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Written By Paul Nyhart
There is something gravely wrong with America and we all know it, but are we doing something about it?
The 99% are calling out the 1% while the 1% couldn’t seem to care less. Occupy Wall Street has been ridiculed by many in the elite, or those who tell themselves America DOESN’T have anything wrong with it, but how serious of a problem is it to think that America has no problems? What consequences could the 1% have in store if they continue to ignore the problem that is the growing anger of the 99%?
Flash back to last week when Gaddafi’s death rounded up millions of internet hits. Americans live in a vastly different universe than the Libyans, one with a constitution, elected government, and about 50 times the population, but take a look at the Occupy Wall Street movement and suddenly America and Libya have something in common: anger.
Now ask what is the difference between an occupation and a revolution? The answer on a fundamental level is rather simple: occupations take place because people are afraid, while revolutions occur because the only thing that exceeds the public’s fear is their overwhelming sense of anger.
How afraid are Americans that we won’t eat? That we can’t get a job? That our kids won’t one day be taught math in 3rd grade? Are we afraid…or are we angry? Are we convinced the 1% has retreated to a gated community where the only thing that occupies them is golf and sunshine and the only way we can combat the tide is by fighting it, not letting it turn? Perhaps what the 1% is banking on is that my generation will only occupy their lives with obstacles but won’t go far as to knock down any walls?
There is something gravely wrong with America and we all know it, but are we willing to step up and make a positive change?
How comfortable can the 1% feel now that videos of Gaddhafi getting utterly manhandled, like the one above, are circulating around the world? Should the 1% be curious if the same thing can happen to them? Should they wonder as to how long until someone goes over the edge and does something that turns an occupation into a revolution?
This isn’t an endorsement or a nod towards a particular direction, it’s a genuine question that I think the 1% abusing their power should be asking themselves…how could they not?
Our generation went to college, played the game, but many of us can’t pay off our loans or find a minimum wage job, all while tax dollars are going to some of the most lucrative retirement packages in the history of our nation’s school systems. If this trend continues, how angry will this make my generation, the one that has made job searching a second hobby?
How angry does it make us to know that the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan cost roughly 12 billion dollars a month in America, the same cost that would send 10,000 students to a state school for free for the next 50 years?
How angry does it make us that 45 billion dollars was used to bail out a bank that’s now charging us to use a debit card (a practice that otherwise could have been one of the most prudent methods towards solving our debt problem)?
None of this is particularly new. Greed isn’t new. Stupidity isn’t new. My generation’s proclivity to take things up where the sun don’t shine…isn’t new.
But what’s been made new, by Gaddhafi’s grand showing on viral video sites everywhere, is just how visible and decisive actions can be via the endless channels of the internet, and more importantly, how quickly people can unify via social networks. What’s becoming increasingly new is how frequently greed has supplanted itself as a tactic to suppress our generation and our generation’s growing awareness of the practice.
What’s growing is our anger. What’s declining is our fear.
Pretty soon my generation is going to realize we can’t survive on a diet of Jack in the Box, overpriced coffee and a habit of searching craigslist for jobs, a lifestyle that is a far cry from the Libyans when they mutilated Gaddhafi’s body, but is still well short of the American Dream we had preached to us when we were adolescents.
How angry do we have to appear until the 1% realizes that greed isn’t worth it — that it could get them going viral in a way that makes a sex scandal look like a mere typo on a press release? It took 42 years for Gaddhafi to figure out what was too far. For the 1% testing our generation, how far do you think you can go until you discover how angry we really are and that we don’t have time for fear anymore?
There is something gravely wrong with America and we all know it, who amongst the 1% wants to stop pretending otherwise?
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Paul Nyhart has been the Head Editor and Writer of JaceHallShow.com since Season 3. He began his career as a sports announcer, segueing into the world of voice-over and film production. Send all tips to Paul@HDfilms.com
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