Posted 11 years ago on Jan. 17, 2012, 10:28 a.m. EST by Denofearth
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Greetings my most esteemed colleagues. As a white American male on the verge of 50 who has been little more than a hard working slave for all my life, I have come to a difficult decision and felt I should offer some commentary to those willing to read this. At the end of this year, if all goes to plan, I will be leaving America for Ecuador. I recognize that in all probability I have fewer years ahead than I do behind me, and life here in America ( at least presently ) offers me a future composed of little more than shades of black and gray. All my life I have been a hard working blue collar American, who married twice, raised two of my three girls on my own, and availed myself of public assistance no more than a few months when life was at its hardest. Now, regardless of my decades of faithful service, I have a mouth full of rotting teeth, a heart condition, the first signs of arthritis, not even a glimmer of hope that this will change, and my latest social security statement tells me I am entitled ( when I reach retirement ) to a whopping $1200.00 per month. I love our country, but I can't shake this belief that nothing is going to change because the 1% have absolutely, positively, and in all ways no motivation whatsoever to allow things to change and, as commendable as it is to pursue a peaceful nonviolent solution to our situation, it is equally extremely naive to continue to operate under the delusion that anything will be accomplished. As we move into summer invariably jobs will become more plentiful, and #ows ranks will begin to dwindle. How long will people be willing to continue to support a movement that can honestly be said to have actually accomplished very little? Believe me, just like the union era, if and when you become anything more than a minor inconvenience, the 1% will not hesitate to endorse and finance violence against #ows. This will most likely come in a guise that allows the 1% and their grip on the media to blame any and all violence on the protesters. Anyways, I have to get to my crappy job that pays me $8 an hour less than the same job paid me 10 years ago so I'll leave you with this last comment. The very fact that we allowed the mass corruption of our system to happen slowly, methodically, and with basically no opposition guarantees that there will be no peaceful solution to our problem. Once upon a time people could live off the land while they joined protests. This is no longer true for most Americans and it is only human to set aside your high aspirations when you and your kids tummies are grumbling.