Forum Post: IS THE REPUBLICAN PARTY BECOMING MORE LIBERAL - in the face of a paradigm shift in demographics
Posted 10 months ago on Jan. 27, 2013, 4:51 p.m. EST by frovikleka
from Island Heights, NJ
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I was reluctant to put this thread up because as many of you know, I strongly believe that Occupy Wall Street should remain outside of the rotten political system. However the victories we are seeing in the political arena are indeed real, and the trends that have developed seem to portend well for us in the future. So they serve as a needed barometer of our success and the very probable continuation of it. The tide is indeed turning. yoo hoo
This news deserves to be celebrated by all of us, but it should also come with the caveat that we have a long way to go, and we are up against a formidable oponent. And the corrupt elite will do their best to apppease us,..... which may cause divisiveness amongst our ranks....., with as little reform, (easily reversible by slick lobbyists) as possible. In any event 'they' will never agree to the sea change that we need, and that most of us want, until we DEMAND it!!
Only when the corrupt elite are threatened (economically) by an AWAKENED critical mass of people who are out in the streets... will we achieve our goal. (SEE; Montreal protests; SEE Iceland protests; SEE the protests in the early 20th century in Sweden and Norway). And that will only happen when people come to the sober conclusion that enduring discomforts, and even the possibility bodily harm in taking part in direct actions is worth the risk... compared to the alternative.... suffering long term servitude/subordination that our children/grandchildren will also undoubtedly have to tolerate as well. Courage will beget courage, though.
'Arguably', (especially on this forum;-).....I know these demographic dynamics could serve as justification for why Occupy Wall Street should stay the course.... outside the political system.....OR become part of it. This is an on-going debate on this forum, and there are people of integrity....who dearly want to see this struggle succeed... on both sides of this squabble ;-), but we should do our best to see that it does not become a divisivsive debate. It is my firm belief which is akin to OWS's that we should stay outside the rotten political system for all the reasons I have outlined here, that is.... if we want to truly see the SEA CHANGE that most of us here so desparately want. That quantum change inlcludes at... the very least... having people's interests come first and foremost, the health of our planet, and setting us on a path to a new economic system, that is more conducive to both the former.
I have taken the liberty to capitalize key words from an excerpt of a blog by Amanda Werner that appeared in the Huffington Post.
*"Although experiences of subordination vary greatly, dealing with oppressive treatment tends to foster two important values: COMMUNITY and COMPASSION. Of course these are the very characteristics a group must devlop to RESIST and SURVIVE subordination. Community is necessary because the ideal of each individual pulling herself up by her bootstraps does not work as well when your entire group is denied boots in the first place. Compassion naturally flows from this, as subordinated communities are reminded of every day that personall struggle rarely exists in a vacuum." *
In order to see our movement succeed we have to acknowledge certain truths, and one of them is that the subordination that we, the white middle-class are now encountering are injustices that minorities have had to endure for oh so long. Hence there is bound to be some legitimate resentment on their part when we come a calling asking them to join our struggle. Afterall, where were we when it was only them? It is our job though to reach out to these people who have suffered at the hands of their oppressors.... ours too now.... for far longer, and to a much greater degree than we have. We have to conduct this outreach with the profound understanding, and a heart-felt promise that we will not abandon them again. Overcoming a rotten political system that has thrived on creating divisiveness will not be easy, and it will take a sustained effort on our part to build COMMUNITY along the way. In any event, he process of reconciliation should begin now.
There is one demographic group that Ms. Werner failed to mention, in the above excerpt and that group is people of compassion who are not minorities, and in my case: That is older white dudes who simply want to see their children, and grandchild to have the chance to grow up in a better, more just world.
Note; I'll be out for a while, but will be back on line here tonight