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The Occupy Wall Street movement is important. What is known as the Days of Rage represents one hope we still have left for our nation: that we may exercise our freedom and democracy by peaceably assembling to take a stand against something without being gunned down by government cronies. But that right is still being infringed upon in other ways, and footage of arrests, pepper spraying, penning and corralling, pepper spraying, and throwing show that our freedoms are not as cut and dry as presented to us in grade school.
Many will look at this movement and regard those occupying Liberty Square (Zucotti Park) as being dirty hippies, Atheists, freaks, or other generalizations that do not apply. The fact is that the movement involves people from all walks of life-- every background, every color, every religious preference or none, many ages, both genders, and all sexual orientations. But there is one thing that binds these people, one thing they all have in common: they aren't the top 1% earners in the nation. They aren't filthy rich corporate "job creators" that don't create jobs, and don't pay taxes. Everyone there that has paid taxes, knows they've paid more than any corporation has.
Every one of them has been stepped on, kicked, and treated unfairly. Most of them are either losing their home, have lost their home, or know somebody that has lost their home to foreclosure; or they are massively in debt from outrageous student loans, or they can't afford to go or take out a loan to begin with. They know that even though they vary in every detail, they are united by an unstoppable force of anger.
And this is not a group of crazy hippies against the establishment. At least three 1% earners have come out publicly and asked the president to raise their taxes, and noted the extreme and cruel lack of fairness in our current tax system (one hip-hop mogul noting that his secretary paid more in taxes than he did on his 100 million dollar income).
They are all united by their anger at one fundamental thing controlling this nation's economy: corporate greed. And why shouldn't they be angry? Aren't we also part of that 99% that is taxed higher than the filthy rich? Shouldn't we be angry? Without anger, there won't be any change.
As Peter Finch famously said in his scene, abridged:
I don't have to tell you things are bad. Everybody knows things are bad. It's a depression. Everybody is out of work or scared of losing their job. A dollar buys a nickel's worth. . .
We know that the air unfit to breathe and our food is unfit to eat. And we sit watching our TVs while some local newscaster tells us that today we had 15 homicides and 63 violent crimes, as if that's the way it's supposed to be. We know things are bad, they're worse than bad. They're crazy. . .
I don't know what to do about the depression, the inflation, and the crime. All I know is that first, you've got to get mad. You've got to say, 'I'm a human being, god damn it. My life has value.' . . .
'I'm mad as hell, and I'm not going to take this anymore!'
This inspired fury is the momentum with which the youth, who has inherited this nation from the baby boomers, runs full force into this protest with. They are angry that the generations before us have showed a total lack of regard for our personal and financial security. They are angry that human greed has taken such a toll on so many lives. And they have every right to be mad.
What started as a predicted flash-in-the-pan movement has sparked like wildfire all over the United States, despite intense media black-out, and is igniting similar movements around the world. Instead of patronizing and criticizing, let's support what we're witnessing: a beautiful revolution reminiscent of the 1960's Vietnam protests, but with less the message of 'free love' as much as 'quit screwing us without taking us out to dinner first'.
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