Occupy America!

Occupy America! October 7, 2011

This image was first published in 1971, and apart from a specific reference to napalm is as relevant today as it was then. More so, because hunger is making a BIG comeback in the United States right now (not that it ever really went away). The US Department of Agriculture estimates that 17.4 million families are now  “food insecure,”  which means that “during any given month, they will be out of money, out of food, and forced to miss meals or seek assistance to feed themselves.” Those families include an estimated one in four American children and millions of senior citizens. And yet, we continue to spend $10 billion a week in Iraq and Afghanistan – you do remember that we’re at war, don’t you? – and more on “defense” and “national security” than the rest of the world combined. We’ve spent hundreds of billions bailing out banks and corporations, and now we’re spending hundreds of billions more purchasing our own debt.  Meanwhile, wealthy and popular men like Herman Cain look down their noses and blame the hungry for their hunger.

How far we are from the Kingdom of God. How twisted our affections. How hollow and loveless our ideologies. How ridiculous our diversions and pretenses. How pathetic our justifications for letting our brothers and sisters languish. May God have mercy on us. We’re going to need it.

(Thanks to Sojourners for the image and the inspiration)

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  • Ronald King

    AMEN!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Join me on the road?

    • Mark Gordon

      I’d do a road trip with you any time, Ronald.

  • Amen, hallelujah!

  • Amen, Mark.

  • David Cruz-Uribe, SFO

    I attended the Occupy Hartford rally and march last night. The despair and frustration among the 250 marchers was palpable: unemployed, no jobs for recent graduates, losing medical benefits. The two dominant chants were “we are the 99%” and “the banks got bailed out, we got sold out.” No solutions—or rather, multiple sometimes contradictory solutions—but an awakening that there are serious problems in America. There will be an anti-war rally next week and I think the two causes are going to merge on economic grounds.

  • Michael

    Amen Mark.. thanks for the posting. It seems that reality is straining to break through the miasma of distraction… great litany…pray for the Nation and the People of God to see and act on the mplications of their Patrimony!!

  • Anne

    It’s been heartening (opposite of disheartening….finally!) to see people waking up to what’s been happening in this country over the past 30 years. I’ve been thanking God. But then,
    last night in Portland some of the marchers were showing off Occupy Melbourne (and other
    cities around the world) signs, as they said, “for future use.” Say what? If this turns out
    to be a movement led by anarchists or internationalists of similar bent, it’s utterly useless.
    I wanted to yell, “It’s about the AMERICAN economy, stupid!” Tell me this was an abberation. It’s long past time the American people woke up and smelled the corporate-owned coffee!

  • @ Anne, just say it: “the Starbucks” ; ) You are wrong though, it is not only about the American economy. Here is a quote from my site:
    “Here in Europe, more than 5 trillion $ will be given to banks: more than 20 times all public spending combined. In the mean time, brutal austerity measures will be enforced, cutting all social spending. We pay insanely high taxes here, and we don’t mind because it is supposed to get reinvested back into our society. This will kill the wellfare state over night, but the high taxes will remain. We will effectively be handing over a large percentage of our income to pay for future interest on money we are borrowing now to give away as bailouts.”
    I am trying to get in touch with people who may want check out my blog or even contribute to it. http://www.occupy-wallstreet.com/, I especially would like to build an account of the smaller Occupy rallies.