I have so far filled this blog with reflections and meditations. I would rather post than journal. However, I will enter a few thoughts inspired by the Occupy Wall Street Movement.
My sister has philosipied that this movement might be a sign of a shift in our collective political imagination. We could be dreaming of a new way to look at our government, politics and country. Our country certainly needs a new way to look at governing ourselves. I think the occupation could be the people’s attempt to separate the wealthy from the government. Occupying the space with peaceful protest as a last resort. We cannot vote out the greed. We cannot legislate out corruption. While becoming wealthy and prosperous is a cardinal value in our nation, the occupation holds in contempt the fact that our government reprsentatives suport those who have obtained the ealth rather than those who seek it.
I am anxious to see what kind of principles will give this movement a shape. We cannot allow an election to be won by the person able to take the most bribes. It is found to be unacceptable that our people are taxed so that the wealthy may remain wealthy. Occupation holds our system in contempt.
I think the Tea Party and the Occupation are really the same animal. They are eddys in the river, fringes from the mainstream, moved to action by intense passion against coruption, greed and excess. Tea Party is a revolt against intrusive government and Occupation is a revolt against corporated greed for political power. It is poverty when we fight over the personhood of the unborn but we are certain about the rights of corporations.