I’ve been seeing a lot of reblogs from the We are the 53% and We are the 99% blogs. All of them with opinions on each side of the spectrum. (Duh.) And like theirs, here’s mine.
Now, I am not going to say that I’ve never relied on the government to lead my life, because—let’s face it—I do it every day. And so do you. Those pretty streets we drive on, the trash that is picked up twice a week, the policemen that serve and protect our cities, the firefighters that save us, etc. And for their work, I am truly grateful. Really, thanks guys.
My story goes like this, I have been working since I was 15 years old. I am 26. I drive an old ass car, work a 10-7 job that just barely pays the bills, live semi-comfortably (not to be mistaken with extravagantly), have some college education—but no degree—and I live in fear for the day that I break a leg or an arm or something because I have no health insurance.
So, where does that leave me? Honestly, I don’t give a fuck.
All I want is for everything to be fair. This country’s government has gone to hell in a handbasket and we are having one helluva time trying to bring it back.
Where did the American dream go? Where has greed taken this country? Why is our education so fucking expensive? $1 trillion in debt, can you fucking believe that?! The housing market? What are we buying castles now? And why is our healthcare system all about the money? Hospital and doctor bills are through the roof. You better wish on your lucky stars that nothing happens to you health-wise or down you go, in the deep spiral of debt again. Insurance? Ha! What a joke. When did the government stop looking out for its people and more for its corporations?! This government of ours, it only looks out for the highest bidders. Sadly my friends, that is not us. Banks charging fees to keep your money safe?! Are you for fucking real? Sky high interest rates! Stock market! Money exchange! And where are the jobs needed to provide these necessities?! The ones needed to survive in today’s America?*
Now, I’m not saying I’m going to join the Occupy movement this very minute—I do, after all, have bills to pay—but it doesn’t mean I don’t support them. Most of them are smart individuals like you and me that have just had enough. All I ask is that if you, like me, want this shit to get better, keep yourself in the know. Read blogs and online news sources, follow the movement on twitter, watch the videos, everything! And if you are able to go to a protest, even better! Go for it! Know what is going on in your country. Know how this will affect you now and in the long run. Look around you, this country is overcome with greed and its slowly but surely consuming each one of us.
Let’s try to make this shit get better.
*To those people saying #Occupyajob instead of “being lazy” please watch your words. If you say this, I automatically assume that you clearly must be in a big city where jobs are incredibly easy to come by and it rains gold. You must not know what it is like to be unemployed for over 7 months, looking every hour of the day for a job that will pay the bills. You must not know. And if you do know, remember exactly how you felt when you were unemployed and couldn’t even afford a gallon of milk.