Michael Medved on how the Occupy Wall Street protests could make the 2012 elections mirror the tumultuous contest of ‘68, spelling trouble for a weak Obama. (via cheatsheet)
I’m guessing Michael fucking Medved has probably seen lots of movies about carnivals, but has never actually been to one.
George Will said a similar thing about this, that dirty hippies drove people to the Republicans in order to fight off chaos and lawlessness or some stupid.
I think I’m officially anti-anti-Occupy Wall Street. Still have reservations about goals/means/methods of the protesters, but ohmygod I hate their critics so much more.
But if they would just _________
Not anti-anybody. We’re pro-American citizen. Millions of Americans are getting kicked out of their house. They’re losing their education, their health care. They can’t take care of their parents. This is about people. Republicans are opening their bills. Democrats are opening their bills. I’ll go all the way to $250,000 if you want. Everybody’s opening their bills and they’re thinking, ‘Who’s protecting me from people stealing from me?’ This isn’t what I agreed on when I signed this agreement with this company. You add all these hassles up in your life — your hospital, your credit card, your education, your mortgage — and you’re getting nailed. And there are a couple of banks who created the instruments that made that happen. This is not a physical war. This is an oppression that’s quiet, and through money, and through services, and through small print. They want you to be afraid, and not to know, and they want to bewilder you. Between you and me, I shouldn’t get a credit card. But I got one. I didn’t even apply for it. Why am I getting a credit card?
This is not Tahrir Square. This is not Tompkins Square Park. This is not Yuppies against squatters. This is about minds. We need help from people who know. We need help from people in the financial industry who know. They should be here, too. He should want to see a better community. I want to see change in a systematic and legislative way. We’re looking for real results. We’re looking for protection for people. We’re down here trying to play bills. It’s serious out there, but it’s quiet, because it happens at everyone’s kitchen table. It’s happening household-by-household. There’s a sense out there, which I hope what’s going on here will dissipate, that there’s something wrong with me. I’m a jerk because I can’t pay that bill. There are working men who will march tomorrow. It’s all about people, who feel they got duped. There needs to be a systematic legislative change, so that this cannot happen any more."
[I’ve worked in the Customer Service industry all of my adult life. Health insurance and Care seems like a luxury. A savings account is a luxury. Taking time off of work when I’m sick is a luxury. And I’m lucky. Is this the American Dream? I am the 99%]
Still rolling in: these. wearethe99percent is collecting stories of the 99%-ers.
You know, I may not be wholly supportive of everything going on with OWS but damn if this doesn’t piss me off.
So, to the person who made this:
First of all, you’re using your kid to send a message that she probably doesn’t even understand. You want to say something to the protesters? Say it in your own voice to them. Don’t put harsh words in a child’s mouth in an effort to get your message to go viral. Because don’t tell me that wasn’t your motive.
The use of “bitter women’s studies” sort of takes away from anything of value you might have had to say. It’s demeaning and short sighted and, well, sort of bitchy.
Yay for you that your family is one where one parent is successful enough in their career that the other parent can stay home and raise their child “properly” and I put “properly” in quotation marks because fuck you for insinuating that any woman who works outside the home while raising a child isn’t raising their child properly.
There’s not an awful lot of families out there who can afford to have one salary coming in. You’re fortunate. I hope you know that. And I hope you can stop your high-horse gloating long enough to do a little research and find out just how hard it is to make ends meet these days. Just because you can doesn’t mean everyone can.
And it’s really cute how your daughter is so sure that she’ll be a productive member of society. Because if things keep going the way they are going, good luck to her finding a well paying career in five or nine years, depending on if you can afford to send her to college when the time comes.
Part of me hopes she comes to you when she’s in eleventh grade and tells you she wants to major in Women’s Studies.
And part of me thinks that you’re just hoping she’ll marry well so she can stay home and raise her kids “properly” while her husband works.
I don’t know you. But I know I don’t like you.
House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, talking about Occupy Wall Street. “Believe it or not, some in this town have actually condoned the pitting of Americans against Americans,” he continued. “But you sent us here to fight for you and for all Americans. You sent us here to bring about real change in Washington, real change to your federal government. And we’re committed to do that.” Pitting of Americans against Americans? Isn’t that what you do, Eric? Let’s be honest with ourselves before we criticize others. (via shortformblog)
He’s more concerned about imaginary “mobs” than he is about helping out his own constituents.
