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Forum Post: Occupy Wall Street movement and the 99% are ABOUT TO TAKE CONTROL OF THIS COUNTRY. We absolutely have the power to do so. It is simply a fact.

Posted 2 years ago on Jan. 25, 2012, 7:53 a.m. EST by therising (6643)
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The most cynical of the 1%, in their darker moments in country club locker rooms and smoke filled parlors, delight in the fact that we, the 99% squabble amongst ourselves. It is what allows 1% of the citizens to make most of the decisions in a country where each person 18 or over may vote.

We all need to take a deep breath and think about this. Because, although there may SEEM to be a huge difference of opinion among members of the 99%, when you take a step back, we really all have the same foot on our necks. Whether we're old or young, Catholic or atheist, middle class or poor, we all experience a similar resistance that is well funded, well organized and positively undemocratic.

As soon as we realize this, we'll greatly disturb the status quo. This is because we, the 99%, will begin to focus less on what divides us and will focus more on what unites us. At that point, it will begin to dawn on us.... "Wait a second. Each of us has a vote. And although we have differences, there are some core action items that we the 99% all agree upon and the results would benefit us all." it is at that point that we will escape the chains of nihilism that has been forced on us by relentless consumer marketing. It is that point that we begin to think for ourselves.

And then..... as we begin to consider how to gain enough power to take action on this list, it will dawn on us that we ALREADY have that power. We each have a vote. In 2005, Citibank sent a memo (google "2005 Citibank memo" or "Citigroup-Oct-16-2005-Plutonomy-Report-Part-1.pdf") to its wealthiest clients advising them how to invest in the changing landscape of America. In this memo, Citibank analysts were exceedingly candid with their wealthy clients. They told them POINT BLANK that America is no longer a democracy, it's a plutonomy - a country which is controlled by and is set up to benefit the richest 1%. They told them that the best investments going forward were likely to be luxury goods because the middle class and poor were going to have less and less and the rich were going to have more and more.

They also reviewed risks to this investment strategy, indicating that one of the only hitches could be that it's possible that at some point the majority of citizens would awaken to the fact that each person has a vote and they would exercise that right. Citibank put the odds of that as very low but told their clients they'd keep them posted of anything changed on that front. Their view was that, although it's true that each person really does have a vote, they won't be motivated enough, organized enough, frustrated enough or smart enough to actually use the power that is already within their grasp.

If we can begin to focus on what we have in common rather than what divides us, we can make decisions from a position of unified power rather than making demands from a position of divided weakness. How funny to discover that we've had the power all along. We just haven't used it.

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[-] 3 points by gnomunny (5655) from St Louis, MO 2 years ago

Good post (as always). A quote from Citigroup Global Markets, Inc. which, not surprisingly, calls itself 'The Firm:' "Beyond war, inflation, the end of the technology/productivity wave, and financial collapse, we think the most potent and short-term threat would be societies demanding a more equitable share of wealth." A lot can be gleaned as to their mindset from this one sentence.

[-] 2 points by therising (6643) 2 years ago

Incredible. The fact that they put this stuff in print shows how delusional and / or arrogant they are.

[-] 2 points by gnomunny (5655) from St Louis, MO 2 years ago

Agreed. Equal parts delusion and arrogance. I thought the use of 'equitable' was interesting. Even THEY agree they've been robbing us of our fair share.

[-] 3 points by antiglobb (47) 2 years ago

The same thing is happening in Italy. All the Country is uprising in a commun effort to regain the democracy and the freedom. Italy is upset. We're winning. The world is about reaching again the targets of the French revolution: "Liberté, Egalité, Fraternité". I'm happy to note that your words sound as the slogan of Marx. "Workers all over the word, uprise. You have just to lose your chains".

[-] 3 points by therising (6643) 2 years ago

Humans are beginning to awaken, unite and rise up against corporatism.

[-] 2 points by francismjenkins (3713) 2 years ago

Let's be realistic. At one time in this country we had much more public participation in our democracy, many more people were involved in voluntary civic associations, etc., these days, not so much. My parents tell me that at one time neighbors actually talked to one another, there were things like bowling leagues and Elk clubs, the history books tell me at one point in the remote past, our society was flooded with newspapers of all sorts, a real free press, that people actually read (go figure). Was it suburbanization, technology ... what created this world where we put grandmothers in old folks homes?

Is it too late for our society? I think maybe .... but will we be like the Phoenix, and eventually rise from the ashes? Or, is the dream illusory? Few will want to admit that we're a society in decline, but objectively speaking, we are in decline, so the vultures are circling to get every last drop while it lasts.

[-] 1 points by therising (6643) 2 years ago

The Phoenix will rise....

