I've been on ATS since 2003. At the time I was lurking, and utilizing this place mostly for the free giggles it gave me as people posted blobsquatches
and theorized about the Jersey Devil (I was big on Cryptozoology at the time, hey?) Every now and hen I would wander out of my pen to see what was
going on with the rest of the site.
In the near decade
I have been giving ATS my attention, I have noticed common refrains passing through this place, day in and day out.
"The system is broken."
"When are the people going to do something?"
"How much can they take?"
"There ought to be a revolution."
"The media is bought."
"Both parties are corrupt in America."
"We won't stand for the NWO."
etc., etc., etc.
So now. It's the latter half of 2011. In cities across the nation - even into other nations, spanning from Jakarta to Copenhagen to Buenos Aires and
Sydney - people are stepping up to the plate. They are speaking out, they are pointing out the chasms - previously cracks - in the system. They are
questioning the validity of the old systems and the status quo. They are looking at the banks and the corporations and the politicians, all these big
pigs snarfing and gobbling at the tough that is our now-empty wallets, and they are saying, "Oh, hell no
And ATS' response to people doing exactly as it has asked, hoped, dreamed, predicted, and advocated for over a decade?
Derision, scorn, mockery. This movement is nothing
, after all, just a bunch of confused dirty hippies, right? Why, the media - who we can
rather inexplicably give our total trust now - tells us that there were only a few hundred
protestors, so it must be true, after all. Our politicians, formerly bought and corrupt, are now to be lauded and praised, when they dismiss these
people. Our commercial and financial institutions, formerly known as "part of the problem" are now the defenseless babes that so many ATS posters have
chosen to rally around. While decrying "disinfo," we are subjected to a constant stream of the same sources citing the same BS about how truly bad and
terrible and awful and despicable and pointless OWS and its spawn movements are. While pledging ourselves against ignorance, we seem to have a
movement within our own ranks to occlude and distract and even just plain lie
about hte situations at hand.
Why is that? Why, after ten years, has the mood of ATS reversed course to a point where the media is to be trusted, the corrupt to be praised, the
corruptors to be coddled, and the people trying to do something
are the ones heaped with abuse? The very men and women so many here choose to
identify with as archetypes - "workers," "real Americans," "patriots," "activists," "awakened souls," whatever - are the subjects of disgust and
outright hatred when presented in person.
So why? Is it because these folks are, you know, those
What with their demands of living wages
and whatnot... Is it because ATS is infested with "paid disinfo agents," as some put it? Or is it just that this place is so cynical, so plagued with
hatred in general, that when we see the forest, we're not so much missing the trees as bitching about the lack of plumbing? There does seem to be a
rather deep level of misanthropy around here often.
So what's the deal, ATS posters? Why can we demand action for ten years, and then throw beer cans at the people who try? How is it so many of us can
stand in solidarity with people whose #1 goal was ensuring the nation's motto remained
"In God We Trust," but so few of us can voice even the
mildest positive about the people who are trying to change the real problems we're all facing
? Why is it we can all be so smug about how many
of us are apparently "in the know," yet refuse any information at all about this movement, favoring instead to parrot whatever our absolutely
media sources tell us?
I've been to Occupy Tacoma. I've been to Occupy Seattle (Vashon, for a variety of reasons, is a net exporter
of occupiers.) I've talked to the
people out there on the streets. I've talked to the people at work. I talk and I listen. How many here have done the same? How many here simply tune
in to some blowhard on the radio, then come repeat him or her, word for word, here on ATS?
George Soros, together with ACORN, Barrack HUSSEIN!!!!! Osama, and Michael Moore today exerted their immense and diabolical powers to influence
the deluded denizens of occupy Tacoma. As a result, Bob Donaldson bought a box of donuts to share with the people at 21st and Pacific. EVIL LIBERAL
So yeah. Hey. What the hell, guys? Just... what the hell?
A few years ago I'd have thought we could throw in behind something like this. Was I
wrong? Why am I wrong?
edit on 5/11/2011 by TheWalkingFox because: (no reason given)