I've gotten tired of OWS protestors and supporters claiming that this is now the "revolution" or "rEvolution" as they seem to refer to it. I suppose
it is catchy to have the upper case "E" so that it incorporates "Evolution" into the equation. But I am here as the bearer of bad news - this whole
thing - this mass protest, this isn't a revolution. This isn't even going to accomplish anything. I'll tell you why.
During 2003 and 2004, hundreds of thousands, maybe even millions of people marched on cities all over the world to protest the war in Iraq. The
protests were nonviolent and had a direct target and message: Government - get our troops out of Iraq now.
Eight or nine years later, many countries are still in Iraq despite the reports of all the troops leaving. The message was so powerful that a new
president was elected on the grounds that he would bring the troops home, and even he failed to answer to the millions who had such a clear and direct
In 1969 and the rest of the 60's - millions of Americans marched around the US and in Washington with one clear direct target and goal: Government get
our troops out of Vietnam now. It wasn't until 1975 - on their own terms that the government finally decided to bring an end to the war. Even after
the deaths of many Americans in protest, government still did not listen.
In 2009-2010, hundreds of thousands of Americans rose up to let their voices be heard against Obamacare in cities, town halls, and even in DC up until
the night the bill passed Congress. Their message was direct and clear: Government - we do not want Obamacare. The government ignored them and passed
the bill anyway, and despite many court rulings since then against the bill, it still stands as an ignorant slap in the face of probably millions of
In 2009 we saw Tea Party protests spring up around the country, some holding more than 300,000 Americans protesting taxes and an end to the Federal
Reserve. Government ignored them as well.
So now here we are in 2011 and the latest fad is Occupy Wall Street and it's many children that have branched off into other cities, claiming that
they have no true leadership but accepting funding from many corporate backed entities to continue their marches. I digress on that fact. OWS doesn't
have a clear goal, only a clear target - Wall Street. They feel that by protesting Wall Street, they are some how going to get the changes they need,
when the sad fact is that Wall Street itself doesn't have any say or control of how "business as usual" goes, the politicians in Washington DC do.
They blame Wall Street for the financial crisis, yet seem to casually ignore the fact that it was Washington that gave Wall Street the billions of
dollars in bailouts instead of letting the mega corporations tank like they were supposed to.
And what is worse is that OWS claims they are being misrepresented in the media, and the people on here believe it. Out of the many people I have
personally spoken to who have attended the movements, nearly all of them were anti-capitalist, pro-socialism, and pro-Obama. Obama - the man who went
to bed with Wall Street since his election in 2008. Not only that, but most of them ARE well off, as they surround themselves at the protests with the
most modern of technologies to help them "pass the time".
But I am not here to attack the OWS movement. God knows that the spooky anonymous will hijack my personal information and post it for the masses to
have a go at me. I am here to say that it takes more than a Guy Fawkes mask, luxury camping, and a loose set of demands to make a revolution in this
country. These people don't have the drive nor will to do what needs to be done in order to make change happen.
Honestly, I would like to do a poll if I could. How many OWS protestors would be willing to DIE for what they believe in? How many protestors would be
willing to walk up and slug a cop in the face if it meant that the protest would succeed?
My guess is not many, if any at all.
I have seen the "dedication" of Occupy Philadelphia, and it involved accepted a projector screen from the mayor so that the protestors could party in
front of the capitol building and watch the Phillies game. The "dedication" of Occupy Wall Street was show in the Brooklyn bridge incident, when
instead of pushing forward - THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE versus a few police officers, they stood in a nice little group and waited to be arrested. Phew.
Or how about while there friends were getting pepper sprayed or tazed unlawfully, they showed good dedication in helping them and proving a point:
that they are all a bunch of push overs.
Change does not come by denying the system yet abiding by its rules. Change comes by denying the system AND denying its rules. So long as these
protests continue to be peaceful and law abiding, and don't look for loopholes in the system and methods to make the people pay attention - then they
are going the same way as Vietnam, Iraq, Healthcare Reform, and the Tea Party.
THIS is your peaceful protest in America.
-You are allowed to protest - but only if we "permit" you to do so.
-You are allowed to protest - but only in the defined areas we allow you to.
-You are allowed to protest - but we are allowed to arrest you.
-You are allowed to protest - but it can't interfere with anything else.
It is sad that people actually believe this stands a chance for change. No, I take that back. It does stand a chance for change - the same change
Obama promised while running for President. This should serve to back his agenda, and with his clear support of the movement, no doubt we are going
towards more change in the future.
THIS IS NOT THE REVOLUTION.
You will know the revolution.
The revolution will come when people grow a set of cahones, deny the system, and FIGHT the system - not abide by it. When demands are made with real
ULTIMATUMS that cannot be denied by those in power. When the police are too scared to stand up against the protestors because others have been made an
example before them.
That is the revolution, and it will march into Washington DC with a set of demands that is clear and precise. We return to our Constitution or you
will all leave this place and we will institute new government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to
us shall seem most likely to effect our safety and happiness. And when that time comes they will listen - or there will be war in this country.
The revolution will not be pretty. But at least it won't be ridiculous and ultimately useless as OWS.
edit on 10-10-2011 by gwydionblack because: spelling