Wednesday, October 05, 2011

We're Mad as Hell and We're Not Going to Take it Anymore!

"IT" meaning a lot of different things to a lot of different and diverse groups of people. The 99%. It's anyone from the long term unemployed to disgruntled college students with heavy loan debts and seemingly worthless degrees. The American dream is slipping further from many of our reaching hands. The top 400 wealthiest have more money than the bottom 150 million combined. American businesses are closing (or not even opening) because they can't get the loans they once could. We can't get home loans or benefits or anything out of our 401k plans like yesteryear. Retirees lost huge chunks of change in the plummeting stock market (which has worse odds than the slots at a casino right now). People are poor and tired and tired of pushing for something they see, in our current condition, will not happen. Meanwhile, our hard earned money has gone to bail out banks and corporations, the same banks and corporations that fund the leaders of our current system. How convenient.

And people are mad.

These are not fringe tea party types anymore. These are people, like you and me, but willing to stand up and get involved.

This movement, the energy of it, is BEAUTIFUL! I am mad. We are mad. And we're not going to take it anymore!

But there's a glitch.

The problem is there doesn't seem to be any organized agenda or message. They're just mad. They're just marching. It makes them feel like they are actually doing something when they don't have control of anything else happening in our government. We are severely underrepresented at this point. Taxation without proper representation. But a good majority of us feel helpless. So some march. Some get arrested for it. And no one knows what this is going to accomplish.

Which is a problem. Here's why - when there is no clear message or real leadership it leaves the movement wide open for disappointment. Nothing happens. Again. Also, it leaves the movement open for fringe radicals to come in and take over. That's another problem. It needs a message. It needs to have demands. It needs to ask for something, or fight for something. Something needs to come of this, something that empowers us and gets this country back on track. And in a way where no current greedy leader with their own agenda or well-funded corporate campaign can swoop in and take credit.


abby said...

I was trying to figure out this movement today. It is a movement without a solution. The damage has been done and I think it's just a movement based on frustration. I still don't see it's point.

Steve said...

Welcome to the club, SJ! That is the club of seeing the real world! Seriously!

But to your main point, you highlight the problem the Left has had for about 80 years! Even when I was in college in the good ol'90's, we often discussed the problems the Left has had with a lack of cohesive protesting. It is why liberal outrage and protests seldom don't result in the solutions we want.

I'll be honest, we and my 'group' never really resolved the problem nor saw the Left able to fix it either.

The issue here is as simple as how you stated it, The Others are finally realizing (Marx was right!) that those on the other end of the spectrum have been taking advantage of them for generations and the government has done little to nothing to stop it from continuing. However, the problem is, how do we resolve this? The crux of the problem is that there are a myriad of things that need to be done in this country that most people in Washington and Wall St (which is the wrong place to be having this protest, imho) are unwilling to take up; health care, labor relations, financial rules, energy, education, reproductive rights, etc.

I've done many, many protests in my day, but I'm the first to admit, I don't think any one of them ever accomplished much, including all the anti-war marches (largest since Vietnam!) or the Woman's Reproductive Rights March in 2004(?) that included close to a million people and lots of famous celebrities.

The problem with the left and protests is keeping the movement going long after the march. This IS something the current movement is doing. Now if only they can direct that energy into a specific demand. Again, they should be sitting on the steps of the Capital, not Wall St.