An air of breathless wonderment
The organizers of Occupy Wall Street are fighting to upend the system. But what gives their movement the potential for power and potency is the masses who just want the system to work the way they were promised it would work. It’s not that 99 percent of Americans are really struggling. It’s not that 99 percent of Americans want a revolution. It’s that 99 percent of Americans sense that the fundamental bargain of our economy — work hard, play by the rules, get ahead — has been broken, and they want to see it restored.
It’s becoming increasingly apparent that the news media, almost to a journalist, simply fails to grasp what is going on worldwide as the protests in the worldwide financial centers multiply and the frenzied rhetoric calling for the arrests of the protestors out of the financial leader’s increases in pitch and volume. They write curious articles wondering who these people are, what they want and about how silly they are to be there.
Strangely, financial leadership is NOT giving voice to the same wonderment. They already know.
What they know is this: when the people of Egypt came to understand that they had a two-tiered court system, that they had been fleeced out of their money, that they were under surveillance and control, that they were living in fear, that normal means would not get the job done and that they needed a change in those who were ruling over them, they went to the seat of power and overthrew those leaders. (Sadly they failed to figure out what they would replace it with…)
Well, the rest of the world has too figured out that they have a two-tiered court system, that we have been fleeced out of our money, that we are under surveillance and control, that we are increasingly living in fear, that normal means will not get the job done as our political critters are all on the take and that we need a change in those who are ruling over them, they went to the real seat of western power and are clearly working to overthrow the real unelected overlords of our society. (Sadly they also have failed to figure out what they would replace them with…)
But, make no mistake, the loudest protests are not coming from the guys on the mattresses in the park out front – they are coming from the 33rd floor of the building because, unlike the press, they get it. They get that their paid shills in Congress, the Senate and on the North Side of the 49th may have to finally grow a spine and admit that the sort of theft these uber-rich managed to get written into law is just wrong. Perhaps, they may even have to do something about it – hopefully by tossing these thieves in jail.
Let’s just hope they all figure out how to spell, “Wrong,” before, as, in Egypt, our overlords are dragged in the street.