| This is what they think of us. This is how they view us. To the 1-percenters and their supporters and beneficiaries in government - federal, state, and local - and the MSM, we are riff raff who are much better when we're not seen or heard. They prefer us to be invisible to them.
We don't have much, if any, representation in government: you may see a few of us run for office, but we are most often beat by the incredible 1 percent money machine. We don't have much, if any, representation in the MSM: you may occasionally see us, but only in token feel good stories occasionally or crime reporting. Many of the 1 percent rarely think of us, save for the examples above and maybe if and when they give to charity, but even then, those thoughts are fleeting.
We are completely controlled.
|When most people think of a police state, they think of places from history like WWII era Germany or the Soviet Union, or they think of various Middle Eastern countries run by monarchies and/or dictatorships. These are the conventional definitions of a police state, because the actions of the powers that be are overt. But make no mistake: we do live in a version of a police state - it's just much more covert, as to give everyone a sense that we live in freedom when in actuality, we don't. Sure there are little tokens of freedom we are allotted, shiny objects meant to blind us to the absolute lack of control we have over ourselves and our futures.
The 1 percent owns us.
They own the politicians and make sure those that will represent them are elected; therefore they own the laws. They own the media, and therefore control the narrative of just about everything that happens around us. Through their politicians, they have been able to mostly own the courts, which have made money equal to speech, and therefore silenced all of us without much disposable income. They own the lobbyists, who help keep their politicians in check. They, via their lackeys in government and media, have destroyed, are in the process of destroying, or have prevented most of that which would protect and help us: actual affordable health care for the masses, regulations for the environment and safety and the economic powers, good affordable education available for all, a just penal system, unions, veteran's benefits, vocational programs, public spaces, food stamps, Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, and more. We have been so beaten down now, that many of us don't even have bootstraps with which to pull ourselves up.
The Constitution, the document which sets up the framework for this country, states that one of its purposes is "to promote the general Welfare", but even that now seems to be interpreted as the general welfare of the people that "count" - the 1-percenters. We can plainly see that it certainly doesn't pertain to us 99-percenters.
So we rose up.
With the system so thoroughly rigged against us, things have finally gotten bad enough in this country that many of its citizens have taken to the streets to protest, via the peaceful occupation of various public and public/private spaces. This occupation has not pleased the 1-percenters. At first, they ignored us, made easy by their lackeys in the media. But as the movement blossomed, so has their fear of us. The narrative is changing; the 1-percenters are seeing their total control threatened. So they are doing what they can to beat us back down. Through the use of guilt by association, heralded by many of the media outlets, we are now hearing how awful we 99-percenters are: a killing just outside of an Occupy zone, an Occupier's suicide, a few dozen vandals out of a crowd of thousands, a few random crimes - the kind that happen every day and everywhere in this country, and a couple rumored incidents of disgusting personal behavior, and we have all been branded now. They have taken these things and made them the narrative of us and this has given them a useful excuse to retake control of us once again.
Under the guise of "health and safety reasons", they are in the process of shutting down the main camp at Zuccotti Park in New York. They have also shut down or are in the process of shutting down the camps in Oakland, Portland, Atlanta, and several others.
We must do everything we can to keep this going. We must not let them silence us again. We must continue to Occupy Everywhere, whether by the Occupiers finding other places or taking back the original ones, or for those of us who can't physically Occupy, by supporting the Occupiers in any way we can. We must make the non-traditional police state show itself for what it is - working to protect the privileged 1 percent from a peaceful 99 percent that want to see a country where everyone is treated equally and has a chance to thrive.
We must not let ourselves be branded as riff raff. We must not let them take back control of the narrative, for if we do, we will have lost.
As Gandhi said: "First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win." And this is a struggle we 99 percent need to win. Keep Occupying Everywhere! Stand up and be counted wherever you are in solidarity! We must not return to silence. We cannot afford to lose this battle.