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The Rain and the Reckoning


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Kit
- 2694 days ago - truth-out.org
We come now to another winter of our discontent, and though the tents and signs and shouts of the movement have been momentarily subdued, they will return. Spring is coming, the rocks are already rolling down the mountainside, and while there is still->



   

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Past Member (0)
Saturday December 31, 2011, 8:03 pm
Ok
 

Kit B (276)
Saturday December 31, 2011, 8:08 pm

The Rain and Reckoning - by William Rivers Pitt

This man can write. Every word, every sentence speaks to the current situation in the United States, this reads like gentle poetry.

Even those who tried to turn a blind eye to the Occupy movement are aware, they know that try as they might, work as many part-time as they can, still they can not keep up. Children are homeless and hungry, families are struggling to even stay together. This must stop, we don't need to move back to an older version America, we need to come together and build toward a real tomorrow; one that truly can be filled with hopes, happy families, food on the table, a tomorrow without the back breaking burdens of today.

This New Year - let us come together and Occupy America. We do deserve better, all people do, we work to live, not live to work.
 

Sue H (7)
Saturday December 31, 2011, 8:10 pm
Pretty powerful article by William Pitt. Occupy is Not Going Away... I am hoping that it will change the face of America.
 

Kit B (276)
Saturday December 31, 2011, 8:32 pm

No, Sue it is not going away, nor will things change unless we make the changes. There is no single issue, no single face that will bring the needed changes, that is up to us. We are the change, we are the hope and only by banding together can we re-gain and re-build what has been taken.
 

Barbara W (342)
Saturday December 31, 2011, 8:40 pm
I particularly like this paragraph.. Thanks Kit..

"Occupy is not over. We come now to another winter of our discontent, and though the tents and signs and shouts of the movement have been momentarily subdued, they will return. Spring is coming, the rocks are already rolling down the mountainside, and while there is still time for the pebbles to catch up, gravity is an absolute. Sooner or later, those rocks will reach the reckoning that has been so long in coming, and when that happens, nothing in this country will be the same again.

With Spring comes the rain, and the rain is coming to this dry and thirsty land.

The rain is coming.

By God and sonny Jesus, the rain is coming."

 

Kit B (276)
Saturday December 31, 2011, 8:51 pm

I agree Barbara, though the entire article gave me chills. I am not old enough to have lived through the Great Depression, though certainly heard countless stories from parents and grandparents. I have also read many books on the subject and still I can not believe that when there is an option, when we can do things to help each other, so many want to argue rather than just do for others. Occupy Peace.

 

MmAway M (519)
Saturday December 31, 2011, 9:59 pm
Thank you Kit!
 

Sheryl G (359)
Saturday December 31, 2011, 10:49 pm
No, OWS has not gone away, they are in every house, tent in the woods, they sleep in cars, they send their children to schools that are falling apart while their child has no address.

They continue to close off rooms in the house to keep one room warm, they sit and determine what gets shut off the water or the electric. They cut their medications in half or try to go without, some ending in the hospital for doing so, others in the morgue, their families don't forget.

They drive on bad tires to jobs that will not meet the expenses to keep the rent paid and the car in working order to get to the job. They look at their worn hands, put on their worn clothes, and listen to how big profits, big bonus monies go to a few. No, they have not gone away.
 

Sacha Jones (11)
Saturday December 31, 2011, 10:50 pm
Time for the revolution? The super rich get richer and the poor get poorer. Billions of dollars are spent on war but nothing on the homeless. 700,000 US houses are empty (foreclosed and owned by the banksters we bailed out) If 'we the people' don't do something very soon it will be business as usual, and what a business it is.
 

Elle B (81)
Saturday December 31, 2011, 11:16 pm
Thank-you Kit. . .a gift of and for the heart. Reminds me of how the plants, even fragile new blades of grass, always find a way to grow through, on and around the pavement.

“Physical strength can never permanently withstand the impact of spiritual force.” — Franklin D. Roosevelt

"We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope." — Martin Luther King, Jr.

"Liberty is always unfinished business." — Anonymous
 

Vallee R (280)
Sunday January 1, 2012, 6:20 am
Thanks Kit - and if you look at Occupy Canada - they are full force even in the cold because they know if the US goes down so do they - we will keep it up - and as Sacha says - may be time for a revolution - though pray we can solve it peacefully - I don't really see a way.
 

LeMoyn Salmonsen (88)
Sunday January 1, 2012, 7:43 am
TY Kit good find: From the article, what I identify as a summery of what ills America: The story of America on the eve of this new year can be summed up by the old tale of the two donkeys who meet on the road. The first donkey is fresh as a daisy, unencumbered, brushed and bright-eyed. The second donkey is tired and broken, sad-eyed and swaybacked from the monstrous burden he carries. The first donkey looks at the second donkey and says, "Boy, that's quite a load you're carrying." The second donkey looks at the first donkey in exhausted confusion and replies, "What load?" Yepper what load indeed? We the Little people have been carrying the load of plunderers greed, endless wars, planetary devastation, human and constitutional rights oppression so long, struggling just to remain standing. We haven’t the time or wherewithal to recognize the incremental increase of our load, placed there by the Kings and Queens of Plutocracy in their relentless pursuit of eking out their insatiable expectation of what is happiness. How much is sufficient to be fulfilled? Never will greed know a boundary of sufficient.

