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Forum Post: You are the 1% of the world

Posted 10 years ago on Dec. 3, 2011, 3:01 p.m. EST by polo (63)
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I don't think that you realize this but the protestors here in the US are pretty much the 1% of the world. Other countries like Egypt, who you claim to be like, are fighting for basic human rights that you Americans already have. Yes the banks made questionable decisions and mistakes but the companies are run by people and people make mistakes. The government bailed them out which may or may not of been the best thing but they were trying to help. No one in Washington wants to turn the US into a 3rd world country. They want power, it is human nature to want to be in control, but they want to run the most powerful country in the world, not a country in shambles. If you want to do something meaningful find a job or start a business. Entitlement will get you know where. There are jobs out there, in fact there are over 2 million job opening in the US. Work to make change and fight for what you want but don't isolate yourself. By protesting with so many demands you have become a joke to many Americans and the banks will never take you seriously. Work hard and use your rights in a more meaningful way. You all have the ability to change the US and the world in ways that people in Egypt and other places do not. Instead of throwing temper-tantrums on the sidewalks about everything, enact change over to get everything you want over time. Your movement may seem amazing and powerful to you, but to most people looking in, you look incoherent and ridiculous. Sorry I'm not sorry.



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[-] 2 points by alexrai (851) 10 years ago

"questionable decisions" is a bit of an understatement, isn't it? kinda like saying the government was just trying to help with those bankster bailouts... oh wait you did actually say that.

OWS is both amazing and powerful, you're here apologizing for the government are you not?

Don't worry, they will be doing the same thing soon enough 'cause its gonna keep getting bigger, and bigger, and bigger until someone has the balls to fix the problems and end the race to the bottom.

Michael Moore once said not to worry because they know exactly why you are here, referring to to occupation on Wall Street. I agree with him, every member in the US government knows exactly why people are in the streets, they are just too busy entertaining corporate lobbyists to do anything about it.


[-] 1 points by polo (63) 10 years ago

Michael Moore is in the 1% and he uses people to make himself richer, he is one of the greatest propagandists. and i honestly don't think people know what you want. do you want to stop political donations? do you want to end the Fed? do you want more welfare? do you want a new government? do you want an end to electoral colleges? do you want more taxes on the rich? do you want to stop the government borrowing? what do you want?

[-] 1 points by alexrai (851) 10 years ago

Michael Moore might be rich, but he has a valid point. There is something symbolic about occupying Wall Street rather than the White House. They know why people are on Wall Street.

Fundamentally, I want to see Corporate Money 100% out of politics, and corporate kickbacks 100% out of politics.

Ideal would be a foolproof system which would make it impossible for a politician to get elected unless he manages to solicit a large number of small donations from the 99% (no large donors, not even personal funds) or alternatively a system where the government pays campaign costs, coupled with a severe limit on campaign spending so politicians actually have to get their lazy asses out in the streets and go door to door..

When that happens, and we have politicians who are not corrupted to the core perhaps we can have meaningful political dialog on the other issues you raise.

But, yes, the fed either needs to be ended, or it needs to be regularly audited. I think putting money into Welfare instead of Warfare would also be substantially more beneficial... but so long as the Warfare goes, I might be willing to compromise on the Welfare issue.

[-] 1 points by hamalmang (722) from Lebanon, PA 10 years ago

For starters ending corporate personhood and reversing the citizens united ruling. Everybody wants this not just people willing to sleep in tents and get assaulted by police. This is a very clear message and if you can't see that then you haven't been paying attention. You should probably stop getting all your information from corporate owned media.

I don't mind that Michael Moore made a few million dollars selling his propaganda. His last two propaganda films were made very well and have a more positive message for this country than most shite I see on television. At least he isn't selling beer and pills and oil in commercial breaks.

[-] 1 points by fandango (241) 10 years ago

You're right .

[-] 1 points by jjuussttmmee (607) 10 years ago

what changes do you propose? be specific.

[-] 1 points by polo (63) 10 years ago

end the protests and work from the inside to enact the changes that you all want and have been protesting for

[-] 1 points by hamalmang (722) from Lebanon, PA 10 years ago

The time to work within the system to change the system has passed a long time ago.

[-] 1 points by jjuussttmmee (607) 10 years ago

that is so true money got all of our seats "at the table"

[-] 1 points by polo (63) 10 years ago

then make money and change it. it is never to late for change from the inside

[-] 1 points by jjuussttmmee (607) 10 years ago

I don't like the "rules" to "their" game. Barter looks better every day. but City life won't allow it.

[-] 0 points by necropaulis (491) 10 years ago

This is the way a lot of people have been feeling and are starting to understand. I'm broke, will I go out (and lose money, my job, and maybe my place) and freeze my ass of screaming at someone who could honestly give a shit less?? Nope. I also don't consider us to be the 1%. I don't think anyone has that title anymore. If any of the Superpower nations called in our debt tomorrow, we would be a 3rd world country within months.