The protestors in Zucotti park have been kicked out. Mayor Bloomberg feels no shame for his vaunted championing of Wall Street and the corruption that the banks on it represent. As he sends the cops to do his dirty work, the protests grow ever bigger. As Keith Olbermann pointed out in a Special Comment today, Bloomberg is only adding fuel to the fires of change. Each day, the people are getting more and more aware of the fact that our system is broken, and if it is to be fixed, they have to get involved.
The great movements have been spawned from people like those who began Occupy Wall Street. The war in Vietnam was ended by the young getting the old to stand up and to say that it was enough. Walter Cronkite was also a big help, but I won’t stroke the ego of my field of study too much. The Civil Rights marches were about the young getting the old to stand tall. And when the system put them down, it has always only made the movement grow.
It would seem reasonable to assume that those in power simply never learn. One of the basic bits of human psychology is that we will rebel against oppression. Those who are being tear-gassed in Oakland, and those who are beaten in New York City are drawing more into their fight every day.
The police are not innocent in this. In fact, their complacent acceptance of the orders they are being given to attack the people who are protesting makes them as much of villains as those who are ruthlessly gutting the middle class, not caring about the lives of the people that they destroy. They are fighting for the system, ignoring their mandate to protect and serve. Like Bloomberg and his open servitude of Wall Street, they are criminals who should be standing with the people, not against them.
There was a rather clever poster by one of the Occupiers about the cops – these guys are one pay-cut away from joining us!. Touche, Occupier! But what started as an event that was being ignored is being breathed new life into every single day that the cowardly police and the malicious government officials are putting them down. It is amazing how these people are able to somehow rationalize the actions that they perform. A vet gets his skull cracked open, it was “necessary.” Innocent people who have done nothing to harm anybody are being shot by bean bags and rubber bullets, well, it was “within the bounds of authority.” Well, I must have forgotten the part where attacking the innocent for no reason was a good thing.
But these people shouldn’t be villified, they should be thanked. Each time they do their villainous deeds, more people are joining the movement. When Bloomberg makes back-room deals to make sure he can serve three terms as mayor. When Bloomberg has his people acting like book-burners with the books at the Occupy Wall Street movement. When Bloomberg is taking away the generator that is giving heat to the protestors, and basically trying to freeze them out. Whenever Bloomberg, or any of those like him choose to make a stand in defense of a system, using completely unnecessary force to put the people in their place, more come!
So let’s not villify Bloomberg, let’s thank him. This idiot has made this movement bigger than it ever could have been. If the media had simply ignored it. If the media has simply chosen to not pay attention. If Bloomberg has simply chose to not care, than the fickle and pathetically dim-witted American public would have just forgotten about it by now.
But Bloomberg chose to be stupid. He chose to do something that was obviously a bad idea, and now, the movement has grown well beyond New York City. It is going to change the world! The movement is everywhere. It is all over America, including here in my home city of Anchorage, Alaska. It is across the world. This movement is now so much bigger than the original architects could have possibly imagined. They couldn’t have comprehended how this movement could have grown so large.
This is exactly what the world needs. Now, more than ever, things are becoming worse for everybody. Obama and his cowardice to do any positive change for the better in this country has been bad enough. His Healthcare Reform bill was a birthday present to the private insurance companies. Wall Street reform was a birthday present to Wall Street. Credit Card reform was worth something. That is the only saving grace of President Obama. Were it not for the fact that not a single of the front-running candidates of the Republican Party have any credibility whatsoever, he would be in real trouble in 2012. The fact is that he is a failure, and all of America will reap what he has sown.
In the meantime, this movement, and all the others like it, are what this country needs. And it is what this world needs. More and more groups are coming behind it. Anonymous has pledged their support, and is showing the world the truth about what is happening. Voices like Keith Olbermann are coming out in support. The world is changing rapidly. For good or bad, time will tell. But one thing is certain, Occupy Wall Street has changed the game, permanently!