The above link goes to a quick film where some very supportive guys project a message to the Occupy Movement members as they’re marching. It’s an amazing video with a great message.
I have a question about this though:
Where did this go? Where did the movement go?
I know it’s still there. It has to be. What I want to know is why isn’t it bigger? Why isn’t it still on the news? Do people think it’s just not important. Did the “1%” win in the idea of defacing this movement so much that people aren’t paying attention? What happened?
I know here in town there was a movement, but it has degraded to only working every once in a while. There is no occupy, not really. There is a sad, tiny camp in an equally sad and tiny park located in an area where it’s making a sad and tiny difference. I have been there, spoken to the inhabitants and what I learned angered me.
I don’t live in a small town. I live in one of, if not the largest city in Wisconsin. It’s no Chicago, I know that. However, this place is big enough with enough people in it that this whole movement should have been bigger here. It’s larger in smaller towns than it is here across the nation.
I also don’t understand why people simply shut down the idea of protests. I read a few comments in response to this video that specifically told folks to stop protesting. Seriously? Should we not protest to having our freedoms taken away, our education system ruined, our healthcare ruined, and the corruption in the government existing as it does? Should we just bend over and take it up the *** every time the richest 1% say to? Should we respond with “How high?” when they say “Jump!”? I don’t think so!
I know I write a lot about politics and I’m sure at some point it must annoy those who read it. Maybe at some point they think “Why can’t this lady get a life and a new subject?” Well, I’ll tell you why. I won’t get a new subject until things change enough that I don’t have to write about this anymore in order to release any semblance of the pent up frustration I have over this country’s direction. And to those who will comment along the lines of “if you hate your country so much, leave”: I don’t hate this country. In fact, I love it. That’s why I’m so frustrated and so angry. I know we can be better, should be better.
You know it’s bad when one of the better moderates in the Senate decides she’s not going to run again. It wasn’t because she couldn’t win; she could have. It was because she didn’t feel like she could make a difference in a gridlocked congress like what we have. As sad as it is, I don’t blame her in a way. I do wish she could stay to be one of the voices of relative reason within the Senate as that’s so obviously needed. Look up Olympia Snowe of Maine. You’ll see what I mean.
With all the changes taking place, shouldn’t we the people make sure our voices are heard? Obviously there are some in office that don’t want to listen. I realize that. The whole fiasco about contraception and the hearing on it with only men and no women comes to mind as being one of the most blatant examples of this. If writing in, signing petitions, and calling don’t help, then what will? I have been doing these things for years. The best return I’ve gotten have all been form letters that don’t even address whatever issue I was writing about to begin with or a response from the people with the petition asking for money. No, these things haven’t really been helping- at least no where near what I would like to have happen.
So what’s the next step? Where do we go from here?
If you know, I mean 100% know, then you’re doing better than all of us.