This country began as a protest. I'm glad to see the Wall Street protesters carry on the tradition. This is a language Americans understand.
Big money has obviously taken over Congress, and the people in control of Congress must be reminded that they do not run this country.
We have a government of the people, run by the people, for the people. Americans — including corporate America — should not have to be told that.
Big media has persuaded many Americans that the country is ruled by Democrats and Republicans, and we correct our mistakes every few years by throwing out the party in power and putting in the other one.
It's true that we have a tendency to change parties from time to time — only the mistakes either continue, or new members of Congress exchange them for even grosser ones.
After years of this process, politicians have begun to believe the propaganda. In other words, the Republicans and the Democrats believe they are in control of the country.
Sometimes groups have to take to the streets to make sure people do not forget that this is a democratic republic. (When these groups are poor and minorities, though, we accuse them of trying to overthrow the government and send in police to beat them up.)
Unfortunately, there are some who will not accept reality unless people throw it in their faces by taking it to the streets. This has been true since 1776.
There was a time when the economy was so bad that it was possible for us to believe corporations had the best interests of the American people at heart. But most fair-minded citizens find that is no longer true and haven't for the past few years.
Yet the people doing business on Wall Street continue to insist that their personal interests outweigh any other consideration. It's tragic when a man as wealthy as Warren Buffett has to point out that his secretary pays more taxes than he does.
Can anybody seriously believe that our leaders aren't trying to destroy the middle and working classes by allowing corporations to move good jobs overseas and freeze wages at home at the lowest level? How hard is it to believe that we are becoming a Third World country where only the very rich and very poor constitute the population?
We know the country is made up of a lot of devoted Republicans and Democrats who will never be convinced that their party is responsible for the mess the country is in. These individuals are like putty in the hands of the Wall Street Greedicrats. They like watching voters play the blame game so that when it's over, they can move in and buy the winners.
If dynasties such as Babylon and the Roman Empire had not toppled beneath the pressure of their own ineptitude, we might believe that America could stand forever in spite of the corrupt nature of its politicians.
But the loss of the middle and working classes will destroy this country's backbone and bring about hardships beyond belief. Honestly, it's time for this dumb, sad game to come to an end.
The number of the homeless, the jobless and the citizens who need health care they cannot afford is growing. More than likely, even those who are prospering still have a family member or friend who is hurting. People all over America are hurting.
Hopefully, the Occupy Wall Street movement will grow until it becomes impossible for the Fat Cats to ignore. Maybe, some of those knocks on the doors of Congress will be heard.
Until they are, let the knocking continue.
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