"In societies where Robbing Hoods are treated like a celebrity it is but natural to expect political parties to act like a Mafia syndicate" Political Jaywalker "In a nation where corruption is endemic people tend to confuse due process with aiding and abetting criminals" Political Jaywalker "War doesn't determine who is right, war determines who is left" Bertrand Russell "You have just one flash flood of money, you keep your people poor. It's like a time bomb and it's scary" Philippine Lawmaker

15thOct at Occupy Wall Street Los Angeles Stronger & Louder

To view Occupy Wall Street protest as the rebirth of the hippies of the 60's psychedelic drug trips, love in, and free love has not been at the occupation ground to actually paint an accurate picture of an Arab Spring inspired protest. There is a similarity in terms of the commune spirit but that is more of instituting a system in addressing the immediate needs of the crowd of protesters adapting to a spartan existence of living in a tent. If pictures are said to be worth a thousand words being there 24 hours a day does not an image replace in gauging the actual conditions and sentiments of those protesters. Below are some of the images from the Occupy Wall Street Los Angeles:
The day starts with hot breakfast for the occupiers while drummers and musicians play their music for the crowd.
Kid Village where children are cared for and nurtured by adults in the occupied area of City Hall.
This is not exactly what you will expect from what others would like you to believe to be the 60's hippies all over again out for free love but instead urges you to love your neighbor... BIG difference!
While there are some wearing gas mask, it is still the Guy Fawkes V for Vendetta Mask or just cloth with or without the 99% printed on it that is the preferred outfit by quite a few occupiers. Majority of the protesters are not wearing mask but just the same would like to be heard among the multitudes.

Is this a class warfare as others would like us to believe particularly the conservatives at the Fixed News errr Fox News or a Robin Hood type rebellion of robbing the rich as others would like us to believe? 
As crowds are getting charged up to march towards the financial center, Los Angeles will never be Los Angeles without some film or model shoot that goes on amidst the protest.
The protesters are clearly frustrated and most of the gripes centered on corporate greed, but not the type espoused by the Tea Party advocating for capitalist free reign with minimal government interference or regulation. 


One thing that separates the OWS from the Tea Party is that politicians will have a hard time co-opting this movement unlike the Tea Party where they welcome quite a number of characters as their celebrity leaders. The more controversial (some says crazier) they get the better their chances of being idolized as their messiah errr leader. 

OWS will definitely have a major impact on the 2012 presidential election, who will benefit the most would depend on how the administration deals with the current job crisis. Definitely the OWS are more popular and accepted by the people compared to the Tea Party, for one the absence of guns as if they are ready to resurrect the confederacy civil war is not included in the mix. Although there are points where the frustrations from the left and right seems to have turned to a circle and somehow seems to have crossed paths as in opposites attracts each other there is no way they will be unified into one movement. For one praying away the gay is not exactly what the crowds at OWS feel like doing or even have the stomach to witness such display of aberration. 


The beauty of OWS is the varied sentiments and advocacy that is being discussed and presented at the occupied zone and they seem fine with it, ahhhh participatory democracy at its best.  I see no reason for OWS to be on the side of the Republicans but it does not mean that they are automatically with the democrats and if the current economic and political situation worsens, what I fear the most is the sentiments of this group as pictured below may catch on and we may end up with a Republican President, Senate and Congress.....
If majority of the OWS protesters and sympathizers gets so frustrated there is a likelihood that they will not turn out to vote. Less turn out from this sector will definitely help the Republicans who may just succeed at frustrating likely voters for Democrats with their ID requirements. If OWS stay the way it is unlike the Tea Party that allowed themselves to be co-opted by the Republicans, recent polls suggest majority of voters in NY agrees with them tilting towards the Democrat side. One thing seems to be certain OWS is here to stay and starting to get organized and with different sectors and minorities getting into the picture, OWS will be in for the long haul ........



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