New Kittens, and my 100 year old father’s passing have taken up most of my time.
Also, I’ve been depressed about politics, and feeling frustration with my own unimportance and impotence. I can’t seem to inspire anyone to get more involved politically, and I understand their apathy. It seems so hopeless. I care desperately about our planet’s future, and about injustices in our world that could lead to further oppression, but see no other way to combat the direction we are going besides us all banding together and demanding change.
I had such high hopes for Occupy, but the Government nipped that in the bud, and squashed many of our hopes. IMHO the “Occupy Brand” has been wrongfully sullied, but nonetheless, no longer has a pristine and pacifistic reputation.
All those people who came out last fall are still around…We have the numbers, and we could “win”, but not without the courage to stand up and be willing to die for these causes.
I know, it’s heavy to picture dying for a cause, but our WORLD is dying, and soon, too. If we care about our future, we need to do something about it.
The SEIU spokeswoman I saw on Democracy Now said,
“We agree, all across SEIU, that we need to stand for a 99% agenda, and re-elect our President, Barack Obama.”
WTF? I find this VERY upsetting!
Obama can’t co-opt the Occupy Movement! Obama, by his silence, has shown himself to be anti-Occupy. He stood by as Occupiers were unfairly and illegally being beaten, abused, injured and jailed by vicious, over-zealous police from coast to coast.
He cannot seriously hope to adopt the Occupy terminology, and make like he’s one of us! Goldman Sachs was his largest donor in 2008! He is under their employ!
Besides, Occupy is all for Transparency…Obama has gone after more whistleblowers than all the other Presidents since 1917 combined. Obama said that Bradley Manning was guilty, before he had even been charged. Obama thinks Assange is a traitor. Obama has continued George Bush’s policies of chipping away at our constitutional rights in the name of protecting us from terrorism. Obama completely failed to keep his campaign promise of having greater transparency in his administration.
Occupy is against Corporations funding Governmental Candidates…Obama’s biggest contributor in 2008 was Goldman-Sachs.
Occupy is for PEACE. Obama has tripled the troops in Afghanistan, is using drones in several middle eastern countries, wants to start a war in Iran, has condoned police injuring and jailing innocent Americans whose only “crime” was that they wanted exercise their Constitutional Right to air their grievances. Obama has killed American citizens who were targeted by drone attacks on foreign soil, without a trial. Obama has accepted “collateral damage” as a necessary evil when targeting Americans in foreign countries.
The list is long…of all the ways that Obama is NOT acting like someone whose interests are aligned with those of the 99%.
I hope nobody else thinks that Obama’s policies are in any way connected with the Occupy Movement. It’s just not true.
[NOTE* from Leftish: This does not mean that I won’t hold my nose and vote for Obama in November. He is still the “lesser of two evils” no matter which candidate wins the GOP Primary. I might vote for a third party candidate if it looks like Obama has CA in the bag, and my vote will not actually be needed to keep the Republican out of the White House….but in states where it counts…we should all vote for Obama over the GOP candidate.
I know, you are probably pissed, just like me, and don’t even want to participate in the whole bullshit Democrat-Republican game…however, politicians do actually influence our lives, they decide whether to send us into war, and how our money gets spent…so I think we should vote, and Obama is a tiny bit better than whomever the GOP candidate will be (unless, perhaps, if Ron Paul were to win — but that ain’t about to happen)!