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Thoughts from the Nation | Rebels Without a Clue
Posted: 10/4/2011 10:42:29 AM
Updated: 10/4/2011 11:27:34 AM
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Some of you may have been following media coverage of the Occupy Wall Street protests in NYC and the shoot-offs in other cities, including Providence.
Hoards of people have started to literally live on public property as they protest the current conditions of corporate
They have been starting to get some media coverage for their cause, but until very recently, they havent had a cohesive message or even a collective gripe, except for the fact that theyre angry.
This past weekend the group reacted to the medias characterization of the protest having no clear objective and released a declaration. You can read it here.
This declaration and some of the video reporting that has been done on the web and in traditional media, paint a picture of a group of rebels without a clue. This is a movement without an end game.
No demands, no ideas, no solutions, just expressions of anger and frustration. Most of which is perceived and really not based in reality.
Take this excerpt from the preamble of the decaration:
As we gather together in solidarity to express a feeling of mass injustice, we must not lose sight of what brought us together. We write so that all people who feel wronged by the corporate forces of the world can know that we are your allies.
Notice the statement is all about feelings. The gathering is all about expressing them and as long as you feel wronged, even though you might not actually be, youre welcome to be part.
If you listen to the interviews done with some of the protestors, they will explain that they feel this and they feel that. Never once offering a THOUGHT or fact-based argument.
This is the result of a generation worth of social engineering that has focused on expression of feelings being just as valuable in society as actual change or results.
These people really think that just by showing up and showing their anger that things will change.
They saw transgressions, knew what those transgressions were, and formulated an action plan to deal with them. Ideas were debated with reason and eloquence.
This generation sits around complaining about corporations, while they blog about it on their corporate created computer or smartphone. They started this movement on Facebook and Twitter, two corporate giants that made this whole thing possible.
They dont even know who theyre really upset with, as they blame corporate influence on our government, which is really the fault of the elected officials who have betrayed the people in favor of big money.
This movement wont be going anywhere because its too busy chasing its tail. A protest movement with no leader and no objective is an army with no mission and no General.
The unholy alliance between our government and big business is one of the biggest issues our generation has to face. We must make sure that we dont throw the baby out with the bath water when were deciding what to do about it.
However, the most important thing we need to do is to KNOW WHAT WERE TALKING ABOUT and what our THOUGHTS are about it.
A group of people sitting around emoting is both self indulgent and useless. The only time it might be useful in human existence is at a funeral. Last I checked were not dead yet.
(10/5/2011 9:17:45 AM) |
Is this really any differet than the unorganized and confused forces of the Tea Party, who ranted and raved against "government run health care", but at the same time, complained that Obamacare would "cut Medicare". Mob groups like this seldom make any rational sense. It's always about feeling.
And when you make the point about how our forefathers were educated in the classics, you are right. But you fail to point out that only a small population was educated at all.
|- Russell Moore|
(10/4/2011 11:38:43 PM) |
Seems to me they want what the tea party wants they just think you can get there by way of communism.
|- J Dub|
(10/4/2011 8:28:24 PM) |
Denice, your are right, and the great thing about this is They do have the RIGHT! I just wish the celeb's that get involved would help them with that.
(10/4/2011 3:57:48 PM) |
Well at least they are speaking up and not letting the government run all over them. Its about time we took a stand. Maybe they need to be more informed and better leaders to lead them to a good worthwhile protest that will make a difference. It's an up hill battle starting off on the wrong foot maybe but starting off.
Perhaps you could give them good advice and not be so hard on the have nots. They do have an up hill battle against the giant coperations.
(10/4/2011 2:42:52 PM) |
Matt, Do these people know that the banks paid the money back?? I understand their frustrations, but I do believe they ruined a good thing by not being more educated and having a leadership with a brain! I am all for the People to stand up for your rights, but this is just a mess!
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