Scott Olsen and Stereotypes

It’s the end of another work week. I’ve been thinking about this Occupy Wall Street movement – the 99% and the 1%. Especially Scott Olsen. I learned more about him. In addition to being an Iraq veteran, he worked as a network engineer. He went to work every day, and then joined the protests at night. He had a nice apartment overlooking the Bay.

Right Wing pundits like to look down on the protesters as “parasites on parade” (Mark Levin’s affectionate description). It’s easy to dismiss the protesters by painting a broad brush. So what would they have to say about Scott Olsen. Lazy and on unemployment? Nope. He has a really good job. Unpatriotic and America-hating? Nope. He was a Marine with two tours in Iraq under his belt.

To the Right Wing pundits, Scott Olsen is their worst nightmare. He doesn’t fit the stereotype they love to perpetuate. Surprise! He isn’t an entitled, dirty hippie who smells like B.O. and patchouli.

And there are more just like him. A lot more. Regular people. Of course, the media and pundits won’t show and tell you that. I wonder why that is. To keep us divided? Liberal vs. Conservative. We may see and want to approach issues in a different way, but as regular Americans we have a lot more in common than they want you to believe.

I don’t know. Maybe that’s the point of my rambling Friday post. Left, Right, Center, Apolictical, Whatever. We’re Americans and just regular people trying to get through life.


37 responses to “Scott Olsen and Stereotypes

  • nonnie9999

    the wingnuts on the right are scared shitless of the ows movement, and with good reason. too many people are suffering in this country, and they identify more with the protesters than they do with the millionaires and billionaires the rethugs are in bed with.

  • Kini

    We, the Tea Party, and myself, deeply care for you. Aloha ♪♫♥♫♪

    Wingnuts you may call us, but we are what is prosperity! We are the 1% and we want you to be with us! If I gave you the chance to be a 1%’er, would you take it?

    • lbwoodgate

      Kini,

      that’s a pipe dream and you know it. The chances to become a 1% for the other 99% is a fairy tale passed down by Tea Party types and ignores the fact that not everyone can be a queen bee. Without the drones and soldier bees the queen be can’t survive.

      The OWS movement is about allowing the free markets to serve everyone fairly where their efforts are rewarded with a living wage and health & retirement benefits that keep them productive to expand the wealth for us all.

      Did you miss the data that’s been passed around for quite some time now that over the last 30 years the income between the 1% and the rest of us has tripled?

      • Snoring Dog Studio

        Well said, LB. Most of the time, I can’t even be sure Kini is a real person. Take a look at any credible economist’s take on “the American Dream” and you’ll find it’s just that – a dream. And, frankly, most of the 99% don’t want to be one of the 1% – they just want things to be FAR MORE equitable than they have been for years. They want to be able to pay for healthcare, for their mortgage, their kids’ educations. The hell with paying for a yacht. Kini engaged in the worst kind of class warfare – trying to make a story about how the 99% envy the 1%. Gross.

      • Kini

        Feel free to continue your life as a drone. Your choice.

    • dcmartin

      “We, the Tea Party, and myself, deeply care for you.”
      I can’t assess you personally, Kini, but as for the Tea Party in general……give me a break. The constant message of the Tea Party has been an “us against the liberal socialist marxist Kenyan usurper-supporting hoarde who are ruining our country and need to convert to our way of thinking or get the hell out.” Their “deep care” cuts off sharply at the lines around their ideology.
      If it were so easy to take a chance and become part of the 1%…….it would not BE 1%, would it????
      Big flaw in your premise.

      • Kini

        Your understanding of the Tea Party is flawed, but I’m not surprised by that. Oh well, I tried. Life is good here in the 1%. Cheers!

    • Spinny Liberal

      Aloha Kini. 🙂 You know I love ya even though I don’t agree with you. A lot of the writings on the 53% website upset me because the recurring theme was “suck it up.” Would they say that to the face of one of the 99% who showed no food in their refrigerator?

      Success is awesome, and I know you earned it. I know you don’t do this, but there are a lot of people who are down right now. I don’t think it’s right for people to kick them when they’re down.

      Not everyone is entrepreneurial like you, Kini. A lot of us, myself included, are very happy being worker bees. I know you take care of your workers, but there are employers who don’t. Fair wages, health care, etc. aren’t a lot to ask for, you know?

  • lbwoodgate

    Well said Cheryl. This compliments my comments to Kendrick’s recent post of this “broad brush” view people have of others.

  • afrankangle

    Although I imagine this would be against his character, it will be interesting to see if Scott Olson becomes a symbol for the movement.

  • Ric

    “He isn’t an entitled, dirty hippie who smells like B.O. and patchouli.”