The indicators definitely point to a tumultuous 2012. Hang on tight, Bumpy High Winds Road Ahead to equality and justice.

I know I’m being redundant, but Occupy something, for all those too burdened treading water under the load to be able to speak out for their own plight.
 

Kit B (276)
Sunday January 1, 2012, 8:30 am

OCCUPY [ok-you-pay]

oc·cu·py   /ˈɒkyəˌpaɪ/ - verb (used with object)

1. to take or fill up (space, time, etc.)

2. to engage or employ the mind, energy, or attention of

3. to be a resident or tenant of; dwell in

4. to take possession and control

5. to hold

How does this definition apply to plight of the 99% of Americans? Daily we think about things that occupy our mind. Paying the mortgage, electric, water, phone, finding a way to be sure our children have an education. For far too many, it is also about how to occupy the time to give of ourselves to our children. Educational problems in this country are not the fault of teachers, rather the blame is the ever decreasing budgets that deplete the system. Parents, that are just so exhausted when returning home, they have little to give to their children. Parents terrified that what little they have earned is just not enough to meet even the most simple of financial demands. Our minds are always occupied and for each person the word has it's own meaning. To occupy a space to make our needs known, to speak up and speak out about the grave injustices that are rampant in our country and countries across the world.

There is nothing new in our society nor any other about the few holding the wealth, that is as old as civilization. What is different in the United States is how they are currently, openly and cruelly using that wealth. We have choices, we are they many, they the few.

One election will not cure or fix the problems, one election that will give one of two choices, both parties now fully funded and operated by the 1%. This is not the way to break through and make changes. I just wonder if we have the courage to turn away from the choices given and use our power to bring about the beginnings of that change.


“Protest beyond the law is not a departure from democracy; it is absolutely essential to it. ”
― Howard Zinn
 

Kenneth L (314)
Sunday January 1, 2012, 9:06 am
Hopefully not off topic but unfortnately it doesn't help a populace (and I don't just mean the U.S) when it is under the effects of a deluge of DRUGS. Whether or not it's a deliberate 'dumbing down' of people or done by an 'elite' or Big something, the result is the same on the people. You cannot fight your way very well out of some wet paper bags if you are drugged. I don't mean medical drugs for a medical physical problem. I mean psychoactive drugs such as depressants, anti-depressants, stimulants (Ritalin), anti-anxiety, mood stabilizers, etc for any and all mental 'disorders' that psychiatrists say you have.
These are at epidemic proportions in society. Look up the statistics of how many Americans take psychoactive drugs.
Most of these drugs cause addiction to them as well.
I don't want to say the current society is full of junkies but it may be true.
 

Kit B (276)
Sunday January 1, 2012, 9:18 am

Kenneth, a very good way to keep people addicted to those drugs is to keep some thing as harmless as marijuana. Just consider the many criminal elements and so called legal, corporations that fight to keep pot illegal. There must be a good reason for that, and that reason can be spelled out in dollars.
 

KARLOLINA G (118)
Sunday January 1, 2012, 9:21 am
I support the 99%
 

Sue Matheson (79)
Sunday January 1, 2012, 12:46 pm
thanks
 

Brenda Towers (0)
Sunday January 1, 2012, 1:43 pm
Thanks for sharing your opinions.
 

Caitlin M (104)
Sunday January 1, 2012, 1:52 pm
Lost a comment... too exhausted to recreate. It's good to get hopeful news. We need this movement to stay alive. I'm keeping my fingers crossed and giving kudos to the OWS movement at every opportunity I come upon.
 

Yvonne White (229)
Sunday January 1, 2012, 3:44 pm
The 1%-ers should be finding a way to buy us off, before we storm their Bastilles! 2012 is an election year..the best time to work up that frenzy & Force Change that we can Really Believe in!:)
 

Eddie O (95)
Sunday January 1, 2012, 3:48 pm
Great article, Kit, and thanks for the post. As I was reading one of the things you wrote, :"I just wonder if we have the courage to turn away from the choices given and use our power to bring about the beginnings of that change", I had the following thought.

First, it takes more than courage to make it work, and if we have tremendous courage, but are lacking in wisdom, or our timing is off, it will not work.

That being said, I think it’s obvious that we absolutely need to make that change, the issue is just a matter of timing. Is it wise to do that now, and risk allowing the Republicans to take full control of our country, or do we use a bit of patience and really push for the change to fully develop, mature, and have total success in 2016?

