I’m angry as hell and I’m finally going to say why Part 2

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Now let me get one thing perfectly straight. I DO NOT SUPPORT OCCUPY WALLSTREET!

I support people finally having the courage to break the rules that govern this corrupt society to courageously try and wake up a global society that just stopped caring.

I support my local Occupy Portland people because most of them are sick of this crap also and many know exactly what’s broken. The problem is they don’t know how to fix it. But, honestly, neither does anyone else.

Trying to shut down Wall Street because it has spiraled into a corrupt money making machine for the power hungry, greedy “1%”, while absolutely true, is like punishing a handgun that gets used to kill someone.

Wall Street is a tool. In fact it’s an extraordinary tool. It’s the tool that has made this country successful. However, it’s a tool that has gotten abused and used for evil purposes for so long that now everyone is blaming the tool instead of it’s users who are using it for evil purposes.

“Punishing” Wall Street by pulling all your money out of Banks and putting it into Credit Unions, while better, is still essentially like taking the money out of someone’s wallet and putting it into their pocket.

You want to rebuild this global economy and society for the betterment of EVERYONE?

Take your money, AND SPEND IT!

Spend it on the local struggling farmers trying to raise food for their fellow man.

Spend it on the local Manufacturing company that has the courage to keep their labor in your country instead of sending it all to a lower bidder in another country.

Spend it on your neighbor’s Garage Sale.

Spend it at your local bar.

You want to punish the “1%”, don’t protest Wall Street……… USE IT!

Use the tool that is Wall Street for the original purpose it was intended, to build up our economy.

Buy stocks in your LOCAL companies, buy commodities made by your LOCAL industries.

While Wall Street is a US institution it has global reach and this concept fully applies equally to every country.

The problem with the wealthy “1%” is not that they have vast wealth. It’s that the don’t use it! Money, that sits and does nothing but build up more money, is ludicrous and does absolutely no one any good, including those with all the money.

The problem with the corrupt Banks, Politicians and greedy Wealthy is not that they are 1% who control more wealth and power than the rest of the 99%.

The problem is that the rest of the 99% isn’t 99%.

It is 99 different 1% petty, bickering, narrow minded little ‘labels’ who are so busy fighting amongst themselves that they’re completely ignoring the fact that, together, they are huge!

99 different 1% factions has no more power and considerably less wealth than that evil “1%” does. So they will NEVER win. Now, 99% WILL win!

Sadly, I’m probably a dreamer to think that the 99 1%’s will ever amount to even 2%, let alone 99%

Now then, I’m done. I’m spent. I’m finished with my ideological wishful thinking.

 

I’m angry as hell and I’m finally going to say why

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Or, My ‘political rant’ 

Ok, first off let me start with a statement that will most likely save many of you the trouble of reading past it because you will immediately condemn anything I have to say and close the webpage.

I DON’T VOTE. NEVER HAVE, ALMOST CERTAINLY NEVER WILL.

[pause to let the audience clear out & let the curses die down *deadbeat! anarchist! un-american! freeloader! commie! worthless! no right to complain about the system if you don’t participate in the system!*]

Still here and put away the pitch forks and torches? Wow, you’re either intelligent and open minded or just bored, either way I can work with that.

And you know what, the part about not having the right to complain about the system? That’s absolutely true and my entire life I have honored that ideal and have very rarely spoke out against the system. I’ve sat back quietly and watched as the world has fallen apart.

However, I’m done being silent.

Now here’s why I don’t participate in the system. Newsflash: THE SYSTEM DOESN’T WORK!
*well if you participated in the system you could change the system!*

Do you have any concept how ridiculous that sounds?

‘Well, if you kept kicking that dead horse eventually it’ll get up and run!’
Participation in a system that doesn’t work is NOT going to fix the system.

This is no more logical than using broken tools to try and fix a car.What does a mechanic do when he only has broken tools? He either goes out of business or, if he’s smart, he gets new tools.

Voting is not how you are going to fix our broken global system. NOT voting is. What exactly do you think the message sent will be to all of the corrupt Banks, Politicians, “The 1%’ers” who have gotten fat off of taking advantage of the system for hundreds of years if every single person in the US, or hell the World, who cared about the current system spiraling down the drain simply stopped voting?

That message would be ‘We’re all mad as hell and we’re not going to take it anymore!’

*that makes you sound just like a Commie, Anarchist,  Righty, Lefty, Liberal, Conservative, yadda yadda yadda!* <snore> Wake me when your narrow minded bullshit is over.

DO NOT for an instant think I don’t have full respect for this country, it’s founding fathers and the morals, principles and goals it was founded on.

But here’s another newsflash in case you missed it: THIS ISN’T 1776 ANYMORE.

Our entire system, from our voting and representative structure to our economic structure was engineered by some truly brilliant men and women and worked very well for them. The problem is that was several hundred years ago and the US had a tiny fraction of the population it has today. A system that was designed for that time period and for that amount of people simply can’t be expected to work just as well for the current state. This is no more logical than thinking an ounce of black ink, when poured into a 10 gallon tank of water, will be just as dark as it was in its original bottle.

I don’t vote because I’m not a ‘Righty’ or a ‘Lefty’ or a ‘Libertarian’ or a ‘Democrat’ or a ‘Republican’ or a ‘Communist’ any other of a dozen narrow-minded, selfish, simplistic, bullshit labels.

