America: the land of the free and the home of the brave. America: the only country to pioneer the toaster oven and invent a blanket with sleeves. America: the solitary nation that treats convenience not as a luxury, but as a requirement. America: where almost every man, woman, and child values practicality over efficiency.
These ideas had haunted me when I watched late night infomercials and pondered if people could possibly make money off of these things; if people could really be so lazy. Of course, the short answer is yes, as we can see from the remarkable success of the Snuggie and many other convenience-based products. It was the average American's love of convenience that brought me to the unintended epiphany that the United States is truly in the beginnings of a revolution.
When I first started to hear stories on the news about Occupy Wall St. gatherings, I thought to myself, "Oh look, another little protest that will lead to nothing but 15 minutes of airtime, and an article in the local newspaper." I continued to believe this until about a week ago when I began to realize that this wasn't just a normal protest, but a full-fledged revolution. Average Americans began camping out for days, leaving their comfy beds at home and making it an inconvenience for both themselves and everyone around them.
Occupy Wall St. has spread like wildfire. Burning through over 70 major cities in the United States, and 900 cities worldwide. No one could have imagined the speed with which it has progressed and is continuing to progress. Its unprecedented success leads us to the concrete proof that the American form of capitalism has become outdated and that the 99 percent are ready for a change.
We, the 99 percent, want corruption in American politics to end and for the people to have a true say in our government. We, the 99 percent, want equal opportunity between Americans and to lessen the gargantuan gap between rich and poor. We, the 99 percent, want the government to stop favoring big business over the common good of the people. We, the 99 percent, want the middle class back. We, the 99 percent, will not stop until laws have been made, programs are in place, and our government has undergone serious restructuring. We, the 99 percent, are ready to sit at your doorstep and peacefully protest until you hear our voice.