Wednesday, November 16, 2011
Occupy El Paso
I’ve been a legal observer for the Occupy El Paso Movement.
It, like New York, has recently been evicted from it’s encampment.
I like the simplicity of its message.
Like other humanitarian movements, it asks only for a level playing field.
Other aspects, its apolitical aspect and its shunning of obvious leadership.
All these give me respect for their goals and aspirations.
As a legal and accounting professional, I know it is simplistic.
The problems they seek to address are, in fact, intractable.
Corruption and politics may be synonyms.
Greed is a universal human value.
Communism failed as a social experiment because it failed to take those universal characteristics into account.
But, I agree the voices of youth should be heard.
Our system of social democracy provides a credible forum, a crucible for change.
The rub, as they say, is in the doing.
How to implement reform without upsetting the apple cart.
These solutions are beyond my training or inclination to persevere.
But, I do hope this fire, now lit, will continue to burn in the hearts of these young persons.
My fervent hope is that this movement will die happily as its members find the relief they seek.
For it’s rebirth in a deepening recession will not be peaceful.
Hurrah for the occupiers!
Politicians and CEO’s take note, your actions will determine their future.
For, in my book, this is the tip of the iceberg.
The visible face of the poor, the suffering and the disenfranchised.
The pain of the ‘30s was followed by the bombs of the ‘40s.
Let us remember this lesson and listen to the pleadings of the Occupiers.
For more Occupy El Paso videos: http://youtube.com/occupyelpasotexas