Posted: October 27, 2011 at 12:11 am by krippled
What what? I go and get pissed off enough to finally navigate my way back to this space, and I find a new post from the Good Dr. of Thumbgreenery? Gives me the warm fuzzies, that does, and here I was with butthole all clenched up in a rectal fist of rage, ready to spew forth a fiery brown stream of hot distemper. Because just when I feared the Occupy movement was losing steam, the recent porkish thuggery of the Oakland PD has motivated me to post with a heady fervor I haven’t felt since the Daze of Dubya. So I’m pushing the happy thoughts out for the time being so I can get my rant on.
But here’s what I finally logged back in to point out: Fuck the fucking police. Holy shit, I can’t believe how disgusted it made me seeing videos of the Oakland PD hiding inside their riot gear and firing into a crowd of citizens. Citizens of the United States who are pointing out that the Game is rigged, that our elected officials are relatively inexpensive assets taking direction from corrupt corporations, beset upon by public employees who are nominally charged with protecting and serving the citizenry, but who have become subservient attack dogs under the beck and call of their moneyed masters. The Republicans should be fucking facepalming the shit out of themselves for being the ones who kept mislabeling OWS as “Class Warfare” because what just happened in Oakland is exactly what Class Warfare really is: the power and money, Government owned by Big Business, punishing the dissident population that dares question their claim to authority.
The most telling part of this video in particular wasn’t the callous and casual grenade/gassing of the protestors who were trying to assist the injured Olsen, even though the first time I saw that I swore so hard my laptop screen still smells like my dinner. The worst part was the realization that after being gassed and chased away once, the protestors returned, gathered Olsen up, and hurriedly carried him AWAY FROM THE POLICE. The side with the guns and armor, who so easily rationalized resorting to violence was “the law.” And a hundred yards in the opposite direction was SAFETY.
But this news is too incendiary to not be picked up by the media, and so this may well be the kind of catalyst that the Occupy movement needed to push it up past it’s previous plateau. The only good thing about the militarized police force and their political enablers overplaying their hand is that this same hubris and compromised judgment is what will eventually precipitate their downfall. This is how it has to end, otherwise this country cannot continue to exist as a democracy.
Coincidentally, it seemed odd that the Republicans were suddenly so keen on keeping our troops in the Middle East, but now I realize that the Republicans should be very afraid of the troops’ homecoming. We’re already at 9% unemployment. What jobs are the vets going to be coming home to? The GI Bill doesn’t pay for much college anymore either. Thousands of disillusioned veterans with a mess of a country waiting for them, no foreign war to distract the public; focus will return to the homefront, and the vets will have a lot more in common with the Occupiers than they do with the Republican party, who still won’t have any answers except deregulation and tax cuts for their benefactors. I sincerely hope this means the Movement is just getting started. All those wasted years, all those protests during the Dubya presidency that never amounted to much – it was back then that they were laying the shoddy foundation for this economic collapse, and now we’re living the consequences. I hope Scott Olsen recovers completely, and I hope this is the tipping point at last.