Early in the movement I was sympathetic to the Occupy Wall Street protesters. I heart felt the sentiments of the 99% and raised my voice against what seemed like excess police force against protesters. But that sentiment has turned because I came to the conclusion that the Occupy Wall Street movement are puppets to the same system they are protesting. These puppet protesters have more bureaucracy on building consensus that I believe they will be in effect as a long term movement to bring about real change. Stated another way, there is no Che Guevara, no Mao Zedong, and definitely no Nelson Mandela amongst the ranks of the propaganda protesters that make up the Occupy Wall Street movement.
The Occupy Wall Street has been co-opted and cowed to believe that their consensus, hand gestures, and mic-check will changed anything. Mahatma Gandhi protested with his body, he and his followers be were beaten and yet they overcame with non violence. No one will overcome anything with mic-check. The whole idea of mic-check is oxymoronic. The reason why the occupiers came up this stupid concept was because the police did not allow them to have bullhorns. LOL. Why don’t the Occupy Wall Street protesters protest for their right to protest with a megaphone or bullhorn?
I still believe that we need real change, but unfortunately I feel the Occupy Wall Street movement has been co-opted to be ineffective to bring about that change.
I used to work with this guy that had previously worked with military contractors and who has high ranking navy officers as family members. My former colleague would say that the United States government did not stop paying Civil War benefits until somewhere in the 1970’s or 1980’s. Think about that for a second when you think about the two million plus soldiers and military personnel that were deployed in the war in Iraq.
Early in the Iraq War, it was originally estimated to cost somewhere between $50 to $80 billion. Now analysts are project the total direct cost of Iraq War is north of $800 billion and that the American public will be paying upwards of $4 trillion for decades to come in indirect costs such as health benefits to war veterans.
From an article on Market Watch on the cost of the Iraq War….
Caring for veterans, more than 2 million of them, could alone reach $1 trillion, according to Paul Rieckhoff, executive director of the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, in Congressional testimony in July.
Here I am reblogging some retweets for the past month that broken down by subject matter. Some of these tweets also cover events that occurred in November 2011 such as the ongoing Occupy Wall Street, and the continuing revolutions in the Middle East. If you like to follow along, befriend xwoop and lolprez and I’ll be sure to follow back.
- President Obama pardons Wall Street turkeys and gives them billion dollar bailouts to stuff themselves.
- The emperor has no clothes and you have no constitutional rights.
- Money don’t buy you the presidency, oh wait it does help to outspend other candidates 100 to 1.
- Barack Obama’s whole extended family and friends occupy the White House.
- Being president has been the best financial decision made by Bobama.
- Speak softly and carry a large fleet of aircraft carriers.
- The sun never sets on the American covert operations and CIA drone strikes.
- The US is outsourcing its future.
- The American dream is an illusion.
- Occupy Freedom
- Occupy The American Dream.
- Free yourself, occupy something.
- Beware: You may be blatantly illegal.
- Judges hold grudges
- In a capitalist society, every holiday is celebrated by buying something.
- No jobs, no future, no soup for you.
- Humming the Blue Collar Blues.
- The American Dream is made in China, like pretty much everything else.
- Money don’t buy you love, but you can sure get a lap dance.
- More jobs, less filling.
- I’m losing my religion/medication.
- Sometimes I feel like a nut, sometimes I feel like a nap.
- After Black Friday, Cyber Monday. After Cyber Monday, Broke-ass Wednesday.
- Keep calm and get over it.
- My feelings, the undiscovered continent.
- Forget counting sheep, I count hundreds.
- Money can’t buy you swag.
- Money can’t buy you common sense.
In Da Future
- In the future, someone will be convicted based on their shadow.
- In the future, not using your real name in G+ or Facebook would be considered identity theft.
- In the future, there will be an iPhone app that can express your genes.
- In the future, you will be charged for conspiracy for conspiring with yourself and other multiple personalities.
- In the future, if you hate yourself you will be charged with a hate crime.