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The next person I witness using the ignorant and uninformed “They All Need to Go Get a Job" argument to discredit the occupy movement is going to deeply regret the moment they ever opened their moronic little mouth. You know what? Maybe some of them could use a shower. And maybe some of them could better spend their time looking for a job, I won’t deny that it’s possible. There are tons of people out there protesting. All of them have a different story, but I’m not gonna judge em’ because I don’t know em’. The fact of the matter is, a diverse group of thousands of people cannot be defined by one stereotypical profile and you sound unintelligent and obtuse for making such statements.
I’m not saying that you have to agree with everything about the movement or run out into the streets chanting in support of the 99% right this very moment. But if you are currently under the impression that everything in our country is a-ok and that if everyone just went and got a job (like that’s an easy thing to do right now) and worked like the good little workers we’re supposed to be all of our problems would be solved, then you are seriously misguided and living in some sweet, sweet fantasy world.
The American government is so corrupted and broken that it’s almost incomprehensible. Corporate power and influence controls what is supposed to be the people’s democracy. And guess what? The CEO’s, the billionaire presidents of the wealthiest corporations who keep shelling cash deep into the pockets of the people who are supposed to be our representatives aren’t doing so because they have your best interest’s in mind. Something needs to be done to restore our democracy; so that the people’s voices can be heard and so that our country starts to become a place that reflects the diverse beliefs of every citizen. Not the narrow-minded, greedy policies of a few extremely wealthy individuals.
What those who don’t “get” Occupy Wall Street need to understand is that these protests are the first steps in working towards accomplishing that goal. No, this isn’t the perfect solution to the problem and who knows, there may never be an answer. But if after everything- all of the police brutality, the true uncovering of the police state we live in, and every other forceful tactic used to try and silence the people- you still cannot sympathize with the core fundamentals of this movement than you are just completely missing the entire picture because you are too tied up being contently complacent within the system.
I wrote this back in September after I visited Zuccotti Park when the movement was only a few days old. And while now I can even empathize with sentiments such as this and this, I believe everything I said then still holds true. I wrote:
"This movement will never be represented by one clear cut demand. It will never have one perfect little tagline. There is no definitive answer. A lot of different people are angry about a lot of different things and while all of it may be too overwhelming for the average news reader to digest at once, the most important part is that the occupiers are all willing to work together to restore justice and equality in America.”
Howard Zinn said, “I don’t believe it’s possible to be neutral. The world is already moving in certain directions. And to be neutral, to be passive, in a situation like that, is to collaborate with what is going on.” To anyone who still thinks this is not important. Wake up, let go of the preconceived notions that were hand fed to you by the mainstream media, and get mad. Get really, really mad.