A few thoughts on Occupy

I don’t know if this will be my last post on the Occupy movement, or not, that remains to be seen…BUT I think I need to share a few lasting impressions that I gathered over the weekend.

1)  The key to doing is organizing.

If you are going to accomplish anything you need to have a plan of action. You need to know not only what your goals are, but how you are going to get there.

2)  To change the world you have to STOP arguing amongst yourselves!

Who cares if you are protesting for change if you don’t shut your mouth and realize that you will not solve anything by not having a unified front. Quit yer bitchin – PLEASE!

3)  No one wants to be part of something that is seemingly ineffective.

That is maybe the biggest problem. If you don’t know where you are going. If you can’t stop discussing the issues. If you can’t consider the greater good for a few minutes. If you can’t develop solutions for all the ills you see in the world, then you are ineffective. You will have no results.

You will simply, eventually, go away.

These are my problems with this movement and they seem to be the things that keep the average citizen from joining our ranks. The very idea that people are quitting their jobs to hold signs up to be part of the crowd is so completely NOT what we need to be doing. 

That is a problem that the older generations see with this movement…”The Greatest Generation” worked hard for everything that they have/had. They worked and sweat and plowed and did all of the labor to create the infrastructure that makes this nation so great, but they do not want to get behind what they see as a bunch of lazy free money seeking liberals with chips on their shoulders.

I have heard so many varied opinions from politicians and citizens alike. Some say our protests are Anti-American and others that the very ability to hold these protests is Americanism at its finest.

What we have here is a noble cause! We have a fabulous idea! We have the ability to influence the future RIGHT NOW!  

This is a copy of a note I sent to the organizers of the Occupy movement in Houston, because lets just say I was less than impressed by the situation I witnessed.

We’ve got the bones to make this a truely awesome event…it’s what we make it.

I have been researching the movement and agree with the most ardent issues.  There is, however, a less than pragmatic approach to changing the world as we know it based on what I witnessed while attending the event on Saturday. Figuring out what we are as a team is difficult. Knowing what we are fighting for is the easy part.

Saturday all I witnessed were people determined to argue points that we all already know. Corporate greed is bad. Decision making in the government is broken. The democratic process is no longer democratic. Come on. We can discuss these things until we die and we would still be arguing amongst ourselves. It does no good.

What we need is to go beyond the voice of the protest and find solutions that can be organized and implemented that would actually change things. Organize period. Get the permits needed for sound equipment. Get the approval to stay at Eleanor Tinsley. What better place in all of Houston than directly across from our branch of the Fed. Let them see us. Know that we aren’t going away. Don’t rename the park that’s ignorant and only lends itself to allowing the image of the group to be marred by fanaticism. (That was probably voted down, but really…it was ridiculous.)

Allow the points raised at the GA meetings to be voted on by all who would like. Create a page on the Occupy Houston webpage specifically for the referendums and provide a 24 hour period for voting on the actions of the group. Allowing the 85 people in attendance to make decisions for the almost 8000 people in the group is not any better than what we’re fighting against.

Allow people to teach the group what economics is in theory and then what it has become in reality. Find a professor willing to explain what the democratic process is then explain what it has become. We’ve all taken a few classes but who couldn’t use a refresher. Saturday I saw the need for that all over the place.

Take a step back and look at how you want to be perceived by the general public. Do you want to be the fanatic group that scares the remainder of the 99% away or do you want the population to be able to relate? There is a big difference  and only one will give you the backing you need to actually make a difference. Give the 800+ people in attendance at the original march and the nearly 8000 on this page the opportunity to continue their support.

I am not the only person thinking these things. There is a huge difference in approach to what Occupy Houston is doing versus other groups that have been organized are doing across the nation.

I would share all this in the GA this morning, but I have to work. And on that note, anyone not going to their actual jobs to attend this is missing the point of the protest to begin with.

I know that on some things I am missing their point, but in reality, which point of view is going to gather more support? Feel free to post and ponder.

Anyone interested in forming a solutions work group just let me know…because I have ideas…ideas that won’t end the world as we know it, but might change the way things work.

QUICK NOTE FOR ANYONE VISITING FROM CRITTERS AND CRAYONS! These last few posts are NOT my normal material…however…this is highly relavent to current events and I think it needs to be discussed. If you are interested in self development, recovery, recovery from an alcoholic marriage, et al…please see previous posts and CHECK BACK TOMORROW! 🙂


4 thoughts on “A few thoughts on Occupy

  1. Elisa Michelle says:

    I think your points are really valid. Solutions are needed, not debate. That’s the main issue that’s holding the Occupy movement back and the main reason a lot of people don’t see them as credible. I admire what they’re talking about in theory, but really, I don’t like how they’re going about this. Protests and movements are about instigating change, not yelling your opinion outside Wall Street’s door and waving signs.

    Some people have pointed out that more effective methods like refusing to buy or lend or borrow from certain corporations until things either go to hell or they get the message might work. I can’t say either way. I admire you speaking up with your opinions though. Really, on the Internet that can be a hard thing to do, seeing as how people can be rude and trolling.

  2. Marybeth Miceli says:

    Its like you read my mind! You appear to know so much about this, like you wrote the book in it or something. I think that you could do with some pics to drive the message home a bit, but other than that, this is wonderful blog. A great read. I’ll certainly be back.

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