The biggest headline today is that Chris Christie is not running for president—which is hardly surprising since that’s what he’s been saying all along. So, this isn’t really news, is it? No, but I thought that I’d just get it out of the way.
Now that we have that mystery cleared up, we can move on to something that is important: the Occupy Wall Street movement, which is sweeping the nation—yet no one is talking about it. Well, that’s not entirely true—it is and has been consistently the top story on MSNBC for days now … but there still is no mention of it in my own local paper, the Star Tribune.
Perhaps on Friday there will be some kind of blurb in the local section—that is when organized protests are scheduled to begin in Minneapolis. My wife and I are going to do everything that we can to attend; but with children, it’s hard. My nine-year-old daughter could probably carry a sign—and she should be learning about these things, anyway—but my son, who is three, just wouldn’t get it.
This is not going away—it is growing and spreading all over the country. If you’d like to see where, go to http://www.occupytogether.com. Every day it seems that there are new satellite websites popping up, such as http://occupycolleges.org/. Celebrities, politicians, unions, and organizations of every stripe are lending their hands. I recommend following some of the Facebook pages here and here.
Another good site to go to is http://www.getmoneyout.com/, which is the brainchild of MSNBC’s Dylan Ratigan, one of the only talking heads who has even come close to addressing true monetary reform. There you will find a petition with over 100,000 signatures—twenty-four hours ago there was only 90,000. Mr. Ratigan’s idea—and it’s a good one—is to implement campaign finance reform, making it impossible for wealthy individuals and large corporations to buy and control our politicians.
We are the 99%; they are the 1%. This is our country and it’s about goddamned time that we take it back. The president hasn’t even acknowledged these protests—and neither has any other politician, except maybe Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont)—because Obama is bought and paid for by Goldman Sachs. The thousands of people who are protesting in the streets are the very individuals who got that bastard elected in 2008, yet his allegiance is to the banks.
What can we do? We can’t vote for a Republican—that’s even worse—but Obama and all of his empty rhetoric about “change” isn’t much better, when you get right down to it.
There is a solution.
Roseanne Barr has announced that she is running in 2012 on the Green Tea Party ticket; visit her official Facebook page here. She, at least, has been down on Wall Street lending her support. As of this moment, I am endorsing Roseanne and will quite seriously vote for her next year unless something changes.
Fuck Obama. As president, he’s been more disappointing than Minnesota sports.
The “Occupy” movement is still very loose, as far as its ultimate goals are concerned. One thing that I would like to see is serious monetary reform—to read a specific amendment that I endorse, visit The Money Masters and take a look at their Monetary Reform Act. I feel so strongly about this that I have posted a permanent link to their homepage on the side of this site; in fact, if you aren’t familiar with fractional reserve banking, peak oil, compound interest, exponential growth, and other related topics, go to a few of my recommended sites, particularly http://www.chrismartenson.com/, where you will find a 20-part Crash Course video series.
The United States has become a plutocracy—and if you don’t know what that means, here’s a quick definition: “In modern times, the term is often used to refer to societies rooted in state-corporate capitalism and the prioritization of endless accumulation of wealth over other interests, such as public health, education, or the environment.”
Sound about right?
You bet it does. The Almighty Dollar is our god, but only a very few possess any real wealth or power—the rest of us have nothing but debt, a dream, and the illusion that everything is going to be okay.
Here’s your wisdom: