The Protests Against Unemployment, Et Al

Chelsea is a city populated with working class people and the working poor. There are also many, many thousands living here who exist perpetually in a state of poverty. There are many thousands as well who have achieved the American Dream over the decades who still call this place their home.

Unemployment is at the 12% level in Chelsea and in cities just like ours across the nation. This means that there are an awful lot of people willing to work who cannot find jobs, who would do literally anything to make themselves self-sufficient in order to care for their families.

Nationwide, there are something like 15 million people unemployed with no real chance of getting employed because there are no jobs available for the great mass of those people. This includes all the folks unemployed in Chelsea.

In recent weeks, demonstrations, occupations as they are being called, have been formed by tens of thousands of unemployed Americans throughout the nation. They are young and old, black and white, of every race and creed.

In Boston, they have been occupying Dewey Square in the financial district for the past ten days. The numbers are growing. Over the weekend, Boston Police arrested about 160 of the occupiers.

These occupations are also taking place in New York City, San Francisco and even in Iowa and they have the collective look and feel of something new about to happen.

Their publicly aired gripes are about no jobs, no economic hope, and it is about big banks being bailed out for trillions by the government while American workers and middle class people lose their jobs, their homes and their literal lives.

Their message is resonating with the American people even though at present these small groups appear a bit odd.

However it appears the time is coming and here when demonstrations against the lack of leadership in Washington have begun and they are in earnest.

That’s how the anti-Vietnam protests began.

Perhaps we are wrong, but it is this type of collective, angry, disappointed national voice that has been lacking in the national discourse that is rising.

Unemployed Americans want jobs, not talk. They want a chance to survive this economy and a government seemingly more in tune with the needs of big banks than with the needs of the people.

This is just the beginning of bigger demonstrations and more importantly, it is likely the beginning of a new age of awareness on the part of our bumbling, fumbling, failing national politicians and a government so out of touch with its people that it doesn’t deserve anything from us.

2 comments for “The Protests Against Unemployment, Et Al

  1. Gordon
    October 15, 2011 at 12:50 pm

    As much as I hated to see the bank bail-outs, the economic fact is that if they had not been bailed out unemployment would be much higher than it is now; this has been verified by numerous economic studies. Why aren’t these protesters being required to obey the law like everyone else in society does? They are not being required to obtain permits like other groups including the Tea Party are. Every public park in the city of Boston has a curfew that specifically prohibits camping out overnight why isn’t this being enforced? You can bet it would be enforced if these groups were affiliated with the Tea Party. What right do these protesters have to verbally and sometimes physically attack hard working citizens coming and going from work? They have been doing this regularly, I have seen it first hand. These activities go far beyond the right to peaceful assembly outlined in the constitution. They lost any chance of getting my support when they spat upon the uniformed Coast Guard member earlier this week. Hard working citizens are asking why our laws aren’t being enforced; it seems that the concept of everyone being equal under the law has been abandoned by the current far left regimes in Washington and on Beacon Hill.

  2. Anonymous
    November 1, 2011 at 7:41 pm

    I agree we have to get more jobs out there.  It is not fair for anyone to have to be living in poverty or even just getting by, in such a powerful era.  Maybe congress should live a couple of months like the people who are suffering and fighting to get jobs and lets see how they hold up.  

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