I don’t like writing this. The Occupy movement could be the best thing for the American majority since we stood up and said “Enough” in the 1960s. And there’s been a lurking sense of shame ever since the mid 70s, when the generations that promised to change everything were seduced into hysterical consumerism and social selfishness on a broad and brutal scale. Perhaps the biggest fire sale of professed commitment in our history. So I’m glad to see some new widespread sense of ethical principle and solidarity.
But I’m afraid. The Occupy movement is simply not successfully communicating a real and actionable agenda to the American people. The takeaway by most is that it’s just another anti-government, anti-big business fringe group–despite the claim that it is the 99%. Superficially a great premise, but in reality like Vonnegut’s Bokonist Granfalloon. The “liberal-dominated media” isn’t helping.
That gives the only presently viable* party for change no room to engage. It provides soundbite fodder to the boys at Big Casino and their sheep, making just one more easy target for the folks down at Spinit & Frameit to work their weasel word magic. Already, the talking points are flying: threats to sanitation and safety must be stopped. Class warfare. Harrumph.
While you and I may be able to parse the nonsense, most won’t even try. And we must successfully focus attention on the real rabble –the demented Elect who have done nothing but obstruct forward motion since the day they got elected, whatever office they themselves occupy. And if they put enough splinters in the electorate, they will continue to prevail.
Like most of us, the Occupy folk know that somebody stole their future. You can track the crime with very little effort. But I suspect this refreshing movement won’t have time, money, organization and momentum to mobilize, communicate, and significantly affect things by November 2012. The money, after all, is on the other side of the police lines, along with the biggest media voice. Meanwhile, the Big Casino boys have pimped their shills and honed their talking points. Their “public servant” lackeys have pushed confrontation, created anger, hostility and violence, in the process of painting the OWS folk as total rabble.
Maybe the fear of the public seeing a viable choice and a chance to elect actual representatives instead of corporate tools has brought us here. Perhaps the Elect fear awakening the great beast of self-interested revolution among the Soma class, so are preemptively creating confusion and obfuscation aplenty, lest their gated communities be stormed and their Krug, Caviar & Car Service be wrested away.
I’m not a big believer in conspiracy theories, but I do believe in greed and evil intentions. Evil can be the result of selfishness; it doesn’t require malicious intent. And we have a grasping, greedy, intellectually dishonest and selfish bunch doing their best to leave us in our underwear eating genetically modified, antibiotic enhanced beef-squirtings-on-a-bun while they party behind the gates of Pretensia.
And suddenly we have grass roots organizations popping up like prairie dogs. Occupy Wall Street and their kin. AmericansElect.org (a great idea gone horribly off, like shrimp left out over the weekend). And other movements all rearing their heads to accomplish what? It’s like a scene from Oliver Twist: “Please sir, can we have some more?”– with a denouement Chuck could have written.
So now we have the potential for further fractioning of the voting public, less chance of caring humans being elected, and the defeat of the president who horribly threatened the vested interests, however briefly. All this energy should be directed to keeping a president who is on the side of the people (even if afraid to act like it) and ousting as many anti-average American hooligans from office as possible. Then we have 4 whole years to build a better country.
Solidarity. Get off the streets and into the communities. Organize, win back the lesser insanity, then move forward, not just on.
*By viable, I mean a party that might actually act with social responsibility if given the effective majority to do so. That presently means Democrats, flawed though they be.