Some people feel that it’s lame for musicians to make public political comments. I’m one of those people. I don’t enjoy Angelina Jolie or Billy Joe Armstrong telling me who is gonna be a great president and who’s the worst president in history. Let’s just say neither of those celebrities is qualified to make such statements. So I’m not delving into politics here and I think that clarification is important.
I’ve been interested in the Occupy Wall Street and other Occupy movements for awhile now and I’ve been keeping my eye on what’s been happening and how it’s been shaping up. I’m really fascinated and intrigued by the whole thing and since they got my interest piqued, I’ve wrestled with my feelings on the subject.
Ultimately, I’d like the comments on this blog to be an open forum to speak your mind, but I do feel an obligation to speak my mind. This of all topics is certainly a subjective viewpoint sort of thing, so feel no pressure to conform (ha! as if…) to other people’s views here.
As I said, I’ve been following the whole thing for awhile and I got way more interested when I got to hang out with my friend Ben Hamilton a few days ago. He used to live down here in the mountains of north GA with us, but he moved to NYC a few years ago. He’s been very involved with the Occupy Wall Street movement for months and was even in news clips on Fox News and a OWS sketch on SNL (seriously).
The picture that Ben painted of OWS was one of the most unique things I’ve ever heard/seen. Hearing first-hand accounts of these events instead of hearing what the news articles polish it out to, I realized this is a battle. Literally.
I said earlier that I hate when musicians endorse a political party or candidate. That’s not what I’m doing. I’m told OWS people tend to be more liberal. I don’t consider myself liberal. But if I had to pick a side, I’d be part of the OWS side in this battle. Obviously I’m not so gung-ho on this that I’m moving to a city and joining the fight. I believe if you feel that strongly, you should throw away the normalcy of life and join the battle, much as Jesus called Simon to do. So I’d go join the fight if I thought it was of utmost importance and I will go if this thing continues to grow and gets insane. But I’ll definitely say I’m not on the other side. The NYC police are doing so many things that are just, honestly, wrong to do to humans, especially humans not posing a physical threat to the public.
Ben said politics isn’t discussed hardly ever in the OWS camps/meetings. The movement is about fraud, insider trading, greed, illegal business practices and has come to include things like police brutality as a result of all the mishandling of the situation on the part of law enforcement. I can agree with standing against those things and even though one normally wouldn’t go overboard to oppose those things when they happen from time to time, it seems like we’ve seen a nation-wide commitment to these horrible traits when it comes to the financial decision makers who control vast amounts of the nations spending power.
Sometimes any Christian or citizen is asked to stand and fight against not only spiritual tyranny, but also against social injustice or national evils. Is this one of those times? And if so, what is the proper response for you? I feel it’s best to discuss and continue gathering information for now. What are you doing/refraining from doing/remaining ignorant about in this matter?