NOTE: Comments on this post were so interesting we thought we’d turn them into a post, in precisely the same order.
I have been disabled for some time and manage to take a train with my walker to Chicago once a week to support occupy Chicago. Perhaps if he considered making the world better for his children we would all be better off.
I am grateful for any support from anywhere, especially from those who are similarly afflicted.. If you can’t get out there to march, send a few bucks to feed those who are marching for you. If you can’t afford a few bucks, then send letters to the aggressors. If you are not comfortable confronting the aggressors in any way, then keep us in your prayers.
We don’t do this just for ourselves; we do it for our children, our grandchildren, our great-grandchildren as well as for you and yours. Donít be misled into thinking that you are the rugged individual who can make it on your own.
Unless you can make roads and have an oil rig to pull up oil and refine it into fuel to drive a car that you manufactured from scratch, then you are part of the 99%, like it or not. When we were in DC last weekend a waitress assured us that she worked two jobs to make ends meet so she was not part of the 99%. I only mention this to show how delusional we can be. When (name) finally gets it, I will be here with open arms to welcome him home. † † †Cheri L.
I will reserve judgement until I see whether Egypt becomes a case of one tyrant replacing another before I give any significance to an Egyptian protester encouraging OWS. ††Steve R.
Actually, Jeffrey, I think you are wrong. We are more connected by media than ever before, especially the young people who were the initiators of OWS, and it was looking at the changes made by the “Arab spring” that sparked the idea that in this country as well, we too have oppression, not by a dictator, but by the new dominance of Wall St and the financial industry & corporations; and people banding together peacefully to protest in large numbers should be able to change things here as well. There are waaaaay more of “US” in the 99%, than there are of “them” in the 1%, and the dominance of “them” is just as oppressive as the Middle East dictators. I too say, “Thank you for your support, Egypt!” ††Ingrid S.
Oh, by the way, I was there in Egypt when the revolution broke out. I told my family last summer it would happen. “They” were very kind to this American school teacher. The men of my building defended us night and day with only simple sticks. The people took care of each other during this time and they didn’t ask if I was Egyptian, Muslim, or rich. It was neighbor to neighbor securing the neighborhood and making sure that everyone was safe and had what they needed from the stores. It was an amazing experience! Please don’t judge Egypt until you experience it for yourself. That country holds a part of our human family, and there are many things they get right. † ††Donna S.
The Arab Spring is a classic how-to guide to mainstream media’s wishful thinking. Got a minority seeking to topple a regime on your hands? Just label it a unanimous revolution against authoritarianism, and give it an air of a fledgling democracy. Problem solved! Wait! Then the Moslem Brotherhood steps in. OOPS – what happened? Libya’s “opposition” — once unified by a common enemy — is now back to being a bunch of rival factions. With conflicting religions, tribal factionalism, geographic diffusion, a power vacuum, and a splash of oil, Libya’s got all the ingredients for continued conflict. ††David E.
Isn’t it amazing what can be done when we act as one human family, supporting and encouraging one another. “THEY”, regardless of age, nationality, race, religion, or social status, are NOT the enemy. We are facing our largest challenge on planet earth…. how do we survive? The ONLY way to survive is to face the truth, make some changes, support and encourage each other. This huge global shift is what some people will refer to as “the end of the world”. Thankfully, it will be the end of the bitterness, confusion, greed, hate, and territorialism we are currently experiencing. I welcome a chance to live in truth and reality with all of us on the same page. ††Donna S.
The worldwide support of #OWS is wonderful and encouraging. I thank each and every person on this planet that shows solidarity with this protest. I disagree with Jeffrey W. as this support does help those who may have been reluctant. The more support around the world the more the protesters will be determined to continue. Egypt, thank you! If I were able to I would be there in the midst of the protests. Unfortunately due to many health issues I can’t. ††Ellen G.
Plenty of Americans are already protesting and the number is growing. Expressions of solidarity are always appreciated.†William K.
I don’t think many Americans will be taking their lead from some Middle-East protester. ††Jeffrey W.
Thank you for your support, Egypt! ††Gayle R.
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