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The big banks have FINALLY been held to account!! ...Never mind, I was thinking of something else.
Many people want to claim the Occupy movement is dead but as Mark Twain said, “The reports of my death are greatly exaggerated.” No matter where Occupy goes from here, it already changed the entire conversation in this country in a matter of months (and many other places around the world). It took a nation that was talking about Herman Cain’s 999 plan and cutting taxes and forced us to talk about gross inequality and the corporate raping and pillaging of the world that we all seem to have accepted like it’s a Black Eyed Peas song. “Well, I guess it’s going to be around for awhile. We might as well pretend like we like it. Resistance is futile.”
Whether people are out there marching with Occupy or not, most of America now believes--or at least ponders the fact--that this society is entirely rigged against them. It doesn’t seem to make any rational sense.
- We can’t fund NASA but we can fund Lloyd Blankfein’s expensive sushi habit?
- We can’t fund education but we can fund executive retreats? We can’t fund health care but we can fund million-dollar missile strikes?
- We can’t arrest those responsible for the crisis that led to millions of people kicked out of their homes, but we can arrest and pepper spray a 19 year-old drawing a peace sign in chalk on a sidewalk?
- We can’t arrest Wall Street titans who make Charlie Sheen’s moral compass look like that of Harriet Tubman but we can arrest people for sitting in a park?
In a matter of months these questions were on everyone’s minds.
Occupy protesters don’t have to be standing in a square for the revolution to continue. This may not be a revolution in the traditional sense, but it’s been a revolution in thought. Americans are tired of greed over good, profitable pollution over people, war for wealth over the welfare of average workers. This is a thought
revolution, and the revolution will not be jeopardized. It will be criticized, ridiculed, misconstrued and misunderstood, but it will push through. Ridicule it all you want but it’s simply too late -- the flood gates are already open.
The revolution will not fit with your Pilates schedule. It won’t wait until after your hair appointment, dinner party or tummy tuck. This mental awakening doesn’t care about your lack of intellectual curiosity. It won’t be dissuaded by barricades or pepper spray, driving rain, police rage, or ankle sprains.
Pepper spraying us is like throwing water on gremlins: The more you do it, the more of us show up. The revolution will not be televised as Gil Scott Heron told us, but it will be digitized and available on YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, and anywhere real ideas are told. (You might have to scroll through some invites to Farmville, but it will be in there.) The thought revolution can’t be hijacked by your old, tired, rejected political beliefs. It won’t be commercialized, circumcised, anesthetized, or crammed into a mainstream media-defined paradigm.
You see, greed is no longer good, and it’s not god. The mental awakening is here whether you give two sh*ts about it or not. The revolution WOULD however like to apologize for taking a dump on everyone’s apathy.