In 1906, Upton Sinclair wrote a book. The name of the book was titled “The Jungle“. When he set out on the journey to write the book he wanted it to portray the story of the immigrant. However, when the people read it they focused more on the corruption of the meat-packing industry’s use of cheap immigrant labor. Upton Sinclair was able to paint a clear–and harsh–picture into the readers heads about the harsh working conditions and the disparity of the workers vs. the people in power. The people in his book were categorized as the “haves and the have not’s“. The book opened a Pandora’s Box. A Pandora’s Box that President Teddy Roosevelt help shut. President Roosevelt, a republican, helped enact a whole new set of workplace laws that benefited workers. He made it illegal for very small minor children to work. He also started the ball on creating–what we know today as–The U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The irony, in all this, is that Teddy Roosevelt considered Upton Sinclair a complete idiot. So, President Roosevelt sent one of his trusted friends to investigate Sinclair’s claims that he made in the book. To much of Roosevelt’s dismay, they were supported by his trusted friend, Charles P. Neil.
In 2011, much of this is still going on.
I have a friend who is a legal immigrant, and he works in the aerospace field. He assembles aircraft seats for a relatively small company located in the San Fernando Valley in California. He is a very hard worker who makes $8.24 an hour. He makes $8.24 an hour with four mouths to feed. He works all the overtime he can, and is forced to turn to the Government for his health care and food stamp benefits. In contrast, the receptionist–who has no direct profit-making function with the company–makes $15.00 an hour. My friend, Pablo, has worked for this company for over 10 years. He has worked for the last 4 years without a raise. He’s not asking for much. I asked him if he gets angry about the income inequality. He simply smiles and says that God will guide him. He has three more years to qualify for Social Security retirement benefits. He has worked in this Country for 25 years, and he qualifies to make $600 a month. The first thought in my head is how is it humanly possible to survive on $600 a month? Especially with a family of four. When I asked him about this he said that he is going back to his native Mexico. He can live like a King with $600 a month.
Is this what we have become? We are supposed to live in the greatest Country in the World, and this is it? Whatever happened to the notion that anybody can come here with a dream and make it?
The Occupy Wall Street movement consists of the 99% of the people in this Country who have had it and we are not going to take it anymore. The message is simple, but it’s hard for the media to grasp the message due to the fact that they are controlled by the 1%. That is much of the way that our Government is controlled by the 1%. We are sick of it, and we’re not going to take it anymore. If that means that we are going to get arrested to get our point across then we will. As this movement grows and grows just think of the people who have been arrested, beaten, trampled on and pepper-sprayed. While you’re still thinking just give me the names of five Wall Street fat-cats that have been arrested for bringing down the American Economy. I can give you the names of countless thousands of people who have lost their homes, their jobs, their lives to this mess and not one person who is responsible for this arrested.
What if you’re one of the people who works for a company that has shed half its workforce, and you’re one of those employees that have seen your workload grow, overtime grow and pay freeze. You’re constantly being told that you can’t get a raise because of the bad economy. And as you make it out to the parking lot to get in your car you quickly notice that all the people who are telling you they can’t give you a raise because of the “bad economy” are all driving around $60,000+ cars. Isn’t this amazing? But, you’re only one voice and that is exactly why the Occupy movement is so important. The movement is made up of millions of people who all had that one voice. For so many years their voice was muted, and now it is amplified. So, it is of no surprise that people want to quickly mute them.
The elected politicians who are opposed to the movement are, in fact, part of the 1%. The elected politicians who are in favor of the movement are, in fact, part of the 1%. They are both, in fact, in charge of enforcing the movement by the police officers charged with the fact of enforcing it. The brutal enforcement of this movement will, in fact, lead to a revolution. And that is the real message of The Occupy Wall Street movement–a revolution. However, this revolution will be televised in full display for the people and by the people. We will not be ignored, and we will make a difference. We are strong. We are bold. We will fight, and we are not going to take it anymore.