I’ve been watching this “Occupy Wall Street” movement* for a while and I’m not quite sure I understand. I mean, I get that you’re protesting the continued destruction of the world economy, I guess. Or are you pissed that unemployment is so high? Maybe you’re still upset that O.J. got off…let me tell you, that ship has sailed. See, the problem is there doesn’t seem to be a cohesive statement coming from the masses. Plus, I think that maybe some of the group isn’t quite clear on the concept.
Don’t get me wrong, I support most of what I see. I think that protesting is a viable way to get your voices heard. But, there has to be a strong backbone of understanding. Right now, you seem to be tilting at financial windmills. “Let’s get rid of the Republicans. Let’s get rid of the bankers. Let’s get rid of the capitalists. Let’s get rid of the suits. Let’s get rid of the rich.” Let’s narrow it down, shall we? Because not all of those things are mutually exclusive. If I’ve learned one thing in my life, it’s that you have to focus. Protesting against a nebulous foe is just annoying and gaining new unfocused support will only fracture an already strained protest. Plus, you’re not going to recruit people, such as myself, to your cause because we do still have jobs, and we have to pay rent or mortgages, and electric bills. We can’t just pack up our REI gear and go backpacking for a few months. We have responsibilities.
I’m not saying you’re irresponsible, but it’s going to be difficult to really acquire the oomph to change the world if all you’re doing is camping in the park. Learn from what I assume are your idols, King, Gandhi, and the generation the protested the Vietnam war. Martin Luther King, Jr. helped lead boycotts of a discriminatory system by asking people to walk to work, and request service at lunch counters, all through non-violent means. Gandhi asked his followers not to cooperate with the oppressive English in order to establish independence. Vietnam war protesters had a goal of ending the war in Vietnam and they protested that by burning their draft cards and focusing on that one goal.
So, by all means, protest! But protest responsibly, so that those of us who are unable to join you can help explain your goals and your cause. Otherwise, you’re little else than an annoyance on television that will end up going home unsatisfied and dirty. At least, that’s my opinion. Think I’m wrong, convince me.
See you in the funny papers!
*In the words of Arlo Guthrie‘s great anthem, “Alice’s Restaurant”…You know, if one person, just one person does it they may think he’s really sick and they won’t take him. And if two people, two people do it, in harmony, they may think they’re both fa—ts and they won’t take either of them. And three people do it, three, can you imagine, three people walking in singin a bar of Alice’s Restaurant and walking out. They may think it’s an organization. And can you, can you imagine fifty people a day,I said fifty people a day walking in singin a bar of Alice’s Restaurant and walking out. And friends they may thinks it’s a movement. And that’s what it is , the Alice’s Restaurant Anti-Massacre Movement, and all you got to do to join is sing it the next time it come’s around on the guitar.With feeling.