I am sorry but you are misinformed and incorrect in so many ways and on many levels.
if you actually want to change the system, you have to correctly perceive the levers and then position yourself to pull a lever
Wrong, the system has been corrupted so badly that our problems cannot be fixed through the electoral process alone. Obama was elected in a LANDSLIDE of overwhelming support for "CHANGE". Including Ending the war and helping people (none of these changes has occured).
Obama must be concerned with the main contributors to his campaign ...The Banks and Wall Street (who are profiting from the war spending, foreclosures and they even found ways to profit from economic collapse, by privatizing profit and socializing the losses)
So we cannot allow the "machine" to keep running uninterupted, because keeping silent and doing nothing is no longer an option, and, simply voting for a new candidate is inadequate
...as a wage and salary slave, one has virtually no power or role in this drama, and students, people on welfare and people too incompetent to even get on welfare, that populate the occupy movement, are an entertaining annoyance, but the passion is to be admired, it is age appropriate,...
This is quite a judgement from someone who has aparently never "DROPPED IN" to see WHO EXACTLY these protesters are and what their message really is.
I have been down to Zuccotti Park (more than once) in support for this movement, and I have seen people of ALL ages, cultural backrounds, and education levels. I have seen people come from far and wide to support it. Last weekend I met a Buddhist from Maryland, and a hippy from Woodstock, a grandmother from the westside and a group of Doctors and nurses, from area hospitals going through "budget cuts" ( They have closed 3 hospitals in my area already and tried to close 4 but protests did make a difference. But it is always social services that get cut first)
I do have a job and I am a wage slave, I am NOT on welfare and never have been. (but I suspect that I would be smart enough to if need be, and I am glad we have social safety nets like welfare and social security to help people survive during tough times and old age) I am over 50 but in many ways I am STILL a student. This band of "Lunatic Fringe" protesters is the true face of patriotism in this country.http://www.evolver.net/user/oddedges/bl ... ch_end_fed
Obviously someone can hear the voices of the protesters
the pacifism of Ghandi only worked because the tactic was targeting a relatively advanced democratic country, Great Britain. It is pointless when there is an established democratic mechanism, and futile when the opponent is high entropy (ie. Tibet vs China)
This seems a bit contradictory, How is it it effective against an "advanced democratic country", such as Great Britain, yet "pointless" when there is an "established democratic mechanism" ? (like the USA?)
Or are you saying that America more closely resembles China than Britain?
By the way you should probably do some research into the East India Companyhttp://www.sscnet.ucla.edu/southasia/Hi ... /EAco.html
They were a fairly ruthless, but extremely profitable company that had its own private army and even collected revenues from the native indians. They were the first wave of Britons entering India setting the stage for the total Colonization of the Country of India. They brutalized the citezenry of India for nearly 250 years.
Do you see any parallels to the United States today? we have more private soldiers in Iraq today than actual US military personel, The amount of "privatization" of this war is repugnant because it is for NO other reason other than PROFIT (the short term kind) and it is not only interfering with the free will, and the Robbery of Iraqi people it is also stealing from the American taxpayer.