I witnessed one Iraqi/Afghanistan veteran after another throw their war medals into the street yesterday. They did it for reasons you would be an idiot to argue against.
I witnessed people fed up with the system.
I witnessed people who couldn’t care less.
I witnessed Police officers who had a job to do. They probably weren’t sure how to do it.
I witnessed a mother clutching a picture of her son who committed suicide after the things he saw as a solider in the Middle East.
I was on hand at NATO protest rally yesterday afternoon.
Folks we live in a world where people are mistreated for countless reasons. This is why so many people have got involved in this movement. Groups like Iraq Veterans Against the War, Afghans for Peace and Assyrians of Chicago.
Of course there were people who showed up to this rally not because they care about one of the issues, they just want to make trouble just because they can. Throwing rocks, puncturing the tires of police vehicles, harassing people taking wedding pictures, etc.etc. Two days ago, the police arrested four people connected with trying to firebombs police stations and the re-election headquarters of President Obama. So I guess my theory about the occupy movement and President Obama allegedly helped them take down the 1 percent (read about it here).
I spoke to an Iraqi war veteran who just wanted to be a good solider despite his decling mental health.
People should look into what exactly austerity is. In case you do not know what the word means:
Austerity refers to a policy of deficit-cutting by lowering spending often via a reduction in the amount of benefits and public services provided. Austerity policies are often used by governments to try to reduce their deficit spending and are sometimes coupled with increases in taxes to demonstrate long-term fiscal solvency to creditors (Sounds familiar). According to website Wikipedia.
The police did tell people to leave the area after the rally several times…in different languages. Some wouldn’t listen. So there were several confrontations between the police and the protesters. 45 people were arrested.
I understand what most of the protesters want. Quite frankly, they have legitimate beefs. You would be a fool to not admit that. I know that most of us have been inconvenienced by the protesters.
I am glad that the NATO summit is here. I say that because a lot of us whether we want to admit it or not live in our little bubbles oblivious to the world around us. We live in a world where all types of awful things happen each and every day. Some places in this world the protest that happened at the corner of Cermak and Michigan happens all over the world…every day.
I ask you next time you turn your nose up at what you see in the streets pick up a book. Read about what goes on outside of America. Connect the dots! Do the research! Don’t be afraid of the truth. Keeping people happy and stupid is big business.