow. Similar to what happened during the Vietnam war – a small group objected, more people became aware of the injustice, and responded by joining the movement. It turned violent, where the US military actually killed students.
This movement has no other place to go if it grows. Violence will occur as the movement is trying to oust/change the powers that are in control.
Why else would JP Morgan give over $1 million to the NYPD?
In your lifetime, have you ever seen the powers in control give up easily?
Just throw up their hands, say, “You guys are right, and we’ll hand the reins over to you.” It never ends that way.
Recent examples – Egypt, Libya and Tunisia. Until they had no choice in the matter, the powers that were in control violently responded to protestors. It won’t be different if “Occupy Wall Street” grows.
Most who read my blog do not remember the riots of the 60’s. These occurred because blacks were at the low-end of the economic spectrum, and were so frustrated they burned anything and everything around them.
I remember sitting on top of the roof of my home and watching the smoke rise out of downtown Detroit.
In the 60’s there were mass demonstrations against the US participation in the Vietnam War. Demonstrations at the democratic convention in Chicago turned violent when police attacked the demonstrators.
They turned deadly at Kent State when National Guardsman killed student demonstrators.
This demonstration by “Occupy Wall Street” is just – the American system has become such a fraud that there really no other choice but a dramatic change in leadership and governance.
Yup, we, as a nation F’ked up – we trusted the powers that be.
I am also old enough to relate to this song – “Are the Good Times Really Over for Good?”
We have come to that point in the history of the USA where we are “rolling down hill like a snowball headed to hell?”
It has to change, and that change will not come easily.
This is one of the reasons I left the USA.
I wish the young people, who are the instigators of Occupy Wall Street”, lots of luck. I do not know if they realize what they are seeking – the ouster of the thieves on Wall Street and in the US Government.
You see, both are culpable for the state of the union. The US government did everything in their power to enhance the money grab of the banks – Bank of America, Wells Fargo, Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan, Morgan Stanley and Citigroup.
What sense does it make to bulldoze livable homes when you have so many homeless?
What sense does it make when the government knows about the illegal act of Robo signing of foreclosure documents but does nothing to stop it?
How can one rely on the government that sues banks for selling them all the toxic mortgages they had during the TARP program? Are they so stupid that they cannot figure out the value of assets that they are buying?
How can you rely on the FED to handle our currency properly, when behind closed doors they are literally giving money to banks freely?
What “ethics’ do banks have when the head of one of the largest banking groups states that he’d like to “Rip the heart out of his detractors and eat it while his victim was still alive”?
These are the people and institutions that “Occupy Wall Street’ is looking to over throw.
Do you think a leader who says he’d like to rip someones heart out is going to leave peaceably? Think again.
There is not much difference between Democrats and Republicans – both have led the US into wars overseas. Both parties have outright lied to the American people. Both are attacking the middle class and robbing them of their wealth.
“Occupy Wall Street” has admirable goals to end these aberrations.
The goal to bring back the ideas of the constitution – liberty for everyone, representation through the electoral process vs. which companies fork over the most dollars to a candidate.
I think that is what “Occupy Wall Street” is after.
More government is certainly not the answer.
The regulatory agencies are inept.
The SEC audited Bernie Madhoff 4 times and found nothing wrong. (huh?)
A recent SEC report on HFT (High frequency trading) blames hedge funds for the massive drop in stocks about 18 months ago, which is entirely wrong. No one will be fired for misleading the public, no one will change the first report.
How can the government go after Bobby Unser for trespassing in a wilderness zone in the middle of a storm, yet allow the massive pollution that is occurring in Montana and Wyoming with oil drilling?
If we cannot rely on our regulatory agencies to find the flaws in the system, how can government be the answer?
Individuals need to be held accountable for their actions – it is impossible for me to understand how the 5 major banks could bring us to the verge of financial armageddon, yet no one charged with any crimes.
Our government instead goes after Bernard Von NotHaus for minting silver coins. No coins were ever used as currency, but the government labeled him as a terrorist.
So, “Occupy Wall Street”, good luck with your efforts.
To most apathetic Americans – you will pay the price whether you do nothing or partake in the protest. It is time for people to stand up for their freedoms.
Participate in the movement that is trying to get your rights back into your hands.
The other alternative is to leave and not support the system. Opt out and move overseas to begin a new life.
Either avenue you choose, your life will change. The question is will you control that change or leave it in someone else’s hands?
Cheers for now.