I hereby re-affirm, that I have been a passionate supporter of the Occupy Movement all along. Old Revolutionaries don't fade away. We just sort of go underground.... in a mainstream kind of way.
Watching this new baby movement, caused more than a few of us to surface again. We recognized the passion for a cause, and also the common mistakes made. We felt a compulsion to give the benefit of our hard fought experiences, even as we knew they would be labeled ancient. It was hard to take for a generation of our proportions. Till we actually had to say to ourselves, that it had been already two generations past. We still couldn't keep our mouths shut, or keep from showing up though. I saw the likes of those from "Crosby, Stills, & Nash" to Abbie Hoffman, just chomping at the bit to join the current day Proletariats. It was a gas, it was energizing. It was finding our way back to something we were really good at.
So now we are many months past the infant stages and cutting teeth so to speak, on newfound power. The toddling gathering, endeared itself to many. The media was kind, the season was Summer, and hanging out singing protests in the park, was sweetly nostaligic. Not to say that giant steps were not being made at the same time. New laws, new governing ways, that actually were the primitive Democracy that is the United States.
Appropriately, it was birthed and nurtured in the very city of it's natural enemy. Where the diversity of the locals, was like a loving Nanny to it's charge. A charge born of anger, that did not make for an easy adoption. But the baby movement grew on us all and for some became beloved enough to protect. Stretching and pushing the boundaries a little at a time or all at once, just like a teenager. They were led to believe they could just keep pushing. Till like a strict parent, the opposing views decided it was time to teach the teen, just who was in charge. As if they'd gotten caught after curfew, and admonished sternly not to repeat their crime. Like any young adult, the facts of life came crashing down on them....and now the true signs of maturity are emerging.
I spent the better part of today witnessing the latest event in Occupy history. A valiant effort by yet another loyal faction of this army defending it's territory. A territory that is the land of our leaders and those who make our laws. Occupy D.C. was everything it could and should be today, and like a proud parent, a moment of praise for a job well done, is in order. For children thrive on routine and laws; but they grow to their brightest potential when praised. Something a too strict parent will often forget. If you beat down their spirit too much; they may turn on you and resent you forever. Better to listen, respect the individual and remember when we were once young and full of passion. We also thought we had the answers to change the world. In many ways we really did...including setting a precedent for taking to the streets in protest.
A beautiful young videographer for Occupy D.C. named "Nate", held us all spellbound today, with his live lens, for over thirteen hours. A phenomena that I still marvel at, much more than my younger counterparts. We never had the advantage of seeing anything on television that wasn't censored in some way when were organizing long ago. We had communication networks all the same; but nothing as instantly in your face. The advantage of truly having the "Whole World Watching", is also the most dangerous threat to the ones who wish they'd just disappear. The people that can be united in mere minutes these days, scares the pants off those that wish to control us all. There is no real controlling the internet, unless they turn it off.
Beware though, of those who hold us in their grip while we fly across the ether. They are already in collusion with our foes after all. It's no small coincidence, that both Yahoo and Google executives, have been listed in recent years on the roster at Bohemian Grove. No conspiracy theory here...just facts. Here's a link to one of the stories pertaining to the Bohemian Grove agenda this last Summer. Not many will come up when you search, and they can be easily labeled as "conspiracy"; but don't buy that hype any longer please.
What? Do you think the enemy doesn't have War Camps? Tell me then, why the Bohemian Grove is blacked out on Google Earth? Politics makes strange bed fellows, and our media and communication elite, are the worst prostitutes always. I think even the newly naive protesters have begun to figure this out. Though the internet is their friend, it's not always "friends with benefits". Better to bypass the internet highway at times and instead utilize the underground highway of person to person transmission. In other words, don't leave a trail for your enemy. Enlist your supporters in the communities you inhabit and support them; as was suggested at the General Assembly in McPherson Square today.
The movement lives and breathes with the compassionate support of it's admirers. Admirers who show allegiance because they can respect and support your causes. Especially when your causes are their cares. The newfound maturity of the Occupy Movement, realized in no uncertain terms today, that they hadn't done enough to show care for the community they were inhabiting. If they had reached out more, maybe more would have joined them, in numbers that make the best statement. Like our society today, we showed up on the internet; but not face to face.
So now for the next big date in Occupy history, Occupy Super Bowl. To many, especially the die hard sports fans, the audacity is more than they can stand. To belittle what has to be the biggest national "Man" day in our country, is like a personal insult. The majority of articles I could find on the subject, were mostly sports writers condemning it as blasphemy. I couldn't let this moment in my home town's history, lose it's true meaning to ignorant explanations.
The movement in Indiana is as grass roots as it gets. I won't deny there's been a definite presence by the unions in their guidance; but when you understand the local dynamics, it makes perfect sense. This area was home to many of the original unions in the manufacturing sector. When Union wasn't a dirty word; but rather the reason to be proud that you could secure your future as a worker. Allowing many to realize the "American Dream" in the best way. It bridged the gap somewhat, between the "haves" and the "have nots", more than any other contribution in our society. It allowed the Middle Class to grow and thrive as much as the GI Benefits had done for the World War II generation who chose to make their leap with education that was subsidized. Not everyone is meant or destined for the academic route. So what do you do with a whole other segment of society that is just as deserving?
Every society is multi-level this way. It's just that the most successful ones accept to address this, instead of waiting for anger and resentment to breed violence and revolt by the masses. Even the elite used to agree to this principle of prosperity for all. Begrudgingly maybe by some, but still recognizing the security it afforded them as well. That's why Unions had government support for so long. The workers were happier and more productive for their job security, and the employers benefited and still built fortunes because of it.
When did this all go wrong? When Greed became more important than people. Wether it was greed by those who infiltrated unions for the power and illegal gains of crooked organizers, or the greed of employers who would no longer be threatened. Enlisting lawmakers to allow them to take their businesses out of the country and out of the grips of unions that had become greedy. No longer just protecting the worker's rights; but jeopardizing them instead.
And then there were no jobs. Only the military was hiring. While the rich got richer for cheap labor and our children were robbed of any realistic future. The institutions of "Higher Learning" cashed in our dilemma in the bargain. Assuring students and their parents everywhere, that all it would take to conquer this, was their costly degrees to nowhere. The colleges are just as culpable in the state of things today as any elitist target known as the "1 percent". The very reason you see so many young people in this movement. Not even multiple degrees will buy you a job these days, especially when you have the lawmakers determined to make us suffer, and blame the present political leader for it all.
So how do you stand up to such formidable odds? What did they expect they were breeding, but contempt? No different from all the evil dictators around the world they point their fingers at and depose with their agendas of domination. Designed to give them more accumulated power and wealth, even as the rest of us are left grieving for the sons and daughters who were sacrificed. When did we ever envision that we would be at war continuously? We didn't, but the ones who prosper from war knew it, promoted it, and now scare us with new enemies that in reality they have made, not us.
Here's a speech by John F. Kennedy that is a chilling prophecy of what greed could do. Coming from one who was born among the elite, and knew that greed could not be counted on to do the right thing. That to question and protest was not only our right but the right thing to do.
Tomorrow will be the next moment in history for the Occupy Movement, Occupy Super Bowl. As I reminded someone today; it's not about the football game, but a bigger game to be lost. To know Hoosiers, is to know that we are most proud of our friendliness and fairness. Watching brave Hoosiers this past Summer running to help victims of the State Fair tragedy, instead of running away, made me proud beyond words. That's what we do. We don't run from battle; but we don't like starting them either.
You can find a heated political debate in Indiana; but we also are known for supporting both sides in the name of fairness. For many years Hoosiers were known to elect governors and senators of one persuasion, while also putting mayors in office with the alternate perspective, to lead our largest metropolis and the capital of our state. Maybe it has to do with some of our Quaker heritage, or maybe it comes from being people who are also known to be good at growing things.
The people who will stand up tomorrow will have a purpose they champion, because they feel personally obligated to stand up for all. They are ashamed of the local GOP lawmakers who would try and forfeit them and all workers, by using Indiana as a precedent for jeopardizing workers rights all over our country. Which is exactly what no politician is willing to talk about, especially those running for president.
Though there will be those who are angry and have every right to be, it really is not meant to be a violent protest. Anymore than all the brave people I witnessed today in McPherson Square. They are exercising their right, they are fed up, and they are brave enough to wish for change. Why would we find fault with them, just because they were given a divine opportunity to advertise their case? The Super Bowl will go on all the same. Expensive ads will still be played, to the tune of an average 3.5 million each. Is it any wonder some would find this a decadent display in such hard times for so many?
So don't hate my beloved fellow Hoosiers on this Super Bowl Sunday for wanting a small piece of the spotlight for what they believe in. They believe they are fighting an even bigger game and in the end for all of us.
And don't hate me for not talking more about my present home town's glorious Patriots. Of course I will root for the home team....but it will be in two entirely different arenas. Because the Super Bowl game will have an ending tomorrow evening...but hopefully the more important game will make us all winners.