This is a bit long, even by my standards..but I put thought into every last word if that matters.
Occupy isn't a good thing to see die out. It was the last chance. The last real hope for change or...long term..for peace.
The right tried it. We, on this side, founded The Tea Party Movement. It lasted...for awhile...then got bought out, brought down to the same stuffy
shirt political meeting type that most movements become as they pass into irrelevance. How active is the TPM? It's a few weeks before what may be THE
defining election of our lifetimes. Has anyone even heard them on a major protest or gathering that wasn't tediously planned and properly permitted
to the enth degree the precise number of days required in advance?
None? Yeah.. Me either. I've not heard the NAME referenced outside of punch lines and has been stories for a couple months. I'm sure they exist
before someone posts half a dozen pictures and 20 links....but the fact I don't even know it without hunting for it means TPM utterly failed.
Next.. came Occupy. The answer from the left. ...and let's all be clear, having been on BOTH sides and lived with Occupy, I can say this and know it
as fact. The problems WERE THE SAME. The things both sides were looking to solve were the same issues and the same 'injuries', albeit felt and
expressed in radically different ways.
IF PEOPLE HAD STOPPED FRIGGEN HATING LONG ENOUGH TO LISTEN INSTEAD OF YELL OVER EACH OTHER THEY WOULD HAVE SEEN THEY WERE FIGHTING FOR THE SAME DAMN
THING. (deep heavy sigh)
Occupy lasted longer than TPM, I'll give them that. I was involved with misc support stuff for several weeks before and after living with the St
Louis Occupy camp in Oct 2011. They had energy, vision...and absolutely NO sense of organization, leadership or responsibility for the actions of the
group as a whole. Despite that, they kicked ass and I'd dare any conservative to say they didn't....for at least a short time. They shook things up
and absolutely raised the level of debate and awareness of more than just Middle Class and Rich as sides to America.
Sadly..and damn this system to hell...they got bought out too. $500,000 dropped into New York's OWS Primary camp changed a lot didn't it? It wasn't
very long after that where you saw the VICIOUS defense of the park become something less of a priority and spreading to the second location became a
great idea. Divided, OWS fell for the in-place presence.
I know OWS leadership are still doing well...but I wonder how that's working for the
hundreds who were supported by the camp? Yeah.... I'll bet not so much too.
and as this thread so accurately notes....Occupy has reached the same place as TPM. They exist, I'm sure, but the fact I have to dig to find it means
they too, utterly failed.
So.....That's been the citizen level and grass roots ...TRUE grass roots..of both the Right and the Left. Both tried, and both died in spirit if not
name. Again....just a few weeks out from the fork in our American road which WILL define the next few generations...and neither group makes a headline
or even the conscious thought of Main Street.
Where do we all go now? When neither side can get a thing working without being corrupted from above. When the regular citizens of both political
camps have tried with all their heart to change just a little....anything....and been stomped. Equally...and totally. What is left?
That's what makes me the saddest about how Occupy fell apart. I really think as the second of the two attempts....it was the last chance people give
a REAL peaceful protest effort. It was the last, best chance I think America had in general terms.
Now I'll bet I've pissed off both sides with this one... Flame away. I don't care. On this topic, I feel like I went from the high of my life in
Occupy, being a part of change as it happened.......to sitting like a man waiting for a relative to pass away. It's waiting for the collapse and
change in the worst, hardest and ugliest way mankind can ever see it come. We had a chance... We threw it away. Twice
... Now the storm is
almost upon us. It's gonna be a bad one...and it didn't have to be. Lets at least hope...it turns out to be a short one.