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copyright © 2011 Betsy L. Angert.  Empathy And Education; BeThink or  BeThink.org

Occupy Wall Street?  I will not.  However, I am there in spirit.  I believe in the cause, the many grounds protesters have posited.  Countless Grievances, One Thread Howard Zinn stated this shared truth ever so succinctly years earlier, ”It is not only Iraq that is occupied. America is too.”  Wall Street, Schools, Classrooms, Hospitals, and Banks, these “Occupations” have gone on for far too long. People in Zuccotti Park and at the Chase Manhattan Plaza understand as most Americans do.  The myriad movement reflects the ninety-niners thirst for dignity.  The cravings are deep.

I  am one with the unemployed, the scholars, skilled, and service workers who only seek a job.  Independent Laborers and Union folks, your pain is mine. Private Industry and public institutions converted to corporate holdings have hurt me as they have you.  I too, have countless tales to tell.  Consultants, your woes are mine.  Gone are the days of companies being loyal to the workforce.  Pensions went with the wind.

401ks have replaced these for some.  More are less fortunate.  The statistics are startling.  What has occurred in the last year is more astounding. States Cut Public Pension Benefits In Massive Funding Shortfall.  Personal dollar deficits, I have known more than a few, as have those who physically Occupy Wall Street.

In spirit, I am you “Occupiers” of Wall Street.  Homeowners, Renters, and those who have lost a place to live, let alone the will to live, I relate. After a score and eleven years, I purchased my first home. I did so during the boom. The cost was great, the interest high.  I thought I could make do.  Times changed and so too did my circumstances.  Nonetheless, I soon discovered the Banks did not care.  Even employees of financial institutions chose not to lend a friendly ear.

I hear you “Occupiers.”  In many ways, on countless occasions, since Middle School, I have stood against the absurdity of Capitalism out of control.  The Military Industrial Complex is as the Privatization craze.  Each permeates and punishes society.  The powerful have used our nations as their playgrounds.  We see it in policies and practices.  Political realities only further the reason for your, my, our rants and rage.

Indeed, Corporate and Civic Complexes have brought about fear and loathing. Conjoined, these have left our nation’s people poorer.  Over and over again, Americans have done as President Eisenhower warned us against.  We did not “peer into society's future” when we acted on greed and immediate gain.  When we allowed the affluent and those of authority to divest and divert funds necessary for the common good, we -- you and I, and our government – did not “avoid the impulse to live only for today.” We plundered “for our own ease and convenience, the precious resources of tomorrow.”

Contrary to Eisenhower’s cautions, Americans “mortgage[d] the material assets of our grandchildren.” We did more than risk the loss of our “political and spiritual heritage.” We successfully vanquished what was ours, a “democracy” thought strong enough “to survive for all generations to come.”  Our country has “become the insolvent phantom of tomorrow.”

The gloom and sense of doom felt by the masses who speak out is one I share, only the words differ.  We did not “avoid becoming a community of dreadful fear and hate.”  That is why I ask for a reality once yearned for.  May we be “a proud confederation of mutual trust and respect.”

Rather than “occupy” might we integrate ideas on an American Avenue, two or three; perhaps more.  Let us “Tear Down Wall Streets.” We need not infiltrate, invade, or emulate the ways of Wall Street.  There has been too much of this.  Internationally, monetary and military Industrial complexes “Occupy.”  We do not liberate, as is evidenced by Iraq.  Nor will we bring freedom to Afghanistan or Wall Street. We occupy.  

United States citizens speak of the German occupation of France, or of Europe. After World War II we spoke of Soviet-occupied Hungary, Czechoslovakia, and eastern Europe. It was the Nazis, and the Soviets, who occupied countries. The United States liberates all others from occupation. Indeed, today we are the occupiers.  The number of small, medium and large oversea military installations combined, as documented in the Department of Defense Base Structure Report (BSR) 2003 Report, totals at least 702. Bases, buildings owned and leased, as stated a decade ago . . .“Ongoing additions to the base structure, including in- transfers, are often not officially recorded until well after the decision.”

Indeed, in recent years alone, the number of occupations has grown substantially.  Some may say, we have been occupiers since settlers first colonized this land.  Tim Wise spoke of this “truth” only days ago.  Wise injects linguistics into the debate.   Language, the use and abuse, or might I say manipulation of a message, looms large in our lives.  I think of DoubleSpeak

“War is peace. Freedom is slavery. Ignorance is strength. ~ George Orwell. [Author of 1984]

Be it Corporate Doublespeak, political, or philosophical jargon. Euphemisms expand. This land is your land. This land is my land?  What might the natives of this or any other territory think?

Might we reflect on the words, the wisdom, and our adopted ways?  “Occupy” Wall Street.  Instead, may we “Tear Down Wall Streets.” These exist everywhere in our country and outside our borders.  It is mused worldwide we live within an oligarchy.  Government Establishments and Corporate Enterprises, each and either, have been “Occupied” or “Liberated” [you choose] by an ideology that insists control must be granted to the few, the proud, the elite.  

