Gator, you are in fact missing something. A lot of something. Not one dime has been spent by the taxpayers in this city/county for cleanup or security, as we are providing all of that ourselves. As you obviously do not know your history, allow me to inform you that this is not the first time that constitutionally protected free speech has taken the form of "sitting-in" or otherwise taking a very literal stand. And please tell me why anyone would make the sacrifices that Occupiers are making if it was just for kicks? This is about restoring the American dream--YOUR American dream--that is based on fair play, something every school child understands. Tea Partiers were expressing justifiable rage against our corrupt system, but it is my belief that most of them did not understand the underlying causes of our ills, making them vulnerable to the divide-and-conquer tactics of the very people behind our crises in the first place. Financial interests cannot continue to be permitted to highjack our democratic system of government to the detriment of those who pay the bills--the workers. We must unite in a common struggle to restore true representative government to our nation and get the corrupting influence of corporate money out of government at all levels. Government can be a force for good that provides a counterbalance to corporate greed, and we've tried making that happen through the ballot box and through other forms of activism. Wall Street has shown that its power is larger than the vote. Therefore, we must put our bodies on the line en masse to demand change. It is the only means we have left of having a voice.
"paying attention" is once more not (paying attention). Have you been to the courthouse and seen the occupation? Where's the evidence of "big money," I mean, really? And I can assure you that 1) I was born at the Baroness Erlanger Hospital some half century ago and 2) I own a home in the inner city of this fine town. I am not an "outside agitator," and you should understand the connotations of that accusation in the first place, as it dates to the Civil Rights Movement. We are not camping; this is an expression of free speech. I hear that there are places in the world that don't protect free speech. Perhaps "payingattention" would feel more comfortable living in one of those societies.
Maybe this article is talking about a different variety, but we've had these in Chattanooga for decades. My vegetable garden became infested with them near the end of the season last year. Am I missing something?
It's amazing how the same men who think nothing of sexually harassing women get in a panic if they think they themselves might be the object of the type of unwanted advances that they make routinely toward women. Guys, really? Cowboy up. You'll survive it. Ask any middle school girl for some tips on dealing with unwelcome advances.
"riverman," I hereby challenge you to defend your statement. What makes Occupiers "losers and parasites"? Everybody I talked to in the movement either has a job, has TWO jobs, or is actively seeking a job. On top of that, they are investing their limited free time to make this a better nation for your lazy behind. What are YOU doing to create a more just society? Not studying history, I can tell, or you would understand that all of the privileges you enjoy were won by workers standing up for basic human dignity. If you enjoy being on your knees thanking your corporate masters for the crumbs that fall from their table, more power to you. But before you use ugly words to describe those with more dignity than you, you had better have some evidence.
This issue is part of what last week's Occupy action outside Bank of America was about--the people standing up to the plutocracy. To those of you who made disparaging remarks about our action: YOU'RE WELCOME.
Just Another Dirty Hippy Working for Justice
Oh really? Then why doesn't Nashville send its storm troopers into high-crime areas of the city where safety is an actual concern? Occupy Nashville certainly did not represent a danger. No, Gov. Haslam is merely concerned to be seen by his corporate patrons as maintaining the minimal order necessary for the conduct of business. Can't let democracy get in the way of commerce.
If "payingattention" had paid attention/attended the rally, s/he would know that one of the speakers stated that both parties are colluding with Wall Street, and the crowd heartily supported that statement. Small minds are having trouble understanding that this is not about partisan politics. It is about getting corporate/big money influence out of politics and returning us to a government of the people, by the people, and for the people. It's really pretty simple. Whereas the Tea Party movement let itself get co-opted by corporate interests and the Republican Party, the Occupy movement is determined to remain an independent people's movement that cannot be highjacked by any political candidate, party, or philosophy. Yes, the unions have historically supported Democratic candidates, because those candidates supported labor. However, we are facing a new reality in which both parties are handmaidens of the plutocracy, and labor is adjusting (if slowly) to this new paradigm. As they join the Occupy movement, they will learn that the movement will not be used to promote one candidate over another.
This information is widely available at any internet source that is covering the Occupy movement. People such as "payingattention" would do better to become informed before entering the discussion.
It is so tiresome to explain the same thing over and over again. Talk about "lazy hippies"--you readers are too lazy to read the news or you would know what the Occupy movement is about. First, ever occur to you that people get days off, PTO, do shift work, etc., and that's how they can be downtown on a weekday? Yeah, people who'd burn their vacation time to make the world a better place for YOU. I know, hard to believe. Next, news flash: Since 1980, Congress has been dismantling legislation that was put into place after the Great Depression, legislation that was designed to bring stability to financial markets but which prevented greedy elites from making scandalous wealth. So you deregulate, 1% run a Ponzi scheme on the rest of us and get ridiculously rich, and when the house of cards collapses, you blame the victims.
It took Congress and the oligarchy 30 years to completely destroy our economy. Let's give the Occupy movement at least a few weeks to come up with some solutions, o.k.? And while you're sitting on your backside criticizing them, try working on your propaganda rhetoric. You're recycling Vietnam Era slogans and thinking: hippies, unemployed, pot smoking, rich college kids--did I leave anything out? At least come up some 21st century slander. And you might go occupy some slums yourself, hypocrites--I'd pay good money to watch THAT. Now, who's lazy?
Let me get this straight. First we bail out the banks with our tax money, then they foreclose on homes because the owners have lost their jobs due to Wall Street greed, then we're supposed to DONATE our free time to maintaining their properties. Is that what I'm hearing? Were you people serfs in a previous lifetime, and you just can't give up the habit? If these banks are so greedy that after having run the homeowners out they are still won't put out a few bucks to pay for the homes' upkeep, I say the neighborhood should take over the house, rent it at low cost to a deserving family, and use the rent money to beautify the neighborhood. After all, with these absentee owners, who is to stop anybody?