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I haven't commented much on Occupy Wall Street because I didn't have much of anything to say about it.
There were a lot of protests during the 1960's and 1970's. Many were anti-Vietnam War protests. Many, many people turned out for those protests. But those protests didn't end the war, just like the huge anti-Iraq war protests in 2002 and 2003 didn't prevent the Iraq War from being waged. Yes, over time, more and more Americans became weary of the Vietnam disgrace and eventually, politicians were pressured to bring it to an end. But street protesting against the Vietnam War didn't force our Leaders to change course. Because Leaders minds were already made up.
I think that is how it is now. Our Leaders minds are made up. And no amount of street protests are going to change any of our Leaders minds. Wall Street, Big oil, Big Tel-Co, and Big Insurance now make up our Leaders minds for them. And once a mind is made up, or paid to be made up....then there's nothing any demonstrations can change.
Even though I am basically in agreement with where the OWS movement placed it's focus.....I don't think there's anything to be gained from street protesting anymore. I'm probably wrong about that. But, that's where I am right now.
I think that the corporate-government enemy that Americans are up against has become impervious to any democratic change through the traditional means of non-violent protesting. And I don't advocate violent protesting....so what's the greatest nation of people on the earth to do? I have a couple of ideas I'll share later but the short answer for now is...not much.
It is clear what our Leaders want to do...and will do. In the wake of our Greatest Recession, our Leaders will punish everyone in America except for the top 1%, except for the richest and most powerful. During a period when deficit reduction shouldn't even be on the table, our Leaders on both sides have talked, virtually, of nothing else. When trillions should be spent by the federal government to move the economy right now, our Leaders will act to cut spending, and most likely, without raising any revenue.
In all of this, it has been the corporate media who have rushed to defend the top 1%. It is the corporate media who endlessly tell audiences of the "centrist" position of raising Social Security and Medicare eligibility ages. It is the corporate media who defends the historically low federal tax rates that our nation's richest pay. And so any protest which targets that top 1% must be ridiculed and dehumanized by the corporate servants in the media.
Today's corrupt corporate media have been instrumental in painting the OWS protesters as savages who use the sidewalk as an outhouse and..oh, yeah....have sexy time in public as well as other dangerous and suspicious behavior....and besides, they couldn't answer certain questions the way we wanted them to, and, anyway, they're socialist-commie people, that's what they are. Oh, and lazy, too.
So, naturally, with that bang-up media characterization, the protesters deserve any violence done against them by authorities because...well...let's review: there's the public sex thing and the urinating all over and...the reefer...Oh my god, you can smell marijuana smoke at the protests. There you have it. They deserve to get kicked around by the storm troopers. Revoke their 1st amendment rights too....they're hippies, for Christ's sake.
After the OWS camps were brought down by a wave of storm troopers Tuesday, here were a few of the tweets from the editor-in-chief of Andrew Breitbart's online site...
*sniff* *sniff* There’s just something about a police baton swung towards the skull of #OWS that *sniff* chokes a man up. #ItsSoBeautiful
Hard to watch #OWS #OccupyWallStreet hippies get what they deserve while tender tears of joy cloud the eyes.
Dirty, filthy #OWS hippies getting what they deserve from cops = MY PORN
POP THE POPCORN! Dirty, filthy #Occupy hippes getting what they deserve from police — LIVE!
Having sufficiently dehumanized the OWS protesters by repeating the defecation, urination, and public sex accusations as often as possible....it is but a short step to claiming police violence used against these sub-human beasts is "deserved."
Nothing new about any of it. The hippies who protested back in the 60's-70's were characterized similarly to how the OWS'ers are being characterized now. Characterized as a bit dull, definitely smelly and probably sub-human a little, unlike our Leaders and the opportunistic defense industry CEO's of the time, who were smart and acceptably human when they profited from the deaths of tens of thousands of Americans and hundreds of thousands of Vietnamese...and all for no good goddamn reason.
A Florida poll taken in May of 1970 reported that 58% of the people polled blamed the protesters at Kent State for the Ohio National Guard's murdering of 4 students on the campus. America has a long history of blaming the victims.
And in the establishment's reaction to the Occupy Wall Street movement, we're blaming the victims again.