Why are we pouring into the streets? Why is Union after Union looking out the window and sighing with relief "Finally!" and grabbing their umbrellas and their homemade signs? Why is the movement spreading from city to city to city?
"What do they want?" the editors holler in frustration. "They don't even know what they want." sneer the helots of our Beloved Oligarchs in contempt.
"Why won't they just, you know... create a LIST of demands? You know, something concrete, like "Free Mumia," or "Free Housing" or "Ponies for All?"
That way, we could take their "demand(s)" and deconstruct them and misinterpret them and run them through our Propaganda Machine and prove how wrong and bad and silly and worthy of being ignored they are!
That way, we could devolve the whole scary, uncontrollable phenomenon into a circus, nominate a few main clowns (whoever first 'states the demand(s)') and dismiss the whole thing."
You know bloody effing well what we want.
You know it, and I know it.
The ninety-nine percent knows it.
Seriously, even our Beloved Oligarchs know it. You damn' well BET they know it. They are age-old veterans of the Class War, they know their history. They see the tide turning, they're just using you, USING YOU, to hold it off while they grab a little more boodle and hide some of the stash and build better legal, economic, and physical walls to hide behind.
Then they'll slink away to their private islands or whatever and leave their good little helots holding the bag. No more seven-figure bonuses and an angry mob on your doorstep.
You know what we want.
We want this mess fixed, we want it fixed NOW. And we want it fixed in ways that ensure economic security, a good education for our children, better opportunities and a better world for our grandchildren. We want an end to greed and exploitation and disingenuous posturing about how the Holy Free Market is just doin' its thang creating prosperity for the truly worthy and if you're not prosperous, well, it's yer own damn' lazy worthless fault. AN END TO THAT.
We want breathable air and clean water freely available to all, and land that doesn't make us sick. We want an infrastructure grid that allows us to communicate and be safe and travel cost-effectively and get help when we need it. We want access to quality health care for everyone and decent jobs and a chance to start our own little businesses and build our own security without the behemoths of the Oligarchy crushing us or grabbing our work away for a pittance when we succeed. We want food that nourishes and doesn't make us sick and fat and weak.
We want a government
of the people, by the people, FOR the people
We want our soldiers and sailors and airmen to go in harm's way ONLY when WE understand why and believe it's necessary. WE, the ninety-nine percent, not the Oligarchs who suck our tax dollars into their bank accounts through defense contractors and military "consultants." And when our servicemembers DO go in harm's way, we want them to have the best equipment and good pay that supports their families and fair treatment and proper medical care and decent benefits.
We want our nation back. We want our dream back.
Izzat enough "one demand" for you, assholes? Go ahead, make fun of it. Try to deconstruct it. Show us why it's impractical, unwinnable, dismissable.
But the people in the streets aren't going to listen.
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