Thursday, October 20, 2011

10 reasons why you shouldn’t attend a Rochester-area Occupy Wall Street movement, or anywhere else for that matter

As you may have heard, depending on the media you watch, there’s a world-wide movement against the excesses of Capitalism, including too much corporate monies in our political system. Students trying to get a college education are increasingly discovering that they’ll never make enough to pay off their school loans. Millions aren’t getting sufficient or any health coverage and too many who want to work cannot. There is only a bleak future for millions around the world while a few are doing just fine. There’s a lot of rage out there. Our environment is going to hell in a hand basket and the only thing our government and all the present political parties can think of is to halt regulations that would preserve a sustainable environment for generations to come. But on the whole it’s a general rage with many components: Occupy Wall Street | NYC Protest for American Revolution
‘Occupy Wall Street is a people-powered movement that began on September 17, 2011 in Liberty Square in Manhattan’s Financial District, and has spread to over 100 cities in the United States and actions in over 1,500 cities globally. #OWS is fighting back against the corrosive power of major banks and multinational corporations over the democratic process, and the role of Wall Street in creating an economic collapse that has caused the greatest recession in generations. The movement is inspired by popular uprisings in Egypt and Tunisia, and aims to expose how the richest 1% of people are writing the rules of an unfair global economy that is foreclosing on our future.’ Occupy Wall Street | NYC Protest for American Revolution
I’m thinking that despite it all, you shouldn’t go out in the streets and join the movement to make this world a better place. And I have ten reasons why, even in Rochester, NY ( Occupy Rochester), you should just stay home rather than make a spectacle of yourself.
  • Reason one: Downtown at the Liberty Pole is too far to travel to join the movement and besides there are too few places to park your car. Even though it’s not the job of your public servants, who are getting too much public money, to create public parking garages (which sound very socialist) you might have trouble finding a place to park your car. You would then have to walk several blocks to where folks are gathering and carrying signs. You could walk, but that’s a real inconvenience. And you could take the bus, which all arrive at the Liberty Pole at some point, but it’s public transportation, which means you won’t be able to smoke and listen to your favorite tunes real loud like you can in your car.
  • Reason two: You already have a great job that will last forever that gives you a great pension and you’ll make enough to pay all your medical bills and put your kids through college so they won’t have to spend the rest of their lives paying the student loans back.
  • Reason three: If you go to one of the Occupy Wall Street rallies, a reporter from a major media outlet could take a photograph of you and your boss would see it and fire you. Though, what is much worse is that one of the conservative political pundits could show your photo on one of their hate shows and sneer at you. Few things are more to be avoided that the dreaded pundit sneer, because these are the folks who mainstream media asks what’s going on in the world, instead of going out and finding out for themselves. And, they are expert and making your troubles your fault—not the system that is funded and believed in by you.
  • Reason four: You don’t have to get out in the streets to get unfairness and money out of our political system, because soon a political party that wants to change the tax system and the “Hail to the Chief” presidential theme song will be in power. The GOP will take care of the unfairness in our wealth distribution and money in politics by putting in more Supreme Court justices who’ll watch out for your Constitutional rights and not the corporations’.
  • Reason five: You don’t have to get out in the streets to express your concerns about our environment (like the Sierra Club states: Sierra Club: Email - Sierra Club Stands in Solidarity with Occupy Wall Street Protests) and issues like Climate Change because your next leaders who you’ll vote into office because Obama didn’t solve all the problems the last GOP president caused don’t’ believe in Climate Change. See, it will be easy. All those environmental problems you’ve witnessed and heard about will just go away because our next leader will just dismiss the whole thing. Imagine the power that will have on physics.
  • Reason six: You shouldn’t go to the Occupy Wall Street because you might have to talk to someone who is angry about not having a good future. They’ll probably be so well-informed about the plight of others and concerns about their own future that you’ll be overwhelmed. They probably won’t talk about sports or that new TV show that’s suddenly the rage. You will look like a fool by not having all the answers—which as you know is one of the greatest threats to our existence.
  • Reason seven: It would be pointless to join your neighbors who are suffering because the 99% who are not doing well (and you aren’t doing so hot yourself) because there will be too few for the media to notice. Let’s be honest if you go to one of those events and only a few show up you’ll look like a fool and the media, which likes controversy and noise, won’t be there to catalogue your efforts. You should wait for everyone else to fight for your rights.
  • Reason eight: You shouldn’t help spread the message about the unfairness of our plight because the message is unclear. Imagine complaining about the myriad issues that you cannot find a job or have to leave your house because it being foreclosed or the shenanigans at Wall Street really annoy your and all the other stuff. It’s so unfocused. It will prove you don’t have all the answers so the smug talk hate radio folks can slam them down with their crazy ideology and weird interpretations of history. (Again, the dreaded political pundit sneer.)
  • Reason nine: You’ve got to work and sleep and get up and work another job because working more and more, while those who caused the world-wide collapse of our economy thrive, will eventually (maybe in a couple of generations) get your kids, or their kid’s kids to the top and prove what a great system we have. (Or, those lottery tickets that you have been buying like crazy will finally pay off and you can bypass the whole system and get all the health care you want.)
  • Reason ten: Working within the system of present-day politics where lobbyists and money rule will solve all the issues Occupy Wall Street is ranting about. Hey, our American exceptionalism will prove that we are unlike the Greeks or the Italians and all the others protesting around the world because we are special. We’ve seen all those great Hollywood films about how great we are and so it must be true.
So, stay at home and don’t do a thing about the Occupy Wall Street movement. You can stay comfortable while the movement solves your problems or (if it fizzles out) prove how sitting at home in times of troubles is the best way to solve problems of unfairness and injustice and an environment that is collapsing.

Change only comes about when others change things, right?

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