From the European plazas of Rome, Copenhagen and London, to the streets and squares of Manhattan, Atlanta, and Oakland, strangers guided by an intuitive alarm clock and united by shared feelings of frustration, hopelessness and desperation are marching / protesting vociferously by the thousands.
Unconcerned with the threat of retribution by agents of the “Invisible Hand” they stand shoulder to shoulder, straight, gay, male, female, Christian, Jew, Muslim and Pagan, uncommonly united by a collective belief that the world’s 1% ultra rich are deeply in cahoots with “too big to fail” banks, soulless lobbyists and corrupt politicians.
The protestors are convinced that the banks have “stacked the deck” against them and are purposely creating a global feudalistic society ruled by tyrannical oligarchies that survive like vampires off of the blood, sweat and tears of an increasingly powerless proletariat.
Tagged by the media as the “99 percenters” they’re mostly college educated, jobless, broke and disillusioned with a system that has manipulated their life and have mercilessly tossed them into a bottomless sea of excessive debt orchestrated by insidious, greedy bankers.
Their homemade placards and posters clearly illustrate their growing anxiety and anger with the most powerful financial entities in the world.
Feeling disenfranchised by corrupt governments and feeling equally betrayed by con men disguised as politicians, the 99ers are simply an internationally organized “family” without an elected spokesperson.
Their united mantra of “We’re mad as hell and we’re not going to take it anymore”, has caused quite a stir amongst the 1% who reside in “ivory towers” built high upon “Mount Olympus.”
Apparently, the 99 percenters have “seen” the coming of the apocalypse and their vision foretells of banks (in quest of record profits) unrepentantly condemning ill-informed credit card consumers and college graduates to a lifetime of indebtedness.
Disguised in pretty gift-wrapped boxes that come with personalized “thank you” cards these financial booby traps are designed to entrap / enslave the average consumer with compounding interest rates starting from the age of puberty and following them far into their “golden years.”
Unmistakenly, (for now) their non politically affiliated message of frustration and anger has been focused directly at Wall Street, interrelated international financial markets and of course, corrupt politicians who pass laws that shield the “elite” from prosecution.
The 99ers through their message of “immediate change” are shining a floodlight on the disparity between the haves and the have nots. Just in the United States alone, the income gap between the richest and poorest Americans grew last year to its widest amount on record as families struggle to stay afloat in a see-sawing recession.
Escalating food costs, skyrocketing costs for healthcare, fuel and college tuition has emptied the “piggy banks” of most Americans and the prospect of getting a divided government to work for the people seems to be as impossible as turning lead into gold.
Recent college graduates that have incurred tens of thousands of dollars in debt from student loans (driven by loan shark interests rates) are projected to be still paying off their loans in the next 20 plus years, leaving the average graduate to wonder if they will ever be able to move out of their parent’s home and begin a life of their own.
Fearing a grassroots movement that has the ability to quickly transform into a revolution reminiscent of the youth revolution in Egypt this past spring, Wall Street CEOs are tapping the shoulders of powerful friends in Washington, reminding them of past favors rendered.
In the meanwhile, the 99 percenters must (will) continue to protest financial inequalities that undoubtedly must change if the middle class is to survive. The question is what exactly happens if change doesn’t occur fast enough and peaceful demonstrators are turned defensive from tactics used against them by the people who stand behind the velvet curtain? Additionally is “Rome” already in flames and has the battle camps between the haves and the have nots hunkered down for the winter? Inquiring minds want to know. Sound off.
Until next time, Louisianans, Good day, God Bless and Good Fishing.