I don’t vote because EVERY Politician, whether they are good, decent people or they are corrupt self-serving parasites, has an agenda. They WANT to be in that position of power. That system automatically means they have a selfish motive to be there, no matter what that motive is. That also means they will do whatever it takes to keep that position, whether it’s a good decision that benefits the people they are supposed to be serving, or not.

I don’t vote also because I don’t want 15-20 phone calls a day during election time, but that’s a rather petty side point.

I am a Humanist if I must be labeled. Yes, I think the USA is the best country on Earth. Otherwise, I wouldn’t still be here. Although ALL of the ideological nutbags here who do fanatically cling to being one of those labels I just mentioned are seriously making me regret my decision. While I do love this country I am not such a fool to think we are the only country on Earth.

All of us are on this rock together, every ‘label’, every country, every race, color, creed, religion, sexual preference. Like it or not we’re ALL humans!

I have been recently told nearly the exact same thing, word for word, by both a Teaparty member and a few OccupyPortland people. Now these are two rabidly opposing sides of the current protests going on across the country mind you. You know what they both said, nearly word for word?

“You sound just like a Teapartier/Occupier!”

You know what’s funny and ironic?

THEY’RE BOTH CORRECT!

You know why they’re both correct?

THEY BOTH  WANT ESSENTIALLY THE SAME DAMN THING!

Right on the local Teaparty website they state that they want “Constitutionally Limited Government”, “Free Market Principles”, and “Fiscal Responsibility”.

If the Teaparty and the Occupiers, the Righties and the Lefties, the Liberals and the Conservatives, would put away their differences in their beliefs they’d realize the things they have in common are far more important. They ALL have one ‘label’ in common. HUMAN

Ok, this rant is already over 800 words and you’re likely dozing off by now so this is the end of Part 1.

Now let’s open the floodgates of Comments and get myself crucified by the endless snarky comments of trolls

My name is Legion: for we are many.

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Actually, my name is Mike and, no, I’m not part of Anonymous.

Anonymous may toss around the catchphrase “We are Anonymous. We are Legion.” but no, the community I’m a proud member of dwarfs those guys.

Me, I’m an IT Geek, a technology enthusiast, a member of a community that has no borders, no boundaries, and WE ARE MANY.

I live in the USA. Oregon to be specific and I have friends online in the tech community from a dozen different states in the US.
I have friends in Canada, in England, Ireland, Scotland, Australia, New Zealand, Haiti, South Africa, in the United Arab Emirates, Asia, Germany, probably a half dozen other areas of the world. This community numbers in the hundreds, even thousands.

“I have friends online”.

That’s a statement I’m not sure the average person fully understands. Here we are, a ‘community of strangers’, living in different parts of the world. These are people whom I have never even technically met, however, we are a community. Some of the countries my friends live in have governments that are enemies with each other yet this doesn’t stop them from being a community. We view ourselves as citizens of the Earth, not just something so narrow minded and small as a particular country.

While we may differ in time zone, in nationality, in skin color, in native language, in social status, in economic position we share far more important things in common. We share a love for technology. We share a thirst for knowledge. We share a curiosity about understanding how things work. We share a willingness to help our fellow community member and average person with tech problems should they have any.
Hell, we even share a love for good beer, good pizza, and good music.

While our respective countries and governments bicker and squabble over daily life and petty concerns, this community watches each others backs. If I were to ever find myself in their area and in need of a place to stay, these are ‘strangers’ who would openly help me out with anything they were able to without hesitation and I would do the same for them. If I have a tech related issue all I ever have to do is send a request for help out onto the internet via Twitter, Google+, or other social networking means and I am likely to get dozens of friends offering fixes for whatever issue I am having.

I would like to see a Government raise such diversified support without question, without petty racial or national bias, without concern of borders. While our governments fight over land, over religious beliefs, over oil rights, we share knowledge. We share a proud membership of a single global community.

Now here’s the kicker. As tech geeks we support each other but we also need support in order to do this. We need the support of software and hardware manufacturers to provide us the tools we need to perform our jobs and to do it with the same global, “we’re all in this together” attitude that we support each other with. We need equal availability to software regardless of what country we are in. We need devices that are not limited to releases only in certain countries. We need internet services that are available globally since we are a community on a global scale.

Sadly, we are not getting any of this. While we support each other without governmental bias or pointless regulations we do not get the same treatment from the industries that are supposed to support us. Software that is licensed to only an individual country. Computer technology that is restricted from certain countries because of some ridiculous patent lawsuit. Technology vendors that will only ship to specific countries. Internet based services that, even though the internet is world wide, limit their services to only certain countries.

These petty, narrow minded limitations and regulations are ridiculous. In this 21st century where citizens of different countries can work together, where communication is instantaneous, where someone can remotely connect to their home computer from an airplane flight a continent away it is truly pathetic that these governments and support industries cannot also think globally.

I wish governments and support industries would think the same way we do. We are not that different. We all have the same needs and wants in life. The things our governments fight over are small and pointless in the grander scheme of things. The regulations that manufacturers enforce to limit their services to specific countries only hurt their own success.

As IT Geeks we view ourselves as one huge global community. As a proud member of an open-minded, global community I lift a drink in salutation to all my fellow members and suggest that everyone get involved in online communities such as AUTechHeads (http://www.autechheads.com/), The SysAdmin Network (http://www.sysadmin-network.com/), or any of hundreds of other community sites on the internet.

Maybe someday our respective governments and industries will learn from our example.