Thank you, for helping shift the economic narrative to the historic economic inequality in our country and introducing “income inequality”, “99%” and “1%” into the political lexicon. It may not have supplanted the narrative of the ‘oppression’ of the mythical job creators, but it at the very least is on par. Thank you for awakening many in the American public to the fact we have been getting fucked for several decades by those at the top of the food chain with the complicity of our government.
We have a very clear choice in which direction in which our country can go. The choice is ours. We can bemoan the effect of special interests, of the Citizens Untited decision, but ultimately we are free to vote for whomever we choose and as a populace are responsible for the government we have.
We can go down the road where we help the working poor maintain a dignified life and give them the tools – health care, food stamps, student loans – to better their lives. We can choose to give a shit about those less fortunate than us and not demonize them for societies ills. We can to choose to have clean air and water. We can choose to regulate businesses so they don’t screw us, poison us, or injure us. We can have good public schools and national parks. We can do all this without denying the wealthy the fruits of their ‘labor’ though the fruits will admittedly be somewhat smaller. The only thing they will be denied is unfettered power, and THIS is what they are fighting tooth and nail against right now.
We can go down the path the likes of the tea party and arch conservatives are advocating, where we gut the government, the social safety nets, environmental protection, all those things mentioned above. We can go down a path of economic and social darwinism. At it’s heart the conservative adgenda for the country will turn our country into a modern day feudal system with “job creators” in place of noble lords and “workers” in place of serfs, where the majority of us are left fighting for the scraps from the 1%’s table, left to their tender mercies.
Personally, I would prefer the former, and have been wishing for so long that Americans would wake the fuck up en masse and see what is being done to them. I wish that folks like the Tea Partiers would simply look at the numbers and realize that they are pawns of the Koch brothers and their ilk, being led by the nose to do their bidding.
This election will be that choice and set the die for the next decade on. I hope we make the right choice, and believe that OWS had made that possibility much more likely. Mittens being battered about Bain and his tax returns would have never happens if it had not been for OWS bringing these issues into the public consciousness. If Obama wins he will owe a debt of thanks to OWS.
Thank You OWS.