Wednesday, October 05, 2011

Occupy Wall Street

I try to refrain from making political posts but I feel I have to make an exception this time.

The last few days I have seen a few of their spokespeople appear on cable TV (don't look on Fox because you won't see them on the so called "fair and balanced" network) who are very articulate and say just the way I feel.  This country has been screwed by corporate greed run amok and it is only getting worse.  Both political parties are brought and paid for by Corporate America.  They are owned lock, stock and barrel by Corporate America.  No, I'm not a Communist or even a Socialist but I am an American and our freedom has been hijacked by a few corporate vultures and this country is going down the tubes unless we reverse course.  There, I've had my say and tomorrow I will go back to my usual self-involved fluff like my job problems at work, which actually is connected to the Corporate Greed Culture that dominates this country today.  I haven't had a raise in my pay in four years and nor do I expect a raise.  That has to be resolved.  Now I really am done.  Here is their manifesto:

What follows is the first official, collective statement of the protesters in Zuccotti Park:

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.
As one people, united, we acknowledge the reality: that the future of the human race requires the cooperation of its members; that our system must protect our rights, and upon corruption of that system, it is up to the individuals to protect their own rights, and those of their neighbors; that a democratic government derives its just power from the people, but corporations do not seek consent to extract wealth from the people and the Earth; and that no true democracy is attainable when the process is determined by economic power. We come to you at a time when corporations, which place profit over people, self-interest over justice, and oppression over equality, run our governments. We have peaceably assembled here, as is our right, to let these facts be known.
  • They have taken our houses through an illegal foreclosure process, despite not having the original mortgage.
  • They have taken bailouts from taxpayers with impunity, and continue to give Executives exorbitant bonuses.
  • They have perpetuated inequality and discrimination in the workplace based on age, the color of one's skin, sex, gender identity and sexual orientation.
  • They have poisoned the food supply through negligence, and undermined the farming system through monopolization.
  • They have profited off of the torture, confinement, and cruel treatment of countless animals, and actively hide these practices.
  • They have continuously sought to strip employees of the right to negotiate for better pay and safer working conditions.
  • They have held students hostage with tens of thousands of dollars of debt on education, which is itself a human right.
  • They have consistently outsourced labor and used that outsourcing as leverage to cut workers’ healthcare and pay.
  • They have influenced the courts to achieve the same rights as people, with none of the culpability or responsibility.
  • They have spent millions of dollars on legal teams that look for ways to get them out of contracts in regards to health insurance.
  • They have sold our privacy as a commodity.
  • They have used the military and police force to prevent freedom of the press.
  • They have deliberately declined to recall faulty products endangering lives in pursuit of profit.
  • They determine economic policy, despite the catastrophic failures their policies have produced and continue to produce.
  • They have donated large sums of money to politicians, who are responsible for regulating them.
  • They continue to block alternate forms of energy to keep us dependent on oil.
  • They continue to block generic forms of medicine that could save people’s lives or provide relief in order to protect investments that have already turned a substantial profit.
  • They have purposely covered up oil spills, accidents, faulty bookkeeping, and inactive ingredients in pursuit of profit.
  • They purposefully keep people misinformed and fearful through their control of the media.
  • They have accepted private contracts to murder prisoners even when presented with serious doubts about their guilt.
  • They have perpetuated colonialism at home and abroad.
  • They have participated in the torture and murder of innocent civilians overseas.
  • They continue to create weapons of mass destruction in order to receive government ontracts.*

To the people of the world, We, the New York City General Assembly occupying Wall Street in Liberty Square, urge you to assert your power.
Exercise your right to peaceably assemble; occupy public space; create a process to address the problems we face, and generate solutions accessible to everyone.
To all communities that take action and form groups in the spirit of direct democracy, we offer support, documentation, and all of the resources at our disposal.
Join us and make your voices heard!


  1. Agreed-that this country is being run by corporations in bed with politicians and has been at an ever increasing pace since the 1960's.

    But a protest won't change anything.
    Using your vote to get these politicians out of office is the only thing that will change the current status quo.
    They all need to go home and actually show up to vote on election day...and run for offices and work on campaigns for candidates who aren't beholden to big business lobbysits's dollars.

    "They have held students hostage with tens of thousands of dollars of debt on education, which is itself a human right."
    So going to college is now a human right?lol

    I'm sorry but nobody holds a gun to a student's head and forces them to take out student loans. If you get in over your head in loan debt YOU did it. There are ways to get an education w/out accumulating massive debt. I've got 3 kids(2 of which are in college now)so I know it can be done.
    If you want to get into it deeper, one of the main reasons that the cost of higher education is so freaking high is because of the government underwriting access to so much student loan debt. The more loans that are made available for education, the more schools can charge-and DO! Then you get 18% per year rise in the cost of higher education which we've had for the last 20 yrs.

    Kids aren't being schooled in the reality of debt. The colleges don't have a vested interest in kids not taking out massive loans so they don't warn them. Most parents aren't savvy enough about student debt to keep their kids from taking out too much debt and the kids?...the kids are CLUELESS because they are more interested at 18 yr old in having a zit ruin their day, wearing the right pair of pants to school and where to do clubbing that night. Having signed a legally binding loan contract and seeing that you will work for 30 years after graduation to pay this loan off is the FURTHEST thing from their minds.
    Then they graduate at 21 or 22 and realize they are in debt up to their eyeballs, can't find a job that will afford them a living AND loan payments for the next 30 years and then they start screaming that their futures have been taken from them!?
    Yep, somebody needs to be there when they are in high school to warn and protect them from this student loan boolsh**. The federal govt. is not doing them any favor providing so much student debt.

    Sorry to have highjacked your comments....but I'm passionate about the culture of debt in this country. 8-)

  2. Amen! I am glad to see that most of the protesters are younger than me. I still have hope for the US but a lot of people will have to stop voting against their own best interest.

  3. Slugmamma,

    I agree with you 100%. There are different ways to pay for college. I got my college degree by serving in the Army for three years then going to night school, three nights a week for FOUR YEARS while I worked full-time at a day job. That netted me am associates degree in business management and NO DEBT.
    I am glad that the protests are taking place now. The only thing that surprises me is that it has taken this long. And you are right, many of these young people don't take the time to vote. That is the ONE WAY for effective change. It drives me nuts when I hear someone complaining about the state of political affairs in this country but they don't vote. I couldn't wait to vote and have voted every time since my first vote in 1964. I never miss. Only when I am dead and gone will I miss a vote.

  4. I wonder how far this will go.

  5. Dr. Spo,
    This is just the beginning. My only surprise is that it has taken this long to begin. This will only grow because there is something terribly wrong with this country now. Something has to be righted because we're going into the wrong direction. The middle class is being decimated. Our county is turning into an oligarchy. This cannot stand.

  6. I'm waiting for guillotines to be erected on Wall Street.

  7. Cubby,

    The tumbrils are ready!


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