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SHAME IN THE PARK

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A man is arrested as police clear the private park next
to Juan Pablo Duarte square of Occupy Wall Street protesters following their
early morning eviction from Zuccotti Park on November 15, 2011

(Spencer Platt / Getty Images / AFP)

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SHAME IN THE PARK

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At least I have somewhere to stay…

At least I have something to eat.

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Shame on you City Fathers,

Is this how you treat your brothers?

Go on, paper over the cracks,

Hide the crumbling walls,

Carry on with your lying,

Your Democracy is dying!

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OWS = Occupy Wall Street

Read:

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-11-15/u-s-mayors-crack-down-on-occupy-wall-street.html

http://rt.com/usa/news/occupy-crackdown-oakland-mayor-419/

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/45299490/ns/local_news-new_york_ny/

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/northamerica/usa/8892970/Occupy-Wall-Street-judge-backs-mayor-Michael-Bloombergs-move-to-evict-camp.html

©DGA 16 November 2011 02:06

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Author: adeeyoyo

I am a middle-aged South African woman, living in Johannesburg. I began writing poetry towards the end of May 2010. I love animals – sometimes more than people!

33 thoughts on “SHAME IN THE PARK

  1. And just what will replace democracy? A dictatorship? Isn’t that swell? Communism/socialism? What a failure that is! In what style of government do men have the greatest opportunity to be all that they can be? Democracy.
    One should solve the problems, not throw out the baby with the bathwater.

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    • I did not say ‘democracy’ per se. I said ‘your democracy’. I have read that the present form of democracy should be adapted to fit the times and could be a better/truer form of democracy – ie more as it was meant to be – not subverted to enrich the rich and powerful few. Thank you for your input.

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  2. Wonderful, Denise. Especially:

    Carry on with your lying,
    Your Democracy is dying!

    We have a democracy no longer. This is no longer a government of the people, by the people, or for the people.

    It’s an oligarchy.
    And it’s a mess. 😦

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    • Thank you, Nancy! I am quite naive re politics… but I know that what we have is totally wrong for today. This is the main reason for the financial mess we are in. Even a blind man could see it (apologies to the sight impaired!). Now that so many people are involved in demonstrations, the fight is going to become very dirty. ‘They’ are not going to easily relinquish power.

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    • Unfortunately you are absolutely right. This is a government by the megacorps/megabanks and for the megacorps/megabanks and our
      soldiers die not to protect us but to entrench the megacorps/megabanks
      into a firmer international influence.

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  3. The main reason for the mess we’re in is liberal politicians. Barney Frank told Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac executives before Congress, to “keep on with what you’re doing and if you get in trouble, we’ll bail you out.” What they were doing was risky loans, Democrats wanting to level the playing field (socialism) and get people into the housing market that couldn’t afford it. John McCain & others saw the problems looming and spoke out about it. But we bailed them out, just like ol’ Barney said we would. And high Democrats all still praise him. And why was the housing market so high and now going down, leaving many with mortgages under water? Because many new people were entering the housing market (like Barney & others wanted them to), driving up the prices. Increased demand causes that.

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  4. It is a crying shame, adee …

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  5. Wonderful Denise. People have no choice but elect somebody in a Democracy and that somebody has a personal agenda… like continuing a war his father had started or a false ego to stir up country’s image at the expense of people’s priorities… like guarantee to life, living and labor. Governments across the world have drummed up false statistics of progress, people in the governments have amassed wealth and stored it elsewhere, and spent public money without pinch and impunity; and provoked false national pride amidst rising prices, cost of living, unemployment and dwindling economy, purchase power and confidence in the governance. The walls between people and governments must break. And sooner the better.

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    • I’m with you 100%, Sunamu. This can’t be allowed to continue. A more equitable form of government must be put in place. This is so unfair, and besides that, it has made the poor lose ambition where they think there is no hope. My bugbear is still more and better education for all so that they can be self-sufficient.

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  6. You could be talking about us too Adee!

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    • Exactly, Gran! They lead, we follow like a lot of sheep. I googled ‘oligarchy’ after getting Nancy’s comment and guess what I found? An article on South Africa’s Oligarchy!!! Anyway, it would be lovely if we could get rid of all the fat cats [or at least control them, lol] and put a fairer system in place.

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  7. Denise, perhaps the secret is to give all this to God. Unite in our prayer that He will send us the right kind of leaders. You may be interested that Richard Branson (of Virgin Airlines fame) has just yesterday had published, a book about firms living up to social responsibilities, which sounds really interesting, and if implemented, could be revolutionary.

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    • Of course you’re right, John. We must do that.

      It would be wonderful if Richard Branson set the example and others followed. Some companies here do advocate social responsibility, but I am not sure how many of them actually put it into practice and to what extent. Or whether it is just ‘window dressing’ like so much else is. The thing is also that they have to be bribed or forced into it instead of doing it out of the goodness of their hearts!

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  8. well said Denise

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  9. I really have to fight apathy these days.

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  10. Perfectly captures my sentiments, Denise. We need to make some radical changes here in America – 100% of us – instead of pointing fingers back and forth across the aisles at each other and blaming the other party for our problems. One of the basic reasons we are in the mess we are in is because we keep voting for the same people who keep delaying tough decisions and reality to continue their political careers. This applies to both of our parties.

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    • I agree with you, it is both parties, Andra. We need radical change throughout the world though. Honest evaluation of all the problems would be a good start and then solutions may become evident.

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  11. ugh. so true…there is such a divide in our country right now that is ever widening…i am not sure where it is going..i have my fears…but it will fall on the shoulders of those that refuse to listen…

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  12. It is one of the symptoms of the utter mess current politicians seem to be making, the world over, of what should be good systems.

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    • I think the people are realising that perhaps they can make a change. Many have had enough of the financial struggle which is getting harder all over the world, and the huge gap between rich and poor.

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