Oct 31, 2011

The 2011 Occupy Movement: 60s All Grown Up

 By RF Schatten

Very amazing things are happening in Wall Street, Chicago, LA, Oakland, Detroit, Boston, and other cities around the Country...and around the Globe. I would call the Occupy Movement...The 60s all grown up. They are succeeding where they couldn't in the 60s. Don't take me wrong! the 60s movement won their battles...but not before so much divisiveness in the Country. They stopped the war, the civil rights was vindicated, when LBJ signed the Civil Rights Act...and, to an extent, the Women Rights movement won too. US Society, as well as World Society, has been shaped, by what happened in the 60s.

Today, all those issues are part of the establishment's conventional wisdom. It changed the way American Society is defined today. The Anti-Establishment, grows up...and becomes the Establishment. All this, really brings Hope, to the Progressive and Liberal Movements in America.

We all know, what the Protests are all about, and the reasons for it...what is amazing, the way it has mushroomed throughout the United States, with Occupy groups in every major city in the Country, and spreading though tiny towns in every state. General Strikes are being planned throughout the Nation, Unions are joining in, the Middle Class and the Poor have never related so much, ever before...and it's not just in America...the entire World, now has Occupy in every major City. This has become a World Movement. All with the same significant issue...the disproportion of wealth. How 1%-2% of the wealth...controls the 98%-99% of the population. We all have the same problems, no matter where you're from.

The Occupy Movement, will get those changes they want, in time....but, it will not happen immediately. Now, why are they getting the country, so much...behind them??? Two reasons...they are not resorting to violence, as in the 60s...they are using their heads...the violence is being perpetrated on them, this time!!...that is one thing that has the Citizenry behind them...you will have the sit-ins, etc...the hard core Activists handle that. Activism in protest, whether is the Red or the Blue...is part of the process. Second, in the 60s, the Middle Class...the Hard Hats, followed the Drumbeat of the Republicans...today, that Drumbeat is going down the Democrats' path.

To me, there is no doubt that the 60's movement has grown up...much more organized, which is kind of funny, since in the 60s, they where very well organized by the different groups of those days. Today, in the Occupy Movement, there is no central organization...everyone finds a way to get things done, with virtually, no leadership. It truly is people from all different kinds of lifestyles, working together, for the same goals. The best example, was in Zuccotti Park, when they literally got on their hands and knees, and scrubbed down with soap and water, the entire park...its sidewalks, walkways, benches, etc. They have acted completely responsible for every action, they've taken.
And every time, Law Enforcement gets their little dirty hands on it, every time someone goes to jail...the Movement doubles!! You would think, that they would just ignore it, and let it die down. It won't...they will continue, the Police will continue.

Activism has always been part of demonstrations and protests. Civil Disobedience, has always been the proper and peaceful means to fight for your cause...and now, it is being used once again. Is it wrong for the use of Civil Disobedience? Of course not!! It was used by Ghandhi, it was used by King, it was used by all the 60s movements, it has been used in protests around the world since. This process, has always been scorned by the Right...”blame everything on the Hippies!” was their battle cry...the dirty hippies, free love, dope!! Use the Commie or Socialist label...that always works. Today, the Right, is beginning to revert back to their only attack...”It's Socialism”...even FOX News commentators are saying that the Occupy Movement is Socialist inspired and run by socialists, trying to make America, a Socialist Country. All the Free Sex, the Drugs, public urination...every excuse to put the People there, down, as nobody...”go out and get a job!!” is the cry of the Right. Some are even saying that the movement is being run by Terrorists, and one crazy character of the Tea Party is calling the movement, a part of Muslim Jihad, and run by the “Muslim Brotherhood”. When you don't have positive responses about present circumstances, always fall back to your standard response. What the Grand Old Tea Party doesn't understand, and why so many have started following the Movement everyday, is that...the Socialism bit, and the Drug bit, and the free sex bit, is too old...40-45 years too old. The truth, things are so straight, in the up and up, that Bill Maher...went to an Occupy rally, and was not offered some Pot: “I was totally offended” he said.

Right now, the Dems, Liberals and Progressives, seem to have the upper hand on the whole situation. Who is better? I don't know, I really don't...but, the GOP really needs a leader, who will bring the Mainstream of the Party back...which has been turned off by the Tea Party. As its stands, the GOP internally has more problems now, than they ever had before...and if the Tea Party manages to get control of the GOP Platform in 2012, they will gain control of the Party...and it will mean the end, of the GOP as we know it! Why is Obama favored by almost every Pundit, Republican and Democrat alike? forget the polls...that doesn't mean anything till June or July of 2012. Obama, like him or hate him...looks Presidential and articulate, which he is...the GOP has nobody from this collective group of characters, that can go up on him, except Jon Huntsman...but, Huntsman is too liberal in their minds, and not Christian enough...as Mormons are called by the Right Wing; “Cultists”? Huntsman, is the only candidate they have, that looks Presidential, is articulate, is a bonafide Statesman
(as former Ambassador to China), has true moral character, and is a decent and honorable man...that's why he is near last, in every poll taken by the GOP...it goes with the territory!

The Occupy Movement has grown up, since the Radical 60s. Not as radical, and definitely more Prudent...and Honorable. It has grown beyond, what anybody ever expected...and it just keeps growing by the day...and now worldwide. This Movement cannot be stopped, it's just...”Too Big To Fail”.   Oh yes!! They have grown up!!