October 8, 2011
As Occupy Wall Street grows and spreads across the country, the political big-wigs get nervous. You can tell by the growing stupidity of the remarks they make. While the Democrats suddenly remember that they’re supposed to be “the party of the people” and make gushy, lovey-dovey noises toward the protesters, hoping to procure a Tea Party of their own, the Republicans – especially those running for President – have gone whole-hog crazy.
New York mayor, Michael Bloomberg seems to have gotten the ball rolling with his plea, last week, for New Yorkers to “help the banks”.
The mayor then went on to say, “The protesters are protesting against people who make $40-50,000 a year and are struggling to make ends meet. That’s the bottom line. And people in this day and age need support for their employers. If the banks don’t go out and make loans we will not come out of our economic problems, we will not have jobs so anything we can do that’s responsible to help the banks do that is what we need.” http://blogs.villagevoice.com/runninscared/2011/09/mayor_bloomberg_28.php Huh? Say what? Between the Fed and the Treasury, we’ve poured three trillion dollars into the gaping maws of these obscene and gluttonous creatures over the last four years and they’re still not making loans. Give us a break, here, Mike!
Next up in the stupid department was the Godfather, Herman Cain, who told the Occupy Wall Street protesters that, “if you don’t have a job and you’re not rich, blame yourself.” He then followed up that remark the next day, by calling the protesters “un-American” for being against [what passes for] Capitalism and saying that, the protesters shouldn’t rally against Wall Street bankers or brokers because “they’re the ones who create the jobs.”http://thinkprogress.org/economy/2011/10/06/337522/herman-cain-occupy-wall-street/ This, presumably with a straight face, since lower waged Wall Street workers have been laid off throughout the recession as big Wall Street CEOs sought to save themselves from the mess they’d made (http://www.michaelpage.com/content/196-unemployed-and-adapting.html) and not long after Bank of America announced its plans for 30,000 layoffs over the next few years.
Not to be outdone, Eric Cantor who, while not running for President this year, seems determined to remain one of the big clogs in the constipated bowels of our current Congress, told a meeting of “Values Voters” last week, “This administration’s failed policies have resulted in an assault on many of our nation’s bedrock principles. If you read the newspapers today, I, for one, am increasingly concerned about the growing mobs occupying Wall Street and the other cities across the country. And believe it or not, some in this town, have actually condoned the pitting of Americans against Americans….” http://firstread.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2011/10/07/8206043-cantor-says-hes-concerned-by-mobs-at-occupy-wall-street Do tell.
Were you concerned when Tea Party members exhibited those “bedrock principles” by strutting around with side arms attached to their pudgy legs at President Obama’s speeches and shouted down political foes at town hall meetings across the country a couple of years ago? Did you speak out loudly and clearly when, a few weeks ago at a Republican debate, they laughed and cheered the hypothetical example of letting a thirty-year-old die from lack of needed intensive care because he didn’t have health insurance? Did you castigate those who booed a young gay soldier in Iraq for asking a candidate’s position on the now repealed Don’t ask, Don’t Tell policy? In fact, have you done anything other than stoke that “pitting of Americans against Americans”? No. You have not.
And, following up on all this crazy, Mitt Romney solemnly proclaimed to an audience, in response to a question about the protests, “I think it’s dangerous, this class warfare.” http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-503544_162-20115686-503544.html
This would all just be grand political theater if it were not for the fact that, for the last thirty years – aided and abetted by gutless and corrupted Democrats – the Republicans have waged all out class warfare on behalf of the 1% of wealthiest Americans and against the rest of us, including those misguided teapartiers. In both rhetoric and policies, the two parties have gutted the heart of this nation on behalf of the Empire of Greed. Now that ordinary American young people have seen through the rouse and are fighting back, these politicians seem genuinely surprised and shaken that their chickens are coming home to roost. Yes, class warfare is dangerous, Mr. Romney, very dangerous indeed.
Yesterday, Mitt Romney gave a speech at a military academy in North Carolina in which he said, “America must lead the world, or someone else will … This century must be an American century. In an American century, America has the strongest economy and the strongest military in the world.” http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/republicans/8813842/Mitt-Romney-calls-for-century-of-American-dominance.html
I hate to tell you this, Mr. Romney, but in a time of declining resources and growing climate related catastrophes here and around the world, we can no longer afford both. And, frankly, we rush full tilt toward the precipice where we can no longer afford either.
With nearly 25% of Americans either unemployed, underemployed or having given up on employment all together, tens of million of our homes and small businesses foreclosed on, underwater or wiped out by climate related disasters and tens of millions of us without health insurance and on food stamps, it’s time to let the rest of the world deal with its own problems in its own way without our constant interference. It’s time to let the crumbling Empire of the 1% go and save the nation of the 99%. The Empire is not sustainable – economically or morally.
That’s why these representatives of the one percent grow fearful. That’s what the Occupy movement is really about. The empire is no longer salvageable; the nation will not be, for much longer. We ninety-nine percent that have the most to lose in the destruction of the nation can turn away and let the class warfare continue or we can fight back together with our young people to save what we can of the country. That’s the danger and the hope of the ninety-nine percent.