I’ve been seeing mention of #OccupyWallstreet for a few weeks now. At first I had no idea what it was but saw a lot of people talking about it. So I started looking more and more into what the movement was actually about. This is what I found:
We’re mad as Hell, but we don’t know what we’re mad at or what we’re going to do about it.
I know I know, liberals and progressives are going to hate me for saying that but it’s true. I’ve gone to the source, I’ve watched the videos, Hell, I’ve even had supporters of the movement tell me on Twitter that “There is no real message or demands” right now. Yet I’m suppose to support it because “It’s a start.” I’m sorry but that’s just stupid. Step #1 in putting together any protest or movement is to communicate what it is you’re protesting for/against. STEP NUMBER ONE. Why is that important? Because I’m not going to throw my support behind a protest when I don’t know what its message is. I mean Hell, the Tea Party was a group of regular people who were “mad as hell” but their message was stupid, so I didn’t support them. This is basic. All these folks who are telling people who are criticizing this movement to just “shut up and join” are really doing any chance this movement has of being a real success a disservice. Liberals criticized the Tea Party movement, not because of the Koch Brothers, but because their message was one that didn’t make sense and sounded stupid. So now that #OccupyWallstreet has a few hundred people behind it, we’re suppose to just jump behind it because their liberal even though there is no message? Come on. That’s stupid.
Oh wait…I forgot….”We are the 99%” is the message. I’m assuming they are talking about how the top 1% of this country controls most of the wealth. Yeah that makes sense as a message. Hey tell me, are the Tea Party part of that 99%? Are non-wealthy people that work on Wall Street part of that 99%? How about the NYPD? You know cause right now people are saying they were bought off by a JP Morgan donation. Of course no one seems to know WHEN the donation was made, they just assume that JP Morgan donate the $4.6 million to harass the Hippies with no message (it makes even less sense if you say it out loud). Tell me, does the 99% include conservatives that are against increased regulations on corporations and Wall Street? Yeah see that “We are the 99%” bullshit makes as much sense as the Tea Party’s “We want our country back” when you actually put an ounce of brain power into thinking about it. But hey, these are liberals protesting, we’re not suppose to criticize them the same way, just jump on the bandwagon.
“But Kriss, they just put out a list of grievances yesterday. See, they’re getting more organized”
Oh, a list of grievances? I didn’t know Festivus was coming early this year.
After looking over this list I can say that I’m sticking by the conclusion I found before: We’re mad as hell and we don’t know what we’re going to do about it. I highlighted some of my favorite ones
“They have sold our privacy as a commodity.”
You mean companies like Facebook and other Social Media sites you’re using to organize this movement?
“They have profited off of the torture, confinement, and cruel treatment of countless animals, and actively hide these practices.”
Non-human animals. Not Humans. Not alleged terrorists in Gitmo. Not men and women locked in jail. But animals. *straight face*
“They have donated large sums of money to politicians, who are responsible for regulating them.”
This is absolutely true. But it’s also true that Unions and liberal groups do the same thing. Soooooo…..are they trying to end all donations of money or just those done by corporations
“They have held students hostage with tens of thousands of dollars of debt on education, which is itself a human right.”
Well, K-12 education is free. I could definitely be better though and something worth fighting for. But College education? You have choices of college. If you can’t afford it, you can go to a different college. I see people complaining about student loans all the time and I never understand. When you took out the loan, you knew you were going to have to pay it back (hence it being a loan). If you didn’t want to pay that money back, you shouldn’t have taken out the loan. Period. And I say that as a person who thinks universities and States need to change some of their tuition practices. But a free college education? Listen, if that’s what you want, get a scholarship.
And there are plenty of other grievances. Some of them, if ever flushed out, could be the start of a good movement. But in this generalized and overly-simplified state all I can think is “When do the feats of Strength start?”
And wait a minute….WHO THE FUCK IS ‘THEY’? Is it the Government, Corporations, Wall Street, Purple People Eaters??? Or maybe it’s “The Man”. How are you going to put out a list of grievances and we don’t even know who to be mad at? This list reads like it was written by a college kid who ate too many weed brownies while watching old videos of Woodstock.
This is a “Mr. Me Too” movement. Some liberal Americans saw the Arab Spring (and inexplicably inserted themselves into it as being part of why it happened) and started saying “When does that happen here?” Even today some are saying the #OccupyWallstreet movement is just like the Arab Spring. Not only is that an insult to my intelligence, it’s an insult to those that were beaten or lost their lives in the Arab Spring. Those people were rising up against decades of dictatorships and a complete lack of civil rights. I’m sorry but a few white women sprayed with pepperspray isn’t on the same level of people being shot in the head in the middle of the street. Those people in Egypt, Libya, Iran, etc. all wanted their governments GONE. I’m going to tell you right now, 99% of the people in this country don’t want their government gone. We just want it to work more effectively.
Listen, I’m all for people who are angry, coming together to protest. But just because these are liberals, it doesn’t mean they are exempt from the same scrutiny given the Tea Party. I find it hilarious that people get in their feelings when you point out the flaws and problems of this movement. It has no cohesive message and when you ask different people, you get different answers as far as what it’s about. But then there’s wonder as to why the media isn’t picking it up. They wonder why some people are poking fun at them but yet they get Union support and then put out a grievance list about politicians being lobbied. Hello, Unions lobby politicians too. I saw Russell Simmons with the protesters one day and I wondered how many Rush Card applications he handed out. You know, the Rush Card that Simmons works with Credit Card companies with, the same Credit Card companies I assume these protesters don’t like. How do you reconcile that? Oh that’s right, they’re liberal and they don’t have to. Please. I’m sorry but if you want to be taken seriously then you have to come off as serious and not as a group of people who have no idea who or what they’re mad at. And a clear message and some consistency wouldn’t hurt either.
Oh and one last thing for the people that are going to try to tell me I’m wrong. I remember Jon Stewart & Stephen Colbert’s “Rally for Sanity” and how some liberals were upset that they didn’t put out a better message or have a better point. Now those same liberals are hyping up a movement with zero point or message. Come on folks….