Think this protest movement doesn’t include you? Think again! Do you think the protesters are “freaks,”fringe,”radical left,” “mobs,” “anti-American?” I’m telling you that YOU are part of the 99 Percent so be careful what you call them!
Although this image is pretty telling, it isn’t the whole story.
This movement is not necessarily against Wall Street, corporations, government; it is against Wall Street influencing Supreme Court decisions and governmental policy. It is against corporations being called “people” and being allowed to buy politicians and votes anonymously by the Supreme Court (see Citizens United) and politicians like Mitt Romney (see: “Corporations are people, my friend“). This movement represents people from all communities, all action groups, all people who have had their voice and vote stolen by lobbyists and special interests that are buying the votes of the representatives of you, me, WE the People! It represents all who want their representatives and senators, both state and federal, to listen to the 99 percent rather than only the 1 percent. This movement includes Democrats, Republicans, Tea Partiers. This protest is not against the government, it is for the government listening to the people and being held accountable by the people.
The corporate media, when they reluctantly give coverage to the movement at all, claim there is no coherent message or agenda. You’ll hear and read that nobody really knows what it’s all about— is it anti-government? anti-corporate America? Is it environmental activism, pro-jobs? Who are these people? Unemployed slackers? Liberals? Conservatives? Students with nothing better to do? Small business owners? Women’s and Civil rights advocates? Who ARE these people?
THEY ARE US, FOLKS! WE ARE THE 99 PERCENT!
That means this movement is about making OUR voices heard — even if I stand next to someone who wants something different than me, we just want our voices to be heard rather than just the 1%! We don’t have the money to buy the votes and influence legislation (see Koch Brothers), and even if we did, we wouldn’t do it because that’s not what this country is supposed to be about! This is a Republic. Representatives are supposed to be making policy based on what their constituents want.
Speak up, Everyone! Make your voices be heard, finally! And, if you can’t attend a protest, at least support those who do!