Cantor wants you to believe that it's the protesters that are dividing America. I say the protesters ARE America and he'd better start jotting down some demands.
Eric Cantor, last week, made waves attempting to paint the #Occupy Wall Street movement as unruly mobs who are threatening society and condemned the protesters as "pitting Americans against Americans." Now Nancy Pelosi responded in kind, asking where Cantor was when Americans were spitting on Americans, IE, the Tea Party demonstrations on Capitol Hill where gun-toting Teabaggers spit on Congresspeople coming to work:
“I didn't hear him say anything when the Tea Party was out demonstrating, actually spitting on members of Congress right here in the Capitol. And he and his colleagues were putting signs in the windows encouraging them.”You go, Nancy!
Here's the thing, though. I'm kind of tickled that Cantor, the number two House Republican, has started to quake in his boots. Isn't that the purpose of a popular uprising, even a peaceful one such as the #Occupy movement?
Inspired by the recent protests and some of the costuming used by some of the marchers, I found myself watching V for Vendetta the other day. It contains one of my favorite lines of any movie ever, one which has repeated often and is, I'm sure, a quote from elsewhere:
People should not be afraid of their governments. Governments should be afraid of their people.I think we're beginning to see that. Human rights abuses at the hands of police in New York aren't stopping people from demonstrating. Americans are showing that they are tired, they are poor, and they just aren't scared anymore. They're standing up and saying "something isn't right, and you have to make it right, because there's a hell of a lot more of us than there are of you."
So good job, Eric Cantor, for demonstrating that people who are pissed off are scary. In order to make them not be so scary, I suggest going down to the General Assembly of #Occupy Wall Street and find out what their demands are, and doing what you can to meet them. This is the American people, and it's your duty to ensure that the government is meeting their needs.
Because in the end, it's not the banks that are too big to fail, Cantor. It's us.