“Come to me now, lay your arms around me. This is why, this is why we fight.”
My friend Adrian gave me a bunch of songs to listen to. This is one of the songs that I find to be really good. The Decemberists are so much better than I had expected them to be. I feel like I’ve been missing out a bit.
To those who think the Occupy Wall Street protests are directionless:
Sorry, I’m being a little dramatic.
But in all honesty, it really pisses me off when people who think that the protests are unorganized, and aren’t legitimate because the demands aren’t too focused, immediately discredit the whole movement.
An article by Jim Tankersley in the National Journal puts it well. ”Occupy Wall Street is a movement rooted in the idea that the act of crying out, together, is more important that the grievances of the criers. If you made a Venn diagram of everyone’s concerns in the park, the shared middle area would include income inequality, mounting debt levels for students and families, and, most of all, the lack of opportunity to find good jobs…But the crucial unifier isn’t a specific concern or demand. It’s a shared belief that the American political system has stopped hearing their concerns, because Big Money and corporate lobbying have drowned them out.”
PREACH, James Tankersley.
This is exactly what people can’t seem to understand. Look past all of the ignorant contemptuousness of the media, especially from conservatives, who say that the protests are extraneous. The movement is still young, and obviously any movement will start out a little unorganized. With time, I’m sure the demands will become more apparent. But for the time being, it is not the demands that are important, but just the point of showing the discontent among the majority of the American population that is not being ignored.