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With the protests happening around the country and the lines being drawn pretty obviously, I think its time to challenge those who haven't picked a side yet.  Especially those who belong to the so called "middle" or the few remaining "independents".  Whose side are you on?

The lines seem pretty clearly drawn.  On one side you have the 99%, "We the People".  The people who are getting screwed by the system.  The poor, the elderly, the youth, the middle class, the small business owner, the student, so on, and so on and so on.

On the other side, you have the 1%.  The Wall St. Bankers, the corporate interests, and the super-wealthy.  These are the ones who have committed fraud, lobbied our government representatives to the point of controlling them, received bailouts when they have fucked up, and stolen money from the people.

What side will YOU be on?

Will you stand with the 99% when you see that 49 million Americans live in poverty?
Will you stand with the 99% after you find out that the top 1% earning Americans saw their income increase by 275%?
Will you stand with the 99% after you find out that America ranks in the bottom third of how equitably family income is distributed within each nation?
Will you stand with the 99% after you hear this story and this story and this story?

Or will you stand with the 1% and their tax cuts, their bailouts, their crooks, and their destruction?

No standing in the middle.
No saying "I don't want to talk about Politics."
No more saying, "I need more time to make my decision."

This isn't about politics.
This is isn't about Republicans or Democrats.

This is about HUMANITY.

Humanity is suffering, in this country and around the world.  And the 1% continues to make off like kings.

Will you stand on the side of humanity?  Or will you stand on the side of wealth?

I know which side I stand on.  I challenge everyone to pick a side. We should all challenge those we know to pick a side.

PEACE

Wed Nov 09, 2011 at 6:17 AM PT: I'm glad to see that despite so many people disagreeing with me on the content of the Diary, that we are maintaining a civilized discussion.  I will continue to stand by my assertion that its time to pick a side in the OWS movement and will also debate it with you in a civilized manner.

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  •  Tip Jar (6+ / 0-)

    "Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope"

    by NetminderElite on Tue Nov 08, 2011 at 06:02:50 PM PST

  •  I'm (4+ / 0-)
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    DawnG, psilocynic, erush1345, irate

    not on any 'side', we're all in the same country.

    I'm one of the people who have no choice but to work above the heads of the people trying to start wars.

    one iota (sig apparently subject to interpretation, and attack, by those who wish to destroy individuality).

    by Maori on Tue Nov 08, 2011 at 06:15:54 PM PST

    •  Would you say that you can pick (0+ / 0-)

      between "humanity" and "wealth"?  That's how this is framed to me.  The 99% is the side humanity is on, the side where we live in a society that watches out for one another.

      The 1% is the "wealth".  It is the society that is viewed as a collection of individuals with their own agendas and that's it.

      I know what type of society I want.  I know what type of government I want.  I will stand with OWS, I will pick the side of humanity, the side that wants a society with "Liberty and Justice for all".

      "Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope"

      by NetminderElite on Tue Nov 08, 2011 at 07:11:34 PM PST

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  •  I can't decide. (4+ / 0-)
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    Vetwife, happymisanthropy, psilocynic, x

    /snark

    Education is a progressive discovery of our own ignorance.

    by Horace Boothroyd III on Tue Nov 08, 2011 at 06:20:54 PM PST

  •  Y'know (6+ / 0-)

    I usually have a simple rule, whenever somebody demands that I choose sides (ie, America love it leave it), I choose the opposite of what they are advocating for.  If you can't persuade by reasoned arguments and rhetoric, the "choose now" line just usually alienates folks.

    I've already chosen my side, I fight for the bottom 1/3.  I chose that side a long time ago.  I support OWS, and the 99%, but really, I do that out of expedience to help the truly poor and disenfranchised.

    "Empty vessels make the loudest sound, they have the least wit and are the greatest blabbers" Plato

    by Empty Vessel on Tue Nov 08, 2011 at 06:21:30 PM PST

    •  You Would Do That In a Shooting War? (2+ / 0-)
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      khereva, a2nite

      An invading army intends to capture all the important assets and rule the country. The corporate/rightwing ascendancy is working toward those same objectives and there's no evidence their reach is self limiting.

      The rich have already taken back most of the wealth of the country.

      How total does it have to get before we acknowledge it's not a debate?

      We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

      by Gooserock on Tue Nov 08, 2011 at 06:38:59 PM PST

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      •  When 100% of the 99% agree with you. Nt (1+ / 0-)
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        "Empty vessels make the loudest sound, they have the least wit and are the greatest blabbers" Plato

        by Empty Vessel on Tue Nov 08, 2011 at 06:40:35 PM PST

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      •  Why don't you ask that... (1+ / 0-)
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        psilocynic

        ...if it does become a shooting war.

        Otherwise, it's not really a good comparison.

        It's important to always give people the OPPORTUNITY to come to your side rather than giving them an "It's now or never!" ultimatum.

        Just saying.

