Describing the Wallstreet Protest as “class warfare” is the smartest thing that I’ve ever heard Mitt Romney or Herman Cain say – not that they approve of the protests.
Similar to the Arab Spring protests throughout Africa and the Middle East, the protesters occupation of DC is fueled by the social media and is making a stir.
Unfortunately for the protesters, they lack leadership. Because they are just another ragged gang of baked hipsters, Union workers, and various enemies of “The Man,” they are in the same frantic boat as the Tea Party. No captain, no sails, and surrounded by sharks that resemble police.
I will give credit where it is due, though, because in many ways, the Wallstreet Protest is a cool thing. This isn’t a philosophical protest against the war, and it is not a battle between conservatives and liberals. It is a mass of Americans who are mad about what they see happening to the U.S.
The protesters concern is a legitimate one after all. While rich Americans and politicians prosper, middle and lower class Americans are suffering from unemployment and taxes. More information can be found on the protesters website occupywallst.org. Included on the website is a list of thirteen demands:
- Restoration of a living wage.
- Universal single payer healthcare system.
- Guaranteed wage, regardless of employment.
- Free college education.
- Boost alternative energy economy demand.
- One trillion dollars in infrastructure spending.
- One trillion dollars in ecological restoration.
- “Racial and gender equal rights amendment.”
- Open borders for working and living.
- Reform election system.
- Forgiveness of ALL debt (read it, I’m not lying).
- “Outlaw all credit reporting agencies.”
- Give workers the option of being represented by a union.
I know, I know, this sounds like complete heresy, but is it really as bad as the Tea Party denouncing the Statue of Liberty as un-American? Like any protest, the police are just waiting for them to get tired, or bored of sleeping in the street, eating granola, and playing Kumbaya on their guitars so that they can clean up the mess and set the streets back to normal.
But that’s not what happened in Libya or Egypt. Are the American people suffering as much as those people though? A better question is how much bullsh*t can we take, and what are we entitled to? Current events in America have shown us that we aren’t as free as maybe we should be. To some, this is a sacrifice that they are willing to accept for their safety; to others, this is an outrage, and it is disturbing that we continue on this way.
No one deserves a pat on the back for this. This needs to be taken seriously. Even if the demands are not met, the American people need to flex some muscle and prove to the government, that if they cannot be heard, than they will be seen.
In a sense I am glad, but I am not hopeful. (I am totally pessimistic anyway.) If such a group had some leadership, and possibly some political power, we could start avoiding the clashes with police and god forbid, any other unwanted violence. My vote goes to Lloyd J. Hart.