In Praise of Hippies

by
Abby Zimet

A cogent rant in response to the right-wing meme that the Occupy movement is just hippies, which is nonsense, but still...

Let me tell you something about hippies. Hippies didn't export anyone's jobs, hippies didn't lie us into an immoral war, hippies didn't  conspire to steal anyone's pension funds, hippies didn't order anyone tortured, hippies didn't steal so much that it crashed the economy of the entire world, and hippies don't go on national tv and spew propaganda for a very nice living.

So go ahead and blame hippies for everything...as if they had ruled us for decades. We should be so lucky. But we weren't that lucky - not by a long shot. Instead, we got you.

So if the hippies have some advice for you Wall Street assholes, maybe you should listen. You could do worse. You did do worse. You did a lot worse.

No. You and your minions in Congress and elsewhere turned your backs on responsibility. You abandoned the people and sold your souls to the highest bidders. Consequences be damned.

We just may save the planet from assholes like you.

This is the world we live in. This is the world we cover.

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