Occupy Wall Street Blues

Memphis Earlene has been blindsided by Occupy Wall Street.
She is much more braced for the inevitable failure of all human endeavor, especially the idealistic kind.

I’m old enough to remember the Sixties, marching on Washington, and getting tear-gassed, though not arrested.
I’m old enough to remember when Lyndon Johnson revoked grad school draft deferment and suddenly any guy who wasn’t going to med school became draft bait. The Class of ’68 got the shaft. And suddenly the anti-war movement went mainstream.
What I remember is the rancor and the macho posturing, and I don’t miss it.

Occupy Wall Street looks more like the early days of the Civil Rights movement.
Memphis Earlene finds herself singing “We Shall Overcome.”

5 Responses to Occupy Wall Street Blues

  1. rebekah says:

    Was hoping for an illustration! Like that you keep this short and to the point, Memphis Earlene.

  2. easearle says:

    I just came back from a MAKE WALL STREET PAY rally in Waltham, MA; my son– a young idealist!– wanted to go; we stood at the rally for an hour with a warm group in the cold air and many car horns honking support. I am thrilled that Memphis Earlene too feels a bit of bracing hope in the air here–

  3. rspencer30 says:

    Hey Earlene, I loved reading this & I’d love to hear more about this comparison between Occupy Wall Street & the protests of the 1960s..I know you like to keep it short & sweet, but this is too provocative and interesting a topic for there not to be a follow-up post! 🙂

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