The notion of all, equality, and as a collective, is void. Equality has been marked “canceled” on bills of fare. Fairness is far from our reality, for worldwide, the rich rule.

We see this in our schools. Privatization has long been in progress.  In 1995, the title appeared prominently, Public Schools: Make Them Private. Domination, the deed done, began decades ago in health care.  “Markets” are closed.  Economic and war policies are not “democratic.”  The question is, has democracy ever been in action. Certainly, Main Street attempted to bring social equality about.  However, classlessness has long been a cause never fully realized.

Thus, “Occupy” Wall Street, I rather not, thank you.  Oh, I intend to travel to the location, from New York to New Jersey.  I will stand on the streets and express my serious disco9ntnt.  From Connecticut to California, I will walk, fly, drive . . . I will strive to speak in support of our shared contentions.  North or South, I will be there.  Midwestern missions will be, is as mine.  

Indeed, I even now sit and take vigil.  I “Tear Down Wall Streets.” Still, I desire to do other than was done to me.  I will not “occupy.”  “occupations” are all that I disdain.  I would not wish to repeat the rape that is America’s history.  Violent destructive doings, be these in words, or in deed, are not me!

Thus, I invite you to do other than inhabit an institution or an ideology that had destroyed democracy.   “Democratization” might be nice; however, that word too has come to mean an occupation.  Integrate, perhaps?  Yet, to assimilate by force, or with the use of forceful language, is but an invasion. “Decolonize” what was captured, possibly?  Yet, I ask, can we grant independence to what never was truly ours . . . Wall Street, Schools, Medical Services, Banks?  

I will “Tear Down Wall Streets” regardless of the configuration.   Please join me; expand horizons so that all might see a glorious vision. . Together, we can and will reach beyond the sky.  

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Originally posted to Bcgntn; BeThink on Sun Oct 23, 2011 at 03:52 PM PDT.

Also republished by I follow and I Quote Meteor Blades in my Diary Group, Progressive Friends of the Library Newsletter, Teachers Lounge, and Education Alternatives.

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  •  Tip Jar (0+ / 0-)

    It is only the giving that makes us what [who] we are. - Ian Anderson.
    Betsy L. Angert BeThink and at Empathy And Education

    by Bcgntn on Sun Oct 23, 2011 at 03:52:14 PM PDT

  •  Oh shut up (0+ / 0-)

    OWS is a play on words. It takes the language of war, and turns it back on war mongers. It is a metaphor for the occupied becoming the occupyers. It is a mix of humor, snark, and just a tad of "fuck you", all thrown together to say, no more. From now on, the 99% will not be controlled and exploited by the 1%.

    Only a fool would try to take it literally, or so seriously.

    There is a group of people, mostly on the pseudo-left, who take language far more seriously than they do ideas. You appear to be one of those people. Stop being ridiculous.

    And lastly, go copyright yourself.

  •  I'm not entirely sure (1+ / 0-)
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    what your point is.

    Are you objecting to the terminology?, the action?, the inspiration or the desires?

    It's not clear.

    I hope that the quality of debate will improve,
    but I fear we will remain Democrats.

    by twigg on Sun Oct 23, 2011 at 05:22:45 PM PDT

    •  Many thanks twigg and burnt out! (0+ / 0-)

      Dearest twigg and burnt out  . . .

      I hug and kiss each of you!  I thank you sooo very much.  I laugh as I see in my treatise what is too often true.  When I proof my work I might believe I included what is in my head.  When one or two others who know me well review my work for clarity, they too are too close to notice.  What is implied or inferred is not actually there.  Appreciative for your comments, I will rewrite so that my intent might be more direct. [I have re-written. I will repost soon]

      It is now so clear to me; this thought or that does not reflect my intent nay interest.  

      Instead I will integrate ideas on an American Avenue, two or three; perhaps more.  I will “Tear Down Wall Streets.” . . .
      Thus, “Occupy” Wall Street, I rather not, thank you.  Oh, I intend to travel to the location, from New York to New Jersey, from Connecticut to California.  North and South, I will be there.  The Midwestern missions will be mine as well.  
      Indeed, I sit in the heart of a State that was taken over by the few.  Here too, I will “Tear Down Wall Streets.” I desire to do other than was done to me.  I will not take part in all that I disdain, “occupation.”  I would not wish to repeat the rape that is America’s history.  Violent destructive doings, be these in words or in deed, are not me!
      I greatly appreciate your thoughts.  So often, we think we communicate completely only to discover that our words are drained of direction or suggest we are on a path that is not the one we hoped to pursue.  I sigh and ready to try again.

