Joyce L. Arnold, Liberally Independent, Queer Talk, equality activist, writer.
On this day of Wisconsin voting, 2012 electoral politicking, and a generally still prevalent pre-Occupied view of things, a song that provides a post-Occupied perspective. Lyrics below the video. Followed by a few other views and ideas about the way things are.
Riki Lindhome and Kate Micucci, a comedy duo known as Garfunkel and Oates, sing a ‘We are the World’-style parody, inspired by Occupy Wall Street, about the current economic crisis in this clip directed by MATT and OZ. ‘All the jobless people need to learn to be content,’ they intone faux-earnestly into the mic as visions of old white gentleman float by, ‘because what we need to do is protect the 1%.’
Excerpts from “Save the Rich” lyrics, via Lyrics Reg: (emphasis mine)
Everyone knows these times are really tough
And we need to band together and say we’ve had enough
All the jobless people need to learn to be content
’Cause what we need to do is protect our 1 per cent …
Save the rich
Blame yourself for your problems
Not the bad economy
So what if those who have the most
Are the ones who put it in jeopardy
Fuck your student loans
Fuck your kids and your healthcare
It’ll only take 10 thousand other jobs
To put another private jet in the air
Save the rich
It’s so easy to do
Just let yourself be ignorant
To what’s been done to you
Save the rich
by doin’ nothing at all
Deny all sense and logic and just think really small
You should think really small
Or just don’t think at all
And save the rich
Views from the OWS Twitter feed:
wordsofpower ‘From Madrid, we send r support & solidarity 2 people of Madison …’ – Voices from Global Uprising bit.ly/MxwIEZ #OWS #p2 #wisconsin
Too_Much_Online New from Bloomberg News: America’s top 50 financial CEOs saw pay collectively rise by 20.4% in 2011. goo.gl/xnHFk #ows #inequality
carlacasilli RT @davewiner: Simple idea. I’d like to see #OWS and Anonymous put their efforts into counteracting voter suppression by the Repubs. Fight fire with fire.
luis_propush #OWS ‘Summer Disobedience School’ Prepares for Black Monday #occupy NationofChange nationofchange.org/ows-summer-dis…
FreDude1 The raised fist signs in #Wisconsin are sickening. They make #USA look like a foreign land.#tcot #tlot #ows #WI #WIRecall #teaparty #gop #p2
milo9 @EEElverhoy @skeeter10 @metroulas @dlogang Crack a book, what has happened throughout history when the 1%ers have abused their power? #ows
julieanneda RT @glassdimlyfaith: #occupyDC folks lashed to milk-crates to block the eviction of Dawn Butler. #ows pic.twitter.com/vzOeWn9n
The “FreDude1” guy’s pre-Occupied thinking would make an “America, love or leave it” proponent proud.
In conclusion, via End Run, a view from Edward R. Murrow:
‘A nation of sheep will beget a government of wolves.’
And even really, really motivated, voting sheep are still sheep.
Save the wolves! Save the rich! Save the comfort of pre-Occupied thinking!
(Garfunkel and Oates Photo Via Garfunkel and Oates)