Days of Change

When Popular Protest Isn’t Popular | January 17, 2015

Note: This post was retrieved on 5/16/15, but written on 1/17/15

About six years ago, an impassioned speech on CNBC led to protests about how Obama was going to raise taxes, (he did) take away freedom (he did) and ruin health care (he is). One of the ways Obama supporters tried to blunt this was with competing movements that were heavily funded and lightly populated. Remember the Coffee Party?

The new plan was to create a meme, a problem that wasn’t really a problem, but that the media could expand with anecdotes. It worked for Global Warming. So the legend of the 1% was born. These were massively rich people who only lived in mansions and resorts and were all Paris Hiltons or Kim Kardashians. The real 1% of income earners can make as little as $250,000 and some of them are actually filing as a business with considerably less take home pay. Also, the people in the 1% change in significant numbers over the course of a few years. The meme, however, was born.

A big push was made to AstroTurf a grass-roots organization. The problem was that every liberal interest group is a special snowflake. So the Occupy movement was made up of a bunch of squatters, mostly socialist, who never defined their beliefs or goals. Some cities drove them out, others let them defile various parks. Either way, the movement fizzled.

So, it seems the professionals hired to disorganize Occupy are now part of the often disruptive, yet goal-lacking meme of #blacklivesmatter. They talk about raising awareness of Black people being arrested by committing crimes such as blocking bridges and barging into restaurants during brunch. It’s too bad for them that no one gives a crap anymore. It’s too hard to find new cases of police mistreating Black people because it happens so infrequently. If Black lives matter, why is no one protesting the proliferation of Black murder by Blacks?

Better luck next meme.

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2 Comments

  1. WordPress has been a bit wonky lately. I think they’re still upgrading.

    Comment by insanitybytes22 — January 17, 2015 @ 10:51 pm

  2. Do you ever compos in your word processing program, then copy and paste to your blog? No frustrating lost documents that way.

    Comment by Mary — January 17, 2015 @ 11:37 pm


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