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Monday, June 6, 2016
SOME loose/random Facebook exchange of views.
] Money in the (protest) campaign.
isn't that imperative. Tactical alliances, grassroots groundworking.
Thing is, activists these days spend more time preaching to the choir
than reeducating the "uninformed" middle forces. Money
doesn't move change. Otherwise the One Percent will gobble you up.
Let me put this way. America is still relatively comfortable (or the
mindset is) to really push for real change. Ask people to gather at a
City Council meeting to exact even the littlest amendment, who go
there? The homeless. The people who know how to "move"
change? Wombed in the internet.
] The bathroom issue.
is a defocus. Energies should be put into scrutinizing real gut
issues. The Occupy movement isn't going to work because it embraced
un-organization and embraced "chaos as fun." It was like a
summer camp for kids who didn't want to mow the lawn. I was in
Zuccotti Park for two weeks at the onset of the so-called protest. If
Bloomberg didn't ask McDonald's across the street to serve the
Occupiers 24/7, the convergence would have been over in 12 hours. No
groundworking. They didn't even know what they wanted. They presented
a 10- or 15-point demand form but these were all fantastic demands
that only a full-blown revolution can achieve. They were dreaming.
Revolution? When they won'tt even touch donated food that is
GMO-induced or they freaked when cellphone loses signal?
] Did we lose much (compared with the world?)
it comes down to it, Americans didn't lose much. This is still a
country where goodness and comfort reign supreme. Look how we drive
our cars to the next curb to throw garbage or how we use electric
power while Netherlands boasts of bicycles to Congress and Kerala
turns off lights at 9 PM. We just lost the ability to feel reality up
our guts as against the idealism of having to gain 'em all (or losing
what we gained). We lost the jobs yet we are still hugging the trees.
We struggle to pay bills and install a new room for growing kids, yet
we spend too much time on bathroom rights. It is not how America was
after the Depression when FDR ushered the New Deal. Irrelevant of the
economic downturn and China's ascent to power and Russia overtaking
Saudi Arabia in oil production, we are still talking about The
Illuminati and gluten free funnel cakes. (Sarcasm.)
] Elections are about winning.
is a speech bait, slogan, soundbyte, PR strategy. Politicians appeal
to and navigate emotional terrains, the surface of it, than what's on
or in the terrain. Trump's following, I believe, is a product of
growing people-dissatisfaction of traditional structures in American
society, foremost of which is governance. I cited studies and data in
my previous posts and blogs. Not hard to understand. People lost
jobs, lost houses and cars, lost marriages and families, and when
they go to the store, it's all Chinese products. Then who go to war,
those what we call "rednecks" and right-wing believers--yet
when they go home with severed limbs and mental confusion, they still
fight for their benefits. It's gut issue. People want change. Will
they get it from another elitist, politically-correct leader? Or from
someone who speaks their voice and grievances. I am not saying that
Trump is a good dude. All I am saying is--we gotta figure out the big
WHY? It's staring us in the face. The progressives should reeducate
these mass of people gravitating to a demagogue than call them idiots
(that's what I see in the social media and in most discussions with
friends who against The Donald).