‘By Their Fruits Shall Ye Know Them…’ – Or, Why We’re Right not to Trust Politicians, Or Most Protestors
Al Jazeera suggests that US activists have lost trust in politicians. There’s a reason for that- politicians, of whatever party or stripe, are untrustworthy and they continuously demonstrate that fact with every action.
Discontent with the state of the US economy has drawn many protesters out to demonstrations across the United States. The “Occupy Wall Street” movement that started in New York on September 17 has spread to over 90 other US towns, and as the 24-hour encampment continued in New York City on Friday, there were demonstrations in major cities around the country, including in San Francisco and Los Angeles, California; Chicago, Illinois; Austin and Houston, Texas; Atlanta, Georgia; and Washington DC. Some Republican politicians have criticising the movement, including Eric Cantor, the Republican house majority leader, who called the protesters “growing mobs”. But the protesters are not focused on the US’ traditional political system or politicians. “We need to dictate the policy up, not policy being dictated down,” Jesse LaGreca, a protester on Wall Street, told Al Jazeera.
Here’s a wager for you- you show me a politician worth trusting and I’ll show you BOTH an angry atheist worth knowing AND a Unicorn.
But, and here’s the thing, I don’t trust the Occupy Wall Street people either. They appear to have no goal except protest. But what’s the end game? Where’s the fruit? Or, where’s the beef? Is it the overthrow of the system? That’s doubtful. Is it a change in policy? Bad news- but without an overturning of the entire system there won’t be a change in policy. So what’s the point?
No, sorry, I don’t trust politicians and I don’t trust protestors who have no visible purpose and who produce no visible fruit (because they’re flowering plants and not fruit-bearing trees).