Thursday, October 6, 2011

Getting a Little Political

Yesterday evening as I was grabbing a quick sandwich before my class, I met a woman who'd just come from Asheville's own local version of Occupy Wall Street Protest.  She said she'd decided to lend her support for a few hours before her own class started.

This is an interesting thing that's happening. I have to agree that the corporations have had it all their own way recently -- putting short term profits before environmental and/or human concerns  And as for considering a corporation a person? -- as someone said on Facebook, I'll believe it when Texas or Alabama executes one.



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15 comments:

Brian Miller said...

smiles. i like that line from FB as well...ha...nice cartoons...

Ms. A said...

That's a thought!

Star said...

Over here in England we are also struggling with a coalition government. Today we expect announcements. Something about quantitative easing. We've heard of that one before, haven't we!

Friko said...

I wish the whole world, all people who really work, the young and the old, would stand up and finally get rid of the parasites who leech the life blood out of the rest of us.

I know it's never going to happen.

Sam @ My Carolina Kitchen said...

Somehow I missed that line on Facebook. Love the cartoons. I miss reading a real newspaper.
Sam

Wayfarin' Stranger said...

This time around the corporations nearly choked on their own greed, until Congress and the administration bailed them out with taxpayer money. I would hope the fallout reflects Admiral Yamamoto's apocryphal statement about awakening a sleeping giant and this occupation leads to a good housecleaning in Washington and the states. Jim

Elora said...

We're going to do just that, Friko. Vicki, thanks so much for your blogpost on the topic today. See you all over at my blog, JOTOLR if you want to know more about #occupywallstreet. I'm a guest here on this blog and want to respect that; but feel compelled to push this cause. It's a global fight to save our democracy. Nothing less. Look up the term "fascist" in the next few days and then take a look around at your government. It's kind of a shocker. Who would have thought we'd wind up where we are.

Elora

Barbara Rogers said...

Thanks for posting...I've been throwing pots sitting next to another potter who's also an activist, though she hasn't been spending the night in A'ville...but she goes to check it out daily, and let's me know how things are going. This is a real event, which is showing solidarity for the NY occupation. People (and their needs) should have recognition, as opposed to corporations and political parties.

Thérèse said...

The reality is hitting more and more.

Beth said...

Great cartoons...so true. Our country is pretty much run by corporations I'd say, but I think we need to march on Washington. If we occupied D.C. by the millions and refused to leave until real changes are made, I think we might get somewhere.

JJM said...

[hunts for the "like!" button, then remembers this isn't Facebook]

The idea of millions descending on Washington to protest is exhilarating. Although some small part of me is whimpering: "B-b-b-but ... how the heck am I supposed to get to work if the millions descend upon us??"

Mario (whose office is on the Mall, which is Demonstration Central for DC)

Linda@VS said...

Off topic, I know, but I just found you through a comment you left at The Writers Porch (which I also just found this morning). Just had to tell you that I read all the Elizabeth Goodweather novels in the weeks prior to a trip to Tennessee and North Carolina. Not only did I love the writing and the stories, I also picked up many little bits of information that made the trip more interesting. When I visited some of the areas you wrote about, I could almost place myself in Elizabeth's shoes. Such fun! Now I look forward to spending some time exploring your blogs. Pleased to meet you, Vicki.

Martin said...

I think this only the tip of the iceberg. These days, people are much more 'savvy' and better organised.

Alan Burnett said...

I am not even sure it is even the old-fashioned corporations that are mainly to blame - it is the organisations that produce nothing and live and profit by speculation alone.

Vicki Lane said...

I try to save most of the political stuff for Facebook but every once in a while I feel like I have to share some of my thoughts here. We won't all agree -- but I hope we can still be friends.

I find some of the figures that are coming out regarding the distribution of wealth in our country absolutely appalling. Yes, I know there are lazy people who play the system to get out of work. But there are so many who are looking for work and can't find it -- or if they do, it's barely a living wage. And then I think about the Wall Street folks who were bailed out and turned around and gave themselves fat bonuses with taxpayer money.

Okay, back to the non-political nature and books and stuff.