[-] 2 points by oureyeswideopen (7) 2 years ago

Direct Democracy Online can break the strangle hold of our voices

No more Lobbyists, Representatives or slave masters

[-] 2 points by therising (6643) 2 years ago

I don't see how we can all be experts on everything (banking regulation? environmental restrictions? Health care legislation?). Doesn't seem to make practical sense this direct online democracy thing. Just practically speaking we need to elect representatives who can devote time and focus.

[-] 1 points by oureyeswideopen (7) 2 years ago

Necessity is the mother of invention. If we don't exercise and boarded our intellect and horizons, we are then at the mercy of representatives who are easily bought.

Maybe we need more public debate on the airwaves to educate ourselves and less Dancing With the Stars and Jersey Shore.

[-] 1 points by therising (6643) 2 years ago

Right on!

[-] 1 points by RedJazz43 (2757) 2 years ago

Or, as Duke Ellington said, "Necessity is a mother...."

[-] 2 points by alterorabolish1 (569) 2 years ago

I like the idea of occupying local tv stations.during the nightly news broadcast. If this happened all over the country, every night, it would force them to cover it or ignore it.

I don't think they could ignore it.

[-] 2 points by ShubeLMorgan2 (1088) from New York, NY 2 years ago

When all is said and done it's not going to be votes, it's going to be actions that make the changes the majority need. OWS is on the right path.

[-] 2 points by smmv2005 (106) 2 years ago

Hi dear Friends Do you know why USA keep about 27000 nuclear weapons, But Iran has no right even to have peaceful nuclear technology?

[-] 2 points by TIOUAISE (2526) 2 years ago

And Pakistan and Isreal are loaded with nuclear weapons as well.

[-] 2 points by smmv2005 (106) 2 years ago

We're victims of terrorism, and we do not have any nuclear bombs. The America and Israel have made this story and want to sacrifice Iran for their own interests.

So Dirty....

[-] 1 points by ronniepaul2012 (214) 2 years ago

Because our govt believes you are creating a bomb, not power plants. At least, that is the story they give us :-)

[-] 1 points by smmv2005 (106) 2 years ago

What do you think about your govt stories? What do you think about hundreds of thousands of killed peoples in Japan, Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan???!!!

Do you know with 27000 nuclear weapons, the Earth can be completely destroyed about 67 times??!!

[-] 1 points by ronniepaul2012 (214) 2 years ago

japan....they called obama a fool for apologizing recently. Dropping the bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki saved many more Japanese and American lives than it took. The Japanese people knew they had lost but Hirohito would have let them all die before surrendering.

VietNam? See no reason for that question unless you regurgitating anti west propaganda.

Iraq? Mistake since you can't help people that won't help themselves.

Afghanistan...initial action justified by 9/11. Execution of operations, another story since we are too nice when we fight

how about you? Do you think Allah approves of killing innocents in his name? Did 9/11 make you happy? Is it ok for suicide bombers to kill anywhere, anytime, if they do it in the name of Allah?

Is the USA the Great Satan?

[-] 2 points by smmv2005 (106) 2 years ago

We believe that USA created its 9/11 himself. if not you tell us why they do'nt let International community for opening the 9/11 black box??!!! It is very ugly that we do it ourselves and assign it to muslims!!!

In addition we do'nt know al-Qaida and Taliban as Muslim peoples, not at all..

We believe that USA with Saudi created this terrorist groups themselves to destruct the prestige of islam, islam does not accumulate with terror.

[-] 1 points by ronniepaul2012 (214) 2 years ago

Wow...no wonder we have problems. We sure do see the world differently, huh?

[-] 2 points by smmv2005 (106) 2 years ago

Do you know USA and his friends are trying so hard to introduce Al-Qaida and Taliban as real islamic model to world, Whereas this groups are created by themselves to destruct the prestige of islam?

They are exactly in conflict with Islam. islam is different as 180 degree with their way.

PLEASE study islamic books such as Nahj al-Balaghah To understand the REALITY OF ISLAM....JUST STUDY...PLEASE.

HTML Source: http://www.balaghah.net/nahj-htm/eng/ or http://www.al-islam.org/nahj/

Documentation (PDF): http://www.iric.org/Nahjul-Balagah-English.pdf

Saying of Imam Ali (A.S.): A fool's mind is at the mercy of his tongue and a wise man's tongue is under the control of his mind.

[-] 1 points by freewriterguy (882) 2 years ago

Because we should own the rights to nuclear technology since we invented it and Iran says our dollar has no value

[-] 1 points by smmv2005 (106) 2 years ago

As far as I know the Germans invented nuclear energy and USA built nuclear weapon for killing humans.

