As youths in America we were all taught about how all actions have consequences. It is the fundamental basis for law and order in the country and applies to every aspect of daily life for 99% of the population. What they didn’t teach us was that it only applies to the 99% of the people in the country who don’t have ALL THE MONEY!
If you look at the signs of the protesters in NYC (HERE) and across the country (Chicago, Ohio, LA, etc.) they all have a common theme, at least in my eyes. Hold people accountable for the action they have committed. This applies to politicians taking lobbyist bribes (Top lobbying banks got biggest bailouts: study). Big Bank CEO making huge bonuses for breaking the law then not going to jail for their crimes (The 6 Largest Banks And The FED Are Running A Game To Make Large Profits). The Richest 1% burying the country in national debt and then paying no taxes to help balance the budget (Economics Of Tax Loopholes and Potholes). It applies to current corporate greed where instead of hirring more employees on to fix the economy upper management just makes their current staff work harder, longer, and for less money (NO JOBS, NO ECONOMIC RECOVERY, NO STOCK GAINS0. All the while major corporations are reporting record profits (). It applies to how huge multinational banks get bailouts from the USA government, then use the money to foreclose on homes of citizens who did not receive the same bailout (The Big Banks Are Back In Big Trouble…Making A Strong Case Bailouts Were A Bad Idea). The list could go on and on (HERE & HERE & HERE & HERE & HERE & HERE & HERE & HERE & HERE & HERE & finally HERE) For TOO LONG Americans have stood by and watched as corporate and individual GREED took over the country. When was the last time America had a major corporation that they could be proud of, one that truly ”does no evil”…Hint Hint…
This movement is about holding the people who participated in the SIN of our country accountable. If they broke, are breaking, or intend to break, the law they should be in jail. I mean we arrest hundreds of thousands of people every year for stupid shit compared to fleecing America. However this does not just apply to those who broke the law. Corporations need to be held to the same moral standards that the citizens of the country they are located in are held to. No more misleading, no more aggressive persuasion, no more back room deals, no more private trials and out of court settlements, and NO MORE LOBBYING!!!
If a standard middle income citizen can’t do it, then a huge corporation shouldn’t be allowed to do it. This especially applies to CEO’s. If your company was a ship in the navy and went and destroyed a peaceful population of people, the captain of the ship would be tried for war crimes, even if his crew did it under his nose. Take control of your company. Institute a culture of morality, compassion, and accountability. Don’t hide behind the fact that you don’t know whats going on. IT’S YOUR JOB TO KNOW WHAT IS TAKING PLACE IN YOUR COMPANY! And if you fail at this and the company does something wrong you should be held accountable.
Don’t get me wrong the buck doesn’t stop there. This goes out to all of the peons of the world. Following orders is not an excuse to commit immoral acts. Did none of you take business ethics? Just because your boss says its okay doesn’t mean it is. Do your part too. If you have been asked to do something that you believe is morally questionable or illegal, report it through the proper channels. If you think that it might get you into trouble at work, I will be more than happy to pass it on to your local news team as an anonymous report. If that doesn’t work QUIT! Don’t sacrifice your morals for a paycheck, and don’t try to rationalize why its okay either. DEEP DOWN INSIDE WE ALL KNOW WHEN WE ARE DOING SOMETHING WRONG!
For our Baby Boomer parents this makes almost no sense, becuase they have not been held accountable for anything in their lives, which is not entirely their fault but is one of the root causes for the situation we are currently in. [Blame Your Parents For The Messed Up Government]. But the YOUTH of America, ITS FUTURE, are trying to make a difference. The winds of change are blowing off the north Atlantic and filling NYC with this movement. This is about why sharing the burdens of the country with everyone who is a citizen is wrong.
The 99% DID NOT CAUSE THIS TO HAPPEN, THE 1% DID.
I AM A 99%er!