Patrick Alan Coleman will eat just about anything.
basking in the warm glow of fame and popularity
Kudos, sir! This is some bomb-ass writing.
Will someone please tell me why the fuck we haven't seen Hello, Larry adapted for the stage by some young upstart Portland theater company?
I'm just suggesting that the movement coalesce and start working to create a meaningful change through legislation. Also, winning support for said legislation might require an image change.
I don't think a loud standoff with police, or demanding that the streets are your streets, or trying to occupy private property is going to win the support of the people OPDX claims to be fighting for.
I'm sympathetic to the idea that there is a vast inequality of wealth in this country, and I think a part of it is due to corporate influence in politics, but Occupy lost me with their woo woo twinkle-finger bullshit.
I want a way to participate, but I'm not going to stand in front of a line of riot cops and shout. I know what that's all about. Been there. Done that. Got tear-gassed. Blah blah blah.
When Occupy offers up some concrete way I can make a lasting legislative change in the way our systems operates. I will sure as shit vote for it.
In the meantime, I'm not going to feel particularly torn up about people, participating in direct action, drawing riot police who do what riot police do when people are occupying private property.
And besides, isn't this what they want? All this talk of "Every time you pepper spray a Occupier the movement gets stronger," seems to be a tacit way of saying: "Thank you sir may I have another?"
Wow. How far back do you want to take this? What's the plan here? You'd like to reform campaign finance? Awesome. I'm all for that. You want to take back "your land", or tear down the capitalist system, or do away with this supposed "police state"? That's misguided at best, and blatantly idiotic at worst.
Here's an idea. How about making yourself presentable, getting yourself on the biggest public forum in the world, which just so happens to be that TEEVEE you seem to despise, win some hearts and minds with sympathetic rhetoric and get some folks who share your agenda voted into political office.
If the Tea Party folks managed to do it, why can't you? Those fuckers even took LOADED firearms to public debates. And don't give me that "Waaaaahhh, they had money from secret donors, waaaahhhhh" bullshit. They sure as fuck knew how to work a message.
Get a commercial friendly face. Stop freaking people out with your masks and mobs and beat the people you despise at their own game. It may not make you feel as big as standing against a line of cops, but that's the way shit gets done in this country.
Figure it out.
And because someday he'll probably find this and add it to a pile of resentments that have most likely already started to lead up to expensive therapy, I'd like to add:
When you get older
Please don't hate your stupid Dad
Who wanted to win
Sometimes when you cry
I wish that I'd been sober
And pulled out in time
No boobs for me now
Because you're a selfish jerk
Who bogarts the tits
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