    Oh my, the memories, the memories. B.O., patchouli, tear gas, blood, screams, cops gone wild. Good times, good times…

    Well, no, but the patchouli is a little like Proust’s madeleine…

  • writechic

    I’m really glad Olsen seems to be recovering. Head injuries are scary.

    Maligning enemies for made up reasons provides fictional talking points for empty-headed people (like the performers on Fox & Friends) and a malevolent distraction to preserve the status quo. It often works, but it may not this time.

  • beaglezmom

    I think the conservatives don’t want us to know that standing up to oppressive power is a normal, natural thing to do and every day, productive people do it.

    The other thing they forget is that they dirty hippies are also citizens of this country, and also have rights.

  • Don in Massachusetts

    Kini lives in a fantasy world. The 1% doesn’t really care what the 99% think. Its beyond their realm. Too many people out of work. Too many people who can’t afford health care. Too many people who can’t afford to go to college. Big banks gouging the nickle and dime savers, with their paltry one cent a month interest on savings. Record quarterly profits for the big oil companies. Too many people got screwed on their 401Ks, and lost big money. They want to cut Social Security, and/or privatize it. Retirees scraping by, on what savings they have, wondering do they buy food, or medication that they need, because they afford both. Men and women who have been overseas, either in Iraq or Afghanistan, doing multiple tours, come home, and not have a job, or have serious injuries, that they will have to live with their rest of their lives. And to think the Tea Party jackasses in Washington want to slash veterans benefits.

    Its disgusting the way the Tea Partiers and the wing-nuts think and talk.
    You think its all fun and games now, but the 99% may well have the last laugh. Maybe not today, or tomorrow, but we will.

    • Snoring Dog Studio

      And Kini represents the worst of the worst – the gleeful, arrogance of the “I’ve got mine, the hell if you can’t get yours.”

      • Kini

        Aw! You’re jealous! How precious! I earned everything I have, and I worked darn hard for it also. You don’t know where my background comes from. I am a legal immigrant to this country. I had only 50 dollars when I arrive here. I was homeless once. I lived in my car. I put my self through school working 2 jobs.

        And now, all my hard work paid off. I live in Hawai’i, I have my own successful business, and I live good. I make no apologies for my success.

        You would gnash you teeth at me, when you should look in the mirror. Arrogance? You don’t know the meaning.

    • Kini

      It is a fantastic fantasy! And you could have that also, but you’re too blinded by your ignorance and hatred to even explore the possibility of success. You think it should be a hand-out!

      All those things you mentioned: 401K, health care, jobs, entitlements, your government gave that to you. The government is responsible for creating the environment, the government threw tax dollars at failing “Green Technologies”!!! I should call it Greed Technologies because that is an apt description.

      And of course, you say Tea Party wants to cut veterans benefits. Nothing is further from the truth, but you just keep drinking the kool aid OK!

      I have employees in my business, and I take care of them. I fight for my people. How many people do you employ? Jackass!

      • Don in Massachusetts

        You are thin skinned aren’t you…

      • beaglezmom

        Um…Kini — quick Correction: I EARNED those things you are talking about – the government did not give them to me.

        I designated a part of MY SALARY (which I earned by working) to go into my 401K.

        I PAY INTO social security, fica, medicaid – with every check I get.

        If you really employ other people, you should probably know that most of the money you send the government are deductions from their pay. If you don’t know that – you should go to Jail, because you’re doing it wrong.

        Working people can still afford to be compassionate, wise, giving and want justice all people.

  • Don in Massachusetts

    So we have to bow down to you, Kini? Stop talking to us like we’re second class citizens, and get a life. Snoring Dog is right, You are arrogant.

  • Kini

    BTW; you two geniuses, I am the 53%. I pay taxes!

  • Snoring Dog Studio

    Of course I didn’t know about your background and struggles, Kini. And I applaud your successes. Your hard work paid off. But this is my issue with your statements, which are echoed by other TeaParty and conservative Republicans – your statements adhere to the Social Darwinism belief system that is at the root of the heartlessness in conservative and libertarian America. “Anyone that doesn’t have the success that I have had is just lazy and stupid.” Koolaid drinking, you say? That’s some bitter Koolaid you’re drinking.

    Your experience is marvelous and you’re fortunate that the climate when you got here was ripe for success. It isn’t any longer. That was then, this is now.

    Census information shows that the nation’s poverty rate rose to 15.1 percent in 2010, the third consecutive annual increase, with 46.2 million people in poverty. That’s the largest number of our citizens in poverty in the 52 years these estimates have been published. Median household income declined 2.3 percent last year over 2009. It’s down 6.4 percent since 2007, the year before the Great Recession of 2008/2009 began. Median income is also 7.1 percent below what it was in 1999.

    The top 1 percent gets over 20 percent of total income and holds over 35 percent of national wealth; the richest 400 Americans have more wealth than the bottom 150 million Americans put together. Meanwhile, effective tax rates on the rich are lower than they’ve been in three decades.