      May life bring you peace, prosperity, pleasant dreams becoming the best of your reality. May your life reflect the goodness that is you . . . Betsy

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      It is only the giving that makes us what [who] we are. - Ian Anderson.
      Betsy L. Angert BeThink and at Empathy And Education

      by Bcgntn on Sun Oct 23, 2011 at 09:41:28 PM PDT

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  •  What the fuck are you trying to say? (0+ / 0-)

    Never mind, go have a yourself a ball.........

    OWS-----Too Big To Fail

    by burnt out on Sun Oct 23, 2011 at 05:56:49 PM PDT

    •  A ball or bawl, or . . . (0+ / 0-)

      Dearest twigg and burnt out  . . .

      I hug and kiss each of you!  I thank you sooo very much.  I laugh as I see in my treatise what is too often true.  When I proof my work I might believe I included what is in my head.  When one or two others who know me well review my work for clarity, they too are too close to notice.  What is implied or inferred is not actually there.  Appreciative for your comments, I will rewrite so that my intent might be more direct. [I have re-written. I will repost soon]

      It is now so clear to me; this thought or that does not reflect my intent nay interest.  

      Instead I will integrate ideas on an American Avenue, two or three; perhaps more.  I will “Tear Down Wall Streets.” . . .
      Thus, “Occupy” Wall Street, I rather not, thank you.  Oh, I intend to travel to the location, from New York to New Jersey, from Connecticut to California.  North and South, I will be there.  The Midwestern missions will be mine as well.  
      Indeed, I sit in the heart of a State that was taken over by the few.  Here too, I will “Tear Down Wall Streets.” I desire to do other than was done to me.  I will not take part in all that I disdain, “occupation.”  I would not wish to repeat the rape that is America’s history.  Violent destructive doings, be these in words or in deed, are not me!
      I greatly appreciate your thoughts.  So often, we think we communicate completely only to discover that our words are drained of direction or suggest we are on a path that is not the one we hoped to pursue.  I sigh and ready to try again.

      May life bring you peace, prosperity, pleasant dreams becoming the best of your reality. May your life reflect the goodness that is you . . . Betsy

      businesscard.aspx

      It is only the giving that makes us what [who] we are. - Ian Anderson.
      Betsy L. Angert BeThink and at Empathy And Education

      by Bcgntn on Sun Oct 23, 2011 at 09:42:17 PM PDT

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      •  Betsy, after I read your reply I went back and (1+ / 0-)
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        read your diary again , and this time with a bit more of an open mind since the first time you had pretty much lost me at your opening sentences," Occupy Wall Sreet? I will not.." I suspect that you lost many with that opening. I can't speak for anyone but myself but I am pretty sure that many others besides myself are very excited about OWS and at the same time very afraid that it will stumble and fail. To me it has given me hope again that there is still the possibility that we might be able to somehow get our country back from the corporations that now control it. When you've lost your hope and suddenly believe their is reason to believe again then any perceived attempts to squash that hope brings the fight instinct straight to the top. When I read your opening statements, it put me in my fight mode and I admit it clouded my thoughts on anything else you had to  say afterward. But more than that I would say that even after re-reading your diary in a calmer frame of mind I found it a bit difficult to understand and though I'm sure the links that you posted are all good ones and worth the read , the sheer numbers of them scare one off of reading any  of them. But I did digest enough of your diary, the second time around to understand that we really have very little that we disagree with. But I do still believe that OWS is a very good thing , actually better than anything I've seen happenning in this country in many many years. Anyway, this reply is both an apology for my fly off the handle reply and also a tiny bit of advise on where you may have lost some readers . Look forward to reading your follow up diary you mentioned.

        OWS-----Too Big To Fail

        by burnt out on Mon Oct 24, 2011 at 07:28:46 AM PDT

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        •  With the hugest hugs and kisses (1+ / 0-)
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          Dearest burnt out  . . .

          Wow! I thank you hugely!  This helps me!  I will tweak.  I understand your sentiments and share these.  I think the Movement momentous. I believe it can, will, and must continue.  I am totally there.  For me, only the term “occupy” is one I more than struggle with.  It seems others do as well. Words have power!  .  I will work to make mine more powerful.

          With thanks to your kindness, and the wisdom you share, I have a greater awareness.  I totally understand why you reacted as you did.  Hmm?  Much to ponder and prose to rewrite.

          May life bring you peace, prosperity, pleasant dreams becoming the best of your reality. May your life reflect the goodness that is you . . . Betsy

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          It is only the giving that makes us what [who] we are. - Ian Anderson.
          Betsy L. Angert BeThink and at Empathy And Education

          by Bcgntn on Mon Oct 24, 2011 at 12:40:54 PM PDT

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  •  Bcgntn... How does this link to the "Education... (0+ / 0-)

    Alternatives" rubric here?  That might be more of interest to the folks that read pieces posted by this group.

    Cooper Zale Los Angeles http://www.leftyparent.com

    by leftyparent on Fri Oct 28, 2011 at 10:52:18 AM PDT

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