I don’t recall him saying the same about the Tea Party. Eric, I had to wait in traffic many many times, on work days because of the right to assemble that evil un-american tea party assholes have.
Man Overboard! Occupy Philly Edition: This movement doesn’t need to have simple answers.
Man Overboard! Occupy Philly Edition: This movement doesn’t need to have simple answers.
There has been much scratching of the head and grumbling over the Occupy Wall Street and its several copycat manifestations around the country, including Occupy Philly, which gathering began at City Hall this morning.
“But what do they want?” cry the reporters and pundits. “But what is their message?” “But how is this helpful?” It’s as if the media, and, to be fair, a good swath of the public, have let out a collective j’accuse to the tune of: “Justify yourselves!”
But Occupy Wall Street and Occupy Philly owe no such justification — and shouldn’t apologize for not having sound-bite-ready answers.
The right to assemble peacefully is, of course, just that: a right, not a privilege. The mere act of making good on a constitutional guarantee doesn’t require an explanation. To pose an extreme hypothetical: One day, I paint “Things Suck” on a sign and take it to City Hall for the world to see. Useful? Maybe not, but that’s my business.
So much the truer for the Occupy Wall Street movement, which has successfully nabbed the attention of the national news media, politicians and pundits and brought together people with a slew of ideas and desires. That’s purpose enough in itself, it seems to me.
As for the direction and goals of this movement, it’s certainly true that they are many, often vague, and thus far without a single central unifying message — but that’s exactly the way movements have always been and always will be.
When it comes to political and social movements, we rewrite history with an eye for tidiness, as if every period of change was some logical, coherent idea which Americans spontaneously agreed with. In reality, every movement — the sexual revolution of the ’50s and ’60s, the Vietnam anti-war movement, the Civil Rights movement, the rise of the Tea Party — gets messier and less unified the more closely you look at it. The idea that any social movement in American history was the product of a single, unified vision is a historical fiction.
Real people are not, thank God, media message machines.
Occupy Wall Street may turn out to have been a brief sideshow. It may become a factor in the next presidential election. It may turn out to have been symbolic of something else — a different movement, perhaps — that hasn’t manifested itself yet. History will judge it. There’s no need for everybody else to.
Then I hear from my lefty friends that Occupy Philly isn’t radical enough, that it was a mistake to gather peacefully and with permission on the front lawn of City Hall, rather than uninvited at the door of the Philadelphia Stock Exchange, the Philadelphia Federal Reserve or the Comcast Center.
Maybe. But the Left often makes the same mistake as the lowest-common-denominational mainstream news media in demanding that every public movement mimic a canned narrative. A few hundred New Yorkers get arrested — not, it should be pointed out, intentionally — and the movement is suddenly supposed to be of the sort that invites authorities to try and knock it down? Why? The second-most successful thing it has going for it is that it has proven to be a counterpoint to the WTO protest in Seattle, marked by such grownup demonstrations of anger as spray-painting Starbucks. Good riddance.
Lastly, I’ve heard not a few angry grumblings about how our taxes are paying the bill for security during the “occupation” here — a point noticeably lacking when police turn out in droves to secure private sports events, public parades and any number of city happenings.
Democracy comes with a price tag. Those who object to pitching in for the protection of the right to assembly may wish to visit humanrightswatch.org to find plenty of countries happy to accommodate.
(source | CityPaper)
Credit for this idea goes to JasenComstock.
Perhaps the primary driver of any movement targeted at “Wall Street” is a desire to replace the existing capital allocation system (the banking / investment model) with a new system. Or, at least, to improve the functionality of the…
As a somewhat recent Credit Union convert who’s trying to get everyone I know to make the switch, I 100% endorse this and might even stop with the 99% jokes if this were to become an actual platform.
The moment Regis Philbin-sponsored TD America peeled away that veneer of free dog biscuits, off-business hours, and other completely nothing marketing whatsits to expose all of the fees associated with their “free” checking we got sick of jumping around to banks with better marketing whatsits and, instead, settled in with Navy Federal, and proudly sport their coffee mug around the office.
So, yes, this is a good platform.
I’ve been at Navy Federal since I was 18 and have never had a desire to change. USAA is even better.