As for peaceful protest, I do agree… but keep in mind that the global economy is imploding and the competition for jobs seldom higher. And often that means lousy jobs… but the only way for many low-income families to retain a roof over their heads.
As you probably know, many employers are using temp. work or job rotations that vary from week to week. That means that some people really can’t RISK taking work days off to attend protests that last more than a day.
There are also LOTS of single parent families and one-parent incomes create enormous challenges. So here, too, for that single parent to establish child care and meet job requirements in order to say “occupy Wall St.” presents serious logistical challenges.
The Black community risked the bullets and ropes of rabid racists in order to obtain the vote and a few moronic Supreme Court Justices set those brave efforts back decades with the stroke of their poisonous pen.
The right wing Christian community with funding from maniacs like the Koch Brothers is able to hire brilliant lawyers who chip away at a “Woman’ Right to Choose” in ways that essentially strip the foundation OUT from the law itself.
In other words, if clinics that provide women’s reproductive health care are not only defunded, but forced to affiliate with hospitals–and in many areas the ONLY hospital is a Catholic hospital–then no form of birth control or abortion will be accessed. That’s an attack by stealth.
So people are fighting foremost for basic survival… control of their own bodies, the capacity to pay rent and purchase groceries, and on top of that… forced back into the OLD TRENCHES?
That’s very debilitating psychologically. And when citizens SEE the wealth chasm grow, and recognize that rich people ARE purchasing politicians, and through them, policy, and sense that media lies… it seems virtually impossible to access JUSTICE in such a system.
I think this is why so many DO lead lives of quiet desperation and why there is an epidemic of obesity (comfort food), drug addiction, vast Depression levels (treated by something akin to Soma as taken out of Huxley’s novel).
A very cool woman moved into my area. She bought a remote property and the city would not give her a permit to put the electricity on so she braved winter without it. Finally she put a little mobile home on the property and the men who set it up didn’t properly secure the heating system. She said no one wants to work in Florida.
I countered that these people are so beaten down by low wages and the realization that they will NEVER get “ahead,” that all they can do is go through the motions until it’s 5 P.M., get loaded on beer, and zone out in front of a TV set.
I’ve LOOKED (and I mean with my empathy gates WIDE open) into the eyes of some of these day laboring types (when I stop for gas at a local station), and they are empty. These people are hanging on by a thread.
When they go to churches that insist that they are guilty sinners… it just beats more trauma into their psyches.
I had to have a new water heater put it… and the guys left me with a leak. When I call, they don’t call back. (I did pay them.) So… this is an example of shoddy work and it’s what I live with here. Some would blame the workers, and I agree they hardly do great work… but I also understand what they’re up against. And I think it speaks metaphorically for MANY within our nation.
The good jobs were vacuum suctioned out.
Nature is dying and every time I drive by another forest taken down without any thought of the ecosystem or animals… I don’t know whether to scream or cry or shut down.
Insanity is running things and it has ZERO respect for life or life’s continuity. I think many people sense this in a visceral way. Perhaps it will come down to standing up against bullets or whatever silent weapons OUR tax dollars have funded in covert operations at profitable weapons’ plants.
After all, after WW II, things like fluoride and other chemical weapons found their way into domestic uses. Why not the ordnance?
The times are fraught with dangers.
I made my own list… which to fear most?
The new talk of a pole shift. The extinction event in slow motion wrought by the still radiation-pulsing Fukushima? The collapse of nature and harvest cycles? The implosion of the global economy? World War III and the introduction of martial law to our land? My personal issues like trying to stay healthy as I age… amid the onslaught of chemical overload from air, water, food, and soil.
What a fun time for all!
This diatribe was offered to put the “appearance of a lack of activism” into perspective. Understanding is far wiser than judgment calls.