This movement is a Populist Movement. A Populist Movement is defined as, ‘political ideas and activities that are intended to represent ordinary people’s needs and wishes’.
This is the bottom 99% of America saying that we have the need, to stop being treated as disposable, by our government and big corporations, and we wish to see that change. We have decided that the problems within our country can ultimately be traced to a few, specific entities, within our society. Namely, the lack of regulation on capitalism by those we have put in office to represent all Americans, which has led to out-of-control greed and the near-destruction of our country.
Greed does not follow one line of thought, it affects all things it touches, and at this time, it is touching far too many different aspects of American society. The lack of regulation in the food industry has led to torture of animals within our processing plants, monopolization of our soy industry, massive debt within our farming communities and the use of pesticides and antibiotics that is dangerous to consumers. This is all made possible through lobbying, campaign contributions and the unethical marriage of politics and industry.
The lack of regulation in our banking industry has led to dishonest practices within our mortgage industry, massive rate hikes in our credit card industry, lack of loans to our small businesses, record bonuses to CEO’s using our taxpayer bailout money and ridiculous fees within our banking industry. This is all possible through lobbying, campaign contributions and the unethical marriage of politics and industry.
The lack of regulation in our oil industry has led to skyrocketing gas prices, record profits for oil companies, lack of safety regulations for our oil drillers and the constant attempt to keep America dependent on fossil fuels while destroying any real chance clean energy options. This is all possible through lobbying, campaign contributions and the unethical marriage of politics and industry.
Are you seeing a pattern?
Nevertheless, when you go on television and cry that this movement has no real basis in reality, because we are unable to provide you with a clear and concise point for you to deem false, make fun of or poke holes in, that is not a failure on our part, it is a lack of understanding on yours. What you are seeing on the streets of America, it is called ANGER, pure and simple.
Do you remember the classic movie Network? What was it he screamed at the television camera, sparking people all over the city to throw open their windows and shout into the night air?
I’M MAD AS HELL, AND I’M NOT GOING TO TAKE IT ANYMORE!
Now you can try to pretend that each of those street-shouters was shouting about the same thing, but you and I both know that each of them was actually screaming against their own battle. Not able to afford medication that is priced too high for profits, not being able to pay rent that is priced too high for profit, not being able to pay for food that is priced too high for profits, not being able to send their kids to a decent school, because those are priced too high for profit.
Every one of those people were screaming about different things, but they were all actually screaming about the same thing, simply, that the greed in this country is killing it’s populace. They were shouting that things have to change.
So here we are, by the thousands and the hundreds of thousands and soon to be the millions, who are marching for healthcare, safe water, better food, foreclosures, animal cruelty, poverty, low wages and whatever else we know to be wrongfully happening around us. It is a march against what we see, that capitalism has turned to the greed of power and money, and we have a government that is unable (or unwilling) to put a stop to how it is destroying its own citizens.
Therefore, when you mock the protest, call it disorganized and without a specific want, need or demand, you are only showing your lack of understanding in something that is beyond what you have seen in America up until now. What you are seeing is the population of your country finally realizing what We the People…can also mean. Today it means a massive group of citizens is saying to those they put into office, we do not think you are capable of making the decisions that are best for those who put you there. So here we are, to let you know, you are going to have to do your damn job better than the way you have been doing it.
Therefore, we march. We are not here to make speeches and campaign promises that we never plan on keeping, which is the way you do it and that does not seem to work. So instead, we are here to create a ruckus, to demand things change and to point fingers where they need to point.
We aren’t asking that you politicians step up and do the job we’ve been asking you to do for decades, we aren’t demanding that the barons of Wall Street sit down and ask themselves, ‘is this the way my momma brought me up to act?’. Instead, what we are doing, is telling you that we are mad as hell and we are not going to take it anymore.
I also find it curious that none of you tried to ‘figure out’ what the big corporations were doing with their greed. None of you sat on your Sunday morning shows and asked; what does corporate America hope to achieve with their destruction of the middle class? What drives them? What is their demand? You just accepted it as just the way things are.
We are no longer willing to accept it as just the way things are.
And if you seriously willing to mock a large (and growing) portion of your society, that is so angry at the way their country is heading, that they are willing to sit out in the cold and risk being pepper-sprayed or arrested, you don’t really understand what is happening out here on the streets of America.
And if you keep wanting to pretend this gathering somehow doesn’t have any value because they have not put their demands into a neat, little box that you can deconstruct and analyze, then you don’t really understand what Freedom of Speech actually means. We are mad and things need to change. It is that simple. Now get to work.