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So...I'm on Poly & Kinky group list on Fetlife and someone asked about if there were anyone who is Occupy Wallstreet supporters.  There were a lot of "yes'" and there were a couple of "no's".  And there were, of course, a couple of "what a waist of time...they should be protesting Congress."  This was my comment..

Yes, I support Occupy Wall Street and my city's Occupy Austin. I am poly, kinky, pagan and a nudist. My viewpoint and reasoning for participating, and yes, I HAVE participated, is to get economic equality back for EVERYONE and for my child who will soon be going to college and I want to help make sure that she will actually have a well paying job upon graduating. The whole "willing to work for it"...have you not actually SEEN what's happening???? All these college students that are graduating with their parent's voices in the back of there minds saying "you don't want to be a burger boy now do you?" or "you don't want to be working as a blue collar bum, do you??" So, they went to college to be upper middle class employees. However, all THOSE jobs got outsourced overseas!!!! So...are you saying that all our college graduates should be going overseas to get a job???? As for protesting Congress...do you really blame the Muppets for the movie or the puppeteers?

The other reason I support OWS is because it's also about the right to freedom of speech and the pursuit of happiness...NOT your happiness, but my personal happiness in whatever form I pursue it. No, I won't make a march into a circus, but I will make sure that any reporter that actually dares to speak to me know that I'm as diverse in mind and spirit and as accepting as I feel OWS has led me to believe It is.

Date: 2011-11-28 03:20 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lassiter.livejournal.com

Well put! The idiots who yell "get a job!" are the delusional ones still stuck in the 60s, not the Occupy folks.

Date: 2011-11-30 05:38 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lihan161051.livejournal.com
All these college students that are graduating with their parent's voices in the back of there minds saying "you don't want to be a burger boy now do you?" or "you don't want to be working as a blue collar bum, do you??" So, they went to college to be upper middle class employees. However, all THOSE jobs got outsourced overseas!!!!

And the student loans they took to get them through school into the jobs they were told they'd have come due, and the banks and the government start making noises about treating them like criminals for doing what they were told would make them successful, and for listening to those voices in the first place.

And when they manage to get ahead a little bit, the 1% move the goalposts again. Lather, rinse, repeat.

The thing that amazes me about the Occupy movement isn't that it's happening. It's that it took this long for it to happen, and that it's still peaceful. Both of those speak of incredible patience and tolerance on the part of the people who are now taking to the streets. And the cynical response of the people in power (who theoretically, at least, work for us and not the other way around, as anyone who didn't sleep through government class in high school should know!), sending out police in riot gear to beat and pepper spray people peaceably assembling to petition for a redress of grievances, is somewhere between arrogant and foolhardy .. because the tolerance has a limit, and peace can only last so long in the face of crass provocation.

(The document that comes to my mind most lately is the Declaration of Independence .. "whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness" ..

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