Posted 5 years ago on May 2, 2012, 12:28 p.m. EST by LoriKairi
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Reading the articles about the ongoing May Day “Occupy Wall Street” protests, I honestly believe that these people have no idea what they are protesting. The main issues are social and economic inequality, greed, corruption and the undue influence of corporations on government—particularly from the financial services sector. The OWS slogan, We are the 99%, addresses the growing income inequality and wealth distribution in the U.S. between the wealthiest 1% and the rest of the population. (Cited from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Occupy_Wall_Street) I do not believe people running around with clothes, cameras, phones etc. bought from “wealthy” are really helping in their fight against the “1%”. Their fight is to bring down the corporate to have an even flow of things, to have society be equal. I say, we are not Cuba. These scrawny kids in their “Anarchist” ways would not survive a day in a utopian society. You want the 1% to be equal with the other 99% fine, give up your I Phones that are used to snap photos of the “O-SO-MAGESTIC” day that you camped out with thousands of other sweaty, smelly kids that have no idea why they are there. Give up the clothing you are wearing and go back to the farm towns, grow cotton to sew your own clothes, grow your own food and live with no electricity or running water. This supposed 1% did not just magically get rich people. Honestly, they made something of themselves, they made something we as the consumers desire, want & need. They just happened to put a price on it, which we the “99%” decide to work our butts off for to pay. But tell me this, who is next? I’m sure that if one of the kids, protesting today would stop in their tracks to answer a phone call from a “wealthy person” that says “Ok, my wealth is now in your hands”, would not share this sudden wealth with anyone marching with him. Greed, fighting greed? It’s greed that fuels this fire. If people were not greedy we would just sit by and accept that we as consumers have made the world as it is today. We the 99% have made these people the 1%. Should we get paid the salary of a lawyer or doctor to work at McDonalds, no? Should a lawyer, lawmaker or Doctor, whom dedicated their life to schooling and learning and eventually the community, be paid minimum wage because these protestors believe that things should be equal? No. Have these protestors sat down to discuss what they are fighting for with each and every single protestor and do these people agree with every single thing they are fighting for? What do these people wish to accomplish that in our many years as the U.S.A. has not changed? It’s not so much that these people don’t even know what they are fighting for that bothers me, although it does play a big role, it’s the stupidity that few believe that violence will make this better? I have always been told that fighting will not solve anything, war will not solve anything. It never has and never will. Breaking windows & vandalism just shows the government that this is an unorganized group of pansies out on the street to cause mayhem and to campout. If you want to be taken seriously as an organization, get together let your protestors know that there are rules to the protest, make it peaceful and anyone in violation of those rules will be turned over to the proper authority, i.e. the police. There has to be certain limitations for the protests to be successful. Martin Luther King never smashed windows or vandalized property to be heard. It’s the methods of the protest that will shed light on the situation. Do not expect for the true reasons for this protest to be covered in the media and talked about publicly if all the media is covering and all that they will cover is everything that is going wrong with this protest. Do the “Founding Fathers” of this organization agree with that is happening on the streets that their followers are walking, do they agree with the violence against the community? Using tax payer’s dollars to pay the officers that have to work overtime putting their lives in danger having to step away from their normal roles and their families to baby sit a whole bunch of kids walking the streets causing people to have to miss hours from work, employers to pay workers whether they are able to show up for work or not? Blocking entrances to doctor’s offices and roads? These officers could be patrolling the streets to avoid real dangers and instead they are kept in one single spot because some people decide that their opinion is more important than the lives of others. I would like to see these may people turn up when searching for a missing child, a missing person or to help in a catastrophe. All these people would stay at home and go about their daily lives. To the people participating in Occupy Wall Street, I wish to clarify one thing. I am not against protesting, nor am I against your movement. I am a single mom working every day to provide what’s best for my daughter. I just wish to shed some light on the situation and maybe open your eyes to what is really happening in your movement. I do not believe that these people should share their wealth with the rest of us, deserving or undeserving of the money, it is theirs to do what they please. I do not believe this movement is as organized as it should be and I wish everyone to be safe and think about their actions before the actions occur. Violence will solve nothing, nor will it help your movement in anyway, in actuality it will cause setbacks and for your founding fathers opinions, ideals and hopes, in order to deal with all the outcries in the community about the violence, the trash and the conditions in which the protestors leave the streets in which they “occupy”. Think twice about how it’s affecting the entire community before there is more violence in the streets. Maybe there is another cause out there that is worthy of all the effort.