posted by jurassicpork @ Sunday, October 02, 2011
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At least they got the Wall ROLLING!
A "stated articulate objective"? The Tea Party seems to have found a way to be taken seriously without one.
That's because they're the Tea Party and beloved (or feared by) Republicans. Who gives a fuck who we liberals love and listen to?Besides, the Tea Baggers have stated their objectives quite clearly: "Big Gubmint is bad, earmarks are bad, tax breaks for people far wealthier than us are good. Obama's a Socialist and a Fascist!"(I didn't say they're right, just that they've articulated an ignorant, unfocused rage and that the MSM give them the illusion of being focused and relevant.)
I'm really getting tired of the media's hollow protestations that they don't know what these protesters "want." If they really don't know: a) what country do they live in, b) what world do they live in, c) how the hell do they call themselves "journalists?"Are they really that unaware, that totally ignorant of the pain and abuse so many Americans are currently experiencing directly because of the predatory capitalism practiced by the scions of Wall St.? These young people are marching precisely because so many, so called journalists have time and time again abdicated their responsibility to uncover, expose and disseminate the truth- a truth as blatantly obvious as the smoke that filled the skies above the crematoria.
But they haven't articulated a specific agenda and/or list of demands. That much is inescapable. As much as the Tea Party's "positions" were based on racism and reactionary libertarianism, at least they made their views pretty clear and obvious, if not always articulately. The Occupy Wall ST. protesters have simply failed to do that. Citing your motivation for occupying a little park off Wall St. and providing a list of demands is not nearly the same thing. Sure, we know Wall Street fucked up the national economy and that of other nations, we already know their initiatives cost us at least 8,000,000 jobs and millions more their very homes. We know all this and I salute their longevity, fortitude and dedication.But what are their demands? What changes do they insist upon and how are they going to get Wall Street to make these changes? I fear inevitably, nothing will come of this and it will prove to be an asterisk when they do the inevitable 2011 news retrospective at the end of the year.
I thought they'd already be home, and an asterisk, long before now. True, only time will tell, but seems more people are joining daily, and whatever the outcome, much props to those who dared to care...
There's an old Chinese saying: If you stay in one place long enough, eventually the whole world will come to you. The one thing the Wall Street occupiers have that the Tea Party doesn't is a focal point. They're occupying one place and digging in like an Alabama tick. Eventually they began getting support from unions, which they crucially needed, and eventually celebrity endorsements from Michael Moore and Susan Sarandon.Plus, the more the NYPD persecutes them and makes life as miserable as possible for them (such as tearing down their tarps and arresting people wearing bandannas over their faces to "enforce" a forgotten 1840's law), the more sympathy they'll get.
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