I said, “Watch the monkey!”
I am finding this whole Occupy Wall Street movement fascinating. It has been several years since Stace and I realized that politics and voting are pointless. Pointless because both parties are bought and paid for by the uppity-up rich folk who actually control this country.
We weren’t talking about your garden variety rich folk, we were talking about the wealthy… the really wealthy. The people who control everything including the government but that you never even hear mentioned. I’m thinking of a bit Chris Rock did about the difference between “rich” and “wealthy” and how he didn’t want to be rich he wanted to be wealthy. He said something like “Shaq is rich. The man that signs Shaq’s paycheck is wealthy.” Stace and I didn’t call them the One Percent but that’s as good a name as any I suppose.
What I find so interesting about these protests is the reaction of the OnePercent. Obviously, they own the media so I was curious about how these protests would be covered in the news. Not surprisingly, the first few articles were utterly dismissive. They also spent some time belittling the protesters as a bunch of kooks who couldn’t even make up their minds as to what their goals were.
Then there was a spell where there just wasn’t any coverage at all to speak of about the whole thing. You really had to hunt for articles every day to see what was going on. But the protesters didn’t slink back into their holes, so they couldn’t just ignore them forever.
Right now they are painting the protesters as a bunch of filthy, loud, drug-dealing hooligans that the various cities are doing their best to accommodate… Well except for the city of Oakland who is putting Iraqi war veterans in the ICU with a fractured skull.
I think the single most interesting thing about the whole movement is the effect of the internet on the situation. The OnePercent is so used to being able to control what we see — and by extension what we think — that this whole YouTube and Facebook -based well of information available to everyone must be maddening to them. What are they going to do?
Are the days of them just being able to throw some divisive crap on the news, tell us to watch the monkey and go about screwing us at their leisure waning? Where are the articles about poor black kids robbing little old white ladies to get the rednecks worked up and voting for the conservative law-and-order guy? What about the articles about how the conservative law-and-order guy wants to lock up all the gays in Montana to send the liberals marching into the streets?
Can you imagine what would happen in this country if we all actually thought about it and realized that we are the 99 Percent? What if we realized that while we are fighting over how to divide up our increasingly smaller piece of the pie the OnePercent is sitting back with a whole bakery? What if we realized that gay rights, abortion rights, religion rights, smokers rights, the death penalty, health care plans, blah blah blah are “watch the monkey” issues they use to get us all worked up against each other and to keep us from realizing they are the ones we should be taking a good hard look at?
Can’t wait to see what happens next.