Let Me Try This Agenda Thing

Look, JP. We know this stuff. The Tea Party is pro “Christian,” anti-tax. Pro defense, but anti any of the current military projects. Pro-capitalism, and anti-Obama. Pro AM talk radio, but anti mainstream media. Pro-life, and anti climate change. Pro guns, and anti-reality. Is all that really so hard to put together? The Tea Party did it shortly after their anti-hero was elected. The occupiers can rally against someone as well, I am thinking Rick Perry and Michelle Bachmann are good choices. Or the Koch brothers? The CEO of Bank of America?

The Occupiers should have an agenda too. I tried to suggest one before, and I will try harder this time. You would have them be like certain teenagers I know, whining, “You never listen to me!” And then, when asked what they have to say, we’d hear next to nothing? Nah, there’s a wish list in here somewhere!

Protect workers and the environment. Regulate ginormous corporations in such a way that they respond to more than just their stock value. Don’t bail out corporations so that they can continue to consolidate wealth, but so they can employ people, and empower consumers. That, or they can go under. Limit the military, and have an international policy based on justice, rather than corporate interests. Realize that tax breaks are completely out of hand with no rhyme or reason, and need major reformation. Without an empowered middle class, there is no consumer demand, and that limits corporate growth and employment. And let’s talk about sustainability and whether constant growth is really the goal. And you can take things from there to specific bills. Ain’t that an agenda? And isn’t it not only specific, but more cohesive and rational than the other guys’?

The agenda need not be so specific that it hangs out like a “pick on me” sign taped to an occupier’s back. But just “I love you,” and, “We need hope”? You do realize the nature of that invitation to the other side, don’t you? I mean, “Why can’t we all get along?” Sheez!

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I've been leading outdoor environmental education in the YMCA since the 1970s. I love teaching nature, history, current events, being a dad, fixing stuff, groups, and general thinking.
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