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It’s the economy and everything else, stupid!

It’s like a cloud at the edge of my consciousness– I first hear the buzz without paying attention, then become conscious of it, then find it has a name—the Occupy Wall Street (OWS) protest. That doesn’t tell me much. What is the protest for or against, what does it hope to achieve? Not one to march or hold up signs or yell slogans or follow (or lead, for that matter), I pay scant attention at first but, given the pervasive media bombardment, can’t help hearing more. Enough to make me wonder at the lack of focus of the movement—if it can be called a movement—and how it is a perfect reflection of our times. It is as shapeless, diffuse and scattered as everything else. Look at us, at our lives. We can’t concentrate any longer—how can we—with so much to do all the time (when did we slip on these fiendish dancing shoes that will not allow us to slow down?), with the technology that has us in turn spellbound and frustrated, with swirling info and words and images, ping, ping, all day, so quick we don’t have time to recognize anything before being pulled down another long tunnel, turning corners at vertiginous speeds in our CGI, blue-toothed, surround-sounded world. But hey, hit the pause button a minute, what was that? Bodies tumbling in a mudslide, a runway in a Paris fashion show, a funny cat video, Syrians being mowed down, another spy caught, Copts murdered in Cairo, but wait… wait… what was it I wanted to see, do, say? I forget. And what about this avalanche of emails and how can I not lose my house or at least pay my utilities bills?

Used to be people could sometimes lay down their load and have carefree hours or even days; used to be when people marched it was against a war, against unjust laws, against discrimination. Now, what protest can articulate demands, an agenda, a platform? Murky has become the standard. Concepts, principles, ideas, it’s all so much sand pouring through our fingers, nothing means anything. So we get out there, wear the t-shirts, carry the signs, and yell, Howard-Beale-like, “I’M MAD AS HELL AND I WON’T TAKE IT ANY MORE!” not sure what the “it” is that we won’t take any more.

Maybe the Occupy Wall Street protest will encourage hedge-fund managers to come running out of their downtown glass towers and distribute their ill-acquired gains to the crowd camping out in Zuccotti Park. Maybe it will prod our health insurance to pay up when we need it to and bailed-out banks to not charge us for debit cards and no longer push us into foreclosure or bankruptcy and tea partiers to stop blocking government and terrorists to see the error of their ways and all the pressure to ease a little. But it won’t take us back to the halcyon days back when James Carville, during the Clinton years, coined the phase, “It’s the economy, stupid!” with neither him nor us realizing how good we had it.

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  1. Maryam yekta Steininger
    October 13, 2011 at 4:18 pm

    Republicans will never let America becomes a Socialist System,or just an economical fair system.

  2. bobbie troy
    October 14, 2011 at 2:16 am

    Well said, Saideh!

  3. moni
    October 14, 2011 at 5:24 pm

    This will help you see the needs of the 99% http://wearethe99percent.tumblr.com/

    This is the declaration of the OWS NY General Assembly (demands clearly stated) http://nycga.cc/2011/09/30/declaration-of-the-occupation-of-new-york-city/

    As the US ‘defends’ protesters in the Middle East + Africa, this administration has said NOTHING. This will help you see why OWS is growing http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zjfhOPCPJnE

  4. October 14, 2011 at 8:15 pm

    My post didn’t imply that OWS is a movement without a valid reason for being but made clear that the reasons are multiple and scattered and not always defined, like the malaise throughout our society. I am out of a job or my home is being foreclosed or I have no health insurance to cover my condition are perfectly good reasons. I didn’t need this declaration to know that and I wrote as much. But thanks for taking the time to send it.

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