Posted 10 years ago on Dec. 12, 2011, 5:07 p.m. EST by CatLady2
from New York, NY
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Lately all I am reading is the "them" vs " us" stories on this forum.
I will start out by saying I am not here to degrade, humiliate or defend
I am here because I am me and have a voice that also needs to be heard.
Is every 1%er some kind of evil non caring greedy money hoarding troll under the bridge?
Is every 99%er, the homeless, out of work/overworked, poor me kind of victim?
Is everyone who votes Republican some kind of holy roller who has no care for those in need?
And is every Democrat some wonderful kind giving kumbaya kind of person?
I say no, to all of it.
What I do know, is that most of this country's population is tired of alot of the policies in this country. The corporate money in politics has to stop. I also know there are many other issues that need to be addressed in Gov't., such as health insurance and rebuilding the work force in our country which angers and frustrates many of us.
But I do not think that there are only 2 " camps" that are represented out there. In between the 1%ers and the 99% ers there are people, myself included ,who just don't identify on either side.
There are many of us out there who feel the same.. people who work and don't feel we are working as slaves. Some of us even like our jobs. People who own/rent homes and do pay our taxes and mortgage payments, and don't feel envious of the guy with the bigger house. Folks with college degrees who did find work in our field of study and other like me with an art degree who now do something entirely different.
Sure there is corporate greed, as I am sure there are a few select OWS folks who are reaping the benefits of the donations. Being a self proclaimed 99% does not mean everyone is on the up and up. It is no different in any other group of people. Is it right? That all depends on who you ask. But it does happen .
What I would have really liked to see with this movement is a coming together of the American people on a few major issues. Everything wrong in the world cannot be fixed at once and frankly, I think we need to concentrate on our problems here in the US first.
Sure there are hungry kids in Somalia, but any aid or monies sent there unfortunately falls into the hands of thier very corrupt government, and never reaches the refugee camps. I would rather see kids here never go hungry or go to bed cold . I was raised with the saying " Charity begins at home".
Maybe I am just your average single working mom who was raised to work hard to achieve my goals. Which I have. Maybe I am just your average mother who has raised my son to be a polite, well mannered, and hard working young man. Who I am very proud of. Maybe I'm just your average lady next door who rescues cats and plants a veggie garden in the spring, and gives the extra tomatoes to my neighbor Maybe I am your average working mom who saves up to go on vacation and really enjoys that pina colada on the beach.
Maybe we really aren't all that different when it comes down to it, but I think collectively we all need to look deep inside and see how we can help each other, and understand ,without the name calling ,closed minded nonsense that is so prevalent here on this forum.
The division of the " them" vs " us" really needs to stop if anything is to get accomplished.
Maybe I am you.