I still don’t know what to think about this whole movement; however, I do feel that considering what has happened in this country over the past 10 years, people should be out in the street protesting. There is a reason that the United States has the largest disparity between the rich and poor of any developed nation, and it is not a result of true free markets and capitalism. We have allowed dirty money to take over politics so that we now practice what can only be termed as corporatism, or the merger of state and corporate interests (Mussolini correctly called this fascism). US Marine General Smedley Butler, two-time Medal of Honor winner, and the most decorated US Marine in history when he died in 1940, had the following to say in his book War is a Racket:
“I spent 33 years and four months in active military service and during that period I spent most of my time as a high class muscle man for Big Business, for Wall Street and the bankers. In short, I was a racketeer, a gangster for capitalism. I helped make Mexico and especially Tampico safe for American oil interests in 1914. I helped make Haiti and Cuba a decent place for the National City Bank boys to collect revenues in. I helped in the raping of half a dozen Central American republics for the benefit of Wall Street. I helped purify Nicaragua for the International Banking House of Brown Brothers in 1902-1912. I brought light to the Dominican Republic for the American sugar interests in 1916. I helped make Honduras right for the American fruit companies in 1903. In China in 1927 I helped see to it that Standard Oil went on its way unmolested. Looking back on it, I might have given Al Capone a few hints. The best he could do was to operate his racket in three districts. I operated on three continents.”
We shouldn’t be so quick to just call this Occupy Movement a bunch of left-wing Marxist, hippies. While I do not agree with many of the solutions that are being discussed at these protests, there are also a number of people protesting that seem to get the problem of the Federal Reserve and military adventurism. More importantly, people do have a right to be angry. We should be trying to educate these people on the real problem, which is not the wealthy, but those who use their wealth to break the law, buy off politicians, and push for a bigger Federal government (something that favors the big corporations over you and I.) And to those of you who watch only Fox News, please understand that Fox News delivers propaganda about so-called left issues just as CNN or MSNBC do on so-called right issues. The power brokers in this country want us to be divided as Democrat and Republican so we do not focus on the real puppet masters, namely the Washington/Wall-Street/Military-Industrial Complex. No matter how you feel about the movement, I hope that you will watch this short song that was written by the Hawaiian songwriter Makana. It is a beautiful song and he talks about much of what has created this situation, namely the corruption that we have allowed to take hold of this country in Washington DC and in corporate America. Have a great week!