The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.
~ George Bernard Shaw
When I first heard Chuck D, front man for Public Enemy, say “Is your lord a god. Or is your god a dog?” I almost fell out of my seat. Wow!!! What prophetic words!!! Chuck D was asking you a very serious question with that chorus to his song. Is the God that you serve a false God?
Well move over Tea Party, there is a new movement in town. The Occupy Wall Street Movement has taken the country by storm. Ground Zero for the movement started at the financial district of New York but it has spread to different cities. The group that is involved in this movement calls themselves the 99%. No, not the 99, and not this 99% but this 99%. Who knew that 99% was a popular number?
Side Note: I hate math so if it was my movement it would not be a fraction.
Because this movement is taking aim at America’s Financial Institution it has taken on great criticism. There are people pissed off that these dirty hippies have invaded Wall Street. And that they are unorganized and do not have some ready-made list of demands. This movement is getting shade because the 99% are going after other peoples’ Gods. Capitalism in this country is worshiped like Christianity. And you know how “us” Christian’s get when people talk about sweet baby Jesus. The 99% are hitting people where they hurt and they don’t like it. Anytime you bad mouth capitalism you set yourself up for harsh criticism. But don’t just take my word for it. Next time you see someone bashing the Occupy Wall Street Movement take a look at their background. What ties do they have to Wall Street?
One of the good things about being an independent thinker is that you can make your own decisions. I’m not bound by Democrat or Republican Thinking. Whether you want to call it rich folks bashing or wealthy white men hating, it’s obvious that people are mad. And that they are mad enough to do something about it.
The middle class is shrinking in America and it’s not a big secret. People know something is wrong when their 79 year old grandmother still has to work to eat. They also know something is wrong when they haven’t had a raise in 5 years. They have watched their jobs go to foreign countries and their medical insurance increase. To try to play the public as if they are stupid is the wrong move. I remember when the Tea Party was belittled and called a fringe group. Now they influence public policy – go figure. I don’t know where this movement is going but I’m not dumb enough to sleep on it.