06 October 2011

The Occupy Wall Street movement

OK, Let me start this post by saying that I sincerely hope that the Occupy Wall Street (OWS) IS the start of something really big. I could be cynical and say something like; it's about time the young people of our country got busy and started to protest. I could say that, but I'd rather remain hopeful, upbeat even.
I am very happy to see that the young people are at the forefront of this OWS. Is it a movement? I don't know yet. I hope that it is and that it spreads across the entire country. It has really made me glad to see the young folks out and protesting. They are the ones who will have to live with the mess that is currently the USA. My generation, the (in)famous "baby boomers" are in our declining years. We won't be around much longer, let alone in any real positions of power. The young, in their early 20's or so, they will be the future leaders of this country. Good to see them getting involved.
For too long it has been my generation that was doing the bulk of the protesting. True, many of my generation have joined the "tea party". That is most unfortunate as that group, if I can call it such, is NOT any real grass roots group at all. It has been shown to be an astro true organization financed by the far right (reich) wing of the elephant gang. 
I think that my generation still has a great deal to add to this OWS and other protests, but the leadership needs to be passed to the young people. They have their entire lives ahead of them, we are on the down side of this life. that does not mean that we can just sit back and watch the show, we need to stay involved as well. If nothing else, we can offer our support and encouragement to them. 
This just might be the start of something really big. It may even actually bring about some of the real change that our country needs. If you are able, physically and financially, by all means, get out and give your physical support to these protests. But, by all means we need to support the protests against the "too big to fail" gangsters and their Wall Street bankster pals. We need to end the damn fool wars of choice that are draining our economy and putting the future generations into debt slavery to the "too big to fail" crowd. The time has come for us all to stand up and shout ENOUGH!! The future generations need our support.
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john francis lee said...

I agree Charlie... and whether this is the start of 'the movement' or not... I read another good quote from Wendell Berry, another of Robert Shetterly's Americans who Tell the Truth...

' “Much protest is naive; it expects quick, visible improvement and despairs and gives up when such improvement does not come.

Protesters who hold out for longer have perhaps understood that success is not the proper goal. If protest depended on success, there would be little protest of any durability or significance. History simply affords too little evidence that anyone’s individual protest is of any use.

Protest that endures, I think, is moved by a hope far more modest than that of public success: namely, the hope of preserving qualities in one’s own heart and spirit that would be destroyed by acquiescence.” '

gesneri said...

Glad to see your post, Charlie. I've posted pretty much what you just said at other sites in response to other bloggers, most of them in our age group, who voiced various criticisms of OWS that to me seemed to boil down pretty much to "they're not doing it the way we think it should be done". I say It's going to be their world--they're a new generation, this is their movement and they're going to find their own solutions. We should support them, and give advice if asked, but otherwise we should stay out of their way, literally and figuratively. Time for our generation to give up control. Hey, the times they are a'changin'--again.

charlie ehlen said...

Thank you both for your comments. We all are on the same page here.
I do think that my generation, the baby boomers, need to give control to the younger generations. They are the ones who will have to live with what this country is, our time has passed. Indeed, we need to pass the torch as it were to them. Youth is what is needed to get real change now. We do have much to add, but we should not try to take command of things. When they ask for our input, we should give it freely, but until then, let them have control.