Don't petition the White House, Use Change.org

Don’t petition the White House, Use Change.org

Nov 18, 2012 Aaron Krager No Comments
Secessionists. I first want to say thank you for finally learning something from history. The last time so many desired to rid themselves of a tyrannical president they declared war on the Union. Thus, your use of a peaceful means through petitions on the White House’s site is commendable. Furthermore, each state now finds themselves represented by a petition and signatures from people possibly wanting to secede from the United States. Texas leads the way with more than 100,000 people asking the White House to address the issue. This is the same state governed by Rick Perry who drummed up his base of supporters with calls for seceding prior to his Republican bid for President. The irony seemed lost on him. Governor Perry is obviously not a viable option to lead the cause. He hardly put up a fight against a weak group seeking his party’s nomination. I also question...
The Country Moved to the Left Last Night

The Country Moved to the Left Last Night

The whole campaign season did not just depend upon the presidential race that finally came to an end last night. Yes, the country voted clearly to give Barack Obama another four years in the White House. He received more than 50 percent of the vote and won handily in the electoral college. Yet, it is what happened down the ballot that shows the nation’s move toward progressive values. It appears that Democrats will pick up a couple seats in the lower chamber but the real change happened on the senatorial level. Voters said no way to Republicans Todd Akin and Richard Mourdock after they attempted to scapegoat women and downplay the trauma of rape and sexual abuse. Furthermore, women won in Massachusetts, North Dakota, Hawaii, and Wisconsin for their first terms. All four of them will be more progressive legislators than their predecessors. In Wisconsin Tammy Baldwin will be the...
Republicans, Rape, Life, and Control of Women

Republicans, Rape, Life, and Control of Women

Oct 24, 2012 Aaron Krager No Comments
During last night’s Indiana Senate debate the Republican candidate, Richard Mourdock, did more than stick his foot in his mouth. I believe life begins at conception. The only exception I have for to have an abortion is in the case of the life of the mother. I struggled with myself for a long time but I came to realize life is that gift from God, even when life begins in that horrible situation of rape. It is something that God intended to happen. Mourdock joined a club made exclusively of Republicans but a club that seems to be growing as the November election nears. Illinois Congressman Joe Walsh made a reprehensible comment about exceptions for the life of the mother following his debate. “There is no such exception. With modern technology and science, you can’t find one instance.” Complete crap as this woman explains. Of course who can forget Missouri...

#OWS is a political movement

Oct 10, 2011 Aaron Krager 1 Comment

It is difficult to know if real change will come as a direct result of the occupy movement. The media spouts off memes like the protesters have no demands or lack organizational skills. In reality far too many things are wrong in our world and the movement encapsulates the anger coming from people worldwide.

Youth who have recently graduated from college with mortgage size loans without a home and no job are pissed about being lied to all their life.

Environmentalists are tired of seeing the earth destroyed from profit.

Middle class Americans are falling into poverty while Republicans and corporate Democrats want to slash social safety net programs to cut the deficit.

More are even angrier at record corporate profits with massive layoffs and CEO’s earning millions of dollars in bonuses. Like this:

The CEO of Gannett, Craig Dubow, is quitting for health reasons, but his golden years will be very comfortable: He stands to collect as much as $37 million in retirement and disability benefits. During his five years as CEO, Gannett’s stock price dropped from $72 to $10, and the company laid off hundreds of journalists, including people I know to have been very good journalists. I’m pretty sure that none of the fired journalists received a $37 million retirement package. I’m not even sure if collectively, all the journalists fired by Dubow’s company received $37 million.

And the media claims it doesn’t understand this movement. Actually, the media is clueless about it because the corporate owned media is just one one of the many targets of the occupy movement. They have failed their most basic duties in order to take in higher profits for the companies like GE, Comcast, News Corp and Time Warner.

The economic injustice millions of Americans face has long stifled our voices and it is only now that we’ve witnessed the complete sell-out of both parties that people are resorting to the streets. I have seen people on Twitter and elsewhere call Occupy Wall Street a social movement. To see Occupy Wall Street and the hundreds of support groups popping up around world as anything other than a political movement is to not fully understand the grasp politics exert on our lives.

Everything in the demands of the occupy movement (various locations have various demands) fall in line with political policy. Each goal would require legislation or amendments to the Constitution. In addition, the organizing of these occupations is a direct result of human to human contact with the expression of frustration of primarily economic problems. Organizing is inherently a political skill set.

We are political animals in our most basic levels. We have hierarchies, follow leadership and good ideas. We draw consensus and move forward from there with the minority pushing back against it. Or in our present case we have rich powerful interests controlling the consensus and the majority finally pushing back on a larger scale.

The political calculus of the powers that be and the movement itself will determine how much longer is can or must go on as well as its success. Will Wall Street be reined in, will the one’s who crashed the economy be held accountable, will taxes on the rich increase, will democratically elected leaders respond to every day people’s concerns… hell, will we finally see a jobs bill come out of D.C.?

No one knows the answers to those questions. What we can know rests on the movement growing until one of two things happen: At least some of the demands being met or until an infiltrator causes violence.  Yes, I am serious. An infiltrator from the American Spectator did just this the other day in D.C. Causing violence would thwart the movement and probably stop it cold.

  • M. Scott.

    What do you think needs to happen before there is any real chance demands will be met?  What actual demands are the easiest to meet, do you think?  Who is supposed to meet them – the government or Wall Street itself?  What happens if some demands are met, will the protestors who are marching for something else leave?

    This movement strikes me as being less about tangible demands being met in the short term, and more about a long term re-framing of the moralistic narrative. 

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