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I’ve been missing in action all day from this discussion but this is my take on things. I’m actually really happy that this was such a hot topic all day because we NEED to talk about stuff like this. I have always said that if we as individuals truly realized the power we have the world would be a totally different place. As the 99% we are unstoppable. I think it is great to go out and protest and stand up for what is right. My issue with this is that there are so many people out there “protesting” that are either uninformed or misinformed and in my opinion that is just as bad as not saying anything at all. I understand where Chris is coming from because the majority of the people who are out protesting are young middle class educated people. So I can see why he says this is not the poor mans fight.
Corporations care only about the money. If they have money they can support and back their own political agenda. They don’t care about people protesting because at the end of the day it’s not hurting their pockets. Why? Because bobby and susie stopped to eat at Mcdonalds before they went to their local occupy site. And billy has been sitting out there so long he went to starbucks to get a latte to stay awake. How can corporations see this as a threat when we refuse to stop funding them. In fact corporations are attempting to buy SIDEWALKS like you won’t even be able to protest any more because they will own the sidewalk.It will be private property. Tobacco companies are some of the biggest in this country but WE (and yes I say WE because you know this pertains to us) REFUSE to support local tobacco farmers. In fact most people don’t even think of that. Like Chris said when someone does you wrong you stop fucking with them but we refuse to do that. Corporations keep doing these really disgusting things to us but we refuse to say NO! I am NOT supporting you. My aunt just got fired from Walmart! YES WALMART!! I am not middle class I’ve never been middle class. My aunt worked for Walmart for 10 years and she was fired because Walmart said she took a 17 minute break instead of 15minutes. In reality she was one of the few full time employees with benefits. I don’t support Walmart. I hate Walmart and I hated that I had to give them the little bit of money I did have when I was living in the South because you guys KNOW there was no other options until recently. When I don’t agree with a companies policies or business ethics I don’t support them and it may not make a difference in their pockets but you know what if everyone unites and decides not to support then it DOES make a difference. I have been discriminated against by businesses based on my race, my body shape and size and guess what I don’t support those businesses. At the end of the day they need the little bit of money I was going to give them. If they didn’t need your money they wouldn’t spend millions on advertising. So what good does it do to go protest these companies and their disgusting behavior when at the end of the day we go home and cry uncle by buying their products. I support small businesses. I rarely go to the big chain grocery stores I go to my neighborhood stores because I support latino owned, black owned, indian owned ect. ect. I do this because that’s how my parents are. Whenever I can support an independent business I do. But in this country we are sooo lazy we’re like nah fuck going to the bakery, then the deli, I want everything all in one. We love that shit in this country. We allow them to act this way. If the 99% said you can’t have my money you best believe the 1% would act right because where else will they get their money from?
I totally agree with quis about holding those we elect into office accountable for their actions. The thing is the majority of voters are not educated about what or who they are voting for. We as a people have to hold a shorter tighter leash on these issues but we aren’t doing that. I speak for myself here because this is an issue that affects my community. The Latino population (the immigrant population) WANTS the rights and the vote but they don’t assume the responsibility that comes along with it. We have to do our part and educate ourselves about and who it is that we are voting for. The latino community votes according to what 1 of the 2 spanish speaking news tells them to. Look at Bush, look at Arnold whyyyy did WE yes WE allow them to be in office for sooo long. We are not taking responsibility and we are not being watchdogs. When Obama refused any government funding for his campaign everyone was like fucking right he did it on his own and he didn’t need any help from the government but do you guys know who his top contributors were?? Chase, IBM, Citi Group, General Electric. ALL MAJOR CORPORATIONS! The majority of political candidates have some type of association with corporations who are funding them in some type of way. A favor for a favor. That’s how it works so when we vote we have to pay attention to who is backing and supporting the people WE are electing into office. Because at some point these corporations are going to be calling in those favors.
I’m all for protesting. I’m all for us standing up and saying you know what this shit is not right. Taxes should be payed equally by all citizens. I agree with you guys on that but at the end of the day if we don’t change the way we look at things and how we are doing things people can protest until they’re blue in the face and nothing will change. The government has worked so hard at putting us against each other the moment we realize that we are part of the HUMAN race and that we have a voice and power even if we are poor that is when things will change.
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