Since I first read about these protests, I had a feeling this would go somewhere. At the heart of these protests is the message “we are the people. we are losing a lot. we have lost a lot but we still have our voice and we can use it until we are heard”. I think this is mostly about being heard. Yes we want change, yes we need change, but change is easier said than done. The message against corporate greed and corrupt politics is one that I think all Americans can appreciate (99% at least).
Remember when the bailout bank CEOs still got their $ Millions+ in bonuses? And the best Obama could do is say “Oops, sorry about that” to the taxpayers. Something needs to change. Now we have Solyndra to look at, $500 million+ in federal loans (taxpayer money) and now they’re bankrupt. A risky loan investment at taxpayer expense at best (and outright corruption at worst).
One protest sign says “I’m am the 99%, I don’t have a lobbyist”. We are so far removed from the fundamental principles of our government that those with enough money can “lobby” the people’s representatives to get the laws created (or removed) and passed through the government. The US is supposed to have a representative government where what the people want is what the representative should do. But those with the money can afford to “lobby” the peoples representatives to get their desires passed through the government.
Yet, I think the US is one of the best countries to live in despite it’s problems. Change is easier said than done but it has to start somewhere. I think the group of Occupiers is clear sound that we as a people are not happy with the status quo of the big corporations and government. While the economy continues to decline.
Lots more could be said, I invite you to comment and we can discuss this.