HELP ME WAKE THE OTHERS is a sign that summed up the OWS birthday celebration on Monday in New York City. Thousands of people chanting and carrying signs against economic injustice filled the financial district. The spirit in New York among these protesters was as strong and determined as ever. That is unquestioned. The question is when will the rest of our population wake up?
While the wealthiest top 20% in our country possess 84% of our country’s wealth the bottom 40 % own an astounding 0.3%. Though that number is staggering it does not even allude to the real problem.The wealthy are paying taxes at the lowest rate in a generation. Yet they are cutting important services and public investments across the board. The Oligarchs at the top own not only a ridiculous amount of money they own our government.
The wealthy consistently use social issues like guns, abortion, gay rights and immigration to fool low information voters to vote against their economic interests. They are skillful at fooling these voters and do it consistently. They consistently dupe these voters into voting against their own jobs and economic well being. Yet the wealthy always vote in ways that advance their personal economic interests.
That hypocrisy is one just one of countless examples of how the elite control the information challenged electorate. The corporate owned media plays into this daily. Devoting massive hours of programing to absolute nonsense. This distracts the electorate from the fact the wealthy and their financial institutions are stealing from them every day.
Occupy Wall Street has been marginalized by the mainstream media. There was between 60, 000 and 100,000 marching down Broadway in NYC on May 1st and the media at first labeled it a failure. They vastly under reported crowd size and instead focused on the few arrests.That mode of reporting was duplicated yesterday.
Yesterday there was thousands of protesters in the financial district on a Monday morning celebrating the Birthday of OWS. The story should be that the OWS group that was expected to be eliminated days after it started last September 17 is alive and well. Celebrating on its birthday how it has changed the national discourse about economic justice but also realizing full well the enormous task ahead.
Time is running out not on OWS but instead on the American People. If the ideals and goals of economic justice that have been trumpeted by OWS fail to be addressed. History will show that the losers were not the protestors in the street. They are a shining light in a sea of darkness. The losers will be the rest of the country asleep on the couch. Just staring blankly at their TV sets.