Leroy Jethro Gibbs
Leroy Jethro Gibbs (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Today apparently marks the one-year anniversary of Occupy Wall Street and to be quite honest I am still confused about why it got started in the first place. What was being protested exactly? If the idea of economic inequality was what was being protested I hate to burst their bubble but that has existed for millennia and is not likely to cease to exist because of formal protests. I am in no way saying that people who flaunt their continued good luck in the faces of those who are less fortunate don’t deserve a slap to the back of the head à la Jethro Gibbs from NCIS, they definitely have it coming. When I was in grade school and had a terrible aide who seemed to take enjoyment from telling me several times a week and sometimes daily what a burden and inconvenience I was to her I took solace in the thought that someday she would probably need as much help as I did and regret the awful things she had said to me. Someday the people who believed they would never find themselves standing in unemployment office will be there and they will find themselves having to eat humble pie and not liking it one bit.

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5 thoughts on “Day 172: Occupy Wall Street….What Was That About Again?

  1. The meaning of Occupy has a lot more to do with the current state of our country’s economy and the unsustainable capitulation of democracy to the interests of corporate capitalists. Economic inequality is real, its tragic and its hurting people across this country.

    To assume that our existing system is somehow stable and will continue to exist in some millenial vaccum is a poor reading of the current state of America’s economic vitality and future. From economic damage to environmental damage to the direct erosion of our democracy, there is much to be concerned about and much to be active for.

  2. It was not my intention to imply that our country’s economy does not need a lot of work because it definitely does.I am personally part of one of the hardest hit socioeconomic groups because of my disability. I was merely stating that the original explanation of the Occupy movement from the sources I had access to were vague and more than a little confusing..

  3. The statement “be the change you seek in the world” could also apply. In other words if you don’t like how our government is handling the economy get into politics, even if it is just local and campaign to change it. Every revolution starts with one person.

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