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Why I don’t fully support Occupy Wall Street.

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It seems that, as a Liberal, I’m expected to support the “Occupy Wall Street”/”I Am The 99%” movement without question. And if I do question it, well fuck me, I must hate poor people and blow the rich.

But you see, I’ve never been the type to not question something. Y’all can be blind followers if you want, but I use my brain sometimes. Not to mention, I typically don’t like to join/support large groups like these because I don’t want to be tied to it when it inevitably goes batshit and then have to explain to the few Conservative people I know that “Well I used to support it, but now…”. I’d rather just go “Yup. Saw that coming.”. I also have my own voice and my own opinions and I’d rather just stick to that.

Anyway, here are a few of my problems with the “Occupy Wall Street” movement:

  • For the love of science, have a damn message! All this “We don’t need a message, man.” shit is stupid. How the fuck are people who aren’t already privy to what you’re trying to do (if you even know what you’re trying to do; that tends to be a problem in all groups, as people are stupid) supposed know what the hell you’re trying to accomplish? Because to the outsider you just look like a bunch of angry kids with Apple products and ironic-homeless garb bitching about not getting a free ride. That isn’t what you want to look like, is it? I hope not. The simple way to fix that is to have a simple message for the Average Joe to hear, agree or disagree with, and join or move on. It’s that simple.
  • Try criticizing Obama for once. I know a lot of you guys have been spending the last 3 years calling anyone who dares speak negatively of your bro a racist, but let’s be honest; at this rate the only things Obama is going to be remembered for is being black and killing Bin Laden. Acknowledge all that “Hope” and “Change” stuff was typical political bullshitting and manipulation of the public’s desires. Acknowledge that since taking office Obama has done just about as close to jack shit as he can get other than sitting in his office fucking around on Facebook all damn day.
  • Stop shoeing under the rug the fact that there have been alleged violence, sexual assaults, and other nasty shit in OWS camps and offshoot camps. If the Tea Party had reported violence and sexual assaults you guys would be all over them like white on fucking rice, claiming that it proves that anyone in the Tea Party is a horrible, horrible person.
  • Stop demonizing all rich people. Because; A) It isn’t about how much money you have, but how you got it and what you do with it, and; B) It makes you sound like you’re saying “Wanting more money and getting it makes you evil! We want more money!”. It’s silly.
  • Don’t turn this into a movement for all-out wealth redistribution and/or the most extreme (see: Communism. I can see it happening. Look what happened to the Tea Party. They were this innocuous little “We’re taxed too much.” group during the tail-end of the Bush Administration. Just because I disagreed with their politics didn’t mean I couldn’t acknowledge their logic. Then some pretty shady people started running the show and now look. Don’t let that happen to you.)
  • A continuation of the last point; try to realize the extremes of both sides don’t work. Capitalism is a fantastic system if there is transparency/a system of checks and balances. You can’t let the corporations run everything because they are run by people with their own interests and people suck. You also can’t let the government run everything because they are run by people with their own interests and people suck. You mix them, allow their self-interests to clash, and not as many people are screwed (someone will always be screwed regardless of the system). That is what you should be looking for. But as of now, I don’t see it. I just see a lot of anger with no real direction.

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  1. FinalArcadia's Avatar
    That was a refreshing view of the Occupy Wall Street situation. Really, I agree with every point you made, and you're right: just because we identify more with either conservatives or liberals doesn't mean we have to blindly agree with everything.

    This is one of the best political blogs I've seen lately, and I've seen a lot.
  2. Ghetsis-Dennis's Avatar
    I thought the Occupy Wall Street was criticizing Obama for some time?
  3. Derier44's Avatar
    Couldn't have said it any better myself.
  4. Karamazov's Avatar
    The Occupy movement is clearly something created by the media to generate some news stories. All the people involved are payed actors. If you look closely at Occupy Vancouver, you'll be able to catch Jerry Seinfeld in the background. :p


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