*The most aggressive efforts began this week to dismantle the protracted assemblies of dissatisfaction in various cities around America. Certainly the most visible confrontation between the people and “the establishment” was in Oakland, California but “Occupy Oakland” wasn’t an entrenched demonstration like Occupy Wall Street and Occupy L.A. Oakland’s occupation movement was a start-up movement and the city officials refused to allow it to become entrenched. But Oakland was deep into what confronting the occupation was going to look like.
What happens when the government’s tolerance with First Amendment “Freedom of Assembly” rights runs out? What happens when the patience of the people’s right to petition the government with their grievances? And what happens when government refuses to respond to the people’s grievances and nothing has been resolved? Well, that’s what’s happening in New York, Los Angeles, St. Louis and other cities who now are trying to dismantle their cities’ occupation movements. Government, the institution—and the authority granted by the people, are now using its powers legitimized by the people to remove them from public properties that the people pay for. The problem is that the reasons for the occupation movement hasn’t been resolved. The dilemmas of class disparities and greed exploitation are still present. What has been resolved?
The mass protestation of corporate greed that is exploiting the American labor force by reaping huge profits while transferring jobs overseas and laying off American workers, has not been resolved as unemployment rates have remained high and stagnant. The protracted encampments that has laid the mass travesty of mortgage loan exploitation which have taken the homes of over four million American homeowners and threaten even a greater number in a “second wave” of foreclosures, at the feet of government without resolution. The major banks of the nation has forced many families to live in the streets of America without conscience and without remorse, and our government has turned, what seems to be, a blind eye to this violation of personal pride and dignity. America has allowed one percent of the nation’s population to amass 42% of the wealth, and the next two percent controlling another 23% of the nation’s wealth, leaving 97% to live on 35% on the nation’s wealth and that massive wealth disparities is the greatest in the nation’s history. That raping of the American capital system has not stopped. Yet, the governments of America now wants to stop the occupation movements. They use excuses like the encampments are killing the grass at City Hall (Los Angeles), or the park is becoming a health hazard (New York), like the current conditions of America are not killing families and killing the spirit of the American worker.
The concern for government is now to maintain order though the lives of the 99% are in disorder. The concern for corporations are their shareholders and not those that no longer have the disposable incomes to consume or save. The concern for Congress is now how we cut government and reduce spending instead of trying to figure out they help the American people out of this spiraling quandary. Many of our elected officials are looking for ways to push more people into despair for the sake of railing ideology and scoring political brownie points. It’s interesting how when industry needs help, they’re “Too big to fail” but when the citizenry needs help they’re “failing because they’re too big (irresponsibly took on too much debt).” Well, Corporate America got too big because it underwrote a housing bubble for profit sake. And government got “too big” because it feed the military industrial complex for two decades and refused to all the rich to pay their way for America to keep up with population growth and infra-structure enhancements. Those who run the country have got it twisted and forgotten who they serve. Those who run corporations have forgotten how to serve others and are now only serving themselves. American society is on the brink of collapse and disorder is imminent.
The authorizes and greed-mongers don’t know what to do to resolve society’s problems and the only thing they can say to us is to “get off the grass?”
America is occupied by the insane in government and in corporations, but are they insane enough to push the country into anarchy? We’re about to witness the “next steps” of the movement, and if the “authorities” will turn on the people, or do what’s right (if they still remember what’s right) to recast and modify the wealth redistribution system of the nation.
In the meanwhile…We are still the 99%.
Anthony Asadullah Samad, Ph.D., is a national columnist, managing director of the Urban Issues Forum (www.urbanissuesforum.com) and author of the upcoming book, REAL EYEZ: Race, Reality and Politics in 21st Century Popular Culture. He can be reached at www.AnthonySamad.com or on Twitter at @dranthonysamad.