After listening to Obama’s State of the Union address, how can people continue to ask, what has Occupy done? Well one clear answer is, it has changed the conversation. Nothing is fixed when it is brushed under a rug. Of course, nothing is changed when our leaders seemingly hear our grievances and give the impression of solidarity only to then ignore those grievances and go on, business as usual. This is why Occupy must stay active and visible in the conversation.  

I still can’t decide if Obama is an ineffectual disappointment or a bold-faced liar. Is he full of big promises he’s powerless to keep or is he full of shit and pandering to the left only to then renege after climbing back into Wall Street’s bed. 

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The President’s speech today in Osawatomie, Kansas — where Teddy Roosevelt gave his “New Nationalism” speech in 1910 — is the most important economic speech of his presidency in terms of connecting the dots, laying out the reasons behind our economic and political crises, and asserting a willingness to take on the powerful and the privileged that have gamed the system to their advantage.

Here are the highlights (and, if you’ll pardon me, my annotations):

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In a speech at MIT last night to discuss the packed sweepstakes to build a tech campus in New York City, Mayor Bloomberg said he prefers City Hall to the White House. Almost immediately after Mayor Bloomberg dampened recent speculation he’s eyeing a White House bid, he added fuel to the fire by explaining why a mayor would be the best person for the job.

I have my own army in the NYPD, which is the seventh biggest army in the world. I have my own State Department, much to Foggy Bottom’s annoyance. We have the United Nations in New York, and so we have an entree into the diplomatic world that Washington does not have,” Mayor Bloomberg said.

“I don’t listen to Washington very much, which is something they’re not thrillled about.  The difference between my level of government and other levels of government is that action takes place at the city level,” Mayor Bloomberg said. “The cities and mayors are where you deal with crime, you deal with real immigration problems, you deal with health problems [i.e. dirty hippies], you deal with picking up the garbage [read OWS protesters and homeless people].” [comments added]

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An INTENSE moment of TRUTH with MAINSTREAM Media.

What I know many of us would like to say if given the chance. Very powerful. Definitely worth your time to watch.

Let’s Find a New Dream

How have they kept the masses down? Kept them hungry, scared, uneducated, and under the illusion they are well fed on gimmicks, brave in their patriotism, and complacent in their illusions. People act like that could never happen in today’s society. Propaganda, mass manipulation? Never! Not in AMERICA, the Land of the Free. But it has happened. History repeats itself, maybe not in the same way, but due to the same human flaws. Greed, ego, and need for power. Only this time we’ve been given the heartbreaking, illusory hope of an achievable American Dream. Who are those who succeed? Those who’ve worked hard and earned it! Okay, but tell me this, why is it someone who worked 70 hours a week running a mom and pop store just to make ends meet is less deserving than someone working on Wall Street? Just tell me WHY?

Can the same be said for all work place hierarchies? High school hierarchies? Those at the top are the most deserving? I’m not talking about high-paid professionals, scientists, doctors or economists. I’m talking about the people who gamble on the stock exchange. The people who run banks making MILLIONS every year. Please someone explain to me what God-rewarded values and hard work landed them that position in life. The only common thread I see is one of sociopathy and a willingness to climb and accumulate with no regard for others, going well beyond the point where many others would stop out of moral shame or guilt or legal bounds.

The system we all are born and bred to believe in is that hard work and toil will be rewarded as deserved. And hard work is spending hard hours of study culminating in scientific, technological or philosophic contributions to the progress of society. It means working hard building and creating your own ideas or your own homes.  Protection of property means protect your right to toil and keep the fruits of that toil - your business you build, your harvest you sew, your house you build, your ideas and things you discover. The system as you imagine it is not meant to protect disinterested outsiders from camping outside your home or your small business and profiting off of bets against your failures.  

Wake up America. This is not the dream. We got lost somewhere along the way and, yes, we also learnt a lot along the way - about civil rights and environmental sustainability. So let’s step forward instead of back. Let us learn from our mistakes and develop our progresses. Now is the time to find a new dream.

Occupy your country!