“Spartanburg is Currently Occupied” by Bryan Teague

The Occupy Wall Street movement has spread like wildfire all over the nation, and Spartanburg is no exception to these flames of political dissent. It didn’t take long before our very own Morgan Square became occupied.

What is it all about? What’s the message? Good question. In truth, each individual has their own reasons to be out in the city square voicing their political frustrations. The main thing one hears is the need to keep corporate special interests from influencing politicians. The income and taxation gap between the mega-rich and the rest of us is a highlighted topic as well. The other topics are as numerous as the participants, and all well worth a listen.

Locally, the lack of central leadership could be seen as a curse and a blessing in this fledgling operation. It makes it very difficult to summarize itself in a way that seems fair to all the participants. The wide variety of political ideals, philosophies, and moral constructs offer about as diverse a group as one could imagine. While it is inclusive to that extent, keeping everyone happy about what direction to take, and how to get there will be a hard road to travel.

The main thing is that people are standing up for their beliefs, whatever those beliefs may be. United in the fact that government has lost sight of why it was created in the first place, to benefit the people.

In this day and age when social and economic calamity seems commonplace, it’s encouraging that individuals are poised to stand up and peacefully assert themselves. The power of calling together the 99% is a lot more than just a slogan; it’s a revolution.

Post Author:  Bryan Teague

Posted by:  Rebecca Williams

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