    Your story was then, this is now.

    • Kini

      Well, thank you SDS! However,…

      There is no then… there is only now! Now is always changing, and it is the dynamic of nature. You are a free thinker, your comment proves that! However, don’t confuse poverty with people with 52″ Flat screen TV’s OK! Because the census doesn’t show poverty when compared to the world.

      And please stop with the Class Warfare. It is so lame. And STOP putting words in the mouths of Tea Party’ers like myself who actually work with the less fortunate to help them reach the American dream. It is patently FALSE and a LIE!

      BTW: those poverty numbers increased under this Regime policies. Do you not listen to Obama? Do you not hear him say, “Under my Cap & Trade plan, electricity rates would necessarily skyrocket!” DID YOU NOT HEAR THAT????

      Onama’s policies hurts my business. I might have to lay off a person to meet payroll. DO YOU KNOW HOW THAT MAKES ME FEEL???? These are my friends, I consider my family. But we will make it work, because that’s who we are. We change, adapt, and grow. We never abandon others like this rotten regime has done.

      Yeah, we’re heartless….

      • Snoring Dog Studio

        Kini, Obama inherited a $1.3 trillion deficit. From Bush. He inherited a 14-month recession and a broken financial system. From Bush.

        “Together with the economic downturn, the Bush tax cuts and the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq explain virtually the entire deficit over the next ten years.”

        And then, during the midterms, he became faced with the intransigence of new House Republicans and Tea Party conservatives who’ve made it their goal to not bring jobs back, but to make sure Obama is out of one in 2012.

        Your statement about the TV’s owned by the poor comes directly from Rush Limbaugh, who loves to demonize the poor and disadvantaged. It also sounds like you’re a Glenn Beck fan – a man who doesn’t believe the poor exist. I can’t give you any credibility on that statement you’ve made because it’s born out of ignorance and self-serving arrogance.

        I’ll give you this – Obama isn’t doing nearly enough to bring jobs back. He’s compromising too much. Perhaps this will change soon. I hope so.

        Continue to enjoy your success, Kini. You’ll still be able to enjoy it in 2012 after Obama is re-elected and we remove the Republicans and TP folks from Congress.

  • Hansi

    Paranoia is a big money maker. Hard to cash in when everyone is peaceful and living in harmony with one another.

  • Kini

    SDS, Yes, Obama did inherited a $1.3 trillion deficit, and he drove it to $4.8 Trillion on unnecessary bailouts, Greedy Green Bankrupt Technologies, Cash for Clunkers, Jobs to China, Brazil, Canada, and Mexico. How’s that hope and change working???

    BTW; Bush doesn’t get a pass with me either because he admitted he tossed his free market principles. Also, Rush Limbaugh didn’t say that, he reported what was factual census data.

    In 2004, the House majority turned democrat, along with Bush, they spent like drunken sailors. (With apologies to drunken sailors) When Obama took office unemployment was at 5%.
    http://data.bls.gov/timeseries/LNS14000000
    It has since increased under Obama’s policies. His Keynesian academic approach to the economy using socialistic government central control policies are the reason why we are, where we are.

    BTW: Glenn Beck predicted this was coming… spooky huh?!?

    Plus the unions, Soros and the communist party are funding these loonies. As someone that lived in a communist country, I find this terrifying! If this country goes the way of Europe, we will be soon find ourselves living forever in serfdom.

    In 2010 the House majority became Republican, many were Tea Party candidates that we sent to Congress to stop the Out Of Control Spending! That was, and still is, our purpose, to rein in spending. Not to hurt anyone, but to eliminate the corporate cronyism, the special interest groups, lobbyists, that are hurting people. So I don’t believe we are that far off on that goal. But you have to look at the root of the problem, and that starts with government.

    Look at Obama’s EPA regulations. It’s forcing jobs overseas. You do know that? Don’t you? You know Obama’s Jobs council has GE’s CEO Jeff Immelt on it, YES? You know that GE PAYS NO TAXES????

    DIDN’T YOU???? Did you know that GE has a Trillion dollars in Taxable Profits Parked in Foreign Banks? That’s just GE. There’s others that are getting special government breaks that Obama granted. This REGIME is the most corrupt EVAH!!!

    I play by the rules. I pay my taxes. I contribute to my charity. I help those in need through my church. Only to have Obama take those freedoms away with his rules and regulations.

    This grows tiresome. Opportunity greets you with open arms, and you spit in its face. Bravo on your Brave New World!

  • The Hook

    “I don’t know. Maybe that’s the point of my rambling Friday post. Left, Right, Center, Apolictical, Whatever. We’re Americans and just regular people trying to get through life.”
    Well said. I wish everyone was as enlightened as you.

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