The anger that is boiling across the nation and the world among those that are protesting Wall Street is needed and I’m glad that people are finally standing up against corporate greed. However, they are protesting the wrong people.
Banks and corporations are under no moral obligation to help the people. They are profit driven, and are only in it for the bottom line. We can yell until we are blue in the face, but quite honestly they are apathetic to our plight and could care less as long as profits are high.
There is however a group of individuals that are bound by a legal document to protect the welfare of the citizens of the United States of America. That legal document is the Constitution of the United States, and those people are our legislators, our justices, and our president. If these banks and companies were held to stricter laws that restrict outsourcing and fraudulent practices, such as what happened with the sub-prime mortgage bubble fiasco, we as a nation would be stronger, we would have more people employed, and we would be able to hold those that actually caused our economic collapse accountable.
Yelling at those on Wall Street is like yelling at your television screen. It may feel good, you may get a lot off of your chest, but it is not going to create the change we need to move forward as a nation and out of this financial mess.
We need to get the corporate money out of politics and our policies. We need legislators that stand up for the people and not for those that keep their pockets lined with corporate profit incentives. We are the United States of America, not the Corporate Entities of America. I am not against capitalism, but rather I am for moral capitalism because I understand that capitalism plays just as important of role to the function of America as our universal policies and programs do. We just need to make sure that it is fair, just, and actually competitive to serve the American people in the best way possible.
I’ve stood with those on Wall Street, and I agree with their cause, now let’s bring that message to those that will actually enact change. We need to bring our collective voices to Washington DC. We need to make the bottom 99% count just as much as the top 1%. Corporations are not people, and the Citizens United decision was one of the most unAmerican decisions ever made and must be overturned. We need to make sure we vote in politicians that stand with actual people. We need to make sure we vote. What does democracy look like? Voting is what democracy looks like.
We are awake, we are angry, and the revolution has begun… now let’s make the change we seek become reality.