The media say “The Occupy Movement is a ragtag, leaderless, directionless group”, but I say any group that is discontent with the status quo and is doing more than talk the talk is more than okay by me. “”What are your demands? What changes would you like to see?” asks the reporter with microphone shoved in the activist’s face. Now how can you give the media that half minute sound bite that they are looking for, when the problem is as large as the financial system itself. How could anyone give an answer to that when there is no direct and easy answer, the problem with society’s woes are based as much on a feeling that something has gone terribly wrong. And how do they expect young people to give a concise explanation when, as Neil Young sings in America Dream “ Don’t know when things went wrong, mighta been when you were young and strong”, it all began at a time well before many of the occupiers were born. Many of these feelings have not yet formulated into ideals because the picture is not yet broad enough to be clear.
And the media, who almost all live in a very different world, they are part of the establishment, and they are part of the problem, of kaleidoscope blindness. They try to fit the occupiers in every mold, to find out how they fit, and then they ask their questions, framed in their flat world “tell me what your round world looks like”.
So do any of the occupiers know where they are going, where we are all going to end up if they do take us somewhere? Not likely. In pride they may say they do, but no one in could have seen how far computers would have brought us in the last 10 years either. So where are they going? In the right direction. And even if they, as millions of others had tried, try to take society down a path to a more democratic world they will never know which path fate will have them, and us to travel. But that is not a bad thing. The passion of the living is found along the journey. And for us to get to the end of the democratic road it will only be with a lot of passion to offset the tremendous trials that will need to be waded through, as nations search their souls to find a conscious.
“So who is your leader?, we want to speak to one face, one voice” the media says. Fools, too long has society’s power, their thought and direction been carelessly handed over to one leader, with one political party(a leader with his sheep). The laziness of “we the people”. Like little children, we fear to think for ourselves, and so long has our society not maintained it’s freedom we have forgotten that that is something the wise do, and because “power does corrupt and absolute power does corrupt absolutely” we have with limp wrist, handed our power into the opened dark cloak of our leader, where our power disappears to be used against us. “Get the whip to make the peoples’ representatives to fall into the Party’s line”, the leader speaks.
It is far worse than undemocratic, it is anti-democratic when those who have been entrusted with our power, use our power against our will, therefore against us. In the 1993 federal election Chretien’s rallying cry was to repeal the GST tax and renegotiate the Nafta deal with the American. The liberals, under Chretien not only did not repeal the GST tax the Liberals encouraged the provinces to jointly adopt the dreaded HST. And not only did the Liberals not negotiate the Nafta deal with the States, they signed Canada into the Free Trade of the Americas a little more than 1 year after the 1993 federal election, which was not even mentioned during that election. Under any conditions of horse puckies that the parties feed us, elections are where the politicians get their mandate to govern. Should we not be told what they are proposing so we can choose?
And we as stupid fools, don’t recognize that they are doing it, and we are more than happy to participate in the next elections to hand them our power. And we pay them to boot… to organize against us. Our power, happily accepted is thus crushed on the rocks of the leader’s heartless vanity and we are marched, blindfolded by our own cloth, down a road we know not, and to where we would rather not go.
So give me many leaders, with shakles of restraint secured about their legs, and the chains of accountability strung tightly about all their necks, so I can sleep at night, and know that in the morning I will still be a Freeman.
Where we activists in the past have failed, I pray that the Occupation Movement with it’s consistency lays the leading role to a financial system tethered by the constraints of a government of the people, by the people, and for the people..