The young people involved during the past eight plus days protesting on Wall Street in New York are just a tip of the iceberg of the numbers of youngsters around the country who have become fed up with the government of their parents. Not unlike their colleagues in the Arab countries who have taken to the streets, picked up weapons against their government or are demanding different forms of government that is more representative of the people…the young are beginning to wake up.
With the richest country in the world leading in long term unemployment; with a median income in the U.S. losing an average of $400 over the past decade while the upper twenty percent of the public controlling 80 percent of the wealth and income of the country becoming richer and richer; with a college education becoming ever more expensive leading to a low quality education; with the American Dream no longer a viable opportunity for many of these young people; and with their parents continuing to fall through the cracks of what was their American Dream, you can certainly expect more protests.
Their music, comedy, and communications on blogs on the internet speak loudly about their discontent. Even such simple television programs as South Park criticize the old ideas of their parents and those of the institutions that try to teach them, employ them and impose government on them, including religious nonsense.
The young people have recognized so many things that don’t seem to hold water or add up. They have come to recognize that the U.S. is not only a major weapons manufacturer but the major seller of weapons to the world, that under the guise of silly programs like, the War Against Drugs, or the War on Terror that the only true beneficiaries have been the Defense Contractors who produce the programs and weapons to fight those wars. They have come to understand by communicating with others their age around the world on Facebook and Twitter just how much the U.S. government has supported dictators and despots in countries that offer raw materials or oil for the American economic machine.
They have learned that even our national leaders, Cheney and Rumsfeld, are open to be indicted or arrested by the World Court for allowing torture to be used during the Bush Administration not just on terrorist combatants but on Americans who happen to piss off some Generals in Iraq or Afghanistan because they intended to expose illegal or immoral activity by their commands.
The richest country in the world has the highest infant mortality rate, only Latvia, with six deaths per 1,000 live births, has a higher death rate for newborns than the United States, which is tied near the bottom of industrialized nations with Hungary, Malta, Polandand Slovakiawith five deaths per 1,000 births. How can this happen in America they’re starting to ask themselves? Why can’t my dad find a job…he’s been unemployed for the first time in his life and hasn’t been able to find a job in over a year? Why can’t I find a job…I just graduated from college and the only place I can find work is at a Starbucks, fast food chain or as a bartender?
Is that enough information to make you wonder why a herd of youngsters have started demonstrating on Wall Street? As the election cycle continues for the November elections in 2012, the weak list of contenders for the GOP nomination next year in Tampa, Florida will continue to make statements that will put their respective feet in their respective mouths. This alone will become new fodder for the demonstrations and protests to continue next year. Time will tell…revolution or rebellion, nothing should surprise us anymore; we just may see some of their parents joining the marches in the streets.
“Every act of rebellion expresses nostalgia for innocence and an appeal to the essence of being.” Albert Camus(1913-1960) Nobel Prize winning Writer