You know, I think the most disturbing response to Occupy Wall Street is wrapped up in six words: Stop complaining and get a job.
This response makes the assumption that our system is more or less operating as it should – if only there weren’t so many of these hippies and minorities out of work!
But you see, that’s missing the point.
Yes, people are unemployed and need work. Yes, people are complaining.
More importantly, though, people are complaining about the system itself.
People are complaining about a system where corporate executives get bailed out after running their own companies aground.
People are mad that banks guilty of malpractice and bad lending schemes get billions from the government, while they have to deal with the repercussions of these bad loans without so much as a life jacket for support.
People are tired of a system where the wealthy are making more than ever and everyone else is struggling or, at best, stagnant.
People want a real democracy, not the farce we’re currently dealing with in the post-Citizens United case where the Supreme Court decided that corporations are people.
People want a world where jobs aren’t shipped off-shore so that some guy kicking back in his Park Place flat can treat people on another continent like shit for a fraction of the cost.
These are not partisan ideas. I’ve given up on the spineless Democrats and I gave up on the Republicans after Dubya stood by while the people of New Orleans suffered unspeakable horror in the United States of America – the “last great hope of the world”.
Republicans only care about the wealthy and making the wealthy happy – and, hell, we’ll throw a few culture war issues in here and there to get the people riled up. Democrats only care about… Well, I don’t pretend to know what’s going on in their heads. I don’t know what they care about because they don’t keep any of their campaign promises.
I’m mad at the system. It’s not about a job. I have a job. I’m complaining – and I wish I were doing a better, more articulate, and louder job of it.