May I address many of the points you make here? Thank you.
If half the people who actually do occupy Wall Street were in fact homeless, then I would be more sympathetic with their cause. But they’re not.
They are, actually. If you go down to where they’re occupying, you can expect at least a few roaming handtrucks piled with bags. In fact, people are saying the exact opposite of what you’re saying is the issue: that it’s all shameless homeless people.
If you actually watch protesting videos or see pictures, each person has something made by the corporations they so detest:Canon cameras, iPhones, Droids, Panasonic video cameras, etc. I dont get it. You guys look like hypocrites honestly. Most of you guys are just pissed that you have no money for things (probably made by the corporations you’re protesting against) so you feel like protesting is your only option.
There’s a difference between fair capitalism and the corruption that OWS is protesting against. Apple good, Citibank bad. Panasonic good, WalMart (for many reasons that I can barely begin to touch upon without taking up too much space) bad.
How about actually using that time to stop occupying wall street and go try to occupy a job. Sometimes its not the governments problems, its just your own. You just need to work for it, and not try, fail and then never try again.
That’s the logic they’ve been using since the crash. If they could get a job, they wouldn’t be whining about how there’s not enough jobs. I know plenty of people who work their poor asses off and still can’t find a job. Besides, for every four unemployed people in America, it’s been estimated that there’s only one job opening.
If you guys were a legit 99% you wouldn’t be able to see what I’m writing, because you would have no internet or laptop. You wouldn’t be able to afford it. So go snuggle up in the Northfaces I had seen a couple of protesters wear, blog about how greedy corps are.
Erm, no. I can easily bet you’re the 99%. I’m the 99%. We make less than the 1%. That’s the point of the protests. You don’t have to be dirt broke to be the 99%. You just have to fall in that statistic. That’s what point they’re trying to break.
Your main tools for getting people to rally are two the biggest corporations in social networking: Twitter and Facebook. I thought you were protesting big corps?
Again. Good corp/bad corp. They’ve been staying away from Facebook for the most part due to a lot of their ethical concerns, but Twitter has been very good about their presence, since they get so much traffic from things like these.
If the whole movement was to protest for people who can’t afford, I would withdraw my stance. But you guys are playing it out to be like you all are poor and cant afford.
Can’t afford what? A house? College? To feed your kids when you were perfectly capable of doing so five years ago? My parents didn’t think I’d have to worry about financial aid five years ago because we were so well off before the crash, but now that’s the main factor in my current college hunt. So personally, I can’t afford college. People can’t afford rent. They can’t afford to lose their voice with so many people losing their jobs.
But lets face it, half of the people you know that are occupying Wall Street never had to deal with any of that.
Two words: Debt slavery. The average college student debt is $25,000 after college. Some have tens of thousands more, some have less. But with the lack of good jobs out there, it’s getting harder and harder to pay off.
And the people occupying Wall Street don’t have to be poor. I don’t have to be black to support the Civil Rights Movement. I don’t have to be a female to support feminism (though it helps). And I certainly don’t have to be gay to support the LGBT movement. They have to have an issue with corruption in corporations and the government.
That’s my opinion, and I just wanted to share it. I can’t wait for some of you guys to write me back from your laptops and try to tell me off.
Wish granted. Thanks for providing every media cliche objection to OWS. I’m ashamed of you for falling for it. Have fun in your little mental bubble there.