Media Coverage Fails to Tell the Personal Stories of Occupy Protesters
by Rose Aguilar for Truthout
The spin is that the Occupiers are a bunch of losers and, according to Bill Kristol, "Marxists." In my experience, this could not be further from the truth. They are ordinary people that are fed up with the status quo, and many of them have been personally damaged by it through foreclosures, unemployment, and a sense that things are headed in the wrong direction. Others have not been affected so much personally as socially. That have friends and family that are hurting. "The 99%" characterizes them very well.
If I had to put my finger on it, I would lay the blame at the feet of President Obama, although, of course, he is himself a product of the system. But what one hears is that instead of protesting, the protestors should be working for change through the political system. The answer of many is that they did, only to be were betrayed by the president, who immediately upon being elected appointed an administration friendly to the 1%. The appointment of Rahm Emmanuel, Larry Summers, and Tim Geithner was particularly galling.
When people give up on being able to effect change through the political system, which they see as essentially corrupt and rigged against them, then they take recourse to other means. That is what we are now seeing across the US.
We was predicting the rise of social unrest some time ago. Now it is here big time, and it is not going away anytime soon. This is a trend that is going to have profound consequences socially, politically, and economically. It will turn out to be a defining moment in history.