Occupy Day 2011: What Does It Mean?

By Aaron Youngblood

Maybe this year they should have renamed Sweetest Day to Occupy Day. On Oct. 15, the “occupy” movement spread across the globe in as many 82 countries and nearly one thousand cities. Across the world, people are being burdened due to economic hardships and have decided to exercise their rights to contest the government and corporations’ influence on it.

This year has been subject to many demonstrations of citizens being “fed up”. The movements were sparked by the economic situations where the citizens believe they cannot seem to get a break. In the U.S., the movements began mid-September with Occupy Wall Street in New York. These protests are in response to economic inequality, corrupt corporations and their influence on government. The economic crisis has been felt by the majority of people and they feel it is now time for the government to intervene and fulfill the duties they were elected to do: maintain a proper society.

According to The Chicago Tribune, some “occupants” in Chicago have a goal to repeal Bush tax cuts given from 2001 to 2003. Many believe that all people should participate fairly in paying taxes. Most people don’t like taxes, but we all have to pay them. In fact, we all enjoy many benefits of taxes without realizing it, such as public transportation. Many right-wingers claim to love America, but are afraid to let go of a few dollars to help America back to her feet.  They claim to be so patriotic but seem to forget that paying taxes is a significant act of patriotism. The economy is in a horrible position and I, for one, am glad people have begun to occupy. Maybe the government will consider how the decisions they make affect the people.

Some refuse to believe in the movements feeling they will accomplish nothing. Radical right-wing Ted Nugent has referred to participants in Occupy Wall Street as anti-American idiots. I find this remark to be very anti-American. People seem to have forgotten the principles on which this country was founded. This country symbolizes freedom and the chance for everyone to make something of him/herself. This is what the movement is about; people have noticed their diminishing chances to achieve their goals. Most are just trying to stay healthy. Due to the greed of some, many have suffered tremendously and cannot seem to get a break.

These protests mirror a similar situation during the Han dynasty in China; the wealthy ruled the country and the lower classes were tired of being treated unfairly. That Yellow Turban Rebellion ignited the decline of the Han dynasty. I hope this does not happen to America.