        "And, spite of pride in erring reason’s spite, One truth is clear, whatever is, is right." Alexander Pope -Essay on Man

        by DawnG on Tue Nov 08, 2011 at 06:45:35 PM PST

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        •  Why not an ultimatum? (0+ / 0-)

          I was wondering, why not?  The protests have been going on for a month now?  After a month, if you are aware of the protests, how can you not pick a side?  When its framed as a question of choosing between humanity and wealth, why CAN'T somebody choose a side?  How much of an opportunity to decide do they need?

          I understand we need to give people a chance to figure this out, but what ever happened to the eight years of the Bush Administration?  Didn't that give them enough time to choose?

          I'm not saying you're with us or against us.  I'm saying pick a side so that you stand for something.  Clearly its obvious where I stand, but I am beginning to lose my tolerance for people who can't choose a side in this conflict and stand for something, one way or the other.

          "Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope"

          by NetminderElite on Tue Nov 08, 2011 at 08:40:22 PM PST

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          •  I'm for the side that isn't shooting. (nt) (1+ / 0-)
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            DawnG

            "If I can't dance, then I don't want to be in your revolution"--Emma Goldman

            by ehrenfeucht games on Tue Nov 08, 2011 at 10:10:58 PM PST

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          •  You've touched on the unspoken issue. (0+ / 0-)

            Look at Kos' demographics and you'll see the conundrum.

            The largest group of Kossacks are; White, suburban, and upper middle class. The Gatekeepers for the ruling class.

            IOW, until recently the system worked pretty well for them (and for most of them, it still works to keep their illusions of security and a better future alive). And while it is a shame that their prosperity comes at the expense of so many other's misery, they are averse to anything thing that requires them to risk or forfeit that wealth or the illusion thereof.

            It's not quite a case of "I've got mine, fuck you", more like "I wish you had yours, but don't expect to get any of mine".

            "Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities." - Voltaire

            by Greyhound on Wed Nov 09, 2011 at 12:23:23 AM PST

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      •  Isn't it already... (0+ / 0-)

        A shooting war to some?

        Remember Sarah Palin's crosshairs?
        Or Gabrielle Giffords?
        Or murdered abortion doctors?

        And, I would say it IS a debate.  And the other side has made it a debate.  They've made it that way through their actions.

        "Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope"

        by NetminderElite on Tue Nov 08, 2011 at 07:14:43 PM PST

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        •  What (2+ / 0-)
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          do any of those things have to do with the 99% or OWS?

          "If someone worked or works for the Obama administration, or the Department of Justice, or any other executive branch agency, they need to remember their service as a mark of shame for the rest of their lives." Matt Stoller

          by sviscusi on Tue Nov 08, 2011 at 07:46:55 PM PST

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          •  Those things (0+ / 0-)

            were just a response to what DawnG was saying.  I should have clarified.  

            I will say though that the 1% (corporate controlled media) has created a divide among the 99%, and now there are some as a result who have decided its ok to kill abortion doctors and attempt to assassinate members of congress.  Or the fact that a member of the 1% (Sarah Palin) uses crosshairs and violent rhetoric in framing her enemies.

            "Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope"

            by NetminderElite on Tue Nov 08, 2011 at 08:28:03 PM PST

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        •  I've seen comments here on dKos threatening to... (0+ / 0-)

          ...bring guns to OWS events, and I've HR'd them when I've seen them.

          Of course, I've been HR'd into oblivion in retaliation, but this is dKos, after all, and so that's bound to happen, I suppose.

          "If I can't dance, then I don't want to be in your revolution"--Emma Goldman

          by ehrenfeucht games on Tue Nov 08, 2011 at 10:13:58 PM PST

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          •  I'm not actually advocating... (0+ / 0-)

            ...bringing guns to OWS events.  I was simply commenting on the hypothetical situation on if this was different, and if it was a "shooting war".  The problem is, in my eyes, the 1% via the corporate media (Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh, etc.) have made it a shooting war and people have died as a result or been nearly assassinated.

            Bringing guns to OWS is a terrible idea.  I'll just say that right now.  I'm totally against it.

            "Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope"

            by NetminderElite on Wed Nov 09, 2011 at 06:04:03 AM PST

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      •  A shooting war? (0+ / 0-)

        How about a nonviolent revolution instead?

        "If I can't dance, then I don't want to be in your revolution"--Emma Goldman

        by ehrenfeucht games on Tue Nov 08, 2011 at 10:09:52 PM PST

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        •  Exactly! (0+ / 0-)

          Our side doesn't need to make this a shooting war.  Granted, I claim that the 1% corporate media is trying to do so through divide and conquer.  Why OWS is so brilliant is because its saying, "Look, this isn't Republican vs. Democrat or even Right vs. Left.  It's Humanity vs. Wealth.  And come join us."

          But why does the corporate owned media want the divisive narrative?  Because it helps them stay in power by watching us fight instead.

