Posted 5 years ago on Jan. 20, 2012, 4:33 p.m. EST by ARod1993
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...haven't been paying much attention. However scruffy and disheveled we may be, however "failed" the Occupy movement may or may not look, even if it were to magically vanish off the planet tomorrow, it wouldn't have been for nothing. Glass-Steagall has become a buzzword. Campaign finance reform has become a buzzword. The language of economic inequality is beginning to take back its rightful place in the American lexicon, and the chickens loosed by corporate profiteers and the religious right are beginning to come home to roost.
That process is not going to stop if we stop, any more than it would stop if we stopped a week ago or even a month ago. The political and economic sea change is coming; all we're here to do is to speed it along and even if we were to walk away all that would do is change the time of reckoning. And generally speaking, the more delayed such a reckoning is the nastier it will be when it comes.
Y'all can vote me down, question my sexuality, make ludicrous claims about my mother (since apparently that's all the vandals and wannabe trolls on here know how to do), or do whatever else strikes your fancy. That's fine; I'm not the one you have to worry about, nor are half the people on here. The ones you have to worry about are in lines at the unemployment office for looking for jobs that don't exist. They're the ones who held good, strong, solid blue-collar jobs for most of their lives only to be thrown on the scrap heap by outsourcing. They're the ones fresh out of college who were promised the world and mortgaged their futures to get it, only to be tossed a Starbucks apron and a sneer instead. There are a lot of them out there, they're beginning to find their voice, and they're pissed. Do you really want to be the one standing between them and a way up and out? Again, it's fine if you do; just remember that standing in front of the gates of opportunity is a great way to get trampled.