A Call to Arms

We are living in a world and an age where our politics are no longer being dictated by “the People”. Legislation, economical propositions, and even calls to take up arms are being shaped by decisions that are made in back-room deals. “Back-room” isn’t even an accurate phrase; the most powerful people in America are meeting in exclusive parties, private estates, and even our political arenas to dictate how we should be living in order to turn a profit. We are nothing but dollars to their eyes, and you’d better believe it.

These people are called psychopathic, evil, even demonic in conversations all over the world, but really, they’re just people looking to make a buck. And they’re damned good at it. Damned good (and heartless) enough to lay off 30,000 innocent people while also adding a fee onto debit accounts to see a $6.2 billion profit. Sound familiar? That’s Bank of America.

It’s not entirely the corporations’ fault, either. The national unemployment rate is reported by the Bureau of Labor Statistics as being 9.1% at the time of writing this article. However, critics argue that the rate is actually nearer to 14%. The difference in the percentage is because of the way that the Bureau of Labor Statistics measures unemployment. Discouraged citizens that have not been looking for a job in the past 12 months or are working part-time are automatically excluded from the rate. But that’s not the point. You and I are college students that are heading into an economy that aren’t creating jobs and are using hiring strategies that are discriminatory or designed to turn a profit.

And it applies to me and other deaf students here at Gallaudet University, despite the Americans with Disabilities Act being our advantage in the workplace. If there aren’t jobs to get, then we won’t be employed fresh out of college. What is the government doing about this? The GOP is blocking every attempt at creating jobs in the Senate, and Obama is resorting to his last measure: laying down a series of executive orders aimed at the economy. It really says a lot about our politics when a President of the United States has to use his authority to supersede the Congress just to get the ball rolling.

Let’s not forget the GOP’s repeated attempts at passing anti-abortion bills; the most recent attempt, the ‘Heartbeat Bill’, outlaws abortions if a fetal heartbeat can be detected. The bill also leaves out exceptions for rape, incest, and mental health. Did you know that 17 women in 100,000 live births die? Let’s not forget how terrible the adoption system in this country is; so many couples never get the chance to adopt a wonderful child because of the extreme regulations. Instead, they go overseas. This quagmire doesn’t give women much of a choice in the first place, and the worse part is that our government is trying to take what little choice they do have away.

This is only an example of how flawed our health care is. Pharmaceutical companies are jacking prices on drugs up, causing innocent people to suffer needlessly. More and more mental health patients are being prescribed drugs because it brings in the money. Health should be a basic human right; nobody deserves to die because they couldn’t get the drugs or the treatment they needed. Yet again, money is being prioritized over our lives.

The best thing is that we’re all listening to news that comes from seemingly omnipresent, but inherently biased media giants. CNN? Fox News? You’re kidding yourself if you think they’re great media sources. Now, Wikileaks, that’s an excellent source. Too bad that they are finding it extremely hard to accept donations when PayPal, Visa, Bank of America, et cetera has them blocked due to pressure from the United States government.

Corporations are a problem. Our schizophrenic politics are a problem. Our media is a problem. These problems are causing even more problems to appear all over our nation. This is not just limited to our nation, either. More and more people all over the world are joining us in protesting peacefully against the corrupt status quo. There are protests in Perth, Kuala Lumpur, Rome, Denmark, Oslo, Brussels, Amsterdam, Madrid, Berlin. The list goes on.

And I am asking all of you, students of Gallaudet University, to join me to form a group of Gallaudet University students in occupying the National Capitol on this Saturday, October 29th, from 12pm to 3pm. Do not worry about access; I am currently working on getting an interpreter (which seems guaranteed, thanks to the awesomeness of Gallaudet Interpreting Services–gotta love them) for the event, so we will have accessibility to information there.

The Occupy DC and Occupy K St protests will be there, and the rest of our nation will be occupying their respective state capitols. It is on this day that we must make our presence known to our nation and government. Our nation’s problems are color-blind, are not limited to a specific hearing level, do not specifically require a religion. Our problems affect us all. It’s time to make ourselves be heard and seen.

We are the 99%, they are the 1%, and it’s time to get up and tell people that we’re mad as hell and we’re not going to take it anymore!

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4 Responses to “A Call to Arms”

  1. Danny
    October 26, 2011 at 5:21 PM #

    Zane, you rock!

  2. Sara Malkowski
    October 26, 2011 at 7:35 PM #

    Do you mean November or October? If you meant October, there seems to be a typo in this article.

    • BeJo Goodridge
      October 27, 2011 at 1:27 PM #

      You are right! This typo has been modified, thank you. 🙂

  3. Leila
    October 27, 2011 at 12:33 PM #

    You know I’ll be there this Saturday. I love the last line, by the way.

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