          So a nonviolent revolution has to start with people standing up for the humanity of this country or saying they stand with wealth and getting their stance out there.  No more wishy-washy-ness.  (yea, I know that's not a word)

          "Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope"

          by NetminderElite on Wed Nov 09, 2011 at 06:07:22 AM PST

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    •  Well fucking said. (1+ / 0-)
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      Empty Vessel

      This comment may not be reproduced or excerpted on other sites without my express written permission.

      by psilocynic on Tue Nov 08, 2011 at 06:55:19 PM PST

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    •  It seems you have already made the choice (0+ / 0-)

      that I am asking people to make.  Essentially, I'm telling people to choose between the 99%, humanity, and the 1%, the wealthy.  You say you already support the OWS and 99%, so I personally feel like you've already made a choice and picked a side.

      It's all how its framed, if I ask you to pick between humanity or wealth, would you pick a side?  Or would you say, "I choose the opposite of what you advocate for"?  And clearly I'm advocating for the 99%.

      Just a thought.

      "Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope"

      by NetminderElite on Tue Nov 08, 2011 at 07:08:17 PM PST

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  •  not about choosing sides, but choosing actions (0+ / 0-)

    I think you might have more numbers than you think in terms of people picking sides.  The bigger thing is choosing actions that people can get behind.

    I commend everything that Occupy has done to this point to draw visibility and get people to choose sides, now the question is how do you move people to be more than spectators or cheerleaders?

  •  I support a nonviolent revolution of the 99%. (0+ / 0-)

    A shooting war, not so much.

    That's when you lose me.

    "If I can't dance, then I don't want to be in your revolution"--Emma Goldman

    by ehrenfeucht games on Tue Nov 08, 2011 at 10:22:17 PM PST

    •  The nonviolent revolution is a fantasy. (0+ / 0-)

      There has never been one and there will never be one until humanity evolves and that is going to take far longer than any of us or our progeny will live to see.

      OWS will (likely) not initiate violence, they may not support or participate in any violence, but violence will be thrust upon them and us by those who stand to lose if OWS is to win. Believing that any of OWS' goals will be achieved without violence is simply wishful thinking as those that will lose in achieving those goals are, by their very nature, violent.

      "First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win."

      "Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities." - Voltaire

      by Greyhound on Wed Nov 09, 2011 at 12:34:23 AM PST

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      •  I support a nonviolent revolution... (0+ / 0-)

        ...but it is important to note that those who are afraid of losing power have already initiated violence against the protesters.  It has happened in New York City, in Oakland, and in Denver (and more that I may not know about).

        Violence against peaceful revolution is standard, but it is imperative for the revolution to stand firm in its ideals.

        "Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope"

        by NetminderElite on Wed Nov 09, 2011 at 06:12:07 AM PST

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    •  Please see what I wrote... (0+ / 0-)

      ...in the comments above.  I was simply replying to DawnG's "shooting war" comment.  I hope I explain myself clearly enough.

      "Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope"

      by NetminderElite on Wed Nov 09, 2011 at 06:09:19 AM PST

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  •  Time to Pick. Says who? (1+ / 0-)
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    I have free will. I don't need the protest flavor of the month to tell me who I think is operating in the country's best interest and who isn't.

    I particularly don't buy in to arbitrary, amorphous dichotomies like "1% vs. 99%" . Every tyranny in history started out by trying to define itself in a similar fashion.

    •  Interesting (0+ / 0-)

      You're the first one so far who is saying WHY you won't pick a side.  Correct me if I'm wrong, but you're saying you won't pick a side (1) Somebody is telling you to and you have free will and (2) Dichotomies even like the current OWS one can lead to tyranny.

      I have a couple questions for you.

      - What is your view of society?  If you feel that there is a gross injustice occurring (by your moral standards), how would you respond?

      - Did the super-rich create the current dichotomy that you dislike through their actions?  Did the OWS simply make it understandable?

      Discuss!

      "Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope"

      by NetminderElite on Wed Nov 09, 2011 at 06:16:31 AM PST

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      •  asdf (0+ / 0-)

        1. I would use the tools available to a free citizen to express my view and attempt change. In some severe cases of injustice i would risk my life. In general, income inequality is not one such.

        2. OWS has made nothing understandable to me because it is incoherent. Their rhetoric is the latest incarnation of class warfare boilerplate that's been around since the 19th century. It thinks it's immune from the  social history of group dynamics, and has chosen to ignore facilitation of the problems they decry by administrations and agencies manned by like-minded people.

  •  "When danger reared it's ugly head, (0+ / 0-)

    he bravely turned his tail and fled, brave, brave, brave, Brave Sir Robin." (your avatar) . Not me, however.

    ",,, the Political whorehouse that is Fox News." Keith Olbermann

    by irate on Wed Nov 09, 2011 at 04:26:05 AM PST

    •  Hah! (1+ / 0-)
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      irate

      Glad you noticed that.  It is meant to be ironic

      "Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope"

      by NetminderElite on Wed Nov 09, 2011 at 06:10:08 AM PST

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