[-] 1 points by freewriterguy (882) 2 years ago

ya i think ur right, although i think if there were less humans on the planet, i think i would feel more free. shame on them for imposing on me. charging me to carry a gun, charging me to drive a car. telling me what i can and cant do like wearing a seatbelt. really its none of their dam business, and makeing me hardened to the point i dont like people anymore.

[-] 0 points by Kirby (104) 2 years ago

Iran has stated clearly what their intentions are. Constant hitleresque drivel from the Iranian rulers has backed them into a corner.

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[-] 1 points by Nevada1 (4020) 2 years ago

Hi therising, Excellent. Best Regards, Nevada

[-] 1 points by factsrfun (10721) from Phoenix, AZ 2 years ago

Having spoken about this to anyone that would listen for the past 30 years I am not so optimistic. One of the things that causes me the greatest concern is how silent the left/Dem,s were/ are about how the 15% tax rate was not reduced by Bush in 2001. I explained in detail to Ben Wikler who at the time (in 2005) was Al Franken’s producer. This is explosive when explained to people but no one with a mic will talk about it, so I’m not sure anybody’s really in this game yet.

[-] 1 points by freewriterguy (882) 2 years ago

We shouldn't allow corporations to keep making billions while the rest of us struggle. WE should seize corporations especially those that the public is dependent on.

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[-] 0 points by utahdebater (-72) 2 years ago

Not all of the 99% agree with your ideas. Why don't any of you recognize that?

[-] -1 points by DKAtoday (33128) from Coon Rapids, MN 2 years ago

Fight for your rights.

We were shown last night 01/24/2012 that we are making a difference, that we are making some progress.

Unite in common cause. Hate the things that are wrong in this world. Support each-other in making things right. This is where the healing will begin.

The Government of "The People" by "The People" for "The People"

We are the 99%. Take part in "The Peoples" Lobby.

Take action. See samples of how below.

195,386 signatures so far for Bernie Sanders petition as of 8:58am central time 01/25/2012

http://sanders.enews.senate.gov/mail/util.cfm?mailaction=clickthru&gpiv=2100081904.557411.411&gen=1&mailing_linkid=34578

The petition to save abandoned houses has 16 signatures. We picked one up at around 11:07am 01/16/2012. Were just rolling right along.

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/Savingpeople-savinghomes-payingdowntheNationaldeficit/

Here is a place where you can directly address change. Take part, it does not hurt and may very well heal/help. Forward the cause of reform and rebirth.

http://www.care2.com/go/z/e/Ag8nw/zL2Q/B18Bb

Sierra Club has some good things to take part in as well. Set-up and ready for you to take part in. http://sierraclub.org/

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[-] -1 points by DKAtoday (33128) from Coon Rapids, MN 2 years ago

Great Post!!!!

Unify and win! Truer words can not be spoken.

[-] 4 points by Listof40 (233) 2 years ago

Yes this is a good post...

Essentially the public dialog is being stripped of clear content and constructive breakdown, in the media on large scales...

And so a lot of the media coverage is veiled distortion and attempts to manipulate the viewer by various ego tactics, to turn one segment of society on another... Not to mention to desensitize viewers with a constant barrage of commercials with distorted postured perspectives on the issues...

[-] -1 points by DKAtoday (33128) from Coon Rapids, MN 2 years ago

You are correct. But it goes beyond that in that the Public voice is not being covered at all unless it is taken out of context. So much for truth in the media.

[-] 3 points by therising (6643) 2 years ago

We should occupy the media...

[-] 1 points by elf3 (2045) 2 years ago

Occupy the MEDIA - I though it was already occupied by corporations - can we get in on that?

[-] 1 points by therising (6643) 2 years ago

This is going to get interesting once Fox News is on the news, surrounded by nonviolent protestors.

[-] -3 points by DKAtoday (33128) from Coon Rapids, MN 2 years ago

Sure and e-mail protests as well.

[-] 3 points by Listof40 (233) 2 years ago

Definitely, the media is what is preventing the dialog from bringing the issues to the public in a meaningful way...

Whoever controls the mainstream media discussion, has the momentum and therefore generally controls the public perception... So the media has a huge influence, and has much responsiblilty for directly obstructing progress...

The media downplays important issues, engages in entertainment gossip and noise to obstruct healthy discussion of issues...

[-] 2 points by therising (6643) 2 years ago

What strategies might work to occupy the media? My view is they're hungry for stories so we need to be proactive and feed the animal to further the cause and further build support. The truth is that most Americans have the same foot of corporatism on their necks......

[-] 2 points by Listof40 (233) 2 years ago

Yes, you are probably right, that if we can market success stories that could help...

A lot the editors are who censor the news, and also spin it, or run fluff stories...

We could protest against specific the censoring elements or editors that determine what gets put in the news...

Otherwise this type of news misdirection is left unchecked, also because people are concerned about upsetting the media to challenge this...