a protest is no longer a protest

Generally, one could be safe to assume that–

A. If one claims to be a conservative, then he or she would hold that the welfare state enables indolence, and rewards irresponsible behavior.

B. If one claims to be a liberal, then he or she would hold that the financial elite abuse their position and influence for selfish interests.

So there it is. Immediately, with no further analysis, one can notice a problem. One person is reacting to a false narrative which is nurtured by the problematic discourse that infects every major news network in America. Of course, this is just one aspect of a larger narrative which only serves to keep the public entrenched in a “debate” that is not even close to being focused on the heart of problem. Furthermore, that false narrative is simultaneously reinforced when one reacts to it with the predictable ammo which is..you guessed it..the other narrative. For as many types of people as there are in America, how can there be only two pervasive political molds to which we all must fit in order to be taken seriously?

It is a circus (That was confirmed the day I saw Joe the Plumber being given media attention after he decided to run for public office. The media has managed to turn one of the values of America into a mockery, into something regrettable.) Free elections, the right to assemble, the lively debates, and the social media outcries–it is all a part of a posture which encourages a “diversity” which is constantly undermined by the management and tightening of parameters. Distractions are used against us, distractions are given to us, fed to us, to make us feel like we’re taking part in a process which, while it directly affects us, is largely indifferent to us.

A protest is no long recognized as such, it is now a media event. The media immediately seizes upon the distractions and turns those distractions into the issue. A protest isn’t validated by their offering of a solution, the lack of solutions presented to us by those we elect is what validates a protest. A protest is not supposed to appoint a leader, an eloquent spokesperson to articulate a singular point, because there is no singular point. The grievance is a result of a monolithic, ubiquitous, problem which is so widespread it manifests itself into different problems for different people. It is thoroughly entrenched.

A protest is a tool to force attention. So logically, if one’s rights continue to be manipulated, selective, abused or ignored, then one will only resort to more dramatic means to be recognized. A protest is an individual expression, and if that individual can find a community through which he or she can become more visible, then he or she will do so. A protest isn’t a political party, it is not well thought out at its inception, it is disorganized, because a protest is a result of emotional frustration, helplessness, and fear.

We need to quit harping on what is spoon fed to us as if it is our own. We need to get to the bottom of ourselves and realize that we all we are are individuals trying our best. It is not fair, nor is it productive, to gauge an issue or complaint on the worst version of that complaint. I should not assume that every CEO is a thief who does not pay taxes, ships jobs off shore, and buys political support. Nor should I belief that every poor American is poor by his or her own laziness. I shouldn’t assume that a woman on welfare is a woman who uses welfare to support her drug habit. That type of thinking will only enforce that faulty narrative which is only a distraction from the real issue–the manipulation of the political process through financial influence. It is not partisan. A politician is vulnerable to a combination of two powerful forces–ambition and power, both of which are easily led off track by seemingly well meaning influences. Washington exists by its own machinery and answers only to itself. 

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