Occupy Ventura, New York, Oakland, and Your Town, USA

NY Times “Day of Action”

 Occupy Oxnard’s Day of Action. Ventura/Oxnard is little better than a slice of America rising to its feet in support (if not in numbers) of our brothers and sisters who are OCCUPYing Wall Street in New York, Oakland, and Your Ttown, USA.  

Communities like ours are small and perhaps not very consequential in the larger scheme of things.  Multiply our small OCCUPY turnout of less than 100 by the numbers of small towns throughout the country and you get a picture of the wave of genuine grass roots anger that is rising in America. 

There are no moneyed background groups hidden behind 501c organizations to provide sleek tour busses and port-a-potties and large busses.  The OCCUPY movement has arisen from the genuinely unhappy, the dispossessed, the unemployed.  Some have been called homeless because they are.   

Homeless, not through moral failure but because they have been victimized by the fast-talking mortgage broker, the blind banker who could see no evil in “Liar’s Loans,” and the social Darwinists who see their failures as free-market casualties.  The survivors are those who packaged those collateralized securities and kept the money in play – the money they took as commissions, bonuses and credit default swaps.  

“Financial Services” guys who stole the dreams of America, not with a gun but with a pen.  Those who would say would say to each other: “Don’t worry, I won’t be here, you won’t be here,” just take the money. These were the purveyors of a fraud that burst the mortgage bubble, laid waste to retirement investments and put families in the street.  

I’m not smart enough to put my finger on the “Who or When or Why” things went wrong but neither are those who turn out at rallies across America.  They know the pain not felt since the depression of three generations ago.  There are thousands of reasons this multitude has come to protest.  “Everybody Hurts.” We can’t expect the multitude to be lyrically eloquent phrasing their suffering with a politician’s glib sophistry.  OCCUPY is the breath and the sweat of honest citizens who rise to have a voice that will grow with time and in volume as my people demand to be made right. There may well be a second coming.

The Second Coming

TURNING and turning in the widening gyre

The falcon cannot hear the falconer;

Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;

Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,

The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere

The ceremony of innocence is drowned;

The best lack all conviction, while the worst

Are full of passionate intensity.

Surely some revelation is at hand;

Surely the Second Coming is at hand.

The Second Coming! Hardly are those words out

When a vast image out of i{Spiritus Mundi}

Troubles my sight: somewhere in sands of the desert

A shape with lion body and the head of a man,

A gaze blank and pitiless as the sun,

Is moving its slow thighs, while all about it

Reel shadows of the indignant desert birds.

The darkness drops again; but now I know

That twenty centuries of stony sleep

Were vexed to nightmare by a rocking cradle,

And what rough beast, its hour come round at laSt,

Slouches towards Bethlehem to be born?

William Butler Yeats, 1922

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About carlos

I'm a curious person, of reasonable intellect, "on the beach" (retired) and enjoying my interest in anthropology, language, civil rights, and a few other areas. I've been a hippie/student/aerospace tech writer in the '60s, a witness to the Portuguese revolution in the ‘70s, a defense test engineer and witness to the Guatemalan genocide in the '80s, and a network engineer for an ISP in the '90s. Now I’m a student and commentator until my time is up. I've spent time under the spell of the Mesoamerican pyramids and the sweet sound of the Portuguese language. I've lived in Europe, traveled in Brazil, Central America, Iceland, New Zealand, and other places. My preferred mode of travel is with a backpack and I eat (almost) anything local. Somehow, many of the countries I have been to have had civil unrest (for which I was not responsible). I'm open to correspond with anyone who might share my liberal, humanist interests. I live in San Buenaventura, California.
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2 Responses to Occupy Ventura, New York, Oakland, and Your Town, USA

  1. Capitan Medianoche says:

    I am curious to see how far our democratic government goes to suppress the “Occupy” movement.

    • carlos says:

      My intuition says that this has legs. Just coincidentally, if you look at my wall you will see the same outrage being demonstrated in Porto and Lisbon (Portugal), Italy, and Spain. Each country, of course has their own issues but the commonality is the excess of loan makers over the past 20 years flogging housing, municipal debt, middle-class aspirations, and lax revenue policies. I smell the passion of the 1960s/70s. It is said that wars happen at 20 year intervals – just enough time for a new generation of those still young enough to believe in honor and glory to have grown to sacrificial age. Besides the demographic of the protesters includes those collecting SS and medicare as well as the young, skilled, but unemployed. The Tea Party gang have much in common with those religious extremists who might kill you to keep you from sinning more. Just sayin…

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