Monday, November 21, 2011

Corporations are America

The Occupy Wall Street movement is a little over two months old. Relatively still an infant as far as protest movements go. At this point, the targets of this protest movement should still not be concerned. Comparatively, women still did not have the right to vote, blacks were still segregated, Vietnam was still in full swing, hell, there were still slaves for decades and decades and decades. Even alcohol was still legal – the only Constitutional amendment that ever took away a right. None of the people opposed to these movements were concerned.

And as far as I know, the LGBT community still has a long battle ahead regarding civil rights equality...

Yet, one month into #Occupy, it became a topic during the 483rd Republican National debate. Why are they concerned? It’s only just a bunch of lazy hippies that don’t want to work but do want free hand-outs, right?

Or so they want you to believe.

Lawyers, pilots, nurses, teachers, US military veterans, unions, musicians, actors, even billionaire businessmen are all lazy hippies? Well, if the media skip all those people and go straight to the man wearing the “V” For Vendetta mask, dreadlocks, yellow clown wig and ripped jeggings held up with red suspenders for no reason who says, “Yeah, man, like. Uh, corporations are bad. And stuff. And, like we should have, like, less interference and stuff,” then you will think they’re lazy hippies. The media needs ratings. It has since the 60’s when it became part of the entertainment division. 

Jeggings (or dangling tea bags from your hat while wearing a George Washington costume and holding an ‘Obama Niggar Muslin Socilist Anti-Christ Moran’ sign) gets you ratings. 

Jesse LaGraca does not.

And less than a month after the peaceful, unarmed #OWS began, so did the police brutality. I thought the First Amendment in The Bill of Rights of The Constitution went something like: Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

I must have missed the First Amendment Addendum that stated: Unless these freedoms interfere with the profiteering of the corporations, which henceforth shall be considered people. Very rich and powerful people. More rich and powerful than 99% of the not rich and powerful population.

Individually, but not more powerful than the 99% all together.

And speaking of George Washington costumes, the Tea Party (who formerly called themselves Teabaggers and I still do consider Teabaggers) showed up at their rallies and town hall meetings carrying their AK-74s and AR-15s and Sig Sauers and threatened to shoot the President or any other politician that didn’t do what they wanted - and there was not a single arrest. Did I miss the part of the Constitution that protects whack-jobs’ rights to threaten the President of the United States of America?

Yet, a bunch of people armed only with iPads and tents demanding corporate money be removed from politics are brutally beaten, pepper-sprayed and arrested and their property confiscated and destroyed. Books, even. As well as the press being arrested to prevent their reporting of these events.

This is the definition of fascism. Not rhetorically. Fucking literally.

Two months in, are the very rich and powerful corporations (1%), who have profited greatly by buying legislation in their favor against the well-being of the population (99%), starting to get afraid of this very real movement?

And then there's this decidedly fascist-leaning bullshit...
New York Churches Shelter Occupy Protesters, Now Monitored By NYPD

In conclusion, here is a comparison between armed Teabag protesters threatening to get what they want with murderous violence versus peaceful, unarmed #OWS protesters physically and verbally threatening no one. Can you tell which is which? And of which protest movement the rich and powerful 1% is fearful?

                       Column A                                                             Column B

Is it just me, or is reality itself fucked?

Allegedly, police are supposed to protect and serve the people. Not corporate interests.

At this rate, I’m sure I’ll have more to say on this in the future.

Good day.

Post script: I would like to share this open letter by Nathan Brown, Assistant Professor at 
UC Davis. It was brought to my attention by Gonzomama in the comments of my last post. Please read it.

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