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The Occupy Movement: More Of The Same Or Real Change?

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Spokane Conservative Examiner writer, Joe Newby, wrote an article that was disconcerting.   The title and address for the article is:


American Nazi Party joins extremist groups supporting Wall Street protests - Spokane Conservative | .)  

The author in essence linked the protest movements to the Nazi movement in the 1930's Germany.   For example, switching from the Nazis to the Communists, he writes and quotes:

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Newsbusters Julia Seymour reports the so-called "mainstream media," known here as the "Democrat-media complex," have failed to report the extremist ties to the "Occupy" protests that have now spread nationwide.   Marchers at Occupy Chicago proudly carried red flags to show their support for communism, while one of them wore a CPUSA (Communist Party USA) t-shirt. But in the past month, ABC, CBS or NBC news programs have ignored such connections.

I'm sure there could have been communists holding a banner.   But do they speak to the mainstream protestor?   I doubt it.

Having been to a protest in Portland, ME I know what many of the protestors stand for:   an equitable and just society in which we no longer live the life of feudal serfs under the iron fist of the landowners (bankers).

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Granted, there are many splinter groups in these demonstrations: the Communist Party, the Unions, Nazis and so on.   Yet, we also have a younger generation who sees their life, and the life of their children, going to hell in a hand-basket.   And, they are right.   Personally, I knew this was going to happen during the Reagan era.   I saw the pattern and spoke about it to friends.   But, unlike the 60's, the 80's was a different time with a different breed of people.   Social, ecological, and spiritual questioning had gone the way of the dinosaur for the mainstream.   And, the result?   We allowed ourselves to get re-sucked-in to the powers that be.  

Of course, with tongue in cheek, we did get 8 years of Clinton and now 4 (potentially 8) of Obama.   But, who pays for their campaigns?   None other than the same major corporations that paid for Reagan, and Bush Jr and Sr.   Obama and Clinton may not have been the favorite of the bankers, but they, like the Republicans, did the banker's bidding.   In the meantime, the bankers stupefied the American public and gave us less and less intelligence in the Congress, in the Presidency (e.g., Bush Jr) and in the bought and sold Supreme Court.   A good case in point is the so-called "no child left behind act" of Bush Jr. which basically advocates teaching to the test.   From what I've seen of the public school system, it amazes me that I am meeting young people who are intelligent and aware, given the education they have been given.   This speaks highly to the human spirit's yearning for truth and freedom in spite of what the "system" has thrown at them.

The more important question we have to ask is not who is putting their name behind the movement, but: "is the Occupy Protest just more of the same?"   The Occupy Protests are in reaction to the past 30 years of moving backwards in our rights, our ability to live a healthy life, and to be able to dream of a bright future for our children and grandchildren.   Instead we have gotten a world in which people who are lucky enough to be employed are working more hours for less pay and benefits.   Furthermore, we are kept in debt which keeps us owing the banks and which keeps us under corporate control.   My physician, who I had for the past 7 years, has just given up her practice because she can't pay off her student loan and the cost of doing business was taking its toll on what she was bringing in as a physician.   Who's reaping the benefits of all that money she paid for her schooling?   Someone's laughing all the way to the bank at her expense.

Yet, WE have to take responsibility.   When Reagan first became president, unions were strong, the economy was strong, and there was a sense that it was upward and onward.   But, alas, growth without end is the definition of cancer.   So, it had to end.   BUT, does that mean that we surrender our rights and our ability to eat healthy and to raise healthy children in a healthy, loving environment?   What if we began to identify our life according to quality?    Can we begin to look at our well being in how we are able to cuddle with our children or our spouse?   How about a rich sharing of food with our neighbors?   Or a neighborhood barn or house raising?   What if we became independent of the bankers and multinational corporations?   How would you envision that?     Do you wish to share your dream?   Can you dream of your future ancestors, say 3 to 5 generations hence?   What did you do today to give them a better life?


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Burl Hall is a retired counselor who is living in a Senior Citizen Housing apartment. Burl has one book to his credit, titled "Sophia's Web: A Passionate Call to Heal our Wounded Nature." For more information, search the book on Amazon. (more...)

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