Tonight, on NPR, I heard that it’s quite likely that the Republicans will take back the Senate as various Senate Democrats are bailing, and these seats are very vulnerable and most likely enough of them could be taken over by the Republicans.

Also, it was exposed that the Republican seats coming available, in contrast, are in very Red States, making the case that the Republicans will most likely hold the House, and regain the Senate. If we give them the Presidency to boot, by voting for a third party member that most likely won’t get elected, we will certainly all suffer greatly. It will be bad enough if they have the House and Senate, without the Presidency, but for the Republicans to have all three would be truly nightmarish, possibly beyond our worst imagination!!!

Also, the quote “haste makes waste” came to mind. It’s a tough call, but we may only have one chance to do this, and it’s crucial that we do it right! If we’re too hasty, we may totally blow it. Just my thoughts for the moment.
 

Eddie O (95)
Sunday January 1, 2012, 4:17 pm
I especially liked this paragraph - "matters in America have gone horribly wrong: uncounted thousands dead in a war of choice that provided a wonderful opportunity for the transfer of hundreds of billions of taxpayer dollars into the bloated coffers of "defense" contractors with friends in high places; billions more stolen in broad daylight by Wall Street gangsters; billions more given back by way of "bailouts" - read: socialism - to these same gangsters thanks to the aforementioned high-placed friends; no jobs, and no jobs, and no jobs, because it is more important to score political points than it is to ease the suffering of millions"

I brought back memories of a wonderful article I read around the beginning of our illegal invasion of Iraq. The article was written by a high ranking Admiral, I believe, in the military, who explained how war is a BIG MONEY MAKER, and how numerous millionaires were “created” during World War II, and how billionaires will and are being created by today’s wars. Just think of how many years Bush’s Iraq war went on allowing the massive redistribution of our tax money to the “SELECT FEW”!!! Hal Burton is only one of the various companies/people who made tons of money, at the cost of so many people’s lives, health, and futures. How disgraceful!
 

Kit B (276)
Sunday January 1, 2012, 4:52 pm

One of the most popular republicans will be running in 2016, Christy from New Jersey. So if the democrats do take this election, and considering the rigging of the votes in many states and a possible re-creation of 2004, we really can not count on much. It will indeed take great courage to run with a third party candidate. Then again, currently our choices are once again are "given" to us, not really our choice but theirs. After signing the NDAA, I am now truly wondering about Obama. This transfer of powers will not be revoked, and it most certainly will be used and probably abused.
 

Terrie Williams (798)
Sunday January 1, 2012, 5:48 pm
Thanks, Kit. Care2 acting up again and taking too long to post. bogging my computer so will not comment tonight.
 

Past Member (0)
Sunday January 1, 2012, 5:57 pm
Noted.
 

peggy p (43)
Monday January 2, 2012, 7:23 am
i pray everyday that those in need are helped to find what they need and have peace doing so. i think we are all part of this process and suffer many of the same things. i cannot go join the folks who have gone to do the great chore/privilege of occupying but i truly wish i could. bless them and all of you for supporting them.
 

Past Member (0)
Monday January 2, 2012, 8:35 am
i posted this in the occupy group. thanks for posting it there too Kit :)

the occupiers are not just in the parks now anyway..they are occupying congress and inspiring bills to overturn citizens united...and while occupying the internet may not seem like much to anyone..we have a responsibilty to find and spread the news. we are more effective as a collective and while i was not able to go protest, i was able to tell people about it. people who had no idea that there even was an occupation...



you know the governement does to us what i used to do to my daughter..cant beleive im comparing my parenting skills to govermntal machinations...



when Cheyan wanted to do something or eat soemthing or go someplace or not go to bed. i would giver her a choice. i would always give her an option but it wasnt really fair because they were always MY options not hers



my point is that the choice between eating broccolli or brussel sprouts isnt really a choice at all. in the end she still has to eat a vegetable



so maybe we can offer and support more choices for ourselves instead of eating brussels sprouts everyday. i had pizza last night
 

Alicia N (87)
Monday January 2, 2012, 10:57 am
gladly noted....... I just think that this movement is getting stronger and this time ahead us will be very important for our nation and we can make a huge impact in history, I will pinch in with whatever I can to make it happen.
The more the better- Thanks Kit for sharing, good luck people.
 

. (0)
Monday January 2, 2012, 11:03 am
Great article. This is a keeper. Thanks, Kit.
 

Kit B (276)
Tuesday January 3, 2012, 10:37 am

Actually it is easy to be a part of the Occupy movement, though I have seen people that come only after work or even in wheel chairs; others can be a part of things by using their phone to help organize. Get on the OWS web-site and find things you can do from home.
 

Past Member (0)
Tuesday January 3, 2012, 4:05 pm
In each of us there is the archetype hero.
 

Gloria L (58)
Saturday January 7, 2012, 5:50 pm
When I first heard of Occupy I said "This is the beginning of the Revolution! YES!
 

KS Goh (0)
Sunday January 8, 2012, 1:57 am
Thanks for the article.
 
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