Occupy This.

ITT: I get political and shit.

I have been largely mum on this topic because it is a pretty heated discussion between friends of mine, but I am finding it harder to stay quiet about it. First of all, I am a member of the 99%. I grew up poor as shit with a single parent barely making it, and I have seen the lower half the system in this country. I have also been fortunate enough to see the upper half as well. I busted my ass in school and got a decent job. It’s not glamorous but it pays the bills and I am very thankful for where my hard work got me.

I won’t claim to understand the problems in this country, but I see that they are painfully obvious to everyone who isn’t a Wall St Executive. I’m not going to sit here and bitch about how they are rich and I am not because for all I know they worked really hard to get there (or their parents did), but I will say that those responsible for the crash of 2008 did not deserve the million+ dollar bonuses they received. They fucked us all and got quite the payday out of it. That’s why people are pissed off. It’s not because they are rich and we are not, it’s because they got rich by throwing us all under the bus and our government made it happen.

Anyway, I got tired of not hearing balanced media coverage about the Occupy movement, so I went down to the local OccupyTucson protest this weekend. Based on media coverage, I expected it to be a bunch of hippies smoking some blunts in Armory Park (part of the reason I went hrhr) but it was far more than that. This movement blew me away. There was such a diverse group of people in the park even though there aren’t many total occupiers. It was inspiring to see Americans come together and stand up for what they feel is right in a peaceful manner. It made me feel patriotic for the first time in years.

I’ll be clear, I hate what has happened to my country since 9/11. I grew up in a country full of hope and faith that if you worked hard you would make it. Again, I am fortunate for where I got myself, but I also have a few friends who didn’t make it. They were all better at school than me, and all had bright futures. Some of them are now homeless and others are dead. This was not what I saw life in the US becoming when I was young. My generation is the first in the history of this great nation that will not be better off than their parents, and it is largely because of the greed of a few and the complacence of the many that allowed this to happen. It disgusts me. 

This country has become driven by fear and greed. It will not survive like this. I love my country, and I love each and every person in it regardless of where they came from or their citizenship status because they are part of what makes this country great. Without the idea of our melting pot of a society my family would never have immigrated here from Ireland and we would never have become the powerhouse country we once were. I say once because we are not a superpower any longer. The world caught up, and instead of bettering our society further we now we seek to close our borders and turn away those huddled masses yearning to breathe free. This is not the America I learned about in School. 

We stand on the edge of a slippery slope. Our rights are being trampled as citizens and it’s time for us to stand up and say something about it. I reblogged a pic of a protester in Zuccotti Park that I felt was quite powerful. Not because he had his head split open by a baton, but because this image reminded me of an image from Cairo back in March. What’s the difference between how Michael Bloomberg and the NYPD are treating people and how Mubarak treated protesters? There is no difference. We are watching the crumbling of democracy on TV like a fucking reality show. 

Sure, the Occupy message may be convoluted, at best, but it has already served its purpose. The masses are organizing, they are communicating, and they’re fucking pissed.

from occupy tucson:

We have been told that public land is not public, and have recieved 132 paper arrests at this point (with a cumulative value of $132,000 and up to 8 years in jail), with more to come tonight. There is one man who can make this not happen any more, and we need your help to express your support for Occupy Tucson. Call or email Richard Miranda, Tucson City Manager at 520-791-4204 / citymanager@tucsonaz.gov and tell him to give the public land back to the public.