Occupy movement lack movement

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Katie Lane

Reporter

Our nation has been founded on progressive movements. Our government’s system was built on that of a republic, defined as “a state in which supreme power is held by the people and their elected representatives, and which has an elected or nominated president…”

We’ve all done ourselves wrong. We’ve chosen to stick our heads up the collective anus that is our “leaders” and let them make the choices for us. And then someone had a brainchild. An occupy movement—a movement meant to notify the corporate heads that we’re tired of not being heard.

So what do we do? We pitch our tents on lawns that don’t belong to us, we build huts for people and separate ourselves from the crowd. Then the fringes of society collect in this pool of open minds.

We are only defined by our weakest person. We refused leadership and we refused laws. Where did it get us? Right where we were fighting not to be—segregated, separated and loathed.

Instead of being a movement that changed lives, changed laws and made advancements toward the cause, we’ve done the opposite. We haven’t moved a thing. We fight to keep our tents where we put them because that’s the principle, right? Fight the system. What if the system is bigger and stronger than you? What if the system knocks you on your butt? You come back bigger and stronger. Instead, each time we are split, we fall more and more into the cracks of the origin of this movement.

What is it you are fighting for? It’s not the job of your occupy group to fight the police that are put there to protect. Isn’t it your job to show the corporate heads or senators that the way they do things isn’t working for us?

How do you change something you don’t like? You educate yourself and those around you to what has to be done. You teach people to vote. You teach them to have an opinion about the way things are being run. You tell them that the only way to fight the system is to be in the system. You can’t change anything from a tent in a park that just so happens to have a donated port-a-potty so you don’t poop on the grass.

Go home, take a shower and sign up to be at the next public meeting in your area.

Get to know your senator and what they stand for. Look into the next presidential candidates and see who should and shouldn’t be there. Stop squatting on someone else’s property just because you think you’re making a statement. All you’re doing is confusing the meaning behind a movement.

Read more of Katie Lane’s political commentaries on her website whyweneedtocare.weebly.com

 

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