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Occupy Milwaukee Rally Today
Today as we remember D Day I am reminded how much we lost control of our military. General Eisenhower who led the D Day forces in his farewell address as President warned us about the “military industrial complex”. “In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex,” Eisenhower warned. “The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist. We must never let the weight of this combination endanger our liberties or democratic processes.”
What he did not know in the 50’s was the military would invade the corporate powers and education in our USA. What he warned us about we would now be called the “military, corporate, educational complex.” Our universities are now military officer training schools and our middle and high schools now are recruiting and preparatory system for the enlisted soldiers.
This afternoon I went to an ‘Occupy Milwaukee’ day after the recall election rally and March. After all the PR and flyers about the event I was surprised by the small crowd, about 100 persons. However, they did attract all four major TV stations. Old and new peace activist spoke at the rally with the same old and tired slogans and calls for change. I left when the march begun and was surprised when I heard on news tonight that a few persons were arrested for blocking traffic.
I still have hope for the ‘Occupy Movement’ but what I saw and experienced today does not represent the “99 percent” they claim to represent. I fear that it will take another serious financial and political crisis before enough persons wake up and see that revolutionary change begins with a change of heart and a refusal to go along with an unjust efforts and it is not enough to vote and talk about change. Ammon Hennacy of the Catholic Worker talked about the “One Man (Person) Revolution” just doing the right thing no matter what.