Sunday, September 25, 2011
Occupy Wall St - The hippies are back!
It's been an incredibly long time since I've posted to this blog. It's not that I haven't seen things that needed faces put on them, I just didn't have time to dedicate to a good long rant.
I'll start wtih "Occupy Wall Street" as it is the thing really stirring me up right now even though I came in half-way through it. It was the reports on Twitter the past 24 hours about police brutality that perked up my ears. YES! The hippies are still around. Boy, do I remember that part of the 60's and 70's. The whole how and why police officers earned the slur "pigs". Lord don't I love a group of testosterone overload men who like to pick on people smaller than them, weaker than them, less armed than them. It makes them even angrier when the people they're trying to bully don't fight back. Yes, at Ohio State they did fight back...with small rocks. What they got in return were bullets...Four dead in O HI O.
Will the NYPD and Homeland Security continue to overreact to people shouting and holding signs. Will someone end up dead before it's over? A lot of colonists gave their lives to free themselves from tyranny. They were called patriots. Now they're being called terrorists.
The tyranny they are fighting is not taxing without representation but taxation into poverty while their representatives let the rich get off pretty much scott-free. Our representatives also give money to banks who turn around and continue to foreclose on the middle-class borrower. The oil companies make outrageous profits without creating jobs or cleaning up their mess. Our representatives continue to send jobs overseas. Hey! You can cut taxes all you want but if Joe Q Citizen doesn't have a job, or a home, or a car, etc. there's nothing to tax.
Thomas Jefferson said "What this government will need to survive is a good revolution every generation". Last one we had by my observations, was the early 1970's. Since then we've allowed big business to make us think we just need more stuff...manufactured in other countries. Somehow we went from laughing off the Jerry Falwell and the "Moral Majority" without watching the growth of these groups or the influence they were having on American politics. America went the reverse of the hippie movement and became even more hung-up on sex. In fact we started getting paranoid about all kinds of things, because the news told us to.
Then came 9-11, the perfect opportunity for the government, big business, network television and religious fanatics to grow that paranoia to new heights. Put that together with the subtle culteralization changes going on with our children that was taking the fight out of them...we were putting this precious democratic republic right into the hands of the people who were hell bent on tearing it down and creating a serfdom.
Thank you protestors in NYC. Thank you for restoring my hope in the revolutionary spirit of America. Thank you for showing some balls and real pride in what this country was meant to be.
I will help you by speaking out. I will help you by using my words. I will support you by sharing your stories. I will support you by standing up to the bullies who are trying to scare Americans into thinking that "God's got it in for us". Listen, we've had sexually promiscous politicians all the way back to the First Continental Congress. But you know what? Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, John Hancock and all the rest were brave men. They built the foundation for a totally new form of government and they made it work. It didn't matter who they were sleeping with. It didn't even matter that none of them were "fundamentalist Christians". God didn't give them this country, They took it. Admittedly they screwed up by taking more of it away from the people who lived here first. But they stood up to an empire to make a new tiny little nation.
No NYPD and Homeland Security. These people are not terrorists so put away you biological warfare toys. They don't have weapons of mass destruction. They have picket signs and thermoses full of coffee. They're Americans trying to reclaim America...for Americans. They're not Taliban or other religious extremists. In fact I'll bet half of them are agnostics or atheists. Please don't ruin the reputation you earned on 9-11 for being life savers and peace keepers. Don't earn the PD that horrible nickname again. We have the freedom to assemble peacefully. We have the right to speak out against our government. Bush tried to take those rights away. We taking them back.