Saturday, October 15, 2011

We Are the 53%

This makes me sad. So sad, it warrants a weeping emoticon. :'-(

*sniff sniff*

From The Right-Wing Version of ‘We Are the 99 Percent’: Heartbreaking

As the article explains, there has been an official response to the "99%ers" over at Occupy Wall Street from the members of the Republican underclass at the tumblr called We Are the 53%. Characterized by an almost Christ-like nobility in the silent suffering of the very same hardships that have pushed so many to the streets of cities across the nation, the message of the "53%ers" is simply - Suck It Up.

It all comes back to inheriting dead people's baggage. As I see it, through a mixture of religious influence and generations of poverty in middle America, a large percentage of our population has somehow become convinced that their suffering is righteous. Caught between the rhetoric of the meek inheriting the Earth, and insidious degradation of the American sensibility from "If we all work hard we can make this a better place for everyone" to "This is just the way it is - Drive On", the American public has in some way become convinced that this is their lot in life. The simple fact that the We Are the 53% website shows pictures of people proudly holding pieces of paper in front of the camera with Marine phrases like "Drive On" should speak volumes. Such militant rhetoric certainly has its place behind enemy lines when such an attitude can mean the difference between life and death, but putting on such totalitarian blinders has no place in the social aspect of a democratic society.

I'll tell you one thing though, brothers and sisters. All these numbers are driving me out of my mind.

I don't know what you believe, but I do know there's no doubt,
I'll need another double shot of something 90 proof, I got too much to think about

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