Saturday, October 29, 2011

Occupy Your Time: The Ugly Side of OWS

This has to be the most confusing protest of all time. I have never once seen a protest that had numerous and varied reasons, some irrational. I would have total respect for these Occupy Wall Street protesters if they were calm; if they protested and had a logical explanation (or at least one strong reason) of ‘why’ they’re out there, and if they conducted themselves like human beings. The sad truth is that most of them are acting like complete animals. It’s barbaric, unsanitary and dangerous. Corporate greed is one reason. Yes, protest! Bailing out banks who didn’t deserve it while many citizens are out there struggling to pay off their debts - yes, protest! But when does it become irrational? One girl who was interviewed said, “I would like all my student loans to be paid off.” ...Really? Many people cannot give you an actual reason without skirting around trying to hide their stupidity with big words they learned the night before by their “leader” of the pack. It’s getting uglier and uglier. People are defecating in tupperware and washing themselves in spaghetti bowls, and some are urinating right outside on the streets. There are drugs, crime and a prime opportunity to hurt our law enforcement who are trying to keep people safe. There is racism, anti-semitism and hatred amongst one another. It has become a chaotic scene. Watch this video below as this young man foams at the mouth with the most hateful anti-semitism while ‘trying’ to make his point. Once you become hateful, hurtful and rude, your point is invalid.

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Then you have these hippy-types that come out protesting just for the opportunity just to go topless. There is no rhyme or reason other than being rebellious. To tell you the truth, much of the scene reminds me of when you walk inside an Italian deli, there are tons of sausages dangling down from the ceiling. Not an appealing look, but something that’ll get your attention nonetheless. My problem with these types of people is that they’re making the ‘logical protesters’ look like a bunch of idiots. One bad seed ruins it for the rest of them and I know there are some decent people out there doing their best to have a calm and peaceful protest. Then you have this scene. The video below shows you how classless this protest is.

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I’m so glad many of my fellow amateur filmmakers are out there interviewing them. Brave as they are, they have been getting some hilarious reasons, if not, incomprehensible to say the least. As you watch this next video, you’ll see the many contradictory reasons of why they’re there. One person claims how he loves Obama and how he’s doing a terrific job, yet he’s out there because of Obama. Wha? You’ll also see how the homeless people are mocking the protesters, and rightfully so, saying when the first wind hits, they’ll be out of here. I wonder how they’ll do with this upcoming storm. God works in mysterious ways, doesn’t he?
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I also want to point out that by no means am I even close to being "rich" or "well to do" -- I'm struggling just as much as these protesters are. In fact, when the protest was peaceful in the beginning, I was thinking about going down there to show my support and to film some of the people who were passionate about the issue(s). When protests get ugly, bringing in the riff raff --- my protest will then be at home watching the chaos go down - watching these people not be taken seriously. When you act like animals, nothing gets done. You're seen as a side show circus. Occupy your time and go home.

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2 comments:

CP said...

What I am truly sick and tired of are people like the girl in your example who wants her student loans paid off, yet neglects to tell you that her student loans were spent on a brand new car and a brand new set of tits.

Do you know how many women wear their "student loans" in their bras? As a plastic surgery nurse, I Have been privy to many a story about girls applying for 20 GRAND in student loans in order to get a new rack, a brand new mustang and new clothes...then, opting to go to a Community College. Nothing wrong with a junior college, mind you, but don't sit there and tell me how you "played the system", took the student loan away from kids like mine, who want to go to legitimate costly private universities so you can have a new set of titties for your boyfriend (or girlfriend) to ogle.

It absolutely infuriates me. We are raising a generation of kids who feel the are "entitled" to whatever they can get and then want MY generation to pay the taxes on it and ultimately, pay the price of their greed. These are lazy individuals who are out there, protesting while on unemployment instead of updating their resumes and finding a fucking job. Half the people who are protesting don't even know WHY they are protesting.

I have gone to a few of the rallies down here in Tampa Bay and while they have been peaceful for the most part, I have found that the ones who end up "manhandled" and "harassed" by the police are the ones who are screaming the loudest with the least amount of knowledge and I, for one, am sick of it.

I grew up in the era of peaceful protest, a product of the 70's. We would link arms and chant, write out thoughtful statements for the press, not just scream off the cuff nonsense that make for idiotic sound bites once a news outlet like Fox News gets hold of it. We were creative with our abilities to get noticed without having to resort to taking off our shirts or being disruptive and selfish in order to make a point.

Yes, you may be in the 99% just like I am...but you, topless screaming person who is defecating on a police car, do not represent ME...so please sit the fuck down, shut the fuck up and let those of us who actually give a rats ass about the future of this country to handle the police and the press.

Have you EARNED your way into that 99%...or are you simply screaming for the hell of screaming? What did you do today that was productive? Have you written a petition? Have you had thoughtful discussions with your town legislators? Have you bothered to write your congressmen? Moreover, do you even KNOW who your congressmen ARE?

Go home, play your XBox, run up your parents credit cards, buy yourself a new set of tits (or a new Bowflex as the case may be) and leave the grown up stuff to us.

After all, it is MY generation who is footing the bill. Want to be in the 99%???

EARN IT!

/rant.

Deb said...

....THANK YOU.

I'm so glad you understood my stance on this. I am all for this protest, but these 'other people' who are coming into the mix because either they're bored --and some even quit their jobs to complain about no jobs just to have a party. I support the ones who are peaceful, who have a reason to protest, who have passion for this - not the nonsense. It's sad.

Again, thank you, CP! <3