It may be naive or even idealistic, yet I can’t help from believing something is seriously wrong with a economic system that continues to put so much in the hands of so few at the expense of so many. And for too long that’s exactly what has taken place in America, one of the most economically stratified countries on the globe. A nation where 1/6 of the population controls 70 percent of all income and wealth.
Being that these facts on exactly how economically stratified the US is are widely known. Honestly, I’m surprised that it has taken this long for the average American to wake up and come to their senses and blow the whistle and say hold up, foul, no goal .
But that’s exactly what the OWS movement is an awakening by the average American who for too long has been kept divided with insignificant trivial issues. Divisions that have only served to divide the people and benefit the ruling class. By keeping us focused on racism, immigration, gay marriage, abortion and so forth.
We have been so consumed and filled with animosity toward one another over these issues and many others that we’ve been unable, and unwilling to get together with our fellow suffers to compare notes and identify exactly who and what is for us and -against us. Ask yourself, who has this division benefitted?
It has benefitted the 6 percent of Americans who have a vested interest in maintaining the status quo by any and all means necessary.
However a funny thing has begun happening. Americans of all shapes and strips have become more and more tolerant, thus making it increasingly difficult for the puppet masters (ruling class) to pit blacks against whites, and whites against blacks, or to blame all of the countries woes on the Mexicans who are supposedly stealing all of the hard working Americans’ jobs(hush don’t mention all the jobs corporate America shipped off to India to save money and increase profits, just say it’s the Mexicans it sounds better), or blame the homosexuals for bringing down the wrath of God, or all the women who have abortions.
It has always been______________________ group that was the country’s main
problem. And the ever shifting story line has been that if we could
just get rid of, or at least deal with__________________________ group all of the
country’s trouble would miraculously disappear.
So although it has taken awhile, a little over four centuries most Americans appear to have finally gotten tired of hating one another.
Ever perceptive as only those with an unstable grip that they don’t want to lose can be. The powers that be were some of the first to recognize “fears of cultural shift” and that the old divide and conquer blame XYZ strategy wasn’t working as well as it once did.
What was their solution? They adopted what I like to call the Al Capone strategy. Ever wonder how Al Capone became one of the most successful and richest gangsters in history? He adopted a strategy that was to basically give everybody a cut from the shoeshine boy who just might overhear valuable information while polishing a client’s shoe to the governor in his mansion. Capone had them all on his payroll.
A variation of this strategy that America’s ruling class has propagated is what I like to call the myth of middle class prosperity.
Which is nothing more than the lie that said, “hey you’re American, you can have a piece of the pie too and basically be just like us. All it takes is a good job and some credit. Want a house? No problem we’ll give you a 30 year mortgage, for interest of course. Want a car, oh a Mercedes just like the ones we drive to show your friends and family that you have made it. That you are a success. No problem we’ll finance that for you tooo your credit not that good. That’s okay, we’ll lease it to you. After all this is America.”
Think about it what better way to neutralize a potential threat or enemy then to convince him to join your team even if it’s only symbolically.
The price for this financed middle class are a few checks from broke, I better not lose my job, I’m be up shit creek-prosperity. Was the ruling class saying okay now look, “you have a BMW and a condominium yourself. Even if you’re in debt up to your eyeballs. You’re prosperous and living the American dream. So just ignore my 100 million dollar compensation package, fifty million dollar Gulfstream II, 30 million dollar yacht, 3 mansions and 2 vacation homes, along with the 3 million I just spent on my daughter’s 15th birthday party. Me and you are just alike and if you work hard you can have everything I have. Really no kidding. Here let’s shake on it, we’re pals right?”
For the better part of 3 decades this twisted logic prevailed. Then the economy faltered, yet while the country’s rich continued to ride around in luxury autos, shop in Beverly Hills, and drink thousand dollar bottles of wine, their middle class pals spiraled to the brink of depression. In some neighborhoods entire streets became deserted as one home after another was foreclosed on, cars were repossessed, and Americans of all ages moved back in with their parents in record numbers. In all between 2007 and 2009 5.2 million American jobs disappeared, and 50 percent of American workers moved into a lower tax bracket earning less than $26,364 a year.
As the so-called middle class which was nothing more than a leveraged myth to begin with slowly begin to shrink. Suddenly the rhetoric of the social critics and gadflies among us began to make more and more sense to a lot of people who would’ve never previously entertained the notion that the deck was stacked, or dice loaded.
But the average Americans decided they too wanted to know: how was it that during the so-called worst depression in recent history while they were struggling to pay for astronomically high gasoline, oil companies like Exxon-Mobile were reporting record high profits? Or how was it that the ultra-rich whose average income was already a staggering 91.2 million saw that income jump a whopping 394 million to $518.8 million? All during the same period that the number of poor Americans increased to 6.7 percent the highest level in 35 years.
If you’ve ever been conned or taken advantage of then you know the sickening feeling that occurs when you finally realize what has happened. Once the people realized that they had been had. Their response came on November 17,at Zuccoti Park in Manhattan when the people got together, black, white, Mexican, Asian, straight, gay, educated, young and old and birthed the “Occupy Wall Street” movement. A movement by the 99 percent to take back our lives, and livelihoods from the 1 percent who have decided that it was their divine right to enslave the rest of us. But the words of an old negro spiritual say, “before I be a slave I’ll be buried in my grave.”
Since the movement begin mainstream media has been quick to ask, ”what is it that the OWS movement wants?” I’ll tell you, a complete renegotiation of the social contract with America. Nothing less will suffice.
Now it’s the people finally asking the right questions, making the right demands, and taking to the streets. And with the old blame some marginalized group, or Al Capone strategy no longer working efficiently. The ruling class has turned to their most faithful weapon in their arsenal; the police.
Who are the upholders of the status quo and who serve as the private army of the 1 percenters in any country. Thus the assaults, pepper sprayings, arrest and harassment. Ordered by those eager to get back to business as usual and their minions who their cash helped elect in the first place. All for a time such as this.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was fond of saying that, “though the arc of history may be long that it ultimately bends toward justice.” Knowing this I’m firmly convinced of the evitable success of the (OWS)movement. As Malcolm X said, “truth is always on the side of the oppressed.”
I firmly believe that just as the dictators who have been falling like dominos in the Middle East, if the financial dictators in this country believe that such inequity will continue to be tolerated. Then just like Saddam in Iraq, Gadhafi in Libya, Mubarak in Egypt, and Assad in Syria they are on the wrong side of history.