It’s about the We Are the 99% Tumblr blog. Take a look if you haven’t already. These are the heartbreaking, and sometimes familiar, stories of people who are the spirit of the #occupywallstreet movement. Mainstream news sources have suddenly discovered the blog, so it’s getting a lot more air time. And it’s the reactions in the comments sections that make me wanna punch people in their faces. Until their faces fall off, really.
Are we that low on empathy and the ability to share in someone else’s predicaments in this country? What’s become the issue? If it’s not on reality TV, it’s not “really” happening? We can be a bunch of snide, self-absorbed, catty a$$hats about the lives of other Americans because they just need to suck it up and do better?
Well, if you got yours, hey, that’s awesome. But don’t let that:
A) Let you think you have a free card allowing you to assume every person who struggles is just a lazy whiner who needs to be reminded that you’re fabulous.
B) Make you get selective amnesia or romantic fogginess about your own hard years.
These commentators, it’s like they think people don’t deserve any human courtesy. Let me give you a quick sample:
I really think Elizabeth Warren is one of the smartest women in the world. Seriously. And here’s some video to prove it. When it comes to the topic of fair taxation, she puts it right back onto the wealthy about exactly why they need to pay into the system more than they are.
Since #occupywallstreet is still going and getting stronger every day, I thought this Sunday’s movie should reflect what’s going on out there. “The Corporation” is a documentary that I learned a lot about how we got to Citizens United. Just keep clicking the “Up Next” link in the You Tube frame.
This. I wept openly when I read it. This is what America is coming to when we turn our backs on those who need more help than a grudgingly given check.
A woman who is unemployed, on welfare, homeless and has already been turned away from shelter, tried to sell her three day old baby at a local Taco Bell.
She has nowhere left to go, and now she’s in jail.
While our politicians have been posturing about living within our means, this woman has been trying to live on money they could never comprehend.
When they talk about the housing crisis, they don’t see the thousands who have nowhere to go. In cities across this once great nation of ours, people are turned away from shelters every night. Shelters are fast becoming part of the problem, not a solution.
John Boehner wants to make sure his daughters have Social Security when they retire. This woman didn’t even see how she could keep her son. And he’s only been on the planet for THREE DAYS.
This is America hitting bottom. We should all be deeply ashamed. I know I am.