Paying attention to some of the movements here in the United States, I’ve noticed some glaring differences in these political factions but some similarities as well. Can these revolutionaries find some common ground and work together to make this nation great again? I came to some interesting conclusions as I wrote this article.
Let’s begin with Occupy Wall Street aka OWS. When I heard of this movement I paid attention. At first they appeared to be protesting the banks and Wall Street finance for creating the economic crash of 2008 and the aftereffects. As they grew in size and peaked they soon faded. Their message became like a news broadcast, changing by the minute. First they wanted to slam Wall Street. Then they wanted to destroy all capitalism, not crony capitalism or corporatism, all capitalism – America’s bread and butter.
I decided to visit the Occupy Oakland encampment. It was filled with potheads, slackers, wannabe skaters, and the downtrodden. Now all of these people are Americans too. But their way of life had nothing in common with mine except for the fact that they were upset with Wall Street. Unfortunately what OWS in general seem to want, imo, is socialism which invariably leads to communism. They think everyone should get free food and free housing and this would be provided by taxing the middle class and the rich. In other words they want freebies.
OWS is part of the “progressive” movement. Overall they are far left and very liberal; meaning low sexual morality, gay marriage/transgender surgeries and rights need to be embraced, hardcore feminism (end patriarchy), white people are guilty of everything, getting high is good, shouldn’t have to work if others are (tax the worker and the rich), Christianity is evil but all other religions and their backers are good guys, etc. The list can go on. It get’s old. Hence, OWS faded into the dustbin of history. They wanted too much, too fast and kept changing their tune. They’re still around… in pieces.
Affiliated with Occupy Wall Street is Anonymous. Anonymous showed up before OWS but aligned itself with them, riding on the coattails of popularity, not that Anons needed to make a name for themselves, but they saw a way to get their goals pushed with OWS (foot soldiers). Anons are anonymous people, especially computer programmers/technicians, etc. who hack into government and corporate systems to wreak havoc – hacktivists from all over the world. There are many Anonymous members and they don’t agree on everything. They have public arguments on Twitter. Some are conservative but the majority are “progressive”. Anons and OWS is like peanut butter and jelly. They go together well.
On the opposite end of the spectrum is the Tea Party and the Liberty Supporters. The Tea Party is another grassroots movement that has gained a lot of steam and been accepted into the political arena. They represent middle America and Republicans mainly. But they want the candidate to be conservative in ideology and practice. Tea Party members tend to be Christian, against abortion in most cases, support free-markets, don’t support corrupt politicians or abusive banks/corporations and aren’t for smoking weed.
Liberty Supporters (a broad term) have similar traits to the Tea Party but also some differences. Many Liberty Supporters are fed up with both Democrats and Republicans unlike the Tea Party which believes America’s issues can be worked out with Washington DC through the Republican party/conservative stance (this may be the biggest difference between these two groups). Liberty Supporters believe the rule of the land should be by the US Constitution. They are fed up with eminent domain, Agenda 21, the United Nations and America’s role in globalization. They want America’s borders as protected as banks. They believe in hard work, self-responsibility, and accountability. They also believe in privacy. The Tea Party and Liberty Supporters could agree on a lot just as both OWS and Anonymous could.
As you can see the two main “progressive” groups and the two main conservative groups differ on most everything. The Occupy movement and the Anons seem to want to completely change America and destroy capitalism while the Tea Party and Liberty Supporters mainly want the corruption out of Washington DC and to have this nation ruled by the US Constitution without economic manipulation.
The first two groups are more destructive to America and appear to be opportunists, attacking anything that implies or practices American traditions or values while the latter two groups want to preserve America, many past practices, and the moral fiber of the country.
The groups appear to be incompatible. The “progressive” movements are more volatile and aggressive. They often play the race card and resort to cussing in debates. They are mad and are justified in some respects but not if they can’t back up their bullet points with facts.
The conservative leaning movement is more calm, cool, and collected. Why? Because they are used to being targets and tend to be older and more mature. Cries of racism, anti-immigrant, and evil for believing in God is constantly thrown at them. Conservatives (not fake Bush conservatives) use history showing positive/acceptable points of past-America and how it can be great again as data in debates. They continually turn the other cheek to their own detriment.
The things that the “progressives” and the conservative groups agree on, without knowing it as they are too busy with their own goals, is that they both aren’t in favor of:
2.) Unjust war
3.) American military being used as a global police force
4.) Police brutality
5.) Political deception
6.) Economic manipulation
7.) Corporate control
Those are large issues. They effect the entire world. It seems that some of the differences in these groups may actually be smaller than they realize but they are so angry and engrossed by their narrow field of focus that anything different is the enemy and therefore no compromise of working together could ever happen. Just as a corrupt manager keeps employees divided with rumor and falsehoods and then proceeds to solve the same employees problems, so does the US govt act in this fashion.
If we could set aside the issues of vegans vs. meat eaters, gay and transgender rights, the race card, etc. and focus on stopping globalization/corporatism/tyrannical govt. as a united country, we could make a big difference.
The problem that I see now, as I write this, is that the “progressives” need and want more government on their side while the conservatives do not. If the “progressives” lean towards a dependent livelihood, mandating free housing and food but the conservatives want less government and more self-reliance upon family and hard work… how could this unification of groups for a larger cause (stopping globalization and the ensuing destruction of cultures/diversity/traditions) ever happen? There’s a 99% chance that it cannot.
Assessing the situation it appears “progressives” are supporters of globalization whether they want to acknowledge it or not. Their fight against traditional America is anti-nationalistic, hence anti-traditional family and culture. That spells it out.
Conservatives want to reign American government in and live peacefully. “Progressives” want to destroy the old America and replace it with a global system where everyone is “equal” (free housing, free food, a job hand-picked for you, and micromanaging rules to exist by) where no dissenters to the pseudo “equality-for-all” mantra will be tolerated and will ultimately be shouted down for being racists, sexists, and anti-gay. And so you know, equality-for-all actually means where you are no better, no more gifted, no more exceptional, and not worth listening too. You are an ant like all the other ants in the colony. The theme will be, “Here’s a sandwich and some chips. Now sit down and shut up!”
The final conclusion is apparent, sad, and scary too. It’s sad that many people have become so dependent on government handouts and have accepted that lifestyle with the rabid belief that everyone else should be taxed more in order to create more freebies. The “progressives” and the conservatives cannot work together. Do you see a way? Right now I don’t. The spectrum and the goals appear to be very wide.
In the end we are all people. Our political views don’t make up the entirety of who we are but we do often get caught up in our belief systems. So much so that anything disagreeable is immediately deemed an enemy to be beaten down. The problem is just that. If people make politics their life and their meaning for existing… that’s an extreme.
In America the idea is for us to see one another as Americans first. Differing views can be expressed. Although if an American is not just trying to change something for the better, but is actively trying to turn the entire country upside down, that is extreme and that I am afraid is an enemy to all patriotic Americans. We can discuss and poll. We can create stats and gather facts. But we cannot destroy this nation for some idealistic, global “progressive” utopia.
I am certain all other peoples in their respective country’s feel the same way. Nations deserve their autonomy. What they don’t deserve is some hacktivist who aims to dismantle their entire system nor do they deserve corrupt politicians along with greedy corporations who raid their bank accounts. And they most certainly do not deserve to be sucked into a global world order where everyone is provided for by some far away bureaucracy. The people of the world deserve true autonomy and to have their practices, cultures, traditions, and family lineage preserved, respected, and looked upon with pride.
Is that so hard to appreciate?