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  • goodlistener
    9:02pm - Tue Jan 31st, 2012
    Occupy DC
    How lucky for you that you're enjoying the good times! Maybe it won't always be that way then we'll find out what you're really made of. The first admendment to the constitution is a core value.
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  • keenobserver
    10:47pm - Tue Jan 31st, 2012
    Occupy DC Commentary 01/31/12
    Yes Chris, “Life is unfair”. Your commentary on Occupy DC and the tents in McPherson Square missed the point of Occupy America. You said that the occupiers “live in the best country” and should get up in the morning and go “do their best”, as most Americans do.

    This is not about “doing their best”, (i.e. get a job) Chris, this is a lawful protest of “unfair” life in the United States.

    As an educated white male, you shouldn’t need this history lesson, but think about these events for a moment:

    1. The woman’s 70-year suffrage movement in the US, including picketing outside the White House. With this manner of protest, suffragists were subject to arrests and many were jailed. In 1920 the nineteenth amendment prohibited sex-based restrictions on voting. As we both know, in many areas women have yet to break through the “glass ceiling”.

    2. The Bonus Army that encamped on the mall (horrors or horrors!) demanding pay for WWI service. They were rousted from their encampments and several veterans were killed. It was one factor that cost Hoover the presidency in 1933 and in 1936 the congress approved their back pay and bonuses.

    3. The civil rights movement of the 50’s and 60’s brought many disparate groups together to march and protest gross inequalities for Afro-Americans. The result? The Civil Rights Act of 1964.

    4. Prejudice against Jews, homosexuals, Islamic groups, etc. have led to mass protests and court cases because they are UNFAIR, and I guess in your view Chris, that’s just life.

    Please agree with me that what has “always made America great” is the ability to protest what people believe to unfair.

    The Occupy America movement believes that everyone should carry their fair share of the tax load in the US, and that the 1%ers do not. I make over $120K a year and agree with them.

    So it is not about squalid living conditions or jobs, Chris. It is about principle.

    Bob Madden
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  • keenobserver
    10:52pm - Tue Jan 31st, 2012
    Occupy DC Commentary 01/31/12
    Yes Chris, “Life is unfair”. Your commentary on Occupy DC and the tents in McPherson Square missed the point of Occupy America. You said that the occupiers “live in the best country” and should get up in the morning and go “do their best”, as most Americans do.

    This is not about “doing their best”, (i.e. get a job) Chris, this is a lawful protest of “unfair” life in the United States.

    As an educated white male, you shouldn’t need this history lesson, but think about these events for a moment:

    1. The woman’s 70-year suffrage movement in the US, including picketing outside the White House. With this manner of protest, suffragists were subject to arrests and many were jailed. In 1920 the nineteenth amendment prohibited sex-based restrictions on voting. As we both know, in many areas women have yet to break through the “glass ceiling”.

    2. The Bonus Army that encamped on the mall (horrors or horrors!) demanding pay for WWI service. They were rousted from their encampments and several veterans were killed. It was one factor that cost Hoover the presidency in 1933 and in 1936 the congress approved their back pay and bonuses.

    3. The civil rights movement of the 50’s and 60’s brought many disparate groups together to march and protest gross inequalities for Afro-Americans. The result? The Civil Rights Act of 1964.

    4. Prejudice against Jews, homosexuals, Islamic groups, etc. have led to mass protests and court cases because they are UNFAIR, and I guess in your view Chris, that’s just life.

    Please agree with me that what has “always made America great” is the ability to protest what people believe to unfair.

    The Occupy America movement believes that everyone should carry their fair share of the tax load in the US, and that the 1%ers do not. I make over $120K a year and agree with them.

    So it is not about squalid living conditions or jobs, Chris. It is about principle.


    Bob Madden
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