To the left is the face of anonymous with wealth distribution pie charts as glasses and the champagne glass wealth distribution graph over the nose.
The arrows point to the slices of the pie or the dot of bubbly that 99% of people are allowed.
Yet Occupy Wall Street is asked: What do they want?
We want, no, we demand that the distribution of wealth in America and in the world shift to include the 99% of us at the bottom of the glass. Most other problems including high unemployment rate, the rising infant mortality rate, the housing crisis, the high cost of tuition, and [Please insert the problem that most effects you HERE].
“What is it that is swelling the ranks of the dissatisfied? Is it a growing conviction in state after state, that we are fast being dominated by forces that thwart the will of the people and menace representative government?
The quote above is not from one of the “Occupy” protesters in any of the cities of the world that are demanding a change in the balance of wealth, it is the words of Fighting Bob La Follette from a speech delivered on July 4, 1897 in Mineral Point, Wisconsin on the Dangers Threatening Representative Government.
No. Wealth distribution is not a new problem. The singular demand of the “Occupy” movement is very similar to 1976 American satirical film “Network”, about a fictional anchor Howard Beale (Peter Finch), of Union Broadcasting System (UBS), and its struggle with poor ratings.
We are occupying Wall Street, New Haven, Milwaukee, La Crosse…and to the right is the map showing “Occupy” protests nationwide as of three days ago.
Understanding the “Occupy” movement demands a shift in consciousness
If you need to ask what the people want, you have not shifted your consciousness. You are not one of the 99% who have been left out of the wealth distribution. You don’t get it, and, most likely, don’t want to. You will respond from a position to protect the status quo and defend the creeping unbalance of more and more wealth to fewer and fewer people, and speak in the language of the quote below taken at random from a “comments” post about raising the taxes on the wealthiest.
1. counting other people’s money–why do liberals always cite the percentage of wealth held by the “top 1%” but never the percentage of taxes paid by them. How about 40%, which was more than paid by the bottom 95%?
2. criticizing success–did it ever occur to you that a large reason people are financially successful is because of some combination of hard work, intelligence, responsiblity, creativity? No, you seem to think that the only way a person enjoys success is by cheating someone/everyone else.
3. believing that socialism is the answer–why should someone work hard and make responsible choices (like saving wisely)if they are not going to be rewarded for it, and worse, have the fruits of their labor stolen for the benefit of those who chose not to be responsible or work hard?
If you thinks taxes are too low, then you have my permission to send more to the IRS since you obviously believe that the government can spend your money better than you can. Until it can be shown that Washington knows my needs and priorities better than I do, I am not ready to cede my decision-making authority and freedom.
The words of the quote above can be supported by accounting graphs, charts, and speeches on the floor of Congress, all arguing that the wealthiest slice of the pie do more than their share. Yet, the bottom line of the champagne glass and the smallest slice of the pie chart screams out the truth, and this time, “We are as mad as hell and we are not going to take it anymore!”.
Where is the window to Yell from?
Who do you trust to lead us? Is it too late to change the system of within? Is there anyone with integrity and leadership who has a proven track record of dealing with the progressive issues spelled out in the 1897 speech of La Follette quoted above?
“All the forces in the world are not so powerful as an idea whose time has come.” – Victor Hugo
Russ Feingold endorses Occupy Wall Street: “This will make the Tea Party look like … a tea party.”
Russ Feingold to Dems: “This is no time to hang back”
Do your own research into the political history of Feingold